VOTE for your Philpop 2013 winner
Which of the songs by this year's Philpop finalists will you vote for?

CELEBRATING OPM. The Philpop Music Festival shines the spotlight on songwriters and composers. Image from the Philpop Music Festival Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Who are the best songwriters and composers in the Philippines?

Music lovers will find out on July 20 at the Meralco Theater when the grand prize winner of Philpop Music Festival 2013 will be revealed.

Launched in 2012, Philpop is an annual songwriting contest open to amateur and professional Filipino songwriters residing in the Philippines. Contestants can submit up to two original songs that may be written in Filipino, a Philippine regional language or dialect, English or a combination of these.

READ: A new day for Original Pilipino Music

The judging panel, composed of musicians, record label executives, composers, artists and radio personalities, select the finalists. Popular artists are then chosen by the Philpop organizers, headed by the esteemed Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, to perform the song.

Netizens can listen to the songs online and vote for their favorite finalist via text. On finals night, the artists perform the songs of the finalists in front of a live audience.

The finalist with the most text votes by finals night is proclaimed the winner.

Philpop 2013: Make great music!

Last year’s winner is former Akafellas member Karl Villuga with his song, “Bawat Hakbang.” It was performed by Villuga along with his former groupmates and balladeer Mark Bautista.

The 2012 finalist songs were compiled in an album which hit platinum that same year.

Support the 2013 finalists

This 2013, the music festival accepted a whopping 3,383 entries. Out of these, 12 songs were selected. [You can listen to all 12 songs here.]

Get to know the 14 songwriters behind the songs through Rappler’s video profiles. Click the names of the finalists listed below to watch the video and pick a reaction: 

PICK AND SHARE YOUR VOTE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Listen to the song, watch the interview. Tell us how you feel through these reaction buttons and our mood meter.

These reaction buttons will not affect the text votes and final outcome of the competition.

As of 3pm on July 20, voting on Rappler’s Philpop pages has stopped.

Here are the profiles of the Philpop 2013 finalists:

1. Ganny Brown
Song: “Askal”
Interpreted by: Jose and Wally

2. Joey Ayala
Song: “Papel”
Interpreted by: Joey Ayala, Gloc-9 featuring Denise Barbacena

3. Johnoy Danao
Song: “Kung ‘Di Man”
Interpreted by: Ney Dimaculangan

4. Jungee Marcelo
Song: “Pansamantagal”
Interpreted by: Sitti and Julianne Tarroja

5. Kennard Faraon
Song: “Time Machine”
Interpreted by: Six Part Invention

6. Lara Maigue
Song: “Sa ‘Yo Na Lang Ako”
Interpreted by: Karylle

7. Marlon Barnuevo
Song: “Araw, Ulap, Langit”
Interpreted by: Christian Bautista


8. Myrus Apacible
Song: “Sana Pinatay Mo Na Lang Ako”
Interpreted by: Kimpoy Feliciano

9. Nino Regalado and Adrienne Buenaventura
Song: “Sometimes That Happens”
Interpreted by: Ace Libre of Never The Strangers

10. Paul Armesin
Song: “Segundo”
Interpreted by: Yael Yuzon of Sponge Cola

11. Raffy Calicdan
Song: “Space”
Interpreted by: Kean Cipriano of Callalily and Kleggy of Banda Ni Kleggy

12. Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana
Song: “Dati”
Interpreted by: Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos and Quest

LIVE poll results

If you want to know how your favorite finalist is faring in the votes, check the live poll results below. On the finals night on July 20, we’ll find out if your votes are correct!



This is a Rappler special project and not an official Philpop 2013 Music Festival activity.

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