Philpop Music Festival 2013
MANILA, Philippines - 12 songs stand out at the Philpop Music Festival a competition that showcases Filipino songwriting talent.
Pia Ranada reports.
In music-loving Philippines, singers claim the spotlight.
But with the second Philpop Music Festival
songwriters take centerstage.
from over 3,000 entries come the 12 finalists.
Their songs are interpreted by artists Karylle, Christian Bautista and Yael Yuzon of Sponge Cola.
The songs range from the danceable and comic, "Askal" written by Ganny Brown and performed by Jose and Wally to the heartbreaking and slightly morbid "Sana Pinatay Mo Na Lang Ako" by Myrus Apacible, performed by Kimpoy Feliciano.
Hosts Ogie Alcasid and Jasmine Curtis Smith entertain the audience with jokes and even beatboxing.
An all-star performance by the Ryan Cayabyab singers Regine Velasquez, Martin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid, and Charice bring the house down.
A CD album of the 12 songs is available in music stores.
Next level: the five finalists.
2nd runner up goes to Jungee Marcelo for his jazzy song about waiting, 'Pansamantagal' performed by Sitti and Julianne Tarroja.
Johnoy Danao's lovesong 'Kung 'Di Man,' is 1st runner up
with Ney Dimaculangan interpreting.
The grand prize of one million pesos goes to Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana's ode to first love, "Dati," performed by Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos.
Pia Ranada, Rappler, Manila.