Marion Aunor was allowed to interpret her own compositon in the Himig Handog competition. She explains, "Parang talagang kasal na kasal daw yung boses ko sa song. So they thought it would be best if I was the one who interpreted it."

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Marion Aunor is one of the twelve finalists of this year’s Himig Handog Pinoy Pop Love Songs songwriting competition.

She is the niece of the Superstar Nora Aunor and the daughter of former actress Lala Aunor.

Her composition “If You Ever Change Your Mind” was chosen from out of 25, 000 entries to become part of the top 12.

While 10 other entries were interpreted by Kapamilya singers Aiza Seguerra, Yeng Constantino, and Daniel Padilla, Marion interpreted her own song.

She explains, “Uhm, well, you know, I know that it was supposed to be KZ and another X-Factor contestant, I can’t remember her name right now.

“But then, Star Record also told me that they would allow me to record my own song 'cause they realized that, you know, my song is really dependent on my voice.

“Parang talagang kasal na kasal daw yung boses ko sa song. So they thought it would be best if I was the one who interpreted it.”

Marion imparts how it feels to be part of the Himig Handog finalists.

She says, “Actually, it’s more like nervous and excited at the same time. You know, I’m really pleased to know that I’m part of the 12.

“And at the same time, since I’m interpreting my own song and the rest of the interpreters are big time artists, you know, there’s a lot of pressure that comes with that.

“But then again, since I’ve been receiving that feedback on the Youtube lyric video that they posted, you know, I’ve been bordering more on excited.”

The song’s lyric video now has over 80, 000 hits on YouTube.

INSPIRATION. Marion narrated how the song came about. “Actually, it started when my friend Carlene gave me advice about the past relationship that I had.

“And that’s where I got the line, ‘I needed someone who would love me more than he loved himself.’ She actually told me that.