The Top 15 songs of the multimedia songwriting competition Himig Handog Pinoy Pop (P-Pop) Love Songs 2014 have already been revealed.
One of the chosen interpreters is Star Records artist Marion Aunor, the niece of Superstar Nora Aunor.
When Marion was asked if she thinks she will be able to surpass the achievements of her Tita Nora Aunor, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter answered, “Sobrang legend na po siya ngayon, getting awards until now. Ako nag-start pa lang po ako sa industry.
“I only started last year sa Himig Handog din po. So no, hindi ko rin po nakikita as a competition if anything. I’m just proud of her and all that.”
HIMIG HANDOG. After winning third place with her own composition “If You Ever Change Your Mind” in last year’s Himig Handog, Marion returns with “Pumapag-ibig” composed by renowned composer Jungee Marcelo.
She says about interpreting this Himig Handog entry, “Siyempre may pressure rin na since hindi ako yung nagsulat and I really want to give justice to the song.”
The songwriter of "Pumapag-ibig," Jungee Marcelo, also joined the 2013 edition of Himig Handog. He wrote Daniel Padilla’s popular song “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat.”
"Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat" won the Star Records Buyer Award, Astig Tambayan Choice Award, MOR Choice Award, and MYX Best Music Video Award.
The composer then also talks about his new entry “Pumapag-ibig” interpreted by Marion Aunor with Rizza Cabrera and Seed Bunye.
“Actually ang hirap nung requirement sa singers nung kanta ko. Kasi ang tawag nila doon sa singers ko is tamad-tamaran, yung medyo laid back.
“So sa community of singers na available in the market, talagang piling-pili lang talaga yung available na singers na authentically in that style of singing.
“So isip kami, medyo natagalan kami ng desisyon, tapos biglang, okay, we don’t only have one, we have three na pwedeng magsama-sama kasi may harmony part yung song sa chorus,” Jungee excitedly narrates.
He also says that he was able to get the best of the best from both worlds, “Sa mainstream, at sa indie, at sa underground circuit.
“Marion for mainstream, Rizza Cabrera and Seed Bunye for the indie and underground. So kuha namin yung both markets.
“Happy na happy ako, pati yung misis ko. Basta yung misis ko masaya, masaya na rin ako,” quips Jungee.