On July 25, composers and interpreters will compete for the top prize of the 4th Philippine Popular Music Festival.
The 12 shortlisted finalists were chosen from over 2,500 submissions from the Philippines, the United States, Canada, Australia, the Middle East and other Southeast Asian countries.
For Philpop 2015, the Top 12 songs chosen were "I Owe You My Heart" by MJ Morallos, "Nasaan" by Lara Maigue, "Tanging Pag-asa Ko" by Paul Armesin, "For The Rest Of My Life" by Ned Esguerra, "Triangulo" by Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana, "Kilig" by Soc Villanueva, "Paratingin Mo Naman Siya" by Davey Langit, "Sa Ibang Mundo" by Mark Villar, "Musikaw" by Melchor Magno Jr., "Walang Hanggang" by Ramiro Mataro, "Edge Of The World" by Johannes Daniel Garcia, at "Apat Na Buwang Pasko" by Gino Cruz & Jeff Arcilla.
A mix of established names and rising sensations were chosen as interpreters for the songwriting competition headed by PhilPop executive director Ryan Cayabyab and managing director Patricia Bermudez-Hizon.
The interpreters were recently presented in a press conference that also launched the official PhilPOP 2015 album produced and distributed by Viva Records.
In addition to the beautifully crafted Ramon Orlina trophy, this year’s winners will receive cash prizes in the amount of P1M for the grand prize; P500,000 for the first runner-up; and P250,000 for the second runner-up. All of the finalists will also get P50,000 each.
Here are the official lyric videos of this year’s Philpop finalists.
PEPsters, who do you think will win Philpop 2015? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
- WALANG HANGGAN
Written by: Ramiru Mataro
Interpreted by: Ramiru Mataro and Donnalyn Bartolome
YouTube sensation Donnalyn Bartolome is now a recording artist and her single, the aptly titled “Kakaibabe” has already notched over 6 million views. A budding comedienne and TV host, Donnalyn was recently seen in the movie Your Place Or Mine and is now shooting her second, GF For Hire.
Ramiru Mataro is the unique singer-songwriter of this techno-pop tune that is somewhat of a genre-buster as it also incorporates elements of alternative, jazz and R&B.
Written by MC Magno
Interpreted by James Reid featuring Pio
Singing heartthrob James Reid was named champion of the reality show Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition in 2010. But it was on the big screen where he would claim his biggest success as Cross in the blockbuster hit Diary Ng Panget. Along with loveteam partner Nadine Lustre, James topbilled the movie Para Sa Hopeless Romantic and starred in the ABS-CBN teleserye On The Wings of Love.
Pio, at only 20 years old, is one of the youngest rappers in the country. He has released his own album titled Dukha which featured his version of “Himig Ng Pag-ibig” featuring Pinoy folk icon Lolita Carbon.
- I OWE YOU MY HEART
Written by Melvin Morallos
Interpreted by Anja Aguilar
Anja Aguilar has grown up a lot from her days as champion of the Little Big Star talent search on television. The 22-year-old ASAP performer has recently released an album titled Beginnings where she sings ballads like “Silver Linings,” “Nababaliw” and “Labis Kitang Mahal.”
Written by Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana
Interpreted by Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana with Jeric Medina
The music tandem of Thyro & Yumi was the Grand Prize winner of Philpop 2013 for the song “Dati,” interpreted by Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos. Aside from releasing their own album for Viva Records, they have written and produced tracks for Sarah Geronimo (‘Kilometro” and “Dulo”) and Nadine Lustre (“Bahala Na” and Aba Bakit Hindi) as well as the soundtrack of Diary Ng Panget.
The soulful balladeer Jeric Medina came in fourth in the finals of the first season of The Voice of the Philippines.
- FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE
Written by Ned Esguerra
Interpreted by Side A
Side A, the country’s legendary pop band, ventures into competition territory with this song composed by bass player Ned Esguerra. Side A is known for hit songs such as “So Many Questions,” “Forevermore,” “Tell Me” and others. Performing “For The Rest Of My Life” are Leevon Cailao on guitar and lead vocals, Naldy Gonzales on keyboards, Ernie Severino on drums and Ned Esguerra on bass.
- SA IBANG MUNDO
Written by Mark Villar
Interpreted by Kean Cipriano and Nadine Lustre
Nadine Lustre started out as a child actress and later lead singer of the group Popgirls. She soared to stardom when she was paired with James Reid in the screen version of the Wattpad novel Diary Ng Panget. She is now busy with films (such as the recently released Para Sa Hopeless Romantic), TV shows (On The Wings Of Love), and recordings.
Kean Cipriano is versatile: he is a singer, composer, actor, and musician. He is best known as the vocalist of pop-rock band Callalily.
Written by Soc Villanueva
Interpreted by Jinky Vidal
Jinkee Vidal was in Davao when she was discovered to become the singer of OPM band Freestyle, which popularized “Before I Let You Go” and “So Slow.” Jinkee is now a solo singer who performs in popular nightspots and records from time to time. Her latest is Top & Jinky Reunited, a reunion album with her former Freestyle singing partner Top Suzara.
- APAT NA BUWANG PASKO
Written by Gino Cruz & Jeff Arcilla
Interpreted by Jon Santos
Jon Santos is an actor, comedian, impersonator and host of The Jon Santos Show. He was seen in the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert and is one of the stars of Bituing Walang Ningning. He is a top drawer in the concert circuit and has just returned from a Canadian tour with Sarah Geronimo. "Apat Na Buwang Pasko" is his first venture into recording.
- PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA
Written by Davey Langit
Interpreted by Davey Langit
Singer, composer, performer, guitarist and ukelele player Davey Langit started his career as a graduate of Pinoy Dream Academy. He has since then recorded the song “Selfie,” became a radio DJ, Pinas 95.5 and a favorite performer in local nightspots. He was also a finalist in last year’s Philpop competition with “NGSB (No Girlfriend Since Break).” For this year’s edition, Davey is not only a composer, he is also the performer of his own work.
Written by Lara Maigue
Interpreted by Lara Maigue
Known for her 2013 PhilPOP entry “Sa’yo na Lang Ako” that made it to the Top 5, Lara Maigue has since become a sought after songwriter for films and TV series. She also made her acting debut in TV5’s weekly musical comedy Trenderas. According to Lara,“Nasaan” is about losing someone very close to your heart, something she herself has personally experienced. She added that the melody of this piano-based, “cinematic” ballad was actually written last year and it was only later when she decided to add the lyrics.
- TANGING PAG-ASA KO
Written by Paul Armesin
Interpreted by The Company
The Company, which recently celebrated its 30th year in the music business, is the country’s foremost vocal group. It is made up of Moy Ortiz, Sweet Plantado, Annie Quintos, Cecile Bautista and Oj Mariano. The CompanY has released 24 albums and popularized songs like “Everlasting Love,” “Muntik Na Kitang Minahal,” “Now That I Have You,” “Pakisabi Na Lang” and others. Their latest single is “Manila” from the album Lighthearted OPM.
- EDGE OF THE WORLD
Written by Johann Garcia
Interpreted by Josh Padilla and Yassi Pressman
Josh Padilla is the son of ‘80s singing idol Gino Padilla. He has appeared in the movies Talk Back and You’re Dead, Diary Ng Panget, television, the Bagets series, Sunday Funday and is now an MTV Pinoy VJ.
Yassi is slated to topbill the movie Girlfriend For Hire with Andre Paras. The 20-year-old actress has acted in movies such as Diary Ng Panget and Talk Back And You’re Dead as well as TV shows such as Wattpad Presents My Fiance Since Birth, Magpakailanman. She has released the singles “Hush” with Nadine Lustre and “Di Ko Alam” with Andre Paras. MTV Pinoy VJ Yassi is slated to release her own album soon.