After weeks and months of tough auditions held both online and on selected venues, the names of the 60 budding songwriters who will undergo extensive workshop in idyllic Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, was finally announced.
The participants, who all came from different parts of the country, are the following: Emmanuel Aguila, Jana Alano, Abby Asistio, Juan Gabriel Ayala, Marco Lorenzo Baccay, Zen Joshua Bahan, Marc Peter Baluyan, Jowel Basister, Cedric Bonjoc, Alexander Briones, Jeriko Buenafe, Jessica Sarah Bulahan, Len Calvo, Marie Anathea Chua, Migi de Belen, Enrique de Dios, Hans Dimayuga, Lino Belli Dumas, Andrei Elizaga, Alfonso Agustin Enriquez, Cattski Espina, Danilo Estioco, Ann Margaret Figueroa, Jude Gitamondoc, Don Kishin Javier, Angel Josol, Rey Emmanuel Lapingcao, Joselito Lema, Kevin Louie Lim, Katrina Marie Lopez, Michel Korina Magsaysay, Noel Mahinay, Mark Vincent Manansala, Tyrone Jester Mateos, Miguel Mendoza III, Jessan May Mirador, Nasrudin Mokamad, Ireneo Orio III, James Palma, Pio Labra Pataganao, Jethro Patalinghug, Josemari Quiblat, Rene Karl Ramirez, Maria Carmina Ramos, Shann Bryle Rubido, Denise Sagun, Charmi Rose Santos, Roque Santos, Jeremy Sarmiento, Rivah-Anne Singson, Pocholo Suavillo, Jem Talaroc, Kim Tiangco, Carlo Luis Tiangson, Jazper Tiongson, Katrina Torralba, Carlos Nikolai Velarde, Lorenzo Gabriel Vergara, Danielle Elise Zamar, and Renna Mae Zetha.
Conducting the five-day workshop (November 14 to 18) are some of the country's top songwriters like Jonathan Manalo, Joey Ayala, Jim Paredes, Jay Durias, Rico Blanco, Jungee Marcelo, Gary Valenciano, and Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.
The Elements Songwriting Camp was the brainchild of Cayabyab, along 7101 Music Nation founders Twinky Lagdameo and Julio Sy. It was also Mr. C (Ryan Cayabyab's moniker in the business) who supervised the extensive try-outs held in each region last September to complement the web-based auditions.
"We found exceptional songwriters that we kept on thinking that they would be undiscovered for a long, long time had Elements not come along. It is time for these songwriters to shine and be given the basic information they need to penetrate the industry," said Mr. C.