Spiritual songwriters in a contest for half a million
If you think pop songwriters have all the chances to win big tickets in some songwriting contest, think again. There’s this songwriting contest sponsored by a Christian sect that gives out half a mil for the first prize.
A Song of Praise or ASOP Music Festival is a praise song writing competition on television.
Twelve new songs were chosen for performance onstage with multi-talented and acclaimed Filipino singers as interpreters at the grand finals night.
The event is an assortment of novice and experienced songwriters once again. Even first-time songwriters who joined the competition had reached the finals round.
Here are the songs to be performed:
“Dinggin Mo, Oh Dios” by Cris Bautista, interpreted by Reymond Sajor; “Alabok” by Jesmer Marquez, interpreted by Jeffrey Hidalgo; “Sabik Sa’yo” by Joseph Bolinas, interpreted by Ney Dimaculangan; “Walang Hanggan” Benedict Sy, interpreted by Maki Ricafort; “Jesus, I Love You” by Timothy Joseph Cardona, interpreted by RJ Buena; “Mahal Mo Ako” by Maria Loida Estrada, interpreted Sabrina; “Kung Pag-Ibig Mo’y Ulan” by Christian Malinias, interpreted by Leah Patricio; “Dakila Ka Ama” by Ella Mae Septimo, interpreted by Ruth Regine Reyno; “Ikaw Na Lang Mag-Drive Ng Buhay Ko” by Rolan Delfin, a tricycle driver, interpreted by Betong Sumaya; “Pahintulutan Mo” by Leonardo de Jesus III, interpreted by Philippe Go; “Salamat Po, Ama” by Dennis Roxas, interpreted by Jojo Alejar; “Pakamamahalin Din Kita” by Dennis Avenido, interpreted by Nino Alejandro
Ryan Cayabyab, Celeste Legaspi, Mon del Rosario, Jungee Marcelo, Jett Pangan, and Lachmi Baviera, respected names in the music and entertainment industry, have graciously accepted the role of giving their insights and critique for each of the song.
The prizes at stake are: P100 thousand for the 3rd runner-up; P150 thousand for the 2nd runner-up; P250 thousand for the 1st runner-up and P500 thousand pesos for the “Song of the Year."
The best interpreter will receive P50 thousand.
The ASOP Music Festival Year 4 Grand Finals will be at 6 p.m. tonight at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.