Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs - Loving OPM!

In giving support to our local music industry and our homegrown musicians and composers, ABS-CBN and Star Records, re-launched the biggest and grandest songwriting competition "Himig Handog" with the theme "Pinoy-Pop (P-Pop) Love Songs: Mga Awit at Kwento ng Pusong Pilipino"
One of Star Records' head Mr. Jonathan Manalo said that their re-launch received massive entries from brilliant Filipino songwriters nationwide. He said that they initially screened a total of 2,500 original compositions as entries and they trimmed it down to the final 12. The chosen songs were recorded in one album which is already out on record bars. As you purchase a cd, you will have a voting stub to pick your favorite song and music video. The music videos of each songs were made and conceptualized by different universities. Himig Handog is truly one of the most monumental event in music.

Now, I will let you hear the Top 12 songs, and introduce the composers and interpreters of each, and let's all vote for our favorites!

1. Alaala
Composer/s: Ma. Fe Mechenette G. Tianga, Melvin Huervana, Joel Jabat Jr.
Official Music Video: Philippine Christian University
Interpreter: Yeng Constantino
*The ethnic vibe was intriguing. Yeng's vocals will surely never let you down. 

2. Ano'ng Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa
Composer/s: Jovinor Tan
Official Music Video: DLSU-College of St. Benilde
Interpreter: Aiza Seguerra
*This song can make me cry. Seriously.

3. Hanggang Wakas
Composer/s: Soc Villanueva
Official Music Video: San Beda Alabang
Interpreter: Juris Fernandez-Lim
*Juris' voice was angelic but the song was tragic.

4. If You Ever Change Your Mind
Composer/s: Marion Aunor
Official Music Video: Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Interpreter: Marion Aunor
*A distinct sound. Appealing to the ear. Fresh. Raw. It sounded foreign, but it's OPM! It fooled me!

5. Kahit Na
Composer/s: Julius James De Belen aka Bojam/Jumbo
Official Music Video: UP-Diliman
Interpreter: Toni Gonzaga
*The cutest dance/club song I ever heard! Funny. Toni was a perfect fit for the song!

6. Nasa 'Yo Na Ang Lahat
Composer/s: Jungee Marcelo
Official Music Video: Ateneo de Manila University
Interpreter: Daniel Padilla
*Catchy song. Easy flowing lyrically. The song was honest and direct. Daniel suits the song, 'astig' but sweet.

7. One Day
Composer/s: Agatha Morallos
Official Music Video: UE Caloocan
Interpreter: Angeline Quinto
*Angeline Quinto's voice is like a lullaby.

8. Pwede Bang Ako Na Lang Ulit
Composer/s: Jeffrey Cifra
Official Music Video: Meridien International College
Interpreter: Bugoy Drilon
*Bugoy's voice was cool and soothing. The song is moving.

9. Sana'y Magbalik
Composer/s: Arman Alferez
Official Music Video: Far Eastern University
Interpreter: Jovit Baldivino
*The rock vibe is evident on Jovit's interpretation.

10. Scared To Death
Composer/s: Domingo Rosco Jr.
Official Music Video: University of Santo Tomas
Interpreter: KZ Tandingan
*This is my personal favorite! I love the song, very vulnerable and fragile. KZ Tandingan was the voice for it! Scared To Death has been the most remarkable song for me among the 12 beautifully written originals. It is a severe LSS for me! Kudos!

11.Tamang Panahon
Composer/s: Wynn Andrada
Official Music Video: Adamson University
Interpreter: Wynn Andrada
*Simply heartfelt. A love song indeed.

12. This Song is For You
Composer/s: Jude Gitamondoc
Official Music Video: Technological University of the Philippines
Interpreter: Erik Santos
*Seems like a timeless hit song. Erik Santos gave it out!

Do you have your bets? You can buy the CD on all leading record bars for only 250Php. Fill-out the voting cards or download them on iTunes. We can also vote through Tambayan 101.9 and overseas you can log-on to www.tfc.tv. Be sure to vote for the official music videos of your favorite Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs on MYX Philippines! The Finals night will be on February 24 at MOA Arena!
here are some photos from the recently held presscon for Himig Handog:
*Marion Aunor holding out a copy of the P-Pop Album!
*Wynn Andrada is the youngest composer who qualified at the age of 18!
*Interpreters Jovit, Juris and Bugoy were all proud of the songs they sang for Himig Handog.
*I was lucky to personally meet the interpreter of my fave P-Pop love song, KZ Tandingan on the recently held Juan Dela Cruz advance screening in SM Megamall! :)

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