Would you believe Anak is the only Filipino song known to foreigners? It’s about time to update that as the country embarks on a search for the next big musical hit. Composers need to step up their game and create memorable music that the world can recognize as Filipino music. The ongoing search by the Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPOP) for the next big hit will soon come to a close on May 10 as they select the next day the 14 finalists to compete on July 14 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). The deadline for submission is midnight of May 10 so this will be the last week to submit entries and have a chance to win the one million peso cash prize together with the recognition.
“We need new songs to hit the airwaves, new expressions for this generation” explains Ryan Cayabyab, Executive Director of PhilPOP. One of the Philippines most celebrated musicians, Ryan Cayabyab inspires a new generation of song writers and composers as well as spearheads the return of OPM through a familiar platform he himself has gone through.
Mr. Cayabyab propelled his then amateur career through a song writing competition—the Metro Manila Popular Music Festival (MetroPop) where his composition Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika won the top prize in the first run of the contest. Freddie Aguilar’s Anak failed to win any awards at that time but went on to become one of the country’s most popular songs. Other hits from the same music festival include Hahanapin ko and Minsan Pa by Jose Mari Chan, Narito Ako and Isang mundo, isang awit by Nonong Pedero, Salamat, salamat Musika by Gary Granada, Ako ang Nasawi, ako ang nagwagi by George Canseco, Ewan by Louie Ocampo, Bulag, Pipi, at Bingi by Snaffu Rigor.
PhilPOP is not just a one-time, big-time shot at fame. It can be that stepping stone to building a long and successful music career. More than anything else, it’s a chance to carve a niche in the industry and change the landscape of local music,” adds Cayabyab.
Interested composers may still submit their entries online at www.PhilPOP.com.ph until midnight of May 10, 2012. Song entries must be in MP3 format and can be in any popular music genre or a fusion of known genres, in any form or structure. Each composition must not exceed four minutes. Contestants can submit a maximum of two songs, either as a sole composer or as a collaborator. Song lyrics may be in Filipino, English, any Filipino dialect or a combination thereof. Entries will be judged based on the artistry and creativity of music (50%) and lyrics (50%).
There will be no categories that will divide the professionals from the amateurs as Cayabyab believes this will create a real competitionwhere talent will be the driving force and not experience.
A cash prize of One Million pesos awaits the top winning entry. This is followed by P500,000 and P250,000 for the 1st and 2ndrunner ups. There will be a People’s Choice Award for the most popular entry as decided by online and text votes.
PhilPOP is a collaboration among respected local artists and prominent personalities from various industries brought together by a shared vision—to spark renewed pride and enthusiasm in Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and bring about another golden age in Philippine music.
The Philippine Popular Music Festival is jointly presented by Maynilad, Meralco, PLDT, Smart Communications, Sun Cellular, North Luzon Expressway, Metro Pacific Investments, PICC, Philex Mining Corporation, and TV5. For more information, visit the website at http://www.PhilPOP.com.ph.