The country’s biggest gospel songwriting competition on television, open to all amateur and professional composers looking to create songs to glorify the Lord, is now on its fifth year and will give away more than one million pesos to winning entries among twelve monthly finalists from November of last year to October of this year.
This year’s 12 grand finalists are:
- “God Will Always Make a Way” – composed by Glenn Bawa and Ronald Calpis, interpreted by Bugoy Drilon (November 2015)
- “Tapat Mong Pangako” – composed by Gulliver Enverga, interpreted by The Voysing (December 2015)
- “Ikaw Lamang” – composed by Jonathan Sta. Rita, interpreted by Tim Pavino (January 2016)
- “Ikaw Pala” – composed by Wilfredo Gaspar, interpreted by Ima Castro (February 2016)
- “Tanging Ligaya” – composed by Angelica Soriano, interpreted by Zendee (March 2016)
- “Ang Iyong Pangalan” – composed by Romarico Mendiola Jr., interpreted by Jovit Baldovino (April 2016)
- “Patawarin Mo Ako” – composed by Fernando Gardon, interpreted by Kris Lawrence (May 2016)
- “Araw at Ulan” – composed by Joselito Caleon, interpreted by Sitti (June 2016)
- “Pag-Ibig Ka Oh Dios” – composed by LJ Mansano, interpreted by the JBK (July 2016)
- “Mula Sa Aking Puso” – composed by Joseph Ponce, interpreted by Carlo David (August 2016)
- “Kumapit Ka Lang” – composed by Noemi Ocio, interpreted by Mela Ravanilla (September 2016)
- “You Stood by Me” – composed by Vincent Labanting, interpreted by Jason Fernandez (October 2016)
Followers of the ASOP Music Festival Year 5 Grand Finals may vote online through Facebook, Twitter and Youtube power viewing. Voting guidelines are available on asoptv.com/poll.
Powerhouse Songs, Top-notch Judges
ASOP TV has produced quality and emotionally charged songs of praises to God over the years, with Anton Estrella’s “Purihin Mo Ang Dios Oh Pilipinas”, performed by Gail Blanco winning on ASOP TV’s maiden year, Boy Christopher Ramos, Jr.’s “Ikaw” sung by Jonalyn Viray winning the 2013 edition, Louise Lyle Robles’ huge hit “May Awa Ang Dios” interpreted by Beverly Caimen bagging the 2014 grand trophy, and Christian Malinias’ “Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan” performed by Leah Patricio as last year’s Song of the Year. It can be recalled that 2014 ASOP TV song of the year was widely used as a campaign song for current Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s election campaign early this year.
Although there is no official announcement yet of the set of judges for ASOP TV Year 5 finals on monday, by all indications big-named personalities in the music industry will also grace the said event. The praise songwriting tilt has a reputation of bringing in a powerhouse cast of judges for each of the previous year’s grand finals. The “Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab, APO Hiking Society’s Jim Paredes and Danny Javier, Manila sound pioneer VST & Co.’s Senator Tito Sotto and hall-of-fame comedian Joey De Leon, as well as ASOP’s resident judge, Mon “Dr. Musiko” Del Rosario, among others, have graced the previous four grand finals events. There is buzz that the “Superstar” Nora Aunor will possibly head this year’s lineup of ASOP TV Grand Finals judges.
Songwriting for a Greater PurposeUNTV News and Rescue channel’s Chairman and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon, DHum. and Members Church of God International’s Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano initiated A Song Of Praise Music Festival on TV to promote gospel songwriting and to strengthen the faith of the people to the Almighty.
“A song is an expression of emotions. As we hear how in many ways lyrics and notes are used, it is of greater importance to use music in a more significant manner, and that is by praising God,”, said UNTV’s Razon on the competition’s grand finals night last 2014.
“A song has a great influence. Perhaps, through singing songs of praise to God, the [number of] atheists in the world can be decreased,” Bro. Eli, who is also a widely-known international televangelist of the longest running Philippine religious program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), added during the same event. “I told Bro. Daniel, I want to create a songwriting competition to produce more songs of praise.”
They both seem to genuinely promote writing of praise songs that they are not selling the songs for profit. “We just give away all of our A Song of Praise CD’s. We have been askedwhy we are not selling these songs for a long time. As a matter of fact, a record company offered to sell these songs in our behalf, since the songs have commercial appeal unlike
other Christian songs. You wouldn’t even realize that you are listening to our Christian songs unless you deeply analyze what you are listening to. However, we believe that since we are doing this in the name of God, we should not sell them for profit.”, Razon said in the vernacular during one of his interviews with the media.
They are also aiming on bringing the ASOP TV to international exposure. “Participants will initially come from the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries,” explained Bro. Eli. “Internationally, we will have participants from Portugal, Brazil, Africa and Europe who will create songs of praises for the glory of God.”
Televiewers can catch A Song of Praise on TV every Sunday, 8:05 in the evening on UNTV News and Rescue Channel 37 with webcast on UNTVWeb.com.