Tonight will again be a night to remember – a night dedicated to singing for the glory of God.
Fresh from bagging the Best Talent Search program award in last night’s 31st PMPC Star Awards for Television at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater – Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, the A Song of Praise Music Festival will stage its Year 6 Finals tonight at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Also known as ASOP and seen weekly on UNTV News and Rescue channel every Sunday night, the praise songwriting tilt will feature its 12 monthly finalists who are all vying for the P1-million grand prize.
This year’s finalists are:
- Gabundok Man – Composer: May Alona Trogue; Interpreter: Brenan
- Sumasamba Sa’Yo – Composer: Joyner Dizon; Interpreter: Dan Billano
- Carry On – Composers: P.A. Atienza, Nonie Ramos, Nino Cristobal; Interpreter: Sam Mangubat
- Ikaw Ang Aking Dios – Composer: Lorna Petrasanta; Interpreter: Liezel Garcia
- Sapat Na Ba – Composer: Emmanuel Lipio Jr.; Interpreter: JV Decena
- Dahil Sa Iyo – Composer: Carlo David; Interpreter: Jay R
- Wala Kang Katulad – Composer: Reymil Anania; Interpreter: RJ Buena
- Ikaw Panginoon – Composers: Jocelyn Canlas and Jonathan Bobis;
Interpreter: Jay-R Siaboc
- If You Believe – Composer: Gio Levy; Interpreter: Apple Delleva
- You’re All I Need – Composer: Jessan May Mirador; Interpreter: Kris Angelica
- Hallelujah To The One – Composer: Zion Aquino; Interpreter: Gail Blanco
- Beside Your Heart – Composer: Shane Kim Lumanog; Interpreter: Zsaris
Last year, Noemi Ocio’s “Kumapit Ka Lang” made its way to the top of ASOP Year 5. The song later on became viral on social media and was also used on a tribute video for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. Another ASOP song, season 3 grand winner “May Awa Ang Dios” by Louise Lyle Robles, was used in a campaign video of President Duterte during the campaign leading to the 2016 presidential elections.
The sixth edition of ASOP Music Festival will be remembered for featuring an eclectic mix of genre in music, from R&B, jazz, glam rock, pop rock to ballad. The event will feature songs that reflect the songwriters’ fight with depression, hopelessness, battle with cancer, and death in the family. Another writer competing this year shared through his song how his life becomes complete after finding God.
ASOP On A League Of Its Own
In a press conference last Tuesday at the OMBU Kusina in Quezon City, ASOP resident judge Mon Del Rosario noted how great of an impact the A Song For Praise Music Festival had in the Philippine music scene.
The great Filipino composer highlighted how ASOP gave a fresh breath of air to the Philippine music industry amidst the issues like piracy, and dropping album sales. “Having worked with ASOP for the past six years and having worked with a lot of talented composers and a lot of very talented interpreters, nabubuhayan ako ng loob. In fact, I feel very encouraged, lumalakas ang loob ko every year.” The veteran musical director added,”With the current political climate, im sure malaki magiging suporta.”
He also made it clear how ASOP carved out a niche of its own that made it resonate well with Filipinos. “In the industry, ang ASOP is perhaps the only project that deals with praise music. Although maraming albums yan, maraming artists ang praise music in so many years, pero ang focus talaga I think more than any other project in the praise genre, ASOP ang nagstastandout.”
Del Rosario, also known as “Doktor Musiko” in the OPM scene, ended his statement with a strong take on ASOP TV. “If you think of praise music in the Philippines, imposibleng hindi mo iisipin ang ASOP.”
ASOP Gives The People More Power To Choose
ASOP also gave the public more power in choosing its preferred entry through revisions on its People’s Choice Awards mechanics.
The online voting and power viewing to select the People’s Choice Awardee kicked off on November 3. On the new scheme, fans and supporters rooting for their grand finalists to clinch the People’s Choice Award can cast one (1) vote a day in the official website of ASOP Music Festival, using their Facebook and Twitter accounts or through power viewing the official videos.
The winner of the popularity award will be selected based on total accumulated points from online voting (50%) and power viewing (50%) of the entries’ official music videos.
One account, one (1) vote per day will be counted. Voting period will last until today, November 13, at exactly 12 noon.