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PhilPOP SEARCH FOR THE NEXT, BIG FILIPINO COMPOSER IS ONGOING

Organizers of the first Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPOP), led by its executive director and music maestro Ryan Cayabyab, issued a last call to Filipino composers, performers and music lovers to join the PhilPOP songwriting competition.

The composer of the top winning entry will receive P1 million in cash and two runners-up will each receive P500,000 and P250,000 respectively. A People’s Choice award will also be given to the most popular entry as decided by online and text votes.

Fourteen (14) finalist will be chosen for a final performance and competition night to be held on July 14, 2012 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

“We are inviting all Filipino composers to come out and share their work. This is your moment to shine. It’s high time we once again celebrate the artistry of the Filipino musician. Your big shot at song-writing success begins at this first ever Philippine Popular Music Festival,” Cayabyab said.

With PhilPOP, Cayabyab now comes full circle in his career as one of the Philippines’ most celebrated musicians – inspiring a new generation of song writers and composers as well as spearheading the renaissance of OPM through a familiar platform he himself has gone through a familiar platform he himself has gone through.

More than just the excitement of the prizes at stake, the music maestro explained the long-term impact of the competition for the eventual winners. “PhilPOP” is not just a one-time, big-time shot at fame. It can be stepping stone to the 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,”  he added.

Moreover, interested composers may still submit their entries online at 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%).

The PhiPOP bus has travelled beyond the archipelago and has now reached Filipinos in other parts of the world including Thailand, North America, Hong Kong, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, France and the United Kingdom.

PhilPOP is a collaboration among respected local artists and prominent personalities from various industries brought together by a shared vision – to sprak renewed pride and enthusiasm in Origianl 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, please visit their website: http://www.philpop.com.ph/