PhilPOP festival aims to relive pride in original Pinoy music

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By Nikka Garriga

PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA- The hype around foreign musical genres such as Korean-pop (or K-pop) has undoubtedly affected the local music industry.

Renditions of foreign songs by local artists also had its share of the limelight, adding to what seemed like an industry widely dominated by imported music.

This is the inspiration behind the first ever Philippine Pop Music Festival (PhilPOP) that seeks to gather aspiring Filipino song writers and highlight the best and brightest in original Pinoy music or OPM.

PhilPOP is a song writing competition open to all amateur and professional Filipino composers who wish to submit original pieces or fusions of various musical genres.

“This is a competition waiting to happen for all of us in raising awareness to more original Filipino music. We are open for something new—fusions or genres—that can help put a stamp in Filipino music,” says renowned music maestro and PhilPOP executive director Ryan Cayabyab.

The festival hopes to provide a channel through which Filipino songwriters can create new songs and spark a renewed enthusiasm and pride by starting a brand new collection of freshly produced OPM.

“Though the local industry may seem dead nowadays, there is still hope. Young musicians of today’s generation still continue to compose and create original Pinoy music,” says singer-songwriter and PhilPOP advocate Ogie Alcasid.

“All we have to do is bring back the interest of the public towards our music which is an important part of our culture,” he adds.

Interested participants can begin submitting their entries online at by March 1 until May 10. Song entries can be in any popular music genre or structure and may be in Filipino, English, any Filipino dialect or a combination thereof.

Contestants can submit a maximum of two songs in MP3 format either as a sole composer or as a collaborator.

Judges will choose top 14 finalists for the competition night on July 14 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

The grand prize winner will receive P1 million and a trophy; second runner-up, P500, 000; third runner-up, P250, 000; and non-winning finalists will be given P50, 000.

There will also be a P200, 000 reward for the People’s Choice entry with the most number of online and text votes.

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