Soc, composer of numerous hit songs including Kung Ako Na Lang Sana, personally chose Sam to interpret Kontrabida, which tells a protagonist-turned-antagonist’s love story.
Sam, who last joined a competition less than a decade ago via Little Big Star, where he bagged the top plum, was ecstatic over the commendation.
Sam received glowing reviews from Jim Paredes, via his instagram account, describing his performance as “wow.”
Toto Sorioso’s Tayo-Tayo Lang, bagged the 2nd place with Ebe Dancel as interpreter.
The top prize went to Karl Villuga’s Bawat Hakbang interpreted by Mark Bautista and the Akafellas.
The task of evaluating the final entries was given to the distinct panel of judges, composed by some of the most respected names in the industry – singer-hitmaker-advocate Noel Cabangon, famous radio personality Chico Garcia, Universal Records’ Managing Director Kathleen Dy-Go, PhilPop Treasurer Randy Estrellado, former Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia, ace songwriter-musical director Louie Ocampo, and APO Hiking Society Member Jim Paredes.