945023_610005402360204_1378511569_nPhilPOP or the Philippine Popular MusicFest Foundation announced last Tuesday (April 30) the twelve (12) finalists of this year’s Philippine Popular Music Festival with central theme “Your Theme, Your Genre, Your Song.”

PhilPOP Executive Director Ryan Cayabyab shares that this is the most diverse collection of entries they’ve ever had.

“I heard a lot of rock, pop, rap, hip hop, folk, R and B, balad, a sprinkling of swing and sance music.  There are some attempts to do a modernized kundiman and quite a lot of novelty songs that visibly entertained the adjudicating panel.  I can’t wait to hear the top 12 that this year’s special panel will present in the finals night on July 6, 2013.”

There were a total of 140 people who make up the adjudication panel.  They were composed of respected industry professionals and people from the academe.  The adjudication panel facilitated the 4-stage screening process.

Some members of the Adjudication Panel
Some members of the Adjudication Panel

A total of record-breaking 3,383 entries were submitted this year coming from not only here in the Philippines but in all parts of the globe.  67% of the entries were in Tagalog while 37% were in English.

Here are the PhilPOP 2013 Finalists:

  1. SEGUNDO by Paul Armesin
  2. ARAW, ULAP, LANGIT by Marlon Barnuevo
  3. PANSAMANTAGAL by Jungee Marcelo
  4. KUNG DI MAN by Johnoy Danao
  5. SPACE by Raffy Caligdan
  6. ASKAL by Gani Brown
  7. SANA PINATAY MO NALANG AKO by Myrus Apacible
  8. SOMETIMES THAT HAPPENS by Adrienne Sarmiento-Buenaventura
  9. DO,DO,DO by Marion Aunor
  10. DATI by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana
  11. SAYO NALANG AKO by Lara Maigue
  12. PAPEL by Joey Ayala
PhilPOP2013 Finalists
PhilPOP2013 Finalists

The winner of PhilPOP 2013 will receive a cash prize of 1 Million Pesos.

The PhilPOP Board of Directors is headed by business Tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan with members Ricky Vargas, Ogie Alcasid, Noel Cabangon, Doy Vea, Al Panlilio, Patrick Gregorio, Randy Estrellado and Butch Jimenez.  

with Mr. C
with Mr. C
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