Filipino rap artist GLOC 9 visited San Beda College Alabang last Friday for the 3rd leg of the FILSCAP Campus Caravan together with fellow artists Yael Yuzon of Spongecola and FILSCAP President and Rivermaya Frontman Rico Blanco.

Aristotle Pollisco in real life, multi-awarded artist GLOC 9 is regarded as one of the Philippines’ best story-teller and the most successful hip-hop artist in the country second only to his idol, master rapper and actor Francis Magalona who regarded him as a “True Filipino Poet.”


GLOC 9 more than a performer is one ‘helluva’ talented songwriter – admittedly, Aris (as he is called by friends) told the young San Beda students that writing songs has come as second nature to him already, a blessing that he has shared wonderfully to millions of Filipino hip hop fans through 8 studio albums, 2 live albums, 1 EP and 4 hip hop underground and collaborations.

Here is a video of GLOC 9 sharing some songwriting tips to San Beda students:

The event which was held at the Bellarmine Hall of San Beda Alabang’s CAS Building was well-attended by both faculty members and students who wishes to improve their songwriting skills or find inspiration to start writing songs.

During the Q & A, GLOC 9 is joined by FILSCAP President Rico Blanco and Spongecola’s Yael Yuzon. It was an enlightening session that shared a lot of important songwriting skills but also a look at how these three songwriting masters started out in the industry, their success stories and also failures.


For example, Rico Blanco shared that his first attempt to join a band was also his first taste of rejection – and just because he was applying to become a keyboardist. He also said that he cried out of frustration when his first band gig was cancelled.

GLOC 9 faced rejection after rejection while trying out to get his demo tapes to record labels and producers. He also shared that he attempted to join the ABS-CBN child-teen show “Ang TV” with the hope of showing the talent scouts his rap skills but was denied of the opportunity because he didn’t LOOK like an “artista.”

Yael Yuzon on the other hand told the students that he also had his shares of bad days and rejections, but told them that being a go-getter that he is kept him to be always positive and to see the obstacles on his path as a challenge that only fueled his desire to succeed.

Here are some of the wonderful sharings that happened during the FILSCAP Campus Caravan forum:

On songs you wrote that you didn’t like

How to write songs, for beginners


Writing songs that people will love

On Music Trends

The most perfect time to write a song

Songwriting Styles

Musical Influences

The FILSCAP Campus Caravan is a project of the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (FILSCAP), the sole and official music copyright society in the Philippines in cooperation with Pioneer Insurance. It aims to provide a venue for songwriters to share their experiences to aspiring college songwriters and musicians and for the students to learn practical songwriting skills and the different aspects of songwriting.

The first two (2) FILSCAP Campus Caravan was held in UP Diliman and the University of Santo Tomas. Other colleges scheduled to be visited are De La Salle University and University of Makati. Each visit is set to have a songwriting talk to be conducted by FILSCAP, a face-to-face session with a well-known Filipino songwriter, and introduce the collaboration’s second event – the #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition.

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Pioneer FVP for Marketing Len Pozon

The #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition aims to give musically-inclined college students a venue to showcase their songwriting skills on the Filipino trait of resiliency-bouncing back from setbacks. Interested applicants can visit www.moveonlang.ph to register and submit their entry.

Over 260,000 Pesos in cash will be given away, with 100,000 Pesos being the grand prize. Winners will also receive insurance coverage from Pioneer, while a special prize will also be awarded to the Online Favorite.

Established in 1965, FILSCAP is a non-stock, non-profit association of composers, lyric-writers and music publishers, with currently over a thousand members including Ryan Cayabyab, Jose Mari Chan, Jim Paredes, Danny Javier, Rey Valera, Noel Cabangon, Rico Blanco, Yael Yuzon, and Ebe Dancel.


ComCo Southeast Asia is the official PR partner of the FILSCAP Campus Caravan and #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition.

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