YOSEF ESCOTO of San Beda College Alabang and his song INVINCIBLE was voted as the best of the best in the recently concluded #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition presented by Pioneer Insurance in cooperation with FILSCAP.

The event was held last week on Thursday (February 2) at Hard Rock Cafe Makati.

The judges which includes One Music PH Editor-In-Chief Joy Mesina, FILSCAP President Rico Blanco, FILSCAP Chairman Arturo Lui Pio, FILSCAP Trustee Noel Cabangon, and Pioneer Life Inc. President Lorenzo Chan Jr voted the song “Invincible” as the best song of the evening. And the crowd are in agreement!

In my opinion, the performance of singer-songwriter Yosef Escoto was also the best performance of the evening and incidentally his was the only one that suffered a major technical difficulty just seconds after starting his turn, prompting him to start again using a different keyboard.

Nevertheless, it was really an awesome song and the arrangement was nothing short of magnificent!

Here is the awesomely inspiring performance of Escoto during the Finals Night:


Escoto got to take home the Grand Champion Trophy and the cash prize worth 100,000 Pesos! And possibly, a chance to get his song to go mainstream (I really hope so).

Also getting in the top three spots were Benjamin Quijano (UP Los Banos) with the song “Aking Mundo” and Kenneth Roquid (UP Diliman) with the song “Alive.”‘

Here are the performances of Quijano and Roquid:



To recognize the songwriting prowess of the remaining seven finalists, Pioneer awarded 10,000 Pesos each to CK Sabillo (“Chronosphere”) from University of Santo Tomas, Julia Dichoso (“Hand In Hand”) from Sorsogon State College, Julien Cloma (“From Now On”) from STI College Novaliches, Luigi Balazo (“Make It Through”) from University of San Carlos, Marie Salvaleon (“Martsa Ni Marta”) from Southwestern University PHINMA, Marie Tayag (“The Biggest Leap”) from De La Salle University Manila and Patricia Monsod (“Time”) from University of the Philippines Diliman.

Julia Dichoso’s song “Hand In Hand” received 44.96% of online votes and was crowned as Online Favorite, for which she was awarded PHP 10,000.

Here are the video of the rest of the performances:




Pioneer also gave a Special Recognition Award and 10,000 Pesos to Drei Chua of San Beda College Alabang for his song entry “Bangon,” an exceptional composition that perfectly describes Pioneer’s message of hope to its clients.

Aside from the cash prize, all winners received 100,000 Pesos worth of insurance coverage from Pioneer.

Pioneer launched the #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition in partnership with FILSCAP and One Music PH to encourage the youth to pursue artistic endeavors and to celebrate the Filipino trait of resiliency. Applicants were challenged to write a song expressing their take on resiliency in 3 minutes or less. A total of 150 song entries were screened from colleges and universities all over the country, but only ten were selected at the Preliminary Judging conducted by FILSCAP.

“We love doing contests like this because it allows us to connect with the youth and inspire them to pursue the arts,” says Pioneer Life Inc. President Lorenzo Chan Jr. “By partnering with FILSCAP and One Music PH, we managed to provide songwriting expertise and the best launching platform to the up-and-coming #MoveOnLang songwriters. Pioneer will continue to support the arts with our contests, and we’re extremely excited for our next initiative to promote the arts,” Chan shared.

Aside from the exciting performances of all the finalists, we also heard awesome OPM renditions from the band 3rd Avenue and singer-songwriter Volts Vallejo.




You can also watch the coverage of the #MoveOnLang Finals Night on Pioneer Insurance’s Official Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/PioneerIsYourInsurance) and listen to the winning song entries on the official #MoveOnLang Website (www.moveonlang.ph) and Pioneer Insurance’s Soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com/pioneerph).

All 11 songs are also compiled in the playlist “#MoveOnLang (A Songwriting Competition),” available on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.

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