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Guys, my name is James Leyte. I am an amateur singer/songwriter and I'm glad to let you know that I'm one of the 14 finalists to our country's first-ever Philippine Popular Music Festival. I am posting this to formally request your support for my song as well as to bring back the power of OPM(Original Pinoy Music).


For more info about this contest, please visit www.philpop.com.ph. You can listen to the top 14 songs in the site as well.

Goal of the contest(an excerpt from the Philpop site):

"How many great Filipino songwriters does an everyday Filipino know?

Chances are they only know a few. We are a culture enamored by glitz, glitter and glamour of the center stage. Thus, the performers often get the full glory of the spotlight. Cast to the shadows is the artistry of the songwriters and composers. The performers have been up there for quite a while. It’s about time we bring back the limelight to the songwriters and composers.

“The First Philippine Popular Music Festival” is a songwriting competition open to all amateur and professional composers who are Filipinos or of Filipino descent residing in the Philippines. The competition not only aims to celebrate the talent of Filipino songwriting, but to glorify the contributions of songwriters and composers to the Filipino music industry.

Orchestrating the competition is no other than Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, the country’s prominent songwriter, musician, academic, and the Festival’s Executive Director. Co-presented by the country’s top companies like Maynilad, Meralco, SMART, Sun, PLDT, TV5 and PICC, “Mr. C” plans to bring together the Filipino talents into one grand event.

The event is the outcome of Overall Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and Organizing Committee Chairman Ricky Vargas’ desire to help revive the Philippine music industry. There are two reasons why I'm back in the Philippines after working in Hong Kong for more than 20 years - I missed our religion and our music. You hear God's voice in music." MVP said.

The competition aims to: a.) Provide a channel which Filipino songwriters can create new songs, discover new expressions or genres in popular music; b.) Spark a renewed awareness, enthusiasm, and pride in Philippine music; c.) Start a brand new collection of freshly created Original Pilipino Music; and d.) Discover and promote new Filipino songwriters and singers."

Thanks a lot fellow PEXers! :love:


  • JameauxJameaux PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Guys, the 14 finalists songs can already be bought for 25php through Smart load from here:

    Please listen to my song Brown and hope that you like it. I highly encourage na bumili kayo ng lahat ng kanta. Salamat ng marami. Sana tangkilikin po natin ang sariling atin. OPM. Again, thank you again.
  • TTJTTJ PExer
    Sabado na pala ang Finals Night!
  • Vit@min_C[email protected]_C PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    good luck jamo!
  • So sino ang interpreter ng mga songs? Local singers natin o yung mismong composer? :)
  • spiglao2 wrote: »
    So sino ang interpreter ng mga songs? Local singers natin o yung mismong composer? :)

    here :)

    Philpop music

    best of luck jamo :kiss:
  • Good luck sana manalo ka :)
  • TTJTTJ PExer
    People's Choice Award! Congrats!!!!
  • Congrats People's Choice Award :D:love:;)
  • people's choice award winner!!!

    congrats :cheers:
  • starczamorastarczamora Sissie DaToic PEx Moderator
    Congrats sa People's Choice Awards!

    On another note, ang bland ng Top 3 huh.
  • Papichulo168Papichulo168 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Awesome show last night. I got two out of the top three correct:
    Here is my PhilPop Top 5:

    1. Ronaldo "Toto" Sorioso - “Tayo-Tayo Lang” Text: P5 to 2929
    2. Karl Vincent H. Villuga - “Bawat Hakbang” Text: P11 to 2929
    3. Noah Zuñiga Cabalquinto - “Dulo ng Dila” Text: P3 to 2929
    4. Kennard Faraon - “Slowdancing” Text: P14 to 2929
    5. Timothy "Thyro" Alfaro - “Himig Ng Panahon” Text: P9 to 2929


    Really disappointed though that Ebe Dancel didn't do justice to Sorioso's "Tayo Tayo Lang". Sorioso should sung it himself since singer naman pala siya eh. Or he should gotten Bamboo to sing for him.
  • TTJTTJ PExer
    Slowdancing and Kontrabida naman sa akin. May balita na ba kay Jamo? May recording contract na ba?:lol:
  • Papichulo168Papichulo168 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^SEO specialist contract siguro.

    I'm just curious though, do the winning songwriters have to share their winning prize with their singers?
  • TTJTTJ PExer
    i think PhilPop na ang bahala sa mga interpreters. Ang isyu ata ngayon,naging preliminary judges/ adjudicators daw sila Mark Bautista,Ebe Dancel at Sam Concepcion na interpreters sa finals. pero pumili lang naman ng interpreters after i-announce ang mga finalists.
  • JameauxJameaux PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    TTJ - salamat boss. Ikaw ang isa sa mga reason kung bakit nanalo sa People's Choice.

    RE: Recording contract. Wala pa. But I'll submit demos of my other songs to some notable peeps I've met in the music industry. Salamat sa inyong suporta. :)
  • TTJTTJ PExer
    daniel gorospe?yung mukhang performer sa Walang Tulugan?:lol:
  • JameauxJameaux PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    @Knulp - yup gusto ko din yung Kesa. Ambait ni Edwin. Malapit lang house niya sa amin.

    Jed, pareho tayo ng taste. Yung top 2 favorite ko Tayo-tayo lang at Kontrabida. Lagi ko kinakanta. Hehe.

    By the way, here's the lyrics of my song...

    Title: Brown

    Bakit ba nakita pa kita sa gitna ng Glorietta
    ‘Di ko napansin na ikaw yun nung una
    Kasi nakatalikod ka at medyo tumangkad ka pa
    Ngunit ganun pa rin ang kulay ng buhok mong brown

    Bigla akong umiwas ako’y naghanap ng CR
    At naghilamos ng ilang beses
    Nahihiya akong makita mo na malaki ang aking eyebags
    Kaka-break lang din kasi ng ipinalit ko sa iyo, na akala ko ay totoo
    Ngunit katulad mo ang buhok niya’y brown

    Kailangan ko pa bang lumapit sa iyo
    Pagkatapos ng ilang taon na tayo’y di nagkita
    Mahahawakan ko pa ba, ipapahaplos mo pa kaya
    Ang malambot mong buhok, na kulay, kulay brown

    Napakatagal ng titig ko sa salamin
    Nagdadalawang-isip pa kung puso ba ay susundin
    Bulong naman ng utak ‘wag na baka magsisi
    Sa huli din na natuto, sa sumpa ng buhok niyang brown

    (Repeat Chorus)

    Bakit ba nabitin ang pag-ibig mo sa akin
    Kaya ngayon ay tulala sa salamin
    Bakit ba ngayon pang basag ang puso ika’y nakita
    Kaya ngayon ay ‘di alam ang gagawin…

    (Repeat Chorus)
    (Repeat Chorus except last line*)
    *Ang malambot mong buhok, na kulay, hilaw na brown

    - End -

    The songs are now out on iTunes and MyMusic Store as well as your local music stores. To search for my song Brown, just type in my name or Brownman Revival in iTunes. Or better yet, just buy the whole album. Please support OPM. Salamat po sa inyong lahat.
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  • Papichulo168Papichulo168 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    PhilPop salutes OPM
    By Gian Carlo Vizcarra (The Philippine Star) Updated July 17, 2012 12:00 AM Comments (0)

    Manila, Philippines - The first Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPop), held last week at the PICC Convention Center, proved to be one of the best nights in Original Pilipino Music’s (OPM) recent history.

    Under the leadership of overall chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, PhilPop gathered the best, brightest music personalities in the country. It also gave everyone a glimpse of the bright future of OPM, disproving naysayers’ claim that its demise is just around the corner.

    National treasure Ryan Cayabyab, executive director of the festival, explains, “PhilPop provides a channel through which our composers and songwriters can create fresh, new songs. We’re looking for tunes that define the present generation — hindi ‘yung tunog namin!”

    From around 3,000 entries submitted to the competition, 14 songs emerged on top, coming from various genres and written by songwriters at different points in their careers.

    The task of evaluating the final entries was given to the 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, Pupil frontman Ely Buendia, ace songwriter-musical director Louie Ocampo and APO Hiking Society member Jim Paredes.

    On his Twitter account, Paredes exclaims how OPM roared and shone during the event. He also admits that he had a hard time judging the entries since finalists showed impressive new styles, approaches to Filipino music.

    Indeed, it was a shining moment for OPM as 14 songs slugged it out for the P1M cash prize for the grand winner.

    After the 14 songs were performed, three entries were singled out.

    Kung Ako Na Lang Sana composer Soc Villanueva’s Kontrabida was adjudged second runner-up. Interpreted by Sam Concepcion, the song tells a protagonist-turned-antagonist’s love story.

    With his youthful stance and amazing performance, Sam breathed life to Villanueva’s masterpiece.

    “I never doubted Sam’s talent. Even before he stepped on stage, I knew he would give justice to the song,” says Villanueva. “Sam’s confidence is just so high and talent is overflowing that I know that the battle is already half-won.”

    Concepcion, 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.

    “I know the song is catchy, unpretentious, and enjoyable to sing,” admits Concepcion. “But landing the third spot among 14 equally brilliant entries is extremely amazing.”

    Concepcion received glowing reviews from Paredes, via his Instagram account, describing his performance as “Wow.”


    Toto Sorioso’s Tayo-Tayo Lang, which talks about a musician’s experiences performing to a near-empty venue, placed second.

    Because of an apparent throat condition, singer Ebe Dancel had a hard time performing during the competition. However, the situation seemed to have added a unique charm to the song.

    The top prize went to Karl Villuga’s Bawat Hakbang, a beautifully-written inspirational song interpreted by Mark Bautista and Akafellas.

    The assured arrangement of the song and wonderful blending of the interpreters’ voices highlighted the undeniable charm of the song.

    “The landscape of the music industry is changing, and it is changing very fast. From purchasing physical CDs, we are preparing to enter a new era — music in digital formats,” says Dy-Go, who was radiant in a gown by Joel Escober for MYTH with accessories from Jewel’s Podium. “These songs represent the future of OPM.”

    Other notable entries are Noah Zuñiga’s Dulo Ng Dila (Jay-R and Deejay Poblete), Kennard Faraon’s Slowdancing (Nyoy Volante), Keiko Necessario’s 3AM (Marie Digby), Trina Belamide’s Bigtime (Baihana), James Leyte’s Brown (Brownman Revival and James Leyte), Thyro Alfaro’s Himig ng Panahon (Duncan Ramos, Luke Mejares, Loonie, Thyro and Yumi), Edwin Marollano’s Kesa (Daniel Grospe), Gary Granada’s Minsa’y Isang Bansa (Gary Granada), Mike Villegas’ Negastar (Cathy Go), Krist Melecio’s Piso (Joey Ayala) and Byron Ricamara’s Takusa (Rocksteddy).

    With hosts Ogie Alcasid, OPM president, and Nikki Gil, the event also boasted of the finest performances from OPM artists Sharon Cuneta, Regine Velasquez, Basil Valdez, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, Jose and Wally, Hajji and Rachel Alejandro, Bituin Escalante, Barbie Almalbis, Kitchie Nadal, Frenchie Dy, Cris Villonco, Gian Magdangal, Myke Salomon, among others.

    “This (PhilPop) could be the kick-off that could propel OPM once again, and would encourage every songwriter, young and old, new and veterans, to create,” says Cabangon. “Mabuhay ang Musikang Pilipino.”

  • Ganda ng Slowdancing, dulo ng dila, 3AM, Kesa, ... ewan parang lahat yata maganda.
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