Philippine Popular Music Festival

The Philippine Popular Music Festival (also known as Philpop) is an annual songwriting competition organized by the Philpop MusicFest Foundation and was launched in 2012.[1] The creation of the festival was inspired by the defunct Metro Manila Popular Music Festival.[2] The foundation itself is headed by the chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, executive director Ryan Cayabyab and administrator and communications director Patricia Bermudez-Hizon.[3] The competition is only open to original and previously unreleased songs in English, Filipino and other Philippine languages.[4] Since its inception, it's been airing annually in TV5.

There are three prizes given: Grand Prize (₱1,000,000), 2nd Prize (₱500,000) and 3rd Prize (₱250,000). An additional award is given named Smart People's Choice Award (₱200,000), which is the most popular song based on the text votes sent by the people. People who win these prizes also receive trophies while the defeated finalists each receive ₱50,000 and a plaque.

In its first year, the festival has received many controversies regarding to its finalists and its rules.[5][6] On its second year, all the interpreters were able to film music videos for their respective song entries.[7][8][9]

Viva Records released the compilation albums of the PhilPop Music Festival finalists.[10]

1st Philippine Popular Music FestivalEdit

Result Song Composer/s[12] Interpreter/s[13] Special Awards
"3 AM" Keiko Necesario Marié Digby
Grand Winner "Bawat Hakbang" (Every Step) Karl Villuga Mark Bautista & Akafellas
"Bigtime" Trina Belamide Baihana
"Brown" James Leyte Brownman Revival & James Leyte Smart People's Choice Award
"Dulo ng Dila" (End of the Tongue) Noah Zuñiga Jay R & Deejay Poblete
"Himig ng Panahon" (Melody of Generation) Thyro Alfaro Duncan Ramos, Luke Mejares, Loonie, Thyro & Yumi
"Kesa" Edwin Marollano Daniel Grospe
2nd Runner-up "Kontrabida" (Villain) Soc Villanueva Sam Concepcion
"Minsa'y Isang Bansa" (Sometimes One Country) Gary Granada Gary Granada
"Negastar" Mike Villegas Cathy Go
"Piso" (Peso) Kristofferson Melecio Joey Ayala
"Slowdancing" Kennard Faraon Nyoy Volante
"Takusa" Byron Ricamara Rocksteddy
1st Runner-up "Tayo-tayo Lang" (Only Between Us) Toto Sorioso Ebe Dancel

2nd Philippine Popular Music FestivalEdit

Result[15] Song Composer/s[16] Interpreter/s[17] Special Award/s[18][19]
"Araw, Ulap, Langit" (Sun, Clouds, Heaven) Marlon Barnuevo Christian Bautista
"Askal" Ganny Brown Jose Manalo & Wally Bayola
Grand Winner "Dati" (Ever Since) Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana Sam Concepcion & Tippy Dos Santos feat. Quest
1st Runner-up "Kung 'Di Man" (If Never) Johnoy Danao Ney Dimaculangan Smart People's Choice Award
2nd Runner-up "Pansamantagal" Jungee Marcelo Sitti & Julianne Tarroja
"Papel" (Paper) Joey Ayala Joey Ayala & Gloc-9 feat. Denise Barbacena
"Sana Pinatay Mo Na Lang Ako" (How I Wish You Just Killed Me) Myrus Apacible Kimpoy Feliciano
"Sa'yo Na Lang Ako" (I'm Yours) Lara Maigue Karylle
"Segundo" (Second) Paul Armesin Yael Yuzon Meralco Special Award
"Sometimes That Happens" Adrienne Buenaventura & Niño Regalado Ace Libre
"Space" Raffy Calicdan Kean Cipriano & Banda ni Kleggy
"Time Machine" 1 Kennard Faraon Six Part Invention


^1 This song replaced Marion Aunor's entry, "Do, Do, Do", after Aunor backed out due to personal reasons and her talent management decision.[20]

3rd Philippine Popular Music FestivalEdit

Result Song Composer/s Interpreter/s[21] Special Award
1st Runner-up "Awit Mo'y Nandito Pa" (Your Song's Still There) Toto Sorioso Aldrich Talonding & James Bucong
"Babalikan Mo Rin Ako" (You Will Return to Me) Soc Villanueva Nikki Gil
"Dear Heart" Mike Villegas Kiana Valenciano
"Hangout Lang" (Hangout Only) Allan Feliciano & Isaac Garcia Duncan Ramos & Young JV
"Kung Akin Lang Ang Langit" (If Heaven Is Only Mine) Cecilia Bocobo & Isaac Garcia Mcoy Fundales & Clara Benin Spinnr People's Choice Award
"Langit Umaawit" (Heaven Sings) Toto Sorioso Tom Rodriguez
"NGSB (No Girlfriend Since Break)" Davey Langit Luigi D' Avola
"Qrush On You" Flava Matikz & Knowa Lazarus Jay R, Elmo Magalona & Q-York
Grand Winner "Salbabida" (Life Saver) Jungee Marcelo Kyla
"Song On A Broken String" Jude Gitamondoc & Therese Villarante Nicole Laurel Asensio
"The Only One" Venelyn San Pedro Thor Dulay
2nd Runner-up "Torpe Song" Daryl Ong Kris Lawrence

4th Philippine Popular Music FestivalEdit

Result Song Composer/s Interpreter/s Special Award/s
"Walang Hanggan" (Forever) Ramiru Mataro Ramiru Mataro & Donnalyn Bartolome
"Musikaw" (Song and You) Melchor Magno James Reid feat. Pio
"I Owe You My Heart" MJ Morallos Anja Aguilar
Grand Winner "Triangulo" (Triangle) Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana Thyro Alfaro, Yumi Lacsamana & Jeric Medina
"For The Rest Of My Life" Ned Esguerra Side A
2nd Runner-up "Sa Ibang Mundo" (In Another World) Mark Villar Kean Cipriano & Nadine Lustre Maynilad People's Choice Award
"Kilig" Soc Villanueva Jinky Vidal
"Apat Na Buwang Pasko" (Four-Month Christmas) Gino Cruz & Jeff Arcilla Jon Santos
1st Runner-up "Paratingin Mo Na Siya" Davey Langit Davey Langit
"Nasaan" Lara Maigue Lara Maigue
"Tanging Pag-asa Ko" (My Only Hope) Paul Armesin The Company
"Edge Of The World" Johannes Garcia Josh Padilla & Yassi Pressman Best Music Video Award

5th Philippine Popular Music FestivalEdit

Out of more than 2,000 entries, The Philpop, together with the adjudicators — singers Basti Artadi, Bullet Dumas, Ebe Dancel, Lara Maigue and Davey Langit, academe members and college students — selects 12 entries for the competition.[3] Five of the composers are returning to the competition, while 11 of those are rookies.[10]

Result Song Composer/s Interpreter/s Special Award/s
"Baliw sa Ex-Boyfriend Ko" (I'm Crazy for My Ex-Boyfriend) Joan Da Sugar 'N Spice featuring Joan Da
"Binibini sa MRT" Johann Garcia The Juans
Grand Winner "Di Na Muli" Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola Itchyworms
"Dumadagundong" Brian Cua and Mike Villegas Yassi Pressman
"Friday Night" Karl Guarano Kenjhons
"Kahon" (Box) Ramiro Mataru Ramiru Mataro
1st Runner-up "Lahat" (Everything) Soc Villanueva Jason Dy Maynilad People's Choice Award
"Nobody But You" Keiko Necesario Monica Cuenco
"Pabili Po" Aikee Aplacador Banda ni Kleggy and Aikee
"Stars are Aligned" JC Jose Acapellago and Jimmy Marquez
"Sintunado" (Out of Tune) Jeroel Maranan Nyoy Volante
2nd Runner-up "Tinatangi" (Special) Miguel Guico and Paolo Guico Cookie Chua, Bayang Barrios and The Benjamins Smart/PLDT Best Music Video Award

6th Philippine Popular Music FestivalEdit

The 30 semifinalists for the 2018 Philippine Popular Music Festival were announced on July 24, 2018.[24] A criteria of 25% online streams, 25% SMS voting, and 50% judges' choices was used to select the top 10 finalists. The Top 10 were announced on October 17, 2018.[25] The Grand Finals were held on December 2, 2018.[26]

Top 30Edit

  • Date: October 17, 2018
  • Venue: BGC Arts Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Top 10Edit

Results Song Composer/s Composer/s Location Interpreter/s Special Award/s
2nd Runner-up "Ako Ako" (Me, Me) Jeriko Buenafe Taguig City Feel Day, Hans Dimayga
1st Runner-up "'Di Ko Man" Ferdinand Aragon Cebu City, Cebu Ferdinand Aragon
"Isang Gabing Pag-Ibig" (One Night Stand) Carlo Angelo David Quezon City Jex De Castro
"Kariton" (Cart) Philip Arvin Jarilla Antipolo City, Rizal Acapellago
"Laon Ako" (I'm Old) Elmar Jan Bolaño & Donel Trasporto Tigbuan, Iloilo Kakai Bautista
"Loco De Amor!" Edgardo Miraflor Jr. Bacolod City, Negros Occidental BennyBunnyBand
Grand Winner "Nanay Tatay" (Mother Father) Teodoro Festejo III Davao City, Davao Del Sur Chud Festejo Maynilad Best Music Video
"Pilipit" Sean Gabriel Cedro & John Ray Reodique Antipolo City, Rizal Julian Trono
"Tama Na" (Stop) Michael Rodriguez & Jeanne Columbine Rodriguez Makati City Katrina Velarde
"Yun Tayo" Donnalyn Onilongo Angono, Rizal Gracenote Smart People's Choice Award


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