LOOK: PhilPop 2018 reveals Top 10 Finalists


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MANILA, Philippines – PhilPop, the premier songwriting competition in the country, revealed the Top 10 finalists during the late primetime spot of the Pinoy Playlist Festival on October 17, 2018 at the Sunlife Amphitheater in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

From 30 semi-finalists, PhilPop narrowed the selection according to the following criteria: 50% judges choice, 25% online streaming, and 25% Smart's People Choice through SMS and Twitter's conversational ad.

In no particular order, the top 10 finalists are:

  • "Laon Ako," composed by Elmar Bolaño and Donel Trasporto Tigbauan and interpreted by Kakai Bautista
  • "Pilipit," composed by Sean Gabriel Cedro and John Ray Reodique and interpreted by Julian Trono
  • "Loco De Amor!," composed by Ed Miraflor Jr. and interpreted by BennyBunnyBand
  • "Tama Na," composed by Michael Rodriguez and Jeanne Columbine Rodriguez and interpreted by Katrina Velarde

PhilPop 2018 Kakai Bautista, Julian Trono, BennyBunnyBand and Katrina Velarde.
From left to right: Kakai Bautista, Julian Trono, BennyBunnyBand and Katrina Velarde.

  • "Nanay Tatay," composed by Chud Festejo and interpreted by Chud Festejo
  • "Di Ko Man," composed by Ferdinand Aragon and interpreted by Ferdinand Aragon himself
  • "Isang Gabing Pag-Ibig," composed by Carlo Angelo David and interpreted by Jex De Castro

PhilPop 2018 Chud Festejo, Ferdinand Aragon and Jex De Castro
From left to right: Chud Festejo, Ferdinand Aragon and Jex De Castro

  • "Ako Ako," composed by Jeriko Buenafe and interpreted by Feel Day feat. Hans Dimayuga
  • "Kariton," composed by Philip Arvin Jarilla and interpreted by Acapellago
  • "Yun Tayo," composed by Donnalyn Onilongo and interpreted by Gracenote

PhilPop 2018 Feel Day feat. Hans Dimayuga.
Feel Day feat. Hans Dimayuga named finalist in PhilPop 2018.

Philipop 2018 Acapellago.
Acapellago joins Top 10 finalists in PhilPop 2018.

Gracenote PhilPop 2018
Gracenote enters PhilPop 2018 Finals.

This year's finalists offer a diverse crop of entries that represent different musical styles, ranging from contemporary hit music to folk, latin-flavored pop to R&B/soul, rock to easy listening music.

The top 10 finalists, together with the interpreters, will showcase their original songs on December 2, 2018 in the PhilPop Festival Finals Night that will be held at Capitol Commons in Pasig City.

Championing Filipino music through PhilPop

PhilPop takes pride in its advocacy to provide a sustainable platform for Filipino music acts to develop their skills through a world-class mentorship program, as well as introduce them to standard music industry practices and strategies that would harness their potential in the long run.

PhilPop 2018 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan.

— The Summit Express


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