PhilPop Music Festival 2018: Music Powered by Pinoys

The Philippine Popular Music Festival (more popularly known as simply PhilPop Music Festival) is back for 2018, but with some exciting changes!

PhilPop Music Festival 2018

We have always known of PhilPop Music Festival as a prestigious songwriting competition open to amateur and professional Filipino composers. Since it started in 2012, it has given talented Pinoy songwriters a venue to showcase their original compositions. At the same time, it promoted and re-ignited Pinoy pride and love for OPM.

For PhilPop 2018, the music festival gets a boost through the addition of other exciting events that highlight “Music. Powered by Pinoys.” Music pros and enthusiasts get to enjoy PhilPop’s mall tours, music pods and listening booths, and songwriting boot camps hosted in different cities nationwide.

PhilPop Songwriting Boot Camp

The PhilPop Songwriting Boot Camp is a songwriting workshop to encourage and train Filipino composers to create excellent songs. Boot camps were done in Antipolo, Baguio, Cebu, and recently in Davao.

Participants or fellows need to pass stringent screening process to be part of the boot camps. For 3 days and 3 nights, the fellows learn from Boot Camp Master Ryan Cayabyab and an impressive set of multi-awarded celebrity songwriters who act as coaches. is proud to have our own Chito Joseph to be included in the batch of 23 Sponsored Fellows in the Davao boot camp held last February 15-18, 2018 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel. Aside from Maestro Ryan, their coaches and mentors included Trina Belamide, Gary Granada, Jimmy Antiporda, Jungee Marcelo, Jonathan Manalo, Yumi Lacsamana, Thyro Alfaro, Lara Maigue, Ben & Ben, and Davao’s own Popong Landero and Jeremy Sarmiento.

PhilPop Music Festival Davao Boot Camp

PhilPop Songwriting Competition

The songwriting competition remains to be a major part of the PhilPop Music Festival, where the Grand Champion gets to take home PhP 1 Milion tax-free. Also, runners-up will receive PhP 500,000 (1st runner-up) and PhP 200,000 (2nd runner-up). Having one’s original song be accepted as a PhilPop finalist would probably be the songwriter’s biggest reward, though.

Past PhilPop Music Festival Grand Winners include Salbabida by Jungee Marcelo and Triangulo by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana. Marcelo is the composer behind Gary Valenciano’s Hataw Na and Daniel Padilla’s Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat, while the duo Alfaro-Lacsamana composed Sarah Geronimo’s Kilometro and JaDine’s Hanap-Hanap.

PhilPop 2016 winners

How to Join the PhilPop Songwriting Competition

So, interested in joining the PhilPop Songwriting Competition? Here’s a summary of what you need to know.

  • must be a Filipino citizen
  • must be at least 16 years old
  • competition is open to both amateur and professional composers
  • must be an original composition of contestant
  • must be unpublished (not even in social media)
  • may be in any language (including local languages, i.e. Bisaya, Ilocano, etc.)
  • must not exceed 4 minutes
  • must be written by an individual composer or done in collaboration with another composer, provided both agree to submit their song as a single entry
Submission of Entries:
  • submission period: February 23, 2018 to May 15, 2018
  • must submit: accomplished online form, digital file of demo song, written lyrics
  • online submission via PhilPop’s Official Website

It comes as no surprise that PhilPop receives as many as 4,000 song entries every competition. Thus, it will take some time to conduct the screening and adjudication process to ensure that the best songs are chosen.

Announcements of Finalists and Winners
  • Top 30 songs / Semi-Finalists: June 2018
  • Top 10 / Finalists: October 2018
  • Grand Finals: November 2018

The music festival also aims to encourage composers from different regions. Thus, at least 5 semi-finalists will come from Visayas and at least another 5 semi-finalists from Mindanao.

With festivals like this, the competition champions are not the only winners. Filipinos win as we promote the diversity, beauty and power of original Pinoy music.

(Images are from PhilPop’s official Facebook page.)

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