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Get to know the Philpop 2018's 30 semifinalists

PhilPop Foundation announced the Top 30 Semifinalists to this year’s music festival. A non-profit organization led by Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, PhilPop Foundation reinvents itself this 2018. With the theme “Music. Powered by Pinoys,” and coming from a year-long and nationwide songwriting boot camps in 2017, the foundation adopted a grassroots approach to discover and develop the most talented songwriters in the country, and prepared them for the 2018 songwriting festival. 

Numerous aspiring composers across the country submitted song entries to join PhilPop. Over 100 judges – established figures in the music industry, music educators, youth groups, college students, religious communities and advertising executives – screened the songs, narrowing them from a thousand down to 30 entries.

This year’s semifinalists are as diverse as their origins and music genres. PhilPop strongly advocates for song entries written in the vernacular. Some of the entries in the Top 30 were written in Hiligaynon, Bisaya, and other local language. According to PhilPop Executive Director Dinah Remolacio, the “foundation’s pivot to change the format and competition timing was imperative to encourage more songwriters outside Luzon and the greater Metro Manila to join the festival. Embracing the biennial campaign by starting with the songwriting boot camps and then the festival proper was implemented to arm songwriters with knowledge and songwriting essentials that will push them to be confident to showcase their masterpieces, even those written in local language.”

All semifinalists’ entries will be produced by Viva Records, PhilPop 2018’s official record label-partner.

They are also required to undergo an intensive coaching camp on July 23- 24 in Tagaytay City, spearheaded by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, PhilPop Coaching Camp Master and foundation board member. He firmly believes that education is the key for the country’s music industry to move forward. According to Mr. C., “The next generation should be better than us hence, the best way to do this is to teach them everything we know at every instance possible.” Having been involved with PhilPop since its inception due to his desire to develop songwriters, he now works together with other music industry stalwarts such as Jazz Nicolas, Ebe Dancel, Jungee Marcelo, Trina Belamide, Jonathan Manalo, Wally Acolola, Thyro Alfaro, Yumi Lacsamana and Jungee Marcelo to guide the semifinalists in refining their creations.

From the Top 30 compositions, only ten will make it to the final round. These ten entries will be showcased to the public on November 30 in the PhilPop Festival Finals Night that will be held at Capitol Commons in Pasig City.

Here's the 30 Semifinalists:

1. AEIOU - Kenneth John Pores (General Trias, Cavite)

2. Ako, Ako - Jeriko Buenafe (Taguig, NCR)

3. Away Wa’y Buwagay - Eamarie Gilayo and Jovit Leonerio (Davao City, Davao Del Sur)

4. Bumbero - Michael Llave (Quezon City, NCR)

5. Di Ko Man - Ferdinand Aragon (Cebu City, Cebu)

6. Ikaw Ang Aking Pag-ibig - Mark Jay Felipe (Guimba, Nueva Ecija)

7. Isang Gabing Pagibig - Carlo Angelo David (Quezon City, NCR)

8. Kariton - Philip Arvin Jarilla (Antipolo, Rizal)

9. Kelan Kaya? - Sarah Bulahan (Mandaluyong City, NCR)

10. KilabI - Karlo Frederico Zabala (Valenzuela City, NCR)

11. Korde Kodigo - Jeremy Sarmiento (Davao City, Davao Del Sur)

12. Laon Ako - Elmar Jan Bolano and Donel Transporto (Tigbauan, Iloilo)

13. LDR (Layong ‘Di Ramdam) - Russ Narcies Cabico (Quezon City, NCR)

14. LGBT (Laging Ganito Ba Tayo?) - Kyle Pulido (Davao City, Davao Del Sur)

15. Lilipad - Agatha Morallos and Melvin Joseph Morallos (Baguio City, Benguet)

16. Loco De Amor! - Edgardo Miraflor, Jr. (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)

17. Mahirap Magselos - Paul Hildawa (Makati City, NCR)

18. Makisabay - Carlo Angelo David (Quezon City, NCR)

19. Malilimutan Din Kita - Marvin Blue Corpuz (Koronadal, South Cotabato)

20. MMRA - Oliver Narag (Valenzuela City, NCR)

21. Nanay Tatay - Teodoro Festejo III (Davao City, Davao Del Sur)

22. Oka - Michael Angelo Aplacador (Pateros, NCR)

23. Perfectly Imperfect Human - Barry Villacarillo (Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu)

24. Pilipit (Paano Sasabihing Mahal Kita) - Sean Gabriel Cedro and John Ray Reodique (Antipolo City, Rizal)

25. Promise Sorry Note - Michael Angelo Aplacador (Pateros, NCR)

26. Pwede - Agatha Morallos and Melvin Joseph Morallos (Baguio City, Benguet)

27. Tama Na - Michael Rodriguez and Jeanne Columbine Rodriguez (Makati City, NCR)

28. Unang Adlaw Nga Wala Ka - Therese Marie Villarante and Henrick James Pestano (Talisay City, Cebu)

29. Utang - Ignacio Dennis Roxas (Malolos, Bulacan)

30. Yun Tayo - Donnalyn Onilongo (Angono, Rizal)

The reveal is just in time as the local music industry is celebrating the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP). As a kickoff event of LMP2018, PhilPop stays true to its mission—to discover original songs and foster appreciation for these original compositions that truly reflect Filipino culture and identity.

PhilPop is an initiative of the MVP Group of Companies, Mid Atlantic foundation for Asian Artists, Inc. (MAFFAA, Inc.), and NYXSYS Philippines. PhilPop’s President, Ricky Vargas believes in the significance of strengthening our culture thru music. And as the foundation continues to expand and respond to today’s music scene challenges, Maynilad’s SVP and PhilPop VP Patrick Gregorio says, “Maynilad champions Filipino creativity, that’s why we invest in them. This is more than a corporate social responsibility. This is calling and we are honored to be in the position to help shape our future thru music.”

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony set to visit Manila on September 5

Grammy winner Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is scheduled to perform at the Mall Of Asia Arena on September 5, 2018 produced by Ovation Productions. The popular American hip-hop group worked their way into the music industry from the Glenville section of Cleveland, Ohio. They are best known for their fast-paced rapping style and harmonizing vocals. In 1997, the group was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with their song, "Tha Crossroads". Since its conception in the early 1990s, the group has been honored with other numerous awards. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is also the only artist to do collaborations with Eazy-E, Mariah Carey, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., and Big Pun. This legendary rap group is broadly recognized as one of the most successful hip-hop acts selling more than 50 million records worldwide.

Other Bone Thugs-n-Harmony chart-toppers are Thug Luv, Days of Our Livez, I Tried, 1st of the Month, Ghetto Cowboy, Thuggish Ruggish Bone, Mo’murda, Look Into My Eyes, Breakdown, If I Could Teach The World, Notorious Thugs, Foe The Love of $, and East 1999.

Filipino rap icon Gloc-9, new rap sensation Shanti Dope, and OPM MoThugs duo Blaze N’ Kane are set to be the show’s front acts providing Pinoy lovers of the genre a delightful and unforgettable night of R&B and hip-hop.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Live In Manila is produced by Ovation Productions. Media partners are FOX, FOXLife, FOX Filipino, MYX, Philippine Star, Business Mirror, Wave 89.1, 103.5 Klite, Mellow 94.7, 97.1 Barangay LSFM, iFM 93.9, Monster RX 93.1, 96.3 Easyrock,,,, Manilascope, Click The City, LionhearTV, PEP, When In Manila, 8list, Manila Concert Scene, Philippine Concerts, and Soundcheck Manila. Tickets available via and regular SM Tickets outlets. Ticket Prices are P4,770/ 4,240/ 3,710/ 3,180/ 2,650/1,060. For more info call SM Tickets +632 470-2222 or Ovation Productions +632 532-8883.)

Score free tickets to Celine Dion's first ever Manila concert from PLDT Home, Smart

PLDT Home and Smart are the main presenters of Celine Dion Live 2018 in Manila slated on July 19 and 20, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. The two-night event is produced by AEG Presents and Ovation Productions.

PLDT Home customers can get a chance to win tickets to see the world-renowned singer belt her hits like“My Heart Will Go On,” “Because You Loved Me,” and “The Power of Love” by upgrading to any Best Buy Bundle Plan until July 15.

On the other hand, Smart customers have a number of ways to score tickets to witness the legendary five-time Grammy winner in the flesh:

• Smart Prepaid customers can earn raffle entries with every purchase of a Smart Prepaid LTE SIM or Smart Prepaid load cards (in denominations of P100, P300, and P500) at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall and SM Fairview from July 13 to July 15.

•  Smart Postpaid customers getting a new Smart GigaX Plan 599 and above or All-In Postpaid Plan 500 and above at any Smart Store in Metro Manila until July 15 can earn e-raffle entries for a chance to win concert tickets.

• Smart Bro customers can get a chance to win concert tickets with every purchase of a Smart Bro LTE Pocket WiFi or Smart Bro LTE Home WiFi at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall and SM Fairview from July 13 to July 15. Moreover, customers getting a new Smart Bro Plan 799 or Plan 999, or any Smart Bro Gadget Plan at any Smart Store in Metro Manila until July 15 can also earn raffle entries.

Get updated with Celine Dion Live 2018 ticket promos by following the official Facebook accounts of PLDT Home ( and Smart (

Also use and follow the official hashtags #PLDTHomeCelineDion, #SmartCelineDion, and #SmartMusicLive on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a stream of updates on promos and coverage on the much anticipated concert.

Celine Dion Live 2018 follows a string of groundbreaking acts backed by both PLDT Home and Smart to give customers one-of-a-kind music experiences through awesome digital content and exclusive perks.

This long list includes the recent Manila concerts of Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Niall Horan, as well as last year’s performances of Britney Spears, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, David Guetta, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, and In the Mix’s 5SoS, Dnce, Two-Door Cinema Club, Dua Lipa, Daya, and Zara Larsson.

Boyzone Farewell Tour in Manila on August 26 at MOA Arena

Irish boy band Boyzone is going on their 25th Anniversary Tour, after which, the group will split for good. Manila date has been set for August 26, 2018 at the Mall Of Asia Arena as confirmed by Ovation Productions. This is the final chance for their millions of Filipino fans to watch them perform together. The group members are composed Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, and Shane Lynch. Boyzone has had 21 singles in the top 40 UK charts and 22 singles in the Irish charts. They are one of the most successful bands in Europe.

Boyzone was put together in 1993 by Louis Walsh who is also known for managing Westlife. The group split in 1999 and made a comeback in 2007, originally with the intention of just touring. Now, they have a fantastic new album out in time for their 25th Anniversary and it’s called Thank You & Goodnight.

Boyzone’s most loved hits include Love Me For A Reason, Daydream Believer, Key To My Life, So Good, Father and Son, Should be Missing You Now, Close To You, Words, Picture of You, Baby Can I Hold You, I Love the Way You Love Me, No Matter What, You Needed Me, What A Wonderful World, Everyday I Love You, What Becomes Of the Broken Hearted, among many others.

Ovation Productions, headed by veteran promoter Renen de Guia, is also the promoter in the Philippines of other well known boy bands The Backstreet Boys, New Kids On the Block, Boyz ll Men, Color Me Badd, All-4-One, K-Pop’s Big Bang, and also co-produced One Direction at the MOA concert grounds. Ovation celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary next year.

Boyzone 25th Anniversary & Farewell Tour tickets are available at SM and online through starting Thursday, 5 July 2018. For info call 02-4702222 or 0917-1495959.