The Winners of the 1st Philippine Popular Music Festival: Rejuvenating the Philippine Music Industry this 2012

July 14, 2012 marks the new year for all original Filipino music with the 1st Philippine Popular Music Festival. I was still fortunate enough to at least saw the last part - announcement of winners of the Philippine Popular Music Festival 2012 telecast in TV5. I'm glad I did,

Winners of the 1st Philippine Popular Music Festival 2012


There are a total of 14 finalists for the 2012 PPOP Music Festival.
Check out their individual entries here.

Philippine Popular Music Festival Top 14
  • "Kesa" music and lyrics by Edwin Marollano
  • "Piso" music and lyrics by Krist Melecio
  • "Dulo ng Dila" music and lyrics by Noah Zuñiga
  • "Takusa" music and lyrics by Byron Ricamara
  • "Tayo-Tayo Lang" music and lyrics by Toto Sorioso
  • "3:00 AM" music and lyrics by Keiko Necesario
  • "Bigtime" music and lyrics by Trina Belamide
  • "Brown" music and lyrics by James Leyte
  • "Himig Ng Panahon" music and lyrics by Thyro Alfaro
  • "Minsa'y Isang Bansa" music and lyrics by Gary Granada
  • "Bawat Hakbang" music and lyrics by Karl Villuga
  • "Negastar" music and lyrics by Mike Villegas
  • "Kontrabida" music and lyrics by Soc Villanueva
  • "Slowdancing" music and lyrics by Kennard Faraon



Although almost all entries have somethings special to offer, unfortunately there can only be one grand winner. Here are the list of winners for the 1st PPOP Music Festival:

The Winners of the 1st Philippine Popular Music Festival

1st Philippine Popular Music Festival Smart People's Choice Awards:
"Brown"
Music and Lyrics by James Leyte
Interpreted by Brown Man Revival

1st Philippine Popular Music Festival 2nd Runner Up:
"Kontrabida"
Music and Lyrics by Soc Villanueva
Interpreted by Sam Concepcion

1st Philippine Popular Music Festival 1st Runner Up:
"Tayo-Tayo Lang"
Music and Lyrics by Toto Sorioso
Interpreted by Ebe Dancel

1st Philippine Popular Music Festival Grand Winner:
"Bawat Hakbang"
Music and Lyrics by Karl Villuga
Interpreted by Mark Santos with the Acafellas

Filipino music has taken a step back and has steadily decline over the past few years (if not decades) and this is because of a number of reasons. Rather than pondering on what almost destroyed it, let's look forward at what will build it anew. Hopefully the Philippine Popular Music Festival will become a consistent annual music event like what the Metro Manila Popular Music Festival (Metropop) has established before it. An annual event that will help rejuvenate the Philippine music industry by ushering in new all original Filipino music by creative and Filipino artists (Filipino composers and singers alike).

For more information about the Philippine Popular Music Festival visit their official website at http://www.philpop.com.ph/

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