Calling Songwriters: PhilPop is now Open for Song Entries
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 28, 2020 6:58pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
Since 2012, the Philpop Music Festival has been true to its aim of advocating for OPM through its workshops and songwriting festivals. This organization has been in constant search for budding artists and original compositions. This year, even with the unfortunate circumstances, Philpop continues its mission to find exceptional music.
Philpop found talents like Chud Festejo who won the grand prize for his song “Nanay Tatay” in 2018; The Benjamins (Ben&Ben) who won second runner up for “Tinatangi: in 2016; and Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana who became grand champions for “Dati” in 2013. If you aspire to be one of them, here’s your chance as Philpop now calls for entries for the 2020 Songwriting Festival.
Songwriters from all over the country are invited to submit a maximum of three original and unpublished works from April 25 to July 4. The organization will accept entries from the country’s five clusters: Mindanao, Visayas, North Luzon (Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan and Central Luzon), South Luzon (Calabarzon, MIMAROPA and Bicol), and Metro Manila.
Every Filipino citizen 16 years old and above can join as long as they haven’t been in the top three of any Philpop competition. Overseas Filipinos can also join the competition provided they have proof of citizenship. Collaborations are also allowed if the participant wants to.
Since Philpop is about breaking boundaries, songs are not restricted to any genre. You can even submit compositions written in English and Filipino, including the native languages like Ilocano, Bicolano, Visayan, but they would require a translation for these entries.
A total of 15 songs (three songs from each cluster) will compete for the grand finals by the end of the songwriting competition.
To register, just fill out Philpop’s form for the songwriting festival.
You could be a great composer in the long run and be able to showcase the Filipino culture through music, and PhilPop could just be the first step!