More Than Just A Game Chant: Chud Festejo's 'Nanay Tatay' Wins Philpop 2018
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, December 11, 2018 4:03pm
Art by Jessa Malapit
After months of training and hand-picking the best compositions, Philpop finally chose the song entry that stood among the finalists in this year's competition. Nanay Tatay, written by a young songwriter from Davao, Chud Festejo, bagged Philpop 2018’s grand prize.
Nanay Tatay's title is based on the classic childhood game chant. The song won the hearts of the judges as announced during the Philpop Finals Night 2018 held at the Capitol Commons, Pasig City on December 2. Further, it won Maynilad Best Music Video with the direction of Ryan Evangelista.
The main focus of the song is the innocence and vulnerability of child beggars. These children are mostly unaware of the harm that the current society might inflict to them. Contrary to the playful chant it was based, Nanay Tatay actually gives off a darker vibe.
"Kinonek ko 'yong horror na feeling and 'yong social situation na nakakatakot 'pag nandoon ka," Chud said.
As for veteran artist and Philpop judge Trina Belamide, Nanay Tatay is not sung in the usual way but still emitted a powerful impact among the audience, including herself.
“I got teary-eyed listening to it. It was a sure win for me. I was happy na, apparently, a lot of people like it,” she said.
Nanay Tatay surpassed nine other entries, including Ferdinand Aragon's 'Di Ko Man (1st runner-up), and Jek Buenafe's Ako Ako (2nd runner-up). Donna Onilongo's 'Yun Tayo that won the Smart People's Choice Award.
All of the finalists, even the other entries that were not included in the top 10, proved that OPM lives and will continue to live on. Philpop definitely concluded with a better and deeper definition of OPM and it will continue to improve for the years to come.
Continue to rock, OPM!