PhilPop Bootcamp 2019 kicks off in Batangas
by Inside Manila Team, May 30, 2019 5:28pm
Art by Allen Mirambel
The country’s premier songwriting competition is back to shine the spotlight on the Philippines’ next generation of OPM stars.
To kick off this year’s events, Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPop), in partnership with Smart, is headed to Batangas for the first leg of the PhilPop Bootcamp 2019. The four-day workshop for upcoming songwriters will be held on May 27 to 30 at Club Balai Isabel, a premium resort in Tagaytay City.
PhilPop Bootcamp 2019 is an intensive class led by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab. It aims to hone the songwriting and performance skills of aspiring music artists. Bootcamps will be held nationwide, offering scholarship programs to 20 outstanding singer-songwriters per cluster. Next stops will be in Davao on July 21 to 25, Bacolod on September 23 to 26, and in Dagupan on November 18 to 22.
Participants will have the unique experience of learning from some of the country’s renowned songwriters, including Noel Cabangon, Jim Paredes, Jonathan Manalo, Tina Dumlao, Marvin Querido, Trina Belamide, Jungee Marcelo, Paulo and Miguel Guico, and Lara Maigue among others.
To qualify, participants must be a Filipino citizen, aged 16 years and above, and residents of the area covered by the bootcamp. Basic songwriting knowledge and experience are required, including at least one completed song. Amateur or professional songwriters are welcome except those who have already been PhilPop Songwriting Festival finalists.
Since it was launched in 2012, PhilPop has helped revive the interest and pride in Filipino music by giving a nationwide platform for talented songwriters to showcase their original compositions. Winners receive cash prizes, including a 1 million pesos cash prize for the grand champion. Last year’s top prize winner was Davao’s Chud Festejo. He won for his song Nanay, Tatay, which also bagged the Maynilad Best Music Video Award.