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ASOP 2015 Finalists

October 8, 2015
If you were blessed with a talent to write and compose a song and a voice to sing a beautiful melody, what kind of songs would you make or sing?
12 pairs of composers and singers dedicated their talent to compose and sing songs of praises for the ASOP Musical Festival. 
I got the chance to meet them – some are professionals and others are amateurs – during the press conference held yesterday at Elements in Centris. 
This may seem a little out of ordinary for me to write about religion or anything that may be related to religion.. But (my wonderful) experiences taught me to embrace differences 🙂 
Anyway, it was a pleasant surprise to see familiar faces in the music industry taking part in the music festival. The grand finals would be judged by respected names in the industry: Ryan Cayabyab, Celeste Legaspi, Mon del Rosario, Jungee Marcelo, Jett Pangan, and Lachmi Baviera.

The Twelve Finalists who made it to the final cut:

 “DINGGIN MO, OH DIOS” composed by Cris Bautista, 
interpreted by Reymond Sajor
 “ALABOK” composed by Jesmer Marquez, 
interpreted by

Jeffrey Hidalgo
 “SABIK SA’YO” composed by Joseph Bolinas, 
interpreted by

Ney Dimaculangan
 “WALANG HANGGAN” composed by Benedict Sy, 

by Maki Ricafort
 “JESUS, I LOVE YOU” composed by Timothy Joseph Cardona, 
interpreted by RJ Buena
“MAHAL MO AKO” composed by Maria Loida Estrada, 
interpreted Sabrina
 “KUNG PAG-IBIG MO’Y ULAN” composed by Christian 
Malinias, interpreted by Leah Patricio
“DAKILA KA AMA” composed by Ella Mae Septimo, interpreted  
by Ruth Regine Reyno
Rolan Delfin, interpreted by Betong Sumaya
 “PAHINTULUTAN MO” composed by Leonardo de Jesus III, 
interpreted by Philippe Go
 “SALAMAT PO, AMA” composed by Dennis Roxas, 

by Jojo Alejar
 “PAKAMAMAHALIN DIN KITA” composed by Dennis Avenido, 
interpreted by Nino Alejandro
What makes these songs different from other songs of praises is that they sound like a normal song that you can listen on the radio. The message is subtle yet powerful. I love how one finalist said that it is His love that pushes him to join and write a song.  Interestingly, these songs would be available online FREE of Charge for download and sharing. 
The prizes at stake are:

100 thousand pesos for the 3rd runner-up song.
150 thousand pesos for the 2nd runner-up song.
250 thousand pesos for the 1st runner-up song.
and 500 thousand pesos for the “Song of the Year”
The ASOP Music Festival is set on October 13, 2015 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, 6 pm.
Singing songs of praises is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world. I am done with my Thursday morning duty and sang songs of praises too. My voice is not worth for stadium or coliseum performances though. 
Thank you UNTV and Rodel for welcoming me. 
Nope Ma, I am not converting into another religion. People with different beliefs can be friends too 🙂

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