Philpop 2016 announces 12 Finalists

After screening more than 2,000 song entries, Philpop Foundation has finally revealed its list of Top 12 finalist for Philpop 2016.

Composing this year’s Top 12 are veteran and fresh composers who will vie to get Philpop 2016’s Grand Prize. Leading the roster of Philpop veterans are Soc Villanueva who competed in 2012, 2014 and 2015, Keiko Necessario and Mike Villegas who were also finalist in 2012, and Johann Garcia and Ramiru Mataro who were part of the 2015 Top 12 finalists.

Meanwhile, new bloods include Aikee Aplacador for “Pabili Po,” Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola for “’Di Na Muli,” Joan Da for “Baliw Sa Ex-Boyfriend Ko,” Paolo and Miguel Guico for “Tinatangi,” JC Jose for “Stars Are Aligned,” Karl Gurano and Daryl Reyes for “Friday Night”  and the youngest contender Jeroel Marana for “Sintundado.”

PhilPop continues its partnership with Viva Entertainment led by the visionary Vic del Rosario. Viva will again produce the compilation album of the 12 finalists, provide interpreters, intensive promotions, and mount the grand finals night schedule on July 23rd at the Kia Theatre. The grand prize winner will win P1,000,000.00 in cash.

In a statement, Philpop Festival director Ryan Cayabyab said Philpop’s thrust remains the same.

“We need more songwriters, we need more people to write about their stories. We really want to reach out to the young people and for them to tell us their stories,” he said. “It’s high time for Philippine songwriting to be heard across the world, loud and proud.”

Here’s the complete list of Philpop 2016 Top 12 Finalist

“Pabili Po” – Aikee Aplacador
“Stars Are Aligned” – JC Jose
“Di Na Muli” – Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola
“Sintunado” -Jeroel Maranan
“Nobody But You” – Keiko Necesario
“Kahon” – Ramiru Mataro
“Binibini sa MRT” – Johann Garcia
“Lahat” – Soc Villanueva
“Baliw sa Ex-Boyfriend Ko” – Joan Da
“Tinatangi”- Paolo Guico and Miguel Guico
“Friday Night” – Karl Guarano and Daryl Reyes
“Dumadagundong” – Brian Cua and Mike Villegas


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