PhilPOP Search For The Next Filipino Composer


Last year I attended the press conference of the  2nd ELEMENTS Singing-Songwriting National Camp, it was the first time I met  music maestro Ryan Cayabyab. After the press con, media and bloggers were invited to participate in singing with Ryan Cayabyab playing the piano. I never sing in front of a crowd until that day! It was fun, a once in a lifetime experience! I sung Panalangin, one of the greatest hits of the popular group APO Hiking Society. 


Few days ago, I was in Napa Grill together with a group of bloggers for the PhilPOP. Mr. Ryan Cayabyab graced the event. It was an informal meeting talking about the music industry, few lectures on music and once again he’s inviting all Filipinos to join the search for the next, big Filipino composers, PhilPOP. 

Fourteen (14) finalists will be chosen for a final performance and competition night to be held on July 14, 2012 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)

The composer of the top winning entry will receive P1 million in cash and two runners-up will each receive P500,000 and P250,000 respectively. A People’s Choice award will also be given to the most popular entry as decided by online and text votes.

Ryan Cayabyab said, “We are inviting all Filipino composers to come out and share their work. This is your moment to shine. It’s high time we once again celebrate the artistry of the Filipino musician. Your big shot at song-writing success begins at this first ever Philippine Popular Music Festival.”

More than just the excitement of the prizes at stake, the music maestro explained the long-term impact of the competition for the eventual winners,

“PhilPOP is not just a one-time, big-time shot at fame. It can be that stepping to building a long and successful music career. More than anything else, it’s a chance to carve a niche in the industry and change the landscape of local music,” he added.

Interestingly, Ryan Cayabyab himself propelled his then amateur career through a song writing competition – the Maestro Manila Popular Music Festival (Metropop) where his composition “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika” won the top prize in the first ever run of the contest. The same music festival gave the local music industry its trove of hits and its roster of songwriting pillars and icons like Jose Mari Chan (“Hahanapin Ko”, “Minsan Pa”)Louie Ocampo (“Ewan”) and Freddie Aguilar whose song “Anak” failed to win awards that time but went on to become one of the country’s most popular songs. 

Mr. Ryan Cayabyab & RYC | livingmarjorney2125


  1. Interested composers may still submit their entries online at until midnight of MAY 10, 2012.
  2. Song entries must be in MP3 format and can be in any popular genre or a fusion of known genres, in any form or structure.
  3. Each composition must not exceed four (4) minutes.
  4. Contestants can submit a maximum of two (2) songs, either as a sole composer or as a collaborator.
  5. Song lyrics may be in Filipino, English any Filipino dialect or a combination thereof.
  6. Entries will be judged based on the artistry and creativity of music (50%) and lyrics (50%)

The PhilPOP buzz has travelled beyond the archipelago and has now reached Filipinos in other parts of the world including Thailand, North America, Hong Kong, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, France and United Kingdom.

 The Ryan Cayabyab Singers performed at the Bloggers Night The Ryan Cayabyab Singers

PhilPOP is a collaboration among respected local artists and prominent personalities from various industries brought together by shared vision – to spark renewed pride and enthusiasm in Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and bring about another golden age in Philippine music.

PhilPOP | Napa Grill with Ryan Cayabyab

The Philippine Popular Music Festival is jointly presented by Maynilad, Meralco, PLDT, Smart Communication, Sun Cellular, North Luzon Expressway, Metro Pacific Investments, PICC, Philex Mining Corporation and TV5.


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