ASOP Musical Festival Features a Mix of Music Genre

My day starts listening to my favorite playlist of song of praise and worship. Most of my favorite worship songs sung by international artists and bands such as the Hillsong United. But of course, there are Pinoy singers and composers as well like Garry Valenciano.

Last year, someone invited me to attend ASOP Music Festival press conference and Grand Finale. It was then that I learned about the competition and listened to their songs. They are all beautiful.

At the moment, ASOP is the only praise and worship song writing competition in the Philippines. This year marks its 7th year, it started in 2012 with the aim to bring back worship songs in our daily life.

The search for new original songs of praise OPM returns in A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival Grand Finals Night on November 13 this year. ASOP Music Festival announces its 12 grand finalists and their interpreters who will perform at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum stage.

The songwriters, including their interpreters, will vie for a total of Php1 million cash prizes. Last year, 19-year-old Noemi Ocio, who wrote “Kumapit Ka Lang” won the grand prize pot of Php500,000.

This year, there are songs that will be interpreted by known artists like ASOP Music Festival alumni: Gail Blanco, Brenan Espartinez, and RJ Buena. Performers who will interpret for the first time for this prestigious songwriting tilt include Sam Mangubat, Liezel Garcia, Zsaris, Apple Delleva, Kris Angelica, Dan Billano, Jay-R Siaboc, JV Decena, and Jay R.

ASOP TV airs via UNTV Your Public Service Channel every Sunday, weekly judges have the unenviable task of selecting the monthly finalists to go head-to-head on the Smart-Araneta stage after a year.

Here's the full List of (ASOP) Music Festival Grand Finalists:

  1. Gabundok Man – Composer: May Alona Trogue; Interpreter: Brenan Espartinez
  2. Sumasamba Sa’Yo – Composer: Joyner Dizon; Interpreter: Dan Billano
  3. Carry On – Composers: P.A. Atienza, Nonie Ramos, Nino Cristobal; Interpreter: Sam Mangubat
  4. Ikaw Ang Aking Dios – Composer: Lorna Petrasanta; Interpreter: Liezel Garcia
  5. Sapat Na Ba – Composer: Emmanuel Lipio Jr.; Interpreter: JV Decena
  6. Dahil Sa Iyo – Composer: Carlo David; Interpreter: Jay R
  7. Wala Kang Katulad – Composer: Reymil Anania; Interpreter: RJ Buena
  8. Ikaw Panginoon – Composers: Jocelyn Canlas and Jonathan Bobis; Interpreter: Jay-R Siaboc
  9. If You Believe – Composer: Gio Levy; Interpreter: Apple Delleva
  10. You’re All I Need – Composer: Jessan May Mirador; Interpreter: Kris Angelica
  11. Hallelujah To The One – Composer: Zion Aquino; Interpreter: Gail Blanco
  12. Beside Your Heart – Composer: Shane Kim Lumanog; Interpreter: Zsaris

This year, ASOP UNTV features an eclectic mix of genre in music, from R&B, jazz, glam rock, pop rock, to ballad. The songs talks about dealing with depression, hopelessness, battle with cancer, and death in the family. Another writer competing this year shared through his song how his life becomes complete after finding God.

Support your favorite artists/composer for the People’s Choice Award by casting (1) vote a day in the official website of ASOP Music Festival. The winner of the popularity award will be selected based on total accumulated points from online voting (50%) and power viewing (50%) of the entries’ official music videos. One account, one (1) vote per day will be counted. Voting period will last until November 13, 2017 at 12 noon.

My personal favorites are the songs "You're All I Need" and "Dahil Sayo". All the entries are truly inspiring and heartwarming. Congratulations to all the contestants of ASOP Musical Festival 2017.


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