Responsible for bringing us hits such as "Dati" and "Triangulo" by Thyro and Yumi, "Tinatangi" by Ben & Ben and "Di Na Muli" by Itchyworms, the PhilPop songwriting competition is back!
Out of thousands of hopefuls from different parts of the country, only a select roster of songwriters made it to the next level of the prestigious competition. This time around, the number of official entries has been expanded from 12 to 30 including songs in other local dialects.
Here's the full list of semi-finalists and their respective entries which will all be available on Spotify starting next month.
AEIOU - Kenneth John Pores (General Trias, Cavite)
Ako, Ako - Jeriko Buenafe (Taguig, NCR)
Away Wa'y Buwagay - Eamarie Gilayo and Jovit Leonerio (Davao City, Davao Del Sur)
Bumbero - Michael Llave (Quezon City, NCR)
'Di Ko Man - Ferdinand Aragon (Cebu City, Cebu)
Ikaw Ang Aking Pag-ibig - Mark Jay Felipe (Guimba, Nueva Ecija)
Isang Gabing Pag-ibig - Carlo Angelo David (Quezon City, NCR)
Kariton - Philip Arvin Jarilla (Antipolo, Rizal)
Kelan Kaya? - Sarah Bulahan (Mandaluyong City, NCR)
Kilabl - Karlo Frederico Zabala (Valenzuela City, NCR)
Korde Kodigo - Jeremy Sarmiento (Davao City, Davao Del Sur)
Laon Ako - Elmar Jan Bolano and Donel Transporto (Tigbauan, Iloilo)
LDR (Layong 'Di Ramdam) - Russ Narcies Cabico (Quezon City, NCR)
LGBT (Laging Ganito Ba Tayo) - Kyle Pulido (Davao City, Davao Del Sur)
Lilipad - Agatha Morallos and Melvin Joseph Morallos (Baguio City, Benguet)
Loco De Amor - Edgardo Miraflor, Jr. (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)
Mahirap Magselos - Paul Hildawa (Makati City, NCR)
Makisabay - Carlo Angelo David (Cebu City, Cebu)
Malilimutan Din Kita - Marvin Blue Corpuz (Koronadal, South Cotabato)
MMRA - Oliver Narag (Valenzuela City, NCR)
Nanay Tatay - Teodoro Festejo III (Davao City, Davao Del Sur)
Oka - Michale Angelo Aplacador (Pateros, NCR)
Perfectly Imperfect Human - Barry Villacarillo (Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu)
Pilipit (Paano Sasabihing Mahal Kita) - Sean Gabriel Cedro and John Ray Reodique (Antipolo, Rizal)
Promise Sorry Note - Michael Angelo Aplacador (Pateros, NCR)
Pwede - Agatha Morallos and Melvin Joseph Morallos (Baguio City, Benguet)
Tama Na - Michael Rodriguez and Jeanne Columbine Rodriguez (Makati, NCR)
Unang Adlaw Nga Wala Ka - Therese Marie Villarante and Henrick James Pestano (Talisay City, Cebu)
Utang - Ignacio Dennis Roxas (Malolos, Bulacan)
Yun Tayo - Donnalyn Onilongo (Angono, Rizal)
Hosted by MYX VJ Ai, the grand reveal was graced by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Noel Cabangon and other PhilPop executives. Also present were PhilPop alumni Jungee Marcelo, Davey Langit and Jazz Nicolas of The Itchyworms who performed his winning piece from 2016, "Di Na Muli".
"Di Na Muli" found new life this 2018 after being featured in the hit movie Sid and Aya. Check out the Itchyworms' official music video and Janine Teñoso's MYX Fullscreen performance below:
The PhilPop 2018 grand finals is happening on November 30.
Are you excited for this year's PhilPop entries? Sound off in the comment section!