The ‘70s is probably the golden era of Original Pilipino Music, when the movement called the Manila Sound gave rise to some of the most iconic groups in Philippine music history such as Hotdog, Boyfriends and VST & Co. This glorious era will thus be the main theme at this year’s “Awiting Kay GLEEng’’, Festival Mall’s amateur choral competition, slated on September 16 and 17, at the mall’s 2nd level Carousel Court.
Now on its seventh year, “Awiting Kay GLEEng” invites non-professional vocal groups to show their stuff in two categories: school-based vocal groups (from high schools, colleges, or universities), and non-school vocal groups (from churches, religious groups, and companies).
Leading the stellar roster of judges are OPM icons Asia’s Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales, and Boboy Garovillo of the Apo.
This year, the song repertoire must include two OPM songs (in either English or Tagalog) composed from 1970-1979. One song must be sung a capella. Among the contest pieces will be songs like “Anak,” “Umagang Kay Ganda,” “Gaano Kita Kamahal,” “Ikaw Lang ang Aking Mahal,” “Sumayaw, Sumunod”, “Handog”, “Kay Ganda ng ating Musika”, “Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin,” and “Awitin Mo Isasayaw Ko.”
The grand champions will take home P30,000 in cash and a trophy whilst their school, company, church, or religious organization will receive P5,000. Second runners-up get to take home P10,000 in cash plus a trophy, while the first runners-up will receive P20,000 plus a trophy.
Festival Mall is a Filinvest Lifemall. It is the center of attraction within Filinvest City and is considered the heart of the city. The Filinvest mall group is also ensuring that its upcoming mall developments in other locations such as Il Corso in City de Mare, SRP Cebu, FORA in Tagaytay among others will constantly resonate the same value of a Filinvest Lifemall. And as its new branding and tagline goes, “It’s where the City’s heart beats”. It is a premier development in Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. It is the only mall with five anchor stores: Shopwise Supercenter, SaveMore, Robinsons Department Store, Ace Hardware and Handyman. It has over 700 shops, a total of 2,300 multilevel parking slots, various food outlets, and indoor amusement rides.