The worldwide search for the next big OPM love song is back in Himig Handog 2017, the largest Filipino songwriting competition that gave birth to recent winners “Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa,” “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako,” and “Dalawang Letra,” and the new song selections will be performed live on “ASAP” stage this October.
A total of 10 songs made it to this year’s competition out of almost 7,000 entries from Filipinos all over the world. In Himig Handog tradition, these compositions will be interpreted by some of today’s hottest local artists.
This year’s interpreters include Jake Zyrus for Agatha Morallos’ song entry “Bagyo,” Migz Haleco for Eric de Leon’s “Bes,” Inigo Pascual feat. Aikee for Michael “Aikee” Aplacador’s “Extensyon,” Morissette for LJ Manzano and Joan Da’s “Naririnig Mo Ba?,” and Jona for Raizo Chabeldin and Biv De Vera’s “Sampu.”
Also doing their unique song rendition are Unit 406 for Gabriel Tagadtad’s “Tanghaling Tapat,” Kyla and Jason Dy for Soc Villanueva’s “Tayo na Lang Kasi,” Kaye Cal for Karl Gaurano and Teodoro Katigbak’s “The Labo Song,” Moira for Libertine Amistoso’s “Titibo-Tibo,” and Janella Salvador for Karlo Zabala’s “Wow na Feelings.”
The song entries will be performed on “ASAP” starting this Sunday (October 15) with Moira, Janella and Morisette; on Oct. 22 with Jona, Kaye Cal, and Inigo with Aikee; and on October 29 with Migz, Unit 406, Jake, Kyla and Jason.
The songwriter with the best composition gets the grand prize worth a whopping P1 million cash. Runners-up also get exciting prizes: P500,000 cash prize (2nd place), P200,000 (3rd place), P150,000 (4th place), and P100,000 (5th place).
This year’s music videos are produced by 10 participating schools: Bulacan State University (“Bagyo”), Columban College Olongapo (“Bes”), Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna (“Extensyon”), Southern Luzon State University (“Naririnig Mo Ba?”), Holy Angel University-Pampanga (“Sampu”), De La Salle Lipa (“Tanghaling Tapat”), MINT College (“Tayo Na Lang Kasi”), Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Bataan (“The Labo Song”), “International Academy of Film and Television – Cebu (“Titibo-tibo”), and St. Louis University Baguio (“Wow na Feelings”).
Now on its 8th year, Himig Handog is a songwriting competition that is led by ABS-CBN and Star Music. It began in early 2000s and was later revived in 2013. Many entries from this songwriting challenge have become huge hits and have been picked as theme songs for several TV shows and movies. Previous songwriters and interpreters have gradually made their mark in the OPM scene.
Digital copies of this year’s Himig Handog song finalists are now available for download and streaming online, and lyric videos may be viewed via the Star Music channel in YouTube. The album will be out in record stores nationwide starting October 15.