Himig Handog 2018
Jona for Tinatapos Ko Na.

Jona for Tinatapos Ko Na.

Which love song will win the hearts of Pinoys?

 

If you’ve been watching ASAP in the last two Sundays, you would have noticed a segment in the show in which four singers/performers dishing out new songs written specifically for the Himig Handog 2018 competition.

The songs are being judged by singers Jed Madela, songwriter/singer Yeng Constantino, songwriter/producer Jungee Marcelo, DJ Toni of MOR 101.9, and ASAP Business Unit Head Joyce Liquicia. They are tasked to judge the preliminaries of the contest, the winners of which will be announced on Nov. 25.

The performances in ASAP started on Oct. 7 and the second four performed last Sunday, Oct. 14.

Ten songs were chosen from over 5,000 entries sent by Filipinos from all over the Philippines and across the globe and they are vying to become this year’s Best Song from the country’s biggest and much-awaited songwriting competition.

BoybandPH for Para Sa Tabi

BoybandPH for Para Sa Tabi

Songwriter Mel Magno and Sam Mangubat for Wala Kang Alam

Songwriter Mel Magno and Sam Mangubat for Wala Kang Alam

These original compositions are being interpreted by some of today’s hottest and rising music performers in the tradition of Himig Handog, with this year’s theme “Love Songs and Love Stories.”

Your Face Sounds Familiar Kidsseason 2 contestants Krystal Brimnerand Sheena Belarmino, together with the all-female idol group MNL 48, are interpreting “Dalawang Pag-ibig Niya” by Bernard Reforsadoof Albay, a cheerful tune about a girl who is falling for a guy with two loves.

 “TNT” singer Eumee sings “Hati Na Lang Tayo Sa Kanya” by Joseph Santiagoof Quezon City, a woman’s plea to another woman that shares with her the man she loves.

Rapper and songwriter Kritiko for Kababata

Rapper and songwriter Kritiko for Kababata

Kylareturns for the fourth time as Himig Handog interpreter joined by upcoming rapper Kritiko for “Kababata” by John Michael Edixonof Parañaque City, a ballad about a lost love, the childhood friend died in a gruesome incident of rape and murder.

 “Mas Mabuti Pa,” by Mhonver Lopezand Joanna Concepcion of Laguna, is interpreted by this year’s “Tawag Ng Tanghalan” grand champion Janine Berdin

Maris Racal and songrwriter Jan Sabili of Sugarol

Maris Racal and songrwriter Jan Sabili of Sugarol

BoybandPH, meanwhile, perform “Para Sa Tabi,”  by Robert William Pereña, an entry all the way from Dubai, United Arab Emirates in the Middle East.

Araw Gabilead actor JM de Guzmansings Davao’s pride Kyle Raphael Borbon’s “Sa Mga Bituin Na Lang Ibubulong.”

 “Sugarol” by Jan Sabiliof Muntinlupa City is performed by Star Pop artist Maris Racal.

Jonaalso returns to Himig Handog as interpreter for the third consecutive year, this time for the entry “Tinatapos Ko Na by Sarah Jane Gandiafrom USA. 

 “Wakasan” by Philip Arvin Jarillaof Antipolo is being performed by OPM band Agsunta,while “Wala Kang Alam,” by Martin John Arellanoof Manila and Mel Magnoof Pampanga, is being sung bySam Mangubat

Dalawang Pag-ibig Niya interpreters Sheena Belarmino, Krystal Brimmer, and MNL48

Dalawang Pag-ibig Niya interpreters Sheena Belarmino, Krystal Brimmer, and MNL48

Himig Handog 2018 will be awarding P1 million to the grand prize winner, while P500,000 will be brought home by the 2nd Best Song. The composers of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Best Songs will receive P200,000, P150,000, and P100,000, respectively.

Now on its 9th year, the ABS-CBN and Star Music project continues to discover Filipino talents and champion OPM in its search for compositions that will make its mark in the local music scene. 

Last year, Libertine Amistoso’s “Titibo-Tibo” interpreted by Moira dela Torreearned the Himig Handog 2017 Best Song and won the hearts of many listeners. 

For details, like @HimigHandog2018 on Facebook. 

Star Music head Roxy Liquigan and Star Music audio content head Jonathan Manalo.

Star Music head Roxy Liquigan and Star Music audio content head Jonathan Manalo.

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