Songwriters vie for top prize in Himig Handog 2019

A dozen songwriters –newbies, semi-professionals, and veterans – are competing for the biggest prize in the country’s biggest songwriting competition.

All 12 finalists are hoping their songs would win the Best Song that comes with amillion-peso cash prize among others.

Songwriters and interpreters pose for posterity

Songwriters and interpreters pose for posterity

The finalists have been selected from almost 4,000 entries. The 12 finalists songs have now been produced and given life by selected interpreters.

Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre come back in this year’s competition and collaborate in Dan Martel Simon Tañedo’s “Mabagal.”

Janella Salvador interprets “Nung Tayo Pa” by Rex Torremoro and Elmar Jann Bolaño

Janella Salvador interprets “Nung Tayo Pa” by Rex Torremoro and Elmar Jann Bolaño

The Killer Bridestar Janella Salvador also returns to join the roster of interpreters and sings "Nung Tayo Pa" of Rex Torremoro and Elmar Jann Bolaño.

Former Idol Philippinescontestant Alekzandra Nicolle Quitalig competes with the song she penned, “Alaala,” while Davao-based singer-songwriter Eamarie Gilayo likewise interprets her own song, "Ikaw at Linggo."

Another former Idol Philippinescontender, Vanya Castor, tries her luck in a different contest by interpreting “Paano Ba,” penned by Richanne Charms Jacinto. Meanwhile, "Isa Pang Ikaw," by Joseph Ponce is interpreted by former X Factor Australiacontestant Justin Vasquez. 

Janine Berdin with 'Sa'yong Mundo' composer Noah Zuniga

Janine Berdin with 'Sa'yong Mundo' composer Noah Zuniga

This year, acoustic balladeer TJ Monterde interprets “Panandalian,” by Jerome Arcangel and Cee Jay Del Rosario, while Alex Gonzaga sings Michael Angelo "Aikee" Aplacador’s “Please Lang.”

Former X Factor Philippines” contestant Joan Da interprets her song with LJ Manzano entitled “Sasabihin Ko,” while singer-songwriter Davey Langit comes back in the competition—this time as an interpreter of the song “Simula ng Dulo,” which he co-wrote with Therese Marie Villarante.

I Belong To The Zoo sings Ferdinand Aragon’s “Ingat,” while “Tawag ng Tanghalan” champion Janine Berdin sings “Sa’yong Mundo,” by Noah Zuniga.

Over the years, the songs produced in Himig Handoghave won the hearts of Filipino listeners here and abroad. True to its mission, ABS-CBN’s songwriting competition has also continuously brought about the best of OPM by searching for outstanding musical compositions from all over the world.

The grand winner will take home P1 million, while the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th placers get P500,000, P200,000, P150,000, and P100,000 cash prizes, respectively. The grand finals of Himig Handog 2019 will be telecast live in ASAP Natin ‘Toon 13 October. 

Apart from the Best Song, the entries vie for other awards, like MOR’s Choice, MYX Choice for Best Music Video, TFC’s Global Choice Award, Star Music’s Choice Award, and Best Produced track. 

The #HimigHandog2019 songs can be streamed on all digital music sites worldwide and are also available on Star Music’s YouTube channel. 

Roxy Liquigan and the finalists at the presscon

Roxy Liquigan and the finalists at the presscon

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