I am a sucker for songwriting festivals/competitions. I remember the days when I would record Gary Granada’s Mabuti Pa Sila in my cassette player, write its lyrics and sing along with it. The days when I bought a Metropop 2000 cassette tape and went crazy over the song Forever And A Day, and would always vote it on RX’s The Daily Survey. The days when I had the Metropop 2003 cd on repeat (mainly because of Kyla’s Buti Na Lang haha). This got me thinking though, whatever happened to Metropop? Anyway….
And now this – Philpop 2013. A friend gave me a copy and this album has been on loop for more than a week now and I must say, the songs are good! Here are my top 5 picks:
1. ARAW, ULAP, LANGIT composed by Marlon Barnuevo, interpreted by Christian Bautista
– I just couldn’t help but feel good every time I listen to this song. I love singing along with it. I especially like the chorus part, and the melody is quite inviting too. Listen and fall in love.
2. DATI composed by Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana, interpreted by Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos and Quest
– This song brings back a lot of good memories, as what the title suggests. It has this nice upbeat vibe that can make you move and snap your fingers. Julio at Julia, Princess Sarah, Marvin and Jolina, and Mylene and Bojo were mentioned in this song. Never fails to put a smile on my face.
3. SA’YO NA LANG AKO composed by Lara Maigue, interpreted by Karylle
– I surprisingly like this song. I love how Karylle sounded and how she sang it. And the words, man, killer!
4. PAPEL composed and interpreted by Joey Ayala featuring Denise Barbacena & Gloc 9
– Papel is in a totally different league among all the entries, I’d like to believe. The song is reminiscent of the above mentioned Gary Granda song, and also Bayang Barrios’ Malayo Man Malapit Din (Metropop 2003). It was great to hear Joey Ayala again! And the song in itself is a revelation. It will make you dig deeper into a simple word such as, well, papel.
5. KUNG ‘DI MAN composed by Johnoy Danao, interpreted by Ney Dimaculangan
– The first line says it all, “Kung hindi ako ang iyong pipiliin, aanhin ko pa ang hangin?” I love how rock solid this song’s words and melodies are. Another killer lyrics. But I think I may have to stand by what I tweeted sometime ago, it would sound better if Johnoy Danao himself interpreted the song. Not that I don’t like Ney haha! Just stating my opinion :)
The other songs are good and pleasant to the ears, too. Sana Pinatay Mo Na Lang Ako is an example haha! Philpop is true to its tagline “Your theme, Your genre, Your song” as it showcase different sounding tunes for the listeners’ delight. Try downloading the album, guys! It’s worth it, I tell ya. Support OPM! :)
Check out Philpop 2013’s website on how to vote for the songs and for other information and details.