I am torn. Whose version do you like best?
The one from The Voice US grand winner?
Or the ginger-y cover? 🙂
I am torn. Whose version do you like best?
The one from The Voice US grand winner?
Or the ginger-y cover? 🙂
It’s that time of the year again! Now on its third year, PhilPop Foundation dishes out a new batch of 12 songs for the competition. After hearing about it, I right away checked the songs out on Spinnr where it was released. From the huge success of PhilPop 2013, I have to say I am expecting a lot from this group of composers, songs, and interpreters. After more than a week of putting it on repeat, here are my top 3 picks:
1. AWIT MO’Y NANDITO PA composed by Ronaldo “Toto” Sorioso, interpreted by James Bucong and Aldrich Talonding. My personal favorite this year. It spoke to me, actually. Which is what I look for in a song. I love the chorus and the line that went, “Nawala ako at natagpuan pagkatapos lahat ng nagdaan, awit mo’y nandito pa. Pag-ibig mo’y kinakanta.” and it’s very refreshing to hear Aldrich sing this lovely piece.
2. SALBABIDA composed by Jungee Marcelo, interpreted by Kyla. This song has what it takes to win it – great lyrics and melody, LSS-inducing lines, and the interpreter. I may be biased here being a Kyla fan, but I’d like to believe she’s got this charm in song festivals (Tara Tena, Himig Handog 2001 grand prize; and Buti Na Lang, Metropop 2003 third prize).
3. BABALIKAN MO RIN AKO composed by Soc Villanueva, interpreted by Nikki Gil. I am pretty sure this will be that one song people can relate to the most. Heartache speaks volume in this song, which I think would be a great tool in making it very popular. Not to mention Nikki Gil interpreting it. Watch out for the last line, it’s a killer. Ouch.
Another notable one is the Taglish No Girlfriend Since Break which is starting to grow on me. I personally think last year’s batch is more diverse, more distinct, and more Pinoy. But this is still a good batch. Give them all the support you can give. Check out their website for voting and downloading details and for other festival information. Mabuhay ang OPM!
It echoed in my head for a moment. That’s me. That’s my number.
Mine was the last number to be called, along with two others in our batch of, I think, 15. Then the lady said, “And the rest can go. Thank you.”
Seriously?! I still cannot believe it. The lady wasn’t even paying attention at first while I was singing a part of Eric Benet’s The Last Time, as she was talking to someone else. But after a few lines, I think I got her because she did an Adam Levine moment where she closes her eyes while listening to me. So, I guess it’s true. This is really happening.
After that, I tweeted:
Apparently, only one among those who replied knew what I was talking about haha! Yes, I didn’t post/tweet about me auditioning for The Voice of the Philippines. Para may surprise effect pa rin kahit ‘pano. And what a surprise it was, I made the first two rounds! After singing my heart out in one of the alleys somewhere in the ABS-CBN building (they ran out of booths to accommodate the number of auditionees), after waiting in line for 7 hours, here it is. We were given a new number (The Voice sticker YAY!), a waiver to fill out and sign, along with our top 10 songs (5 OPMs and 5 foreign), and 5 highlights of our lives. A staff then escorted us to Studio 5, instructed us how to introduce ourselves before singing, and to sing only the chorus or what we think the highlight of our song is.
When we got to the studio, my heart was pounding like crazy! Should I do the same song? Should I change it? What do I sing then? One by one, the people are singing; in front of the staff with cameras all over, I think the director was there (I am not sure, though), with all the lights, the pressure. Breathe Paul, breathe. Malapit ka na. I then approached the marker where we were supposed to stand.
“Hi, I am Paul Ignatius Valdehueza, 30 years old from Quezon City. And I’m gonna be singing Hanggang by Wency Cornejo.”
“Ok, go ahead Paul”, said the staff.
Then I sang my heart out, with a mic this time, not thinking how I would look like in camera, not minding the people inside the studio. Kanta lang. After about a minute, the staff cut me off and said thanks. That’s it, saying they will just call us for the next round/s if we make it.
But they did not. And that’s okay. I mean, trying it out was THE best experience I have had this year. Taking chance, making risk, and just going with the flow. It was all worth it. It was a proof that I can at least make it, and that I just need to push harder the next time. It’s that one fleeting moment I will not ever forget.
So will I get another golden ticket next year? Hmm, we shall see. 🙂
And oh, to that lady who did an Adam Levine and called my number after the initial screening — THANK YOU!!!
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.
Wow. Another year just ended. Seemed like it just breezed by. 2012 was a bit difficult for me, but I will not dwell on that. As I mentioned on Twitter, it was not that bad at all. Here’s a look back at the year that was – some personal stuff, events, achievements, songs, personalities and characters that shaped my 2012.
Family, Friends, and Personal. It was a roller coaster of emotions. Friendships has been tested but some remained strong, patience and determination were put on the line, we lost our Lolo just last month and almost lost an uncle after an operation; there’s a lot of gray skies throughout the year. But still we managed to endure all of it, made it through, moved on, and continued with life. Here’s to hoping for improved relationships, and better health for every family member.
Travel. I didn’t get to explore that much last year, yes that’s sad. But a notable trip was with longtime friends Dema, Chyrene, my inaanak Kurt, Sherron, and with my twin brothers in Ilocos Sur. We also went to Vigan. I also spent a summer in Subic with officemates last April, in Pampanga for Hot Air Balloon festival, in Tarlac and Cavite for a climb (photos of which I will post in a separate category haha) No out of the country for me, boohoo. Here’s to hoping that will change this year. Fingers crossed.
Akyat-Bagal Gang. That’s the name of my mountaineering group haha! We didn’t get to climb that much last year, but at least we had two. We first conquered Mt. Marami in Maragondon, Cavite – a difficult but very rewarding climb. We also joined the Freedom Climb, as usual, this time at Mt. Damas in Tarlac where I got injured but it’s all good. Here’s to hoping for more mountains to climb. Or should I say, for our schedules to meet the demands for our need to hike anew. 🙂
Weddings and Babies. No, not my wedding and baby. Not just yet. I am talking about weddings and babies of my longtime college friends Dhang and Niña, my dear officemate Rachel. Two of them gave me two more inaanaks last year! Here’s to hoping for their happy and strong married life, and for more babies!
Work It! Around mid-August, I believe, me and my remaining batch mates/teammates were transferred to a different team because our team leader resigned. At first I was not that positive about it, especially that the team is a performing team. But it turned out they were nice bunch of people, and they all love to eat! Haha! There has been some issues, but we’ll just shrugging it off as it is not good for the team and to feed ourselves with negative stuff. Here’s to more fun and more food, Tyrians!
FraP-ed! Allow me to indulge myself. It all started out when THE Francine Prieto visited the RX booth for The Morning Rush, and the rest they say is history. She became friends to some Rushers, even followed some, including me! 🙂 We would sometimes visit her at WOW FM where she works as a DJ, and we even surprised her on her birthday. She’s really nice, down to earth, walang ere ‘pag kasama, and fun to be with (parang slumbook lang haha). I’m glad she became a part of my 2012 🙂
Concerts and Shows. I only got to watch three shows last year – Lifehouse, Aiza Seguerra’s Bente Singko anniversary concert, and James Morrison’s The Awakening tour. I was also able to meet and greet The Fray, although I didn’t get to watch their concert. Here’s to hoping for more this year. Right now I am excited for The Script’s #3 tour, we already got “almost” front row tickets! Yay!
KDDs In Concert! Speaking of concerts, my group KDD (Kadodo) and I had one haha! Dru invited us to perform for their company Christmas party, and we did five songs. It was such an experience – from forming the set of songs (naks), to the rehearsals, to the actual performance. That was the first time I performed for a company party, and the first time I got paid for singing haha! So thanks to Dru and Norsy. Here’s to more concerts this year! 🙂
Cinemalaya. No Spanish and French film festival for me, but instead I made sure to support our local films. Much thanks to Cinemalaya, and for holding screenings at TriNoma, I got to watch 8 films. The ones I liked the most were Ang Nawawala, Bwakaw (Philippines’ official entry to the Oscars), Kamera Obskura, Mga Mumunting Lihim and Santa Niña. My mom, my brother and I also watched Six Degrees of Separation by Lilia Cuntapay and enjoyed it. Here’s to more quality Filipino films this year!
Boob(s) Tube. 2012 was the year I went back to watching “old” reality TV shows like American Idol, The Amazing Race, and Survivor. Well of course because Survivor was shot here in the Philippines, and because of Jessica Sanchez haha! I also followed The Voice and Modern Family again, and got hooked with Game Of Thrones! I already have A Song of Ice and Fire book set to read this year! Here’s to more boobs, I mean boob tube mania!
Music and Me. I had quite a number of artists on repeat in my iPod the entire year, but the few notable ones were Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away (of course hehe), The Script’s #3, James Morrison’s The Awakening, Ed Sheeran’s +, and Karmin’s song Brokenhearted. Yes, Oppa Gangnam Style and Call Me Maybe are not in the list. 🙂
Pagbasa ang Pag-asa. I saw that slogan somewhere in the QC area. Which reminds me, I need to read more this year. Good thing a friend of mine gave me a set of Game of Thrones book, all five of them. Last year I only got to read three books – Ian McEwan’s Atonement, which I really liked; John Grisham’s Street Lawyer, which could actually pass for a movie adaptation; and of course The Best of Chico, Delamar, and Gino’s The Morning Rush Top 10 Book 2 (where four of my entries made it hehe) 🙂
Online Fad. As expected, I spent most of my time online last year. Be it on Twitter, Facebook, or playing games. Yes, I went back to playing games again because of Chico Garcia’s raves about DragonVale haha! And since I am on Twitter most of the time, here are some Twitter conversations I would like to share and look back to – when Jeffrey Hidalgo RT’d my video singing Can This Be Love, when Kara David replied to one of my tweets, and when Mike Skupin of Survivor RT’d, favorited, and one time tweeted me!
RUSHERS! And more of them in the coming years, I believe. Last year, I ended my year end post about them and I think it’s just fitting to do the same this year. As what I posted on our TMR group, they have been a big part of my 2012 – from the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Pampanga, Enchanted Kingdom EB, Yahoo OMG awards, Gandang Gabi Vice taping, book signings, and countless EBs, be it planned or unplanned. They’re like my second family; I even talk to them (online) much more than my family here at home haha! Here’s to more happy years with the Rushers, Chico, Delamar and Gino!
Looking back, it was not bad. At all. I’ll just probably need to decide on something big so I can have an equally big 2013. I am really praying hard for that to happen. Thank you to everyone who became part of my 2012! It was an amazing journey, I’d like to say. Time to leave all the negativity behind, and be positive and create more happy, meaningful and beautiful memories this year. This will be my year, and I am claiming it. Even if it means I’d get bitten by the water snake, then so be it. I can feel that this would be a great year for me. Until then! 🙂
And then there were two.
This is the finale the whole world (ok, the whole Filipino nation here and abroad as well) is waiting for. I myself is very excited. Since the top 4, or probably even after she got saved, most of us are hoping she’ll be safe each week so she can continue on until the finale. And when the prayers were answered, we all rejoiced! I was tweeting yesterday while watching the results show via live streaming, and it felt like my heart stopped beating when Seacrest was about to announce the results. And when he called Jessica’s name as first one to be at the finale next week, I hit the wall! Not too hard though, but it throbbed for a few minutes. That’s how excited, and proud we are of Jessica. I have to admit, her being on the show is the main reason why I am watching it, again, religiously. I am glad she made it through!
And now that it’s down to two of them, since they offer two different sound, I am expecting a sort of a more varied finale. I’d be honest to say that I’ve not been a Phil fan ever since, but I gotta give it to him with the last episode. Like what Randy Jackson mentioned, he’s peaking at the right time. Of course, I am for Jessica in this. All the way. I hope she wins. Although Phil’s got a big fan base, too.
And in the spirit of my now defunct (haha) Idol posts Who Did It Best?, I will include a poll as to who do you think will win this season. I’m eager to see who you guys will be rooting for.
So, will Phil continue to shine and be named the new American Idol? Or will Jessica make history as the first Asian-American Idol, and the first grand winner who got saved? We’ll all find out next week. 🙂
Another year has ended, another one have begun. It has been a great year. And as I start anew with 2012, here’s a look back on my 2011 – some personal stuff, achievements, events, people, characters, and songs that shaped the year that was.
Travel. I make it a point to explore new places each year. 2011 blessed me with an opportunity to travel again here in our country and abroad as well. Me and my family went to Hong Kong last May, and I also got to visit Boracay again last February. I was able to go to Bataan with my officemates, and capped off the year with a trip to Dipolog.
Personal and Family. One of the major highlight for us this year was my twin brothers’ high school graduation. They finished 2nd and 3rd Honorable Mentions in their class, that’s why Mom and I gave the trip to HK as a gift for them. Also last year, we bought a condo-type house in Montalban which is now under construction and hopefully we’ll move in late this year or early next year. Another event worthy to be noted was when our house got a taste of typhoon Pedring’s wrath and blew off a roof on our third floor.
Conquered. Doing outdoor activities is one of my 2011 highlight. Never have I felt proud of myself when I conquered the summit of Mt. Natib, the highest peak in Bataan (1,253 meters above sea level), during the Freedom Climb last June. I also tried spelunking and traversing when we went to Mt. Manalmon in Bulacan a month after. Thanks to my officemates and climb mates ABG! It’s not everyday you get to say you reached a mountain’s summit. More climbs this year!
Wedding Bells. I was able to be a part of the wedding of two of my dearest friends from college Jay and Alfred. Jay got married last February 14, and I was one of the secondary sponsors. Alfred tied the knot with another college classmate and friend of ours, Aurora, on his birthday March 19, and I was the Best Man and wedding singer. I wish these friends of mine all the best in the coming years ahead! And babies soon, too!
Staying Fit and Healthy. Well, at least I tried last year. I actually started mid of 2010 when I enrolled in a gym and played badminton three months before I went to Singapore. Then last year, I tried MMA or Mixed Martial Arts and also jogged around the Quezon City Memorial Circle weekly with family and friends. Although I wasn’t able to do it on a regular basis, experiencing it at least for a month or two is good enough. I really hope to be more serious in losing weight and living healthy this year.
Concerts and Shows. A lot of foreign acts visited the Philippines last year, and I was lucky enough to catch four. I was able to watch Bruno Mars with my best Popoy bud Niña, Maroon 5 with some Rushers, American Idol season 10 finalists with my Mom, my brother and friend Gly, and also Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai with my Mom as well. Biggest regret, though, was not watching The Script.
Fun at Work! I’d like to believe that I have always been blessed with great people to work with. Even at my previous office, one major factor why I stayed for 5 long years was its people. And 2011 did not fail me. Last November marked my first year with Stellar, and it was fun and productive altogether.
Buffed Up. As a movie buff, I see to it that I catch a lot of films as I can. I wasn’t able to update myself last year due to budget constraints, but I try whenever I could. As usual, I went out and participated at the annual Spanish and French film festivals with Aden and Lei. 2011, however, was a strong year for Filipino independent films. Most movies that earned support were indie films. I am glad more and more Pinoys are embracing it. I was able to see Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank, Zombadings, Senior Year, and some other Cinemalaya entries.
On Repeat. I know there are a lot of great acts last year, but I only had four on repeat in my iPod – Adele, Bruno Mars, The Script, and OPM’s best new artist of 2011, Zia. They’re addicting!
Glued. How ironic that these TV shows I loved the past year were never watched on TV. Most are online and downloaded, so I watch them either on the computer or my portable DVD player. I am now on the third season of Modern Family, and fourth on both Chuck and The Big Bang Theory. American Idol and Glee became kind of bland for me last year, but I enjoyed The Voice! I was also able to watch two Korean series, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (nine-tailed fox) and Dae Mul, and I am still following Budoy, a local TV drama.
Books-ing. Nah, not boxing. I can’t think of any title haha! Well, I didn’t get to read much books last year. Only got a hold of Jessica Zafra’s Twisted 9 and some short stories collection at a book fair, and also Bob Ong’s Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin, one of his best I’d have to say, and of course The Best of Chico and Delamar’s The Morning Rush Top 10 book.
Rushers! I put this last because they have been a big part of my 2011 (Naks, special!). I’ve been a Rusher since 2002, and the TMR family is getting bigger and bigger. I’ve met a lot of new ones, and although we most of the time stays in touch through Twitter and Facebook, they’re like family to me. 2011 was indeed a year of building friendship. I hope it will last until our twilight years. Of course, Chico and Delamar plays a big role in this. If it weren’t for them and their show, I would have never met these crazy, funny, and smart people!
Looking back, it was indeed a great and blessed year. As I enter a new one, I hope and pray for continued blessings, guidance, good health and safety for my family, relatives, loved ones and friends. Thank you to everyone who became part of my 2011! Here’s to a more blissful and fruitful 2012! Cheers! 🙂