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Philpop reveals top 12 songs for 2014

Philpop, the country’s premiere songwriting competition, has challenged budding, occasional and professional composers for years, amassing nearly 9,000 entries from Filipinos here and abroad since it started. Today, it is regarded as the breeding ground for brilliant songwriters.

Last year, the competition produced 12 diverse and exceptional compositions from both amateur and professional ranks, featuring different genres and styles. These top 12 songs have accumulated around 43 million hits on YouTube. The winning song, “Dati,” written by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana, performed by Sam Concepcion, Tippy dos Santos and Quest, got over 23 million hits – a testament to its overwhelming achievement.

Some of the 12 finalists of Philpop 2014, Manila Bulletin

Some of the 12 finalists of Philpop 2014

This year, an impressive group of adjudicators from the music industry were on hand to examine the thousands of entries in four very taxing stages, until the top 12 was determined.

Philpop is proud to reveal its top 12 songs for this year, which will be included in the Philpop 2014 album produced and distributed by Universal Records to be made available on Spinnr.

The Philpop 2014 Top 12 songs are: “NGSB (No Girlfriend Since Break)” by Davey Langit; “The Only One” by Venelyn San Pedro; “Awit Mo’y Nandito Pa” by Ronaldo Sorioso; “Torpe Song” by Daryl Ong; “Babalikan Mo Rin Ako” by Soc Villanueva; “Song On A Broken String” by Jude Gitamondoc and Therese Marie Villarante; “Salbabida” by Jungee Marcelo; “Dear Heart” by Mike Villegas; “Hangout Lang” by Allan Feliciano and Isaac Joseph Garcia; “Qrush On You” by QYork’s James Palma aka Flava Matikz and Cedric Bonjoc aka Knowa Lazarus; “Kung Akin Ang Langit” by Cecilia Bocobo and Isaac Joseph Garcia; and “Langit Umaawit” by Ronaldo Sorioso.

One among them will emerge as the P1 million grand prize winner and this will be determined on July 26 at the Meralco Theater.

The foundation’s Executive Director Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, as with Board of Directors Noel Cabangon and Ogie Alcasid, are quite proud of this year’s crop of finalists.

The next step for the finalists is the production of the songs with some of the country’s top performers with the help of producer Ito Rapadas. They will also promote their songs extensively before finals night.

Philpop is presented by Smart, Spinnr and PLDT Telpad, co-presented by Maynilad, and Meralco. It is also supported by NLEX, Sun Cellular, TV5, First Pacific Leadership Academy, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Philex, Sony, the Universal Records, Pinas FM, RX93.1, and MYX.

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Aerobics – Self-entertainment  And Obesity Cure

Mayor Janet de Leon Mercado, Exodus Dance Aerobic member, Manila Bulletin

TAYTAY Mayor Janet de Leon Mercado and Exodus Dance Aerobic member and winner Maricel Mercado

According to reports from health agencies, there is an existing “obesity epidemic” affecting not only middle-aged people but also the young. And they are found mostly in Asian countries particularly the Philippines.

For those who are experiencing obesity, it might be best to consult a nutritionist and a body fitness expert. Or join those informal aerobics classes being held regularly during Sunday mornings at a park. Aerobics is a vigorous exercise that increases cardiovascular efficiency.

In Taytay, Rizal, Mayor Janet de Leon Mercado has advanced aerobics to a higher level, making it as a wholesome form of sports and entertainment. Recently, various women organizations in Taytay participated in the third Taytay Kababaihan Aerobics showdown held at the Kalayaan Park of the municipality.

First place winner in the aerobic showdown were The Exodus Dance Aerobic by Rodel de Leon; Placing second is Barangay Muzon Dance Aerobic, also by Rodel. Third place goes to Barangay San Juan.

Crowned best in costume is Batasin Dance Aerobic by Melani Zapanta; named best impersonator, on the other hand, is Meralco Dance Aerobic by Irene Silayan.

Other participants were Maharlika Tribe of Nagtinig Floodway B Dance Aerobic by Salve Espiritu, Barangay Sta. Ana Dance Aerobic by Sheila Calderon, Barangay San Isidro Dance Aerobic by Merlita De Padua and Upper Javier Dance Aerobic by Melanie Zapanta.

Mayor Mercado vowed to increase the prizes in next year’s aerobics showdown to give the participants more incentives.

The aerobics showdown was an entertainment bonanza for Taytayeños. The participants earned resounding applause from audiences.

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