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Fast Beat Genre “Kislap” Advances to ASOP Year 3 Grand Finals


“Kislap”, written by Oliver Narag, conquered half the battle after it was hailed “Song of the Month” in the monthly elimination round of A Song of Praise Music Festival last April 27.

“Ito ang kanta na mababaw pero malalim. Kapag mababaw ka magisip ma-appreciate mo iyong kanta. Pero kapag malalim ka mayroon ka pang makikitang mas malalalim dito na kahulugan ng buhay”, told Doctor Musiko Mon del Rosario. (“This is a song that is both shallow and deep. The not so serious thinker will appreciate the song. But, if you are a reflective person, you can sense a deeper meaning of life here.)

Ito Rapadas also lauded Narag’s song in terms of its high recall pitch, dynamic impression and a perfectly pop characteristic that is very acceptable for the youth.

ASOP Year 1 finalist Jessa Mae Gabon gaily interpreted the song and delightedly said, “Iyong sinasabi ng judges kanina ‘yung areglo, ‘yung naging reggae siya, something new para sa OPM industry natin. Tapos ang maganda pa doon pagpupuri siya — kanta ng pagpupuri sa Panginoon.” (Earlier, what the judges told about the musical piece, the song became a reggae which is something new in the OPM industry. Also, good thing is it is a praise song – a song of praise to God.)

Narag’s original rendition also won the ASOP Producers’ Pick Episode last April 20. He considers ASOP as a school and not only a competition.

“Itinuturing ko ang ASOP na isang school. Hindi siya isang kompetisyon. Para sa akin isa siyang school kasi bawat pagpasok mo, paglabas mo may matututunan ka. Tapos iyong natututunan mo, inaapply mo. Papasok ka ulit. Kapag mayroon ka pang pagkukulang, tumututok ka ulit, papasok ka ulit. Lalabas ka ulit na mayroon kang baong baong karunungan.” (I consider ASOP as a school. This is not only a competition. For me it is a school because every time you go in and out of the school, you have learnings. Then, you apply what you have learned. If you still have flaws, you will come back and focus it. Afterwards, you go out with more knowledge.)

Narag’s song entry is now lined up for the grand finals on September this year.

Written By: Carmi Tongol – Anecito

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