ASOP Music Festival Year 5 Grand Finalists Explain the Real Story Behind their Song Entries
MANILA, Philippines – The A Song of Praise (ASOP) Year 5 grand finalists wish to give inspirations and hope to people, especially those who are in grief — through their song compositions.
Ronald Calpis, one of the composers of the song “God Will Always Make A Way”, said their song entry also serves as an expression of their gratitude to God the Almighty for His loving-kindness.
Composers: Genn Bawa (L) and Ronald Calpis (C), and Bugoy Drilon (R), the interpreter.
“Kasi sa panahon ngayon, maraming nade-depress. Maraming tao ngayon balisa, kaya po naisip namin ‘tong kantang ito para makapag-inspire sa mga tao na nagugulimihanan at nahihirapan,” explained Calpis, adding , “[through our song] nakakapag-puri kami sa Panginoong Dios.”
Calpis said that the idea to compose a song came after his friend and former bandmate, Glen Bawa, asked him if they could compose a song entry for the ASOP Music Festival.
Then, after a week of brainstorming, they were able to get the song’s idea from the Bible verses, 1 Peter 5:7 and Philippians 4:6, which delve on trust and faith in God who always provide solutions to problems. Hence, there is no need to worry.
Wanting the melody of the song to be joyful and lively, he chooses the reggae genre for their composition. It is the first reggae-themed praise song that earned commendations from the judges during the monthly elimination round, which then made it to ASOP Year 5 grand finals.
According to Ronald, this is not the first time that they joined ASOP. They may have failed four times, but the two didn’t stop as they are inspired to do a praise song. “Hindi po kami sumusuko, kahit matalo. Sali lang ng sali, alang-alang sa karangalan ng Panginoon,” Calpis shared.
“Kung medyo may rejections man, try lang ng try, kasi darating din naman ‘yung araw na ibibigay sa atin ng Dios ‘yung awit na nararapat para sa atin mismo. Kasi ang Dios po, Siya po ang nagbibigay ng awit sa puso at labi natin, nakasulat po yon sa Awit 40:3,” Calpis added.
He also thanked Bro. Eli Soriano of Ang Dating Daan and Kuya Daniel Razon, the CEO of UNTV-BMPI, for spearheading the ASOP Music Festival on television. He said ASOP, as a songwriting competition, is a big help not only for the aspiring composers but as well to the OPM (Original Pilipino Music) industry itself.
“Dahil po sa ASOP, nabuhayan po ‘yung mga Pilipino, pati po yung mga composer, na bumuo po ng kanta. Ang laki ng naitulong ng ASOP para po sa akin. Kaya nagpapasalamat po ako kay Bro. Eli at kay Bro.Daniel at sa Dios dahil naibangon po ulit at sana tuloy tuloy pa rin pong maibangon ang industriya ng musikang Pilipino.” he gratefully said.
12 New Praise Songs on Music Fest Night
Twelve inspiring praise songs are vying for the ASOP “Song of the Year” title on its grand finals night at Smart-Araneta Coliseum on November 07, 2016. There will be over one million cash prizes to be given away to the winners.
The composer of the “Song of the Year” winner will receive Php500,000 cash prize plus trophy. Meanwhile, the composers for the first to third runners-up will bag Php250,000, Php150,000 and Php100,000 plus trophies, respectively.
The ASOP Year 5 “Best Song Interpreter” and the “People’s Choice Award” will also receive Php50,000 each plus trophies.
The ASOP Year 5 12 Grand Finalist. Photo by UNTV ASOP Facebook page.
ASOP provides an online voting for “People’s Choice Award”, which is now available via asoptv.com.
Respected names from music and entertainment industry are expected to grace the event and will serve as judges for the grand competition night. The complete list of names of the judges will be revealed on the night of the event.
Now on its sixth year, ASOP Music Festival is a staunch supporter and promoter of Original Pilipino Music (OPM).
The program is dubbed not only as “the only songwriting competition” on television, but also as “the only songwriting school” on Philippine television.
To date, ASOP has already marked its milestones in the Philippine music industry, being awarded as the “Best Talent Search Program” at the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television (organized by Philippine Movie Press Club).
On the other hand, ASOP 2012 commemorative album was also recognized as the “Inspirational Album of the Year” by the same organization and awarding body.
Written by: Gauden Joe Sumayod