The First Philippine Popular Music Festival (2012)

Welcome to the“The First Philippine Popular Music Festival.”

I had the chance to meet and talk to Maestro Ryan Cayabyab last night at NAPA Restaurant where we talked everything about music. The night was full of learnings on my part. Listening to Maestro lecturing us about MUSIC, how we appreciate it and how to recognize one, I feel so honored. The blogger’s night was one of the best event I attended.

With Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. Thanks to Rey Belen of

We also discussed The First Philippine Popular Music Festival, its nature, deadlines and everything. 

The Festival is a songwriting competition open to all amateur and professional composers who are Filipinos or of Filipino descent residing in the Philippines. The competition not only aims to celebrate the talent of Filipino songwriting, but to glorify the contributions of songwriters and composers to the Filipino music industry.

Orchestrating the competition is no other than Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, the country’s prominent songwriter, musician, academic, and the Festival’s Executive Director. Co-presented by the country’s top companies like Maynilad, Meralco, SMART, Sun, PLDT, TV5 and PICC, “Mr. C” plans to bring together the Filipino talents into one grand event.

The competition aims to: a.) Provide a channel which Filipino songwriters can create new songs, discover new expressions or genres in popular music; b.) Spark a renewed awareness, enthusiasm, and pride in Philippine music; c.) Start a brand new collection of freshly created Original Pilipino Music; and d.) Discover and promote new Filipino songwriters and singers.

Screening of Entries

All entries will be screened by a committee coming from diverse backgrounds from the music industry. The entries will be narrowed down to 100.

The 2nd level screening will further pick the Top 30 from the first pass and, with the entire screening committee sitting en banc, will choose the Top 14 songs. The committee members shall use a scoring system to choose the finalists, assigning the numbers 1 to 4, with 4 being the highest.

The Top 14 finalists will be notified and be given stipends to produce their songs in broadcast quality.

Final Judging

A Final Preliminary judging will be done a few days before the finals which will bear 60% of the total score. The remaining 40% will be added during the final competition night where the judges rate the songs based on performance. The Preliminary Judging and the Finals Night scores shall be tabulated to determine the winners of the competition.

A People’s Choice Award shall be given to the finalist that gathers the most number of SMS and online votes from July 1-July 12.’


Grand Prize P 1,000,000.00 + trophy
1st Runner Up P 500,000.00 + trophy
2nd Runner Up P 250,000.00 + trophy
People’s Choice P 200,000.00 + trophy

Non-winning finalists shall automatically receive P50,000.00 cash and a plaque.

Visit for more information about the rules and regulations.

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