Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan,” composed by Christian Malinias of Benguet province, swept the top prizes of the UNTV Life-produced songwriting tilt, A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival Year 4 on Tuesday night (Oct. 13) at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City.
The song was awarded the “Song of the Year” by ASOP Music Festival juries headed by “The Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab or “Mr. C.” This award comes with Php 500,000 cash prize. The Voice Season 2 Finalist Leah Patricio bagged the Best Interpreter award for the same, taking home Php50,000 in cash.
Twelve monthly finalists vied for the “Song of the Year” honors and some special prizes. A record P1.3 Million total cash prizes was given this year, ASOP Music Festival’s 4th Year.
Other runners-up include the grand finalist “Pakamamahalin Din Kita,” composed by Dennis Avenido (1st runner-up), crowd-favorite “Jesus, I Love You” (2nd runner-up), and “Pahintulutan Mo” penned by Leonardo De Jesus II (3rd runner-up. Niño Alejandro, RJ Buena and Philippe Go, interpreted the first, second, and third runner up winning masterpieces, respectively.
The other members of the judging board include ASOP resident judge and arranger Mr. Mon del Rosario, singer/songwriter Mr. Jett Pangan, Gospel songwriter Mr. Jungee Marcelo, record company executive Ms. Lachmi Baviera and Filipino singer and actress Ms. Celeste Legaspi.
BMPI Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon acknowledged the original proponent of ASOP Music Festival – Bro. Eli Soriano, the Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI).
Kuya Daniel, as he is also known by the public, bared that ASOP the songwriting tilt has been around in MCGI for 11 years already until Bro. Eli suggested to put the show on mainstream television.
He added that the winning songs of ASOP will debut on mainstream radio beginning Sunday (October 18, 2015), at 5-6 a.m., through Wish FM 107.5 kHz.
The people’s favorite was “Dakila Ka Ama” by Ella Mae Septimo and interpreted by Ruth Regine Reyno. Selected as Best Music Video was the work for “Sabik Sa ‘Yo” by Joseph Bolinas and interpreted by Ney Dimaculangan.