VISPOP RESULTS: FINALLY IN!

May 22, 2013 by

This year’s Visayan Pop Music Festival Entry #6, Duyog by Jewel and Joe Villaflores, brought home the title of being our 1st Grand Champion for Artist Ko’s VISPOP Songwriting Competition which was held in Benedicto College Artists Hall last May 18, 2013.

 

Jewel Villaflores

Jewel and Joe Villaflores

 

After several months of preparation and rehearsals from our TOP 6 finalists, the band, interpreters, our staff and crew together with our director, Ms. Cattski Espina, the 1st ever Visayan Pop Music Festival has finally come to an end along with astounding performances that blew everyone away and left our invited judges with their jaws open.

 

Chai Fonacier

Chai Fonacier

 

2nd Place was won by Lourdes Maglinte with her composition, “Laylay”, which was interpreted by 22 Tango Records’ home artist Chai Fonacier, and winning 3rd place was the song entitled “Balay Ni Mayang”, written by lovers’ Marianne Dungog and Kyle Wong, performed by our artists, Martina San Diego and Kyle Wong. Special awards such as Best Interpreter and People’s Choice Award were also awarded to Jewel Villaflores.

 

Martina San Diego

Martina San Diego

Kyle Wong

Kyle Wong

 
The Visayan Pop Music Festival was a truly successful event, hopefully, we will continue attracting and encouraging more songwriters and musicians out there to join, expressing their love and passion for music and songwriting, in our next Visayan Pop Music songwriting competition.

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The VISPOP Judges

May 12, 2013 by

The six finalists are in. We’ve heard the tracks. We know they are all good. But there will ultimately be one grand winner.

Selecting the best one would not be an easy feat and that is why VISPOP chose three highly qualified and credible judges that would lead us there.

Our first judge is DTI – Cebu Provincial Director Nelia Navarro. She is a staunch supporter of the arts and is pushing for a more creative Cebu. Artist Ko has even tied up with DTI through her efforts. Her vision for Cebu in this particular aspect would help usher in the selection sa Tingog sa Bag-ong Bisaya.

 

DTI – Cebu Provincial Director Nelia Navarro with Artist Ko chairman Ian Zafra

DTI – Cebu Provincial Director Nelia Navarro with Artist Ko chairman Ian Zafra

 

Our second judge is no newbie to judging songwriting competitions. Anna Fegi is an international award-winning singer from Cebu, Philippines. She has worked with Manila Metropop, Himig Handog and PhilPop in the past and appreciates the craft that goes through songwriting competitions.

 

Anna Fegi

Anna Fegi

 

Gary Granada is our third judge. He is a singer-songwriter and a board member of FILSCAP or Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He has written several albums and musicals, including one entitled Cebuano Chapel Songs.

 

Gary Granada

Gary Granada

 

There are three categories for the judging criteria – Music, Lyrics & Over-all Impact. Music, quality of melody, harmony and rhythm is 30%. Lyrics, arrangement of words and ideas is 30% as well. Finally Over-All Impact, or the musical treatment, commercial appeal, radio-friendliness, uniqueness and other breakthrough qualities is 40%.

It is exciting to anticipate how the 1st Visayan Pop Music Festival would go and who its first ever grand winner will be — and all these we give to the credible hands of our judges.

We would like to invite everybody to be part of the Vispop Finals Night which will be held on May 18, 2013 at the Benedicto College Artists Hall, gates open at 8PM.

Kuyog ta sa pagsugat sa Bag-ong Tingog Bisaya!

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Vispop Top 6: Recording

Apr 29, 2013 by

“Unsa ang tingog sa bag-ong Sugbuanon?”

This was the question that kept going through my mind before I went to 1032 Recording Studios to document the recording of Vispop’s top 6 songs. I’ve been to other Cebuano songwriting contests and couldn’t help but have this set idea of how a typical Bisaya song is. But Vispop, from the very beginning, made it clear that they were looking for a fresh sound.

For songs that had a hook and a heart.

 

Because of a certain crush Marie Salvaleon was able to make her VISPOP song entry! Now how cool is that?

 

Up first at the studio was Marie Salvaleon with “Pa-pictura ko Nimu, Gwapo.” Now this song is a mouthful but the lines in it were definitely catchy especially the part when she sings Pasuya gud gamay sa uban (woaaah) bisan pina takilid lang! After the recording, I really just had to ask Marie, “Kinsa man gyud nang gwapuha ba??” To which she responded “Ay wala ra. Naa naman siya’y uyab. Pero salamat kayo niya kay nakahimo ko ani nga kanta.”

 

Mayang in the studio listening to the song interpreter for Balay Ni Mayang to be performed by Fil-am Martina San Diego.

 

Marianne Dungog’s & Kyle Wong’s charming duet “Ang Balay Ni Mayang” was up next. Eastcoast Bisdak Martina Sandiego interpreted the female part of the duet while Kyle Wong who is currently in the States recorded his vocals there. Listening to this duet is like reading into an exchange of text messages where the girl asks her boyfriend to come to her house. Listening to it can also make you feel a little giddy and maybe even remember your first love.

Then it was Jewel Villaflores’ turn to record “Duyog.” During the interviews, she said that it was meant to be a harana from a female’s point of view. Given our society’s way of thinking, I was all like – You go girl! Before she went into recording, she got really nervous to record but she loved what the VISPOP team did to the arrangement of her song so she powered through it and gave it her best.

 

The hands-on Pat Niñal guiding Uly Tenchavez as he sings Hinaut for the VISPOP Finals Night.

 

Sir Pat Ninal’s “Hinaut” was going to be interpreted by Uly Tenchavez. I was curious how Uly would give life to it as I’ve only heard him sing during his Refrain stints where he’d sing songs by Frank Ocean and Craig David. I was pleasantly surprised to hear his vocals sans the falsettos and saw that he was also perfect for it. Sir Pat was also very hands on during the recording of the vocals and even came up with second voice tracks.

Day 2 of recording started off with Alphecca Perpetua’s “Historias.” This song had a sexy jazz & blues feel and it was fun watching Alphecca during the recording. If I had one bisaya word to describe this song, that would be igat, and Alphecca’s sexy side comments during recording really added to its appeal. Jad Bantug of 1032 Recordng Studios and producer Jude Gitamondoc later on decided to include some her side comments during the recording to the track itself. It was hilarious to say the least, but it actually worked!

 

The last track that struck us the most.

 

Finally it was time to record the last track, Lourdes Maglinte’s “Laylay.” It was interpreted by WOMB’s front woman Chai Fonacier. The song had a simple arrangement and according to Chai, she liked it because it did not try to be grand so that the listener could focus on the storytelling. Lourdes wrote this for her grandmother who at a difficult time was afraid to fall asleep because she was scared that she wouldn’t wake up anymore. There was a sudden hush in the room and people started tearing up when the recording commenced. At one point, we had to stop the recording because Chai got emotional while singing. She was focused on the technical part of recording at first but the moment she started getting into the song, she felt its sincerity and just broke into tears.

 

This is me with April who is my partner in the documentation process of the whole recording session.

 

After hearing all six songs during the recording, I was convinced – Mao gyud kini ang tingog sa bag-ong Sugbuanon. In a few weeks, we will be releasing all six tracks online or on the radio and you will hear it all for the first time. I could only hope that these beautifully written and arranged songs would speak to you in a way that only the fresh sound of Cebuano songs could.

Bisayaa uy!

-        Manna Alcaraz, Artist Ko Communications Team

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VISPOP: ANG PAG-MUGNA

Apr 26, 2013 by

We’re down to the last stages of music production! Just recently, we finished the recording phase of the entire production. It ended with the vocal tracking of the songs with our interpreters and singer/songwriters. Now the songs are off to the post-production phase: mixing and mastering!

Here’s a quick view of what happened during the Vocals recording last April 7 & 9 with Producer Jude Gitamondoc at 1032 Recording Studios.

Historias composer/interpreter, Alphecca Perpetua all giddy as she gets help with the microphone before her vox recording.

 

All worked up at 1032 Recording Studio! Sound engineer, Jad the great in his element.

 

Cattski with one of the composers of Balay Ni Mayang, Marianne Dungog during the listening session.

 

Pa-pictura ko nimo gwapoooo!

 

A solemn moment for everyone as they contemplate with the song Laylay.

 

That’s Martina San Diego singing a Bisaya song over there. You might want to guess which song she’s interpreting…

 

Busy busy yet a fun day for the VISPOP Team!

 

Jude Gitamondoc with Duyog composer/interpreter, Jewel Villaflores.

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Deadline Extended!

Dec 14, 2012 by

VISPOP_EXTENSION

We’ve been getting requests from interested parties to extend the submission deadline. Today we decided to accommodate such requests and extend the submission deadline to December 29, 2012.  We were told by some that they are having a hard time getting their material recorded.  So we have decided to open our doors and help out. We will assist those who do not have access to the necessary equipment for rough demo recording.  All they have to do is visit the “Artist Kubo” or the Artist Ko Headquarters located in Orchid St. Capitol Site Cebu City on December 20 – Thursday between 1pm to 5pm. Look for Jude Gitamondoc or Cattski Espina.

Recording equipment will be set up for you and should you need assistance in terms of accompaniment or instrumentation, we’d be happy to help out.

Mutabang mi para ma-record inyong mga kanta para sa inyong mga submissions.

Please text 0933 331 6210 or 0915 346 4195.

Bisaya-a uy!

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