Himig Handog has announced the winners among its Pop (P-POP) Love Songs finalists. Among the special awards presented during the Finals Night at SM Mall Of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines, the first ever TFC People’s Choice Award was given to This Song’s For You composed by Jude Thaddeus Gitamondoc and performed by Erik Santos. The song received the most votes from registered users outside the Philippines on TFC.tv, the official online platform of The Filipino Channel (TFC).
“As part of TFC’s mission to provide Filipinos overseas with more opportunities to participate and engage with families and communities back home, we worked with Star Records to include a TFC People’s Choice award. This allowed our viewers who are abroad to identify with songs that hit home, and gave them a chance to be heard through their online votes,” Jojo Ines, ABS-CBN Global chief marketing officer said. He was joined by Western Union Senior Marketing Manager Cecila Natividad in presenting Gitamondoc with the TFC People’s Choice award and the PHP 50,000 cash prize.
Registered users on TFC.tv voted by clicking the love button of the music video of their favorite Himig Handog P-POP Love Songs finalist. Gitamondoc’s This Song’s For You received majority of the love votes from registered users outside the Philippines. Coming in at second place is Jungee Marcelo’s Nasa `Yo Na Ang Lahat, performed by Daniel Padilla. Jovinor Tan’s Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa, performed by Aiza Seguerra, placed third. The Himig Handog Finals Night was streamed live via TFC.tv, which continues to offer the TV special (http://tfc.tv/Show/Details/1952/himig-handog-awards-night).
Held last February 24, the Himig Handog Finals Night featured stirring performances of the country’s finest Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artists who interpreted the 12 finalists. Tan’s Ano’ng Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa won first place. The other top awards went to the following: Hanggang Wakas composed by Soc Villanueva and performed by Juris Fernandez placed second; If You Ever Change Your Mind composed and performed by Marion Aunor placed third; Scared to Death composed by Domingo Rosco Jr. and performed by KZ Tandingan placed fourth; and Kahit Na composed by Julius James de Belen and performed by Toni Gonzaga placed fifth.
During the same finals night, screaming fans flocked to the stage while Padilla performed the song Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat written by Marcelo. The song also won four out of five special awards including Star Records Buyer’s Choice; Tambayan 101.9 Listener’s Choice; MOR Listener’s Choice; and MYX Choice For Best Video produced by film students of Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.
Other artists who performed that Sunday include Yeng Constantino (Alaala), Angeline Quinto (One Day), Bugoy Drilon (Pwede Bang Ako Na Lang Ulit), Jovit Baldovino (Sana’y Magbalik), and Wynn Andrada (Tamang Panahon).
The night was made more special by performances of previous Himig Handog interpreters Bituin Escalante, Anna Fegi, and Martin Nievera. The finals night was under the direction of Mr. Johnny Manahan, with the musical direction of Gerard Salonga for the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. Kapamilya artists Xian Lim, Matteo Guidicelli, Megan Young, and Kim Chiu served as the hosts.
The 5th year of the Himig Handog received 2,500 original compositions from Pinoy songwriters worldwide. ABS-CBN and Star Records, in partnership with TFC, set the stage for brilliant Filipino composers as part of the celebration of the 60 years celebration of Philippine television.
The Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs can be downloaded on iTunes. To revisit the concert and finals night, watch it online on www.TFC.tv
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