Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014 Finals Night

I know, I know. It has been more than a week (a week and a day, to be exact) since the Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014 Finals Night.

This year’s lineup is comprised of 15 entries and 19 interpreters. It was a healthy mix of amateur and professional songwriters. The Js from last year’s competition have made it as finalists—2013 Grand Prize winner Joven Tan, Jungee Marcelo of the “Nasa’yo Na Ang Lahat” fame, and Jude Gitamondoc. Some songwriters are no strangers to the industry. The tandem of Raizo Chabeldin and Biv de Vera created “Gisingin Ang Puso” by Liezel Garcia (my LSS for the most part of 2013, haha!) and some other songs. The composer of “Simpleng Tulad Mo,” MJ Magno, used to be part of the P-Pop group XLR8. I heard MJ’s version of the song—it’s mellower compared to Daniel Padilla‘s which has a pop-rock feel to it. Hazel Faith Dela Cruz (“Everything Takes Time”) appears in the noontime series Be Careful with My Heart and has done a couple of 2NE1 Tagalog covers online. She is the lone entrant who performed her own composition.

I obviously have a thing for detail, so excuse the pop trivia overload.

The intrepreters are an interesting mix of up and coming singers (Michael Pangilinan, Morissette Amon), singing competition veterans (Jed Madela, Angeline Quinto) and those who have been Himig Handog intrepreters in previous editions (Marion Aunor, Jovit Baldivino, and the Phenomenal Diva, Jessa Zaragoza1). Here are some snaps from the finals’ night (I just realized that I wasn’t able to take photos of all the participants #OCproblems):

Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014 Finals Night Smart Araneta Coliseum Morissette Amon Kiko Salazar Akin Ka Na Lang

Morissette Amon – “Akin Ka Na Lang”

My bet from #TeamSarah in The Voice of the Philippines season 1. She showed off her vocal chops with her range runs and whistle in this track.

Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014 Finals Night Smart Araneta Coliseum Michael Pangilinan Joven Tan Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako

Michael Pangilinan – “Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako”

It’s Michael Pangilinan’s time to shine with one of the more experimental entries this year.

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  1. She participated in Himig Handog some years back with “Hindi Na Bale” []

2NE1: All or Nothing Live in Manila

Here’s to updating my blog more frequently. For my big blogging comeback is no less than the K-pop supergroup, 2NE1.

2NE1 All Or Nothing Live in Manila concert Mall of Asia Arena

My 2NE1 photoset

I made a promise to myself that I shouldn’t miss 2NE1’s next concert here in the Philippines, which was timely because I only became a fan with “I AM THE BEST.” Nothing like checking the tour setlist to motivate me, because all the songs I like from To Anyone and CRUSH were included in it!

The girls didn’t waste any time. A couple of minutes past eight in the evening, the girls made their way toward the stage with an explosive opening number (“CRUSH”/”FIRE”).

2NE1 All Or Nothing Live in Manila concert Mall of Asia Arena

“CRUSH”

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