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” []

Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014: Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako

Entry highlight: “Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako”
Words and music by Joven Tan
Interpreted by Michael Pangilinan
Music video by University of the Philippines

The biggest songwriting competition in the country is back with 15 entries interpreted by 19 artists. Most of the songs are about *surprise* heartache, including my bet, “Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako.” The song might initially remind one of another Himig Handog entry some years ago (“This Guy’s In Love with You, Pare”), but upon reading the lyrics and listening to the track itself, that’s when you realize that it’s far from being a novelty track. It’s serious, captivating, and bold. While the title implies that it’s addressed to another male (since the performer is male), the message of the song is still universal and applicable to any gender. Friendzone, parezone, what have you. It’s all the same, it hurts the same.