Hearing Winners

Have you ever listened to a song and thought it was a winner?

Some months ago, a friend posted “Monumento”, a creation of veteran composer Jungee Marcelo and is one of his two entries for this year’s Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs, a songwriting and music video competition. It is interpreted by two of the country’s RnB royalties, Kyla and Kris Lawrence.

The music video, which was the brainchild of Miriam College, was arresting. The lyrics were catchy. The tune was memorable. Plus two of my favorite composer-singers, Thyro Alfaro and Yumi, also helped with its sound. I had it on a loop. And because it sounded so good, I looked at the other entries.

Only one other song caught my ears: “Bibitawan Ka” sung by Juris. The song was made by Hazel Faith dela Cruz, who herself is a singer. Music legend Jimmy Antiporda arranged the melody. Its music video was courtesy of Far Eastern University and it highlights a few of the best tourist spots of northern Philippines.

Unfortunately, the grand finals night last April 24 declared neither the winner. “Monumento” placed second while “Bibitawan Ka” went empty-handed.

As it stands, I have losers in my playlist. And every time I listen to them, I still hear winners.


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