Home­grown mu­sic big­gest win­ner in Vis­pop 5.0

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Music - Text: Pa­tri­cia May P. Catan Week­end Staff Writer

Mu­sic is a universal lan­guage, and through its beats and melodies, we con­nect with peo­ple within our shores and be­yond. Ever-evolv­ing, the lo­cal mu­sic scene has seen a dynamic resur­gence through the years, and much of this phe­nom­e­non can be at­trib­uted to Vis­pop, a home­grown song­writ­ing con­test that con­nects artists, song­writ­ers and singers alike.

Through the ef­forts of ArtistKo with the strong sup­port of Filscap, Vis­pop has been giv­ing dream­ers a plat­form to show­case their craft. And not only has it pro­vided them a stage, Vis­pop also paved the way for Visayan pop to be rec­og­nized and lis­tened to in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try and, per­haps, in the in­ter­na­tional podium.

Con­tin­u­ing its mark in the lo­cal mu­sic scene, Vis­pop 5.0 this year brought a di­verse mix of promis­ing singers and song­writ­ers hail­ing from the Visayas and Min­danao. Vis­pop 5.0 lev­eled up its game with six fi­nal­ists in its ros­ter, but only a sin­gle song reigned supreme dur­ing Vis­pop 5.0 Fi­nals Night held last July 29 at SMX Sky­hall, SM Seaside Cebu.

The win­ning en­try this year was “Kung Di Pa Lang Ko Buang,” writ­ten and per­formed by Ce­buana the­ater and film ac­tress Chai Fonacier. The song’s ec­cen­tric ar­range­ment and Fonacier’s en­er­getic per­for­mance helped her win the ti­tle. “Kung Di Pa Lang Ko Buang” was ar­ranged by Jad Ban­tug.

Not a stranger to Vis­pop, free­lance song­writer Jerika Teodorico’s song “Kung Di Man Gani Kita” gar­nered sec­ond prize. Her song was per­formed by Dave­lyn Cuenco and ar­ranged by Sean Gon­za­les.

Win­ning third place was “Kurog Ko” writ­ten by singer-song­writer, voice coach, choir di­rec­tor, and mu­sic pro­ducer Jeremy Sarmiento. The song also won BaiTV Ne­ti­zen’s Choice Award and MOR 97.1 Lis­ten­ers’ Choice Award. “Kurog Ko” was per­formed by Jetz Tac­sanan of Zhalia and ar­ranged by Ca­cho Fer­rero.

Best In­ter­preter was awarded to Bing­bing Veloso for the song “Hu­lag­way,” writ­ten by Dex­ter Latosa and ar­ranged by Felipe An­jelo. “Siya Ra Tawn Ang Nahigugma” writ­ten and per­formed by Win­set Ja­cot and Jane Aba­day as well as RJ En­sal­ada’s “Unsa Ning Ta­maa” which was per­formed by Re­frain were also among the six fi­nal­ists that made it out of the 350 en­tries this year.

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