Songs of praise

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JUST A THOUGHT: It is pleas­ing to God when­ever you re­joice or laugh from the bot­tom of your heart. – Mar­tin Luther • DI NA ‘KO AAWIT: Rom­mel Gojo lost his wife to lin­ger­ing ill­ness in 2017. He thought it was the end of the world.

A bud­ding song­writer, Rom­mel also thought he wouldn’t com­pose any more new songs, much less sing them. To his sur­prise, he wove a beau­ti­ful com­po­si­tion that sprang from sheer lone­li­ness and de­vo­tion to God. Writ­ing it helped him heal.

It is called “Di Na ‘Ko Aawit,” hap­pily one of 12 fi­nal­ists in the sev­enth edi­tion of A Song of Praise (ASOP) Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, set Nov. 11, Sun­day, at New Fron­tier Theater in Cubao. Cash prizes (500,000 pe­sos tax free, for the grand win­ner) await com­posers of win­ning songs and in­ter­preter.

A spe­cial cat­e­gory, the Peo­ple’s Choice Award, shall be de­ter­mined by on­line vot­ing that will be hon­ored un­til 12 noon of Nov. 11.

You may vote by vis­it­ing https://www. asoptv.com/poll to vote

once per day us­ing your Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts.

TOP 12: This year’s grand fi­nal­ists are: “Isang Mi­ly­ong Pasasala­mat” (By Ed­ward Salde); In­ter­preter: Leah Pa­tri­cio.

“Bi­nago Mo Ako” (Jett Vil­lareal). Daryl Ong. “Mag­pat­u­loy Sa Mabut­ing Pag­gawa” (Febs Colibao). Gian Mag­dan­gal.

“Wag Kang Bibitiw” (Oliver Narag). Jessa Mae Gabon.

“God Is With Us” (Em­manuel Li­pio, Jr.). Cello Nunez.

“Sala­mat Pangi­noon” (El­mar Jan Bolano And Rex Tor­re­moro).

“Pag­ba­ba­lik” (Joel Ja­be­losa). Marcelito Po­moy “Hil­ing” (Jef­frey Lim).Plethora. “Makikita Kita” (Joyner Di­zon). Dan Bil­lano. “Ba­nal Mong Salita” ( Lj Man­zano). Mark Michael Gar­cia.

“Tug­tog” (John Paul Salazar). Bradz.

“‘Di Na ‘Ko Aawit” (Rom­mel Gojo). Hans Di­mayuga

MIS­SION PRAISE GOD: ASOP, cre­ated for tele­vi­sion by Daniel Ra­zon, aims to en­cour­age am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional song­writ­ers in cre­at­ing songs prais­ing God.

The ta­lent show, a 2017 Star awardee, is hosted on UNTV by Richard Reynoso. Head of jury is doc­tor-com­poser Mon del Rosario, who says ASOP has the en­vi­ron­ment of a school, where bud­ding song writ­ers are guided in their quest to be­come bet­ter.

All songs from pre­vi­ous ASOP events are avail­able on Spo­tify.

RICHARD Reynoso

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