Songs of praise
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.