PhilPop: Building An Army of Songwriters

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Last May 29 to 30, selected members of the Press were invited by PhilPop to observe the last two of four days of this year’s PhilPop Bootcamp held at Club Balai Isabel in Batangas.

Now on its second year, the country’s premier songwriting competition kicked off the first leg of bootcamp 2019 with a thrust to empower the next generation of singer-songwriters to inspire the Filipino people with their gift of words and melody.

A panel discussion with all of the coaches started the Press activities.

PhilPop coaches’ Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Noel Cabangon, Trina Belamide, Yumi Lacsamana, and Jungee Marcelo during the Press panel discussion. (Photo by Nicky Aureo)

Attendees were in for a treat as some of the most influential and award-winning songwriters, producers, record executives, and music icons shared their expertise in imparting advice and first-hand information on how to adapt to the ever-changing global and local music trends.

A camper performs her song to the coaches as part of song critiquing activity. (Photo by Nicky Aureo)

“PhilPop creates a safe space for artists to be creative and vulnerable”, PhilPop Executive Director Dinah Remolacio said. “Guided by the coaches and music professionals who are also products of the foundation programs, we want fellows to create a positive impact through a platform that respects their craft and helps them become prepared in the outside world as future industry professionals.”

The four-day intensive workshop, headed by a diverse crop of industry professionals, also engaged everyone to different approaches in songwriting, as well as introduced techniques to sharpen their skillset as a songwriter, performer and future mentor.

With emphasis on how participants of the bootcamp have evolved into becoming not just professional artists, but also teachers and mentors to fellow aspiring musicians, the program also provided a platform for former PhilPop contestants like Yumi Lacsamana, Davey Langit and Jek Buenafe to talk about the many opportunities that were handed to them after they joined the prestigious songwriting competition.

The campers engaged in different activities where they got to connect and collaborate with other singer-songwriters. Selected campers were hand-picked by the mentors to perform their best pieces during the last night (or the social night) of the bootcamp.


Partnership with NQC

This year, PhilPop has partnered with National Quincentennial Committee to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan. As part of the collaboration between the two respectable institutions, the bootcamp hosted a songwriting contest that allowed fellows to create songs that could form part of the historic Quintecentennial Playlist. Through contemporary music that represents the cumulative taste of this generation, the budding songwriters and composers of the Batangas bootcamp proved that they’re always up for the challenge, penning songs that fit the required theme. The two best original songs from the bootcamp will be included in the digital album of the organization that will be released in December 2019.

More Bootcamps

Three more bootcamps will be held in different regions in the Philippines this year. In the coming months, PhilPop will be opening its doors and bringing the camp to singer-songwriters in other parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

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**With reports from PhilPop