Karylle, Yael out to beat each other at Philpop

They have eyes only for each other. But not this time.

Sweethearts Karylle and Yael Yuzon want to beat each other at the Philpop 2013 finals night on Saturday, July 20 at Meralco Theater, where they will perform two of the 12 competing entries.

Karylle will interpret Lara Maigue’s Sa ‘Yo Lamang while Yael will perform Paul Armesin’s Segundo.

The two don’t hide the fact that they want their respective entries to win.

Ryan “Mr. C” Cayabyab, Philpop Foundation’s executive director, is happy to see the two popular rivals’ spunk and sense of competitiveness.

But the ball doesn’t lie in his court come finals night. It lies in the hands of the  12 jurors who will proclaim the winner and the recipient of P1-M and a specially-commissioned Ramon Orlina trophy.

Mr. C has this one piece of advice to the judges, “ Isa lang ang importante.  Bibigyan ninyo ng mataas na grado ang isang song pag may dating ito sa inyo. Pag naka-connect ito sa inyo.”

Chances are, the song that touches the  hearts of the judges (who Mr. C says comes from all walks of life) will have the same impact on the listener. And most likely, that song will be the next OPM chartbuster people will sing everywhere they go.

It’s another take on the saying, “If you build it, they (the money, the hits) will come.”

More heart than mind

Mr. C knows music is more heart than mind. And he concedes judges of songwriting contests like Philpop can never be objective. You can never tell what the heart listens to.  You can only hazard a guess.

“Tinanggal na namin ang criterion na kailangan maging hit ang kanta because no one will know if this song will be a hit or not,” he says.

Besides, contributing another original hit, Philpop is the answer to the common complaint that the is hungry for new songs, not the covers and revivals ruling the airwaves these days.

“It’s our way of pushing OPM,” Mr. C explains.

The album containing the top 12 songs is out in record bars and also available on www.mymusicstore.com, itunes and www.smart.com.ph/music.

With business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan bankrolling the project,  Philpop can go a long way in making the future of  musicians, singers, and the entire OPM industry a lot brighter.

This early, Mr. C is looking forward to next year, when he promises a “bigger, better Philpop.  In fact, he is now in talks for a tie-up that will make him keep his promise.

Meanwhile, let’s borrow a phrase from Mr. C and say, “May the best song win” come finals night.

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