Song Entries from North and South America Share ASOP Music Fest Mid-Year (5774) Top Prize

Laging Nariyan Ka (You’re Always There) by Bro. Aaron Romero from North America and Kaya Ikaw Ang Dios (Because You Are God) by Sis. Loida Dumandan-Del Rosario from South America shared the A Song of Praise Music Festival of the Mid-year (5774) “Song of the Year” prize.

Both first and second runners-up came from the Luzon Region: Sasambahin Lagi (I Will Always Worship You) by Bro. Nestor Torres and Dinggin Mo (Do Hear) by Sis. Dalisay Painaga, respectively.

Moreover, Walang Hanggan Kitang Mamahalin (I Will Love You Forever) by Bro. Jojit Angon from the Asia-Oceania Division took the third-runner up prize during the finals night of the songs of praise writing festival.

ASOP 5774 winners with ASOP Music Festival co-creator Bro. Daniel Razon (fourth from right) and Church Helpers of the Ministry. (Courtesy of PVI)
ASOP 5774 winners with ASOP Music Festival co-creator Bro. Daniel Razon (fourth from right) and Church Helpers of the Ministry. (Courtesy of PVI)

Meanwhile, the Best Interpreter Award saw a triple tie: Sis. May Checa, Bro. Abigail John Operario and Sis. Lady Leoncio who interpreted Bro. Torres’ composition.

Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano and Bro. Daniel S. Razon, the Presiding Minister and Vice-Presiding Minister to Members Church of God International (MCGI), respectively, served as main judges during the ASOP grand finals night at the ADD Convention Center on September 29, 2014.

MCGI follows the calendar observed by the Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles (Exo. 12:1-2; Matt. 26:1-57).

The MCGI Leaders started ASOP in 2004 in an effort to produce original songs of praise for the Almighty. To date, about 250 songs have been written by Church members in different languages and Philippine dialects.

A Group Effort

The winning song entries will then be recorded for MCGI brethren to listen to. Then in every upcoming ASOP finals, the Music Ministry will assist in the arrangement of each song entry.

In addition, Bro. Eli tasked the Helpers of the Ministry Bro. Danny Navales and Bro. Mel Magdaraog to take charge in improving their lyrics.

Sis. Elis Franco interpreting one of the two "Songs of the Year" in the ASOP Mid-Year 5774 Music Festival before the panel of judges. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Sis. Elis Franco interpreting one of the two “Songs of the Year” in the ASOP Mid-Year 5774 Music Festival before the panel of judges. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

As Bro. Eli further announced, a group of composers who will craft songs for the Church will be launched soon.

ASOP finals entries come from various Church Divisions, wherein different eliminations are held to select their respective region’s participating song.

Introducing Songs of Admonition

Meanwhile, Bro. Eli announced the addition of a new song category: songs of admonition in future ASOP.

Citing Col. 3:16, The Old Path host explained that songs may serve as a reminder of God’s laws to people, like those telling husbands to love their wives or children to obey their parents. “That’s why I seek wisdom in songs,” the international evangelist added.

In his closing remarks, Bro. Eli invited all composers in the Church to submit entries, and stressed once more the importance of quality time and efforts to making the perfect songs of praise, “to be dedicated to the greatest person in the universe. And that is our Creator.”

ASOP Mid-Year 5774 Full List of Winners and Interpreter:

Song of the Mid-Year: Laging Nariyan Ka, Bro. Aaron Romero (Composer/Lyricist), Sis. Ellis Franco (Interpreter)

Song of the Mid-Year: Kaya Ikaw Ang Aking Dios, Sis. Loida Dumandan-Del Rosario (Composer/Lyricist), Sis. Joanne Sandrino (Interpreter)

1st Runner-Up: Sasambahin Lagi, Bro. Nestor Torres (Composer/Lyricist), Sis. Lady Leoncio (Interpreter)

2nd Runner-Up: Dinggin Mo, Sis. Dalisay Painaga (Composer/Lyricist/Interpreter)

3rd Runner-Up: Walang Hanggan Kitang Mamahalin, Bro. Jojit Angon (Composer/Lyricist), Sis. Lheng De Matos (Interpreter)

Best Interpreters: Sis. May Checa, Bro. Abigail John Operario, Sis. Lady Leoncio

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

A First, Bro. Eli Hands ASOP Music Fest Top Prize to All Finalists

All thirteen finalists of the A Song of Praise Music Festival shared the “Song of the Year” award, a historic awarding in this bi-annual Members Church of God International (MCGI) songwriting competition.

Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano broke the “big news” during a regular Thanksgiving service on April 19 this year, two weeks after the songwriting festival was held on April 6, the second day of the International Thanksgiving to God (ITG).

Interpreters and composers get interviewed before a worldwide audience during the ASOP Year-End Finals on April 6, 2014 that coincided with MCGI's South-America-hosted International Thanksgiving.
Interpreters and composers get interviewed before a worldwide audience during the ASOP Year-End Finals on April 6, 2014 that coincided with MCGI’s South-America-hosted International Thanksgiving. (Photo courtesy of James Espiritu, PVI)

Although not unusual that two or three winners share the grand prize, declaring all finalists winners surprised everyone. It was a move that was made so much special because the Presiding Minister celebrated his baptism jubilee on April 7 this year.

Organizers said that over half-million cash prizes will be split to all winning composers, lyricists, and interpreters.

Philippine Finalists

The Philippines was represented by finalists from the regions of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Mindoro and Romblon (LBMR), Central Visayas, and Mindanao.

Cavite Division was the first to perform with “Mula ng Makilala Ka,” (Since I Met You), an original composition by Bro. Juanito Pascual and interpreted by Bro. Reynan Nueva.

“Dakilang Pagmamahal” (Great Love), a composition by Bro. Empol Balbin, represented LBMR Division.

The song titled, “We Sing You Praises”, composed and interpreted by Sis. Naomi Sorianosos with Sis. Jenny Gonzales, represented the Central Visayas region.

Rounding up the four songs hailing from the Philippines is “Sana ay Pakinggan” (Please Hear Me) from Mindanao Division’s Bro. James Almaden and performed by Sis.Nicole Ann Villagonzalo.

Asia and Oceania Finalists

Mongolia’s entry entitled “Budhing Walang Kapaslangan” (Clean Conscience) is one of the three finalists from Asia/Oceania Division. The song’s composer is Bro. Boy Gan and was performed by Bro. Nestor Torres.

Vietnam’s “Nais Kong Awitan Ka” (I Want to Sing To You) composed by Sis. Marjorie Navarro and interpreted by Sis. Maricel Ciricaco.

Last to be presented from the division is “Sa Puso Ko” (In My Heart) by Bro.Jude Abarca from Singapore, and performed by Bro. Gino Mendoza.

Middle East Finalists

“Ang Aral Mo Ama” (Your Teachings Oh Lord), composed by Sis. Joana Fortaleza and Sis. Roschelle Tantay and “In You My Lord,” composed by Bro. Bernardo Flores, are entries from Dubai-UAE Division.

Sis. Erlyn Dondriano interpreted “Ang Aral Mo Ama” while Bro. Rigor Arellano sung “In You, My Lord”.

Europe, Africa, and Israel, North and South American Finalists

Completing all 13 finalists are entries from Europe/Israel/Africa, South and North America, respectively.

Randy Mangiliman’s composition, “Mapagmahal na Dios” (Loving God” represented Europe/Israel/Africa in the songwriting tilt and was interpreted by Sis Dalyn Concepcion.

Bro. Mark Libradilla sings "Hanggang sa Walang Hanggan” written by Sis. Loida Dumandan from South America-Brazil Division during the ASOP Year-End Finals on April 6, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, North of Manila. (Photo courtesy of Caloy Nicolas, PVI)
Bro. Mark Libradilla sings “Hanggang sa Walang Hanggan” written by Sis. Loida Dumandan from South America-Brazil Division during the ASOP Year-End Finals on April 6, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, North of Manila. (Photo courtesy of Caloy Nicolas, PVI)

Brazil’s entries include “Hanggang sa Walang Hanggan” (Until Forever), written by Sis. Loida Dumandan and performed by Bro. Mark Libradilla; as well as “Dakila Kang Manlalalang” (You Are The Great Creator), written by Sis. Fe Sunga, sung by Sis. Jelisa Trangia, made up two of South America’s winning pieces.

East Coast, North America was represented by Bro. Aaron Romero’s entry, “Merciful God”, which Sis. Myka Cloma performed during the finals night.

ASOP Music Festival entered mainstream television to discover local and international praise song writers. ASOP TV, featuring a weekly and monthly elimination rounds, airs every Sunday on UNTV 37.

(Written by Apple Arco)

Luzon Region Enters Two Songs as Finalists to ASOP Mid-Year Finals 2013

At the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, winners take pose after the awarding ceremony of the ASOP Luzon Region Finals on June 9, 2013.
Winners pose for photos after the awarding ceremony of the ASOP Luzon Region Finals last June 9, 2013.

Pampanga Division and North 1 Division bested eight other entries from Luzon Region and officialy entered the finalists slate for the upcoming A Song of Praise (ASOP) Mid-Year Festival come July 8, 2013.

“Alay Sa’yo,” (For You), Pampanga’s song entry, was composed and interpreted by Sis. Dalisay Painaga. Meanwhile, “Salamat sa Pagkakataong Umiral” (Thanks for the Opportunity to Exist) from the North 1 Division was written by Bro. Ronald Morales.

Luzon Region held its ASOP finals last June 9, 2013.

The ASOP Music Festival is a bi-annual songwriting event of the Members Church of God International (MCGI). Church Leaders Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon started the songwriting fest in 2004 with the vision to hear the best “Church-grown” songs of praise for the Lord.

Regional finals are being held all across the globe to hear and pick song entries for the mid-year and year-end finals of the ASOP Songwriting Festival. Ministry helpers serve as judges during such elimination rounds.

The Mid-Year finals will happen right after the International Thanksgiving of the whole Church from July 5-7, 2013.

(Written by: Yanna Faye Ferrera)

(Photo by: Kenji Hasegawa)

Central Division Picks “Great Calling” as Mid-Year ASOP 2013 Entry

In the first finals of the bi-annual ASOP Music Festival of MCGI, an interpreter from Laguna Province belts the high parts a song entry during the  ASOP Mid-Year Finals in 2010.
An interpreter from Laguna Province belting the high parts a song entry during the ASOP Mid-Year Finals in 2010.

Pampanga, Philippines – The song entry about one person’s search for answers then finds meaning in life after heeding God’s call and fulfilling the purpose of his creation has earned a ticket to be in the A Song of Praise (ASOP) Luzon Region Finals come June 9, 2013.

“Dakilang Pagtawag” (Great Calling), composed by Bro. Rafael Deyto was picked from a total of nine entries from the Central Division Elimination last May 21, 2013. All entries were in Filipino.

Chairing the judgment board was Ministry Helper Bro. Ric Erese, who remarked that “writing songs of praise is difficult,” having tried making one himself.

ASOP Central Division Committee patterned the program after the Luzon Region Finals. The committee aims to have a more solid team of composers and interpreters who altogether will work for the best songs of praise to achieve the intent of ASOP Music Festival creators: Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.

“To God be all the glory,” exclaimed Bro. Deyto before performing the song. He has also previously won in the weekly finals of ASOP on UNTV in 2012.

The ASOP Division Finals took place at the ADD Convention Center Lobby in Apalit, coinciding with the second day of the annual Bulacan Youth Convention.


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