MANILA, Philippines – “Dalawang Letra,” an original Filipino love song composed by Davey Langit and interpreted by Itchyworms, was named the grand winner of the “Himig Handog Pinoy Pop (P-Pop) Love Songs 2016″ Finals Night held at the Kia Theatre Sunday night (April 24).
Langit, who took home P1 million, beat the other top 14 songs picked out from over 6,000 entries attracted by the biggest worldwide OPM songwriting competition.
“I’m elated. There are no words to describe how I feel. I did not expect this at all. I couldn’t have done it without the Itchyworms,” he said.
“This is the cream of the crop. All of the best songwriters are here. It’s more than a privilege that I’m standing here and I won,” added Langit.
Awarded as the 2nd Best Song was “Monumento,” composed by Jungee Marcelo and interpreted by Kyla and Kris Lawrence, while the 3rd Best Song was “Laban Pa” composed by David Dimaguila and interpreted by KZ feat. Jay-R.
The other winners include 4th Best Song “Tama Lang” composed by couple Agatha and Melvin Morallos and interpreted by Jolina Magdangal, and 5th Best Song “Parang Tayo Pero Hindi” composed by Marlon Barnuevo and interpreted by Angeline Quinto and Michael Pangilinan.
The composer of the 2nd Best Song received P500,000, while the composers of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Best Songs won P200,000, P150,000, and P100,000, respectively.
Meanwhile, “O Pag-ibig,” composed by Honlani Rabe and Jack Rufo and interpreted by teen stars Bailey May and Ylona Garcia, bagged the majority of the special awards, namely the MOR’s Choice Award, TFC Global Choice for Favorite Song, and Best Music Video (produced by MINT College). Bailey and Ylona were also voted Onemusic.ph’s Favorite Interpreters.
Kaye Cal’s “Nyebe,” composed by Aries Sales, was given Star Music Listeners Choice Award.
The other finalists in this year’s competition include “Mananatili” composed by Francis Louis Salazar and interpreted by Janella Salvador and Marlo Mortel, “Ambon” composed by Nica Del Rosario and interpreted by Barbie Almalbis, “Patay na si Uto” composed by Oliver Narag and interpreted by Nyoy Volante, “Diamante” composed by Jungee Marcelo and interpreted by Morissette, “Bibitawan Ka” composed by by Hazel Faith Dela Cruz and interpreted by Juris, “Sana’y Tumibok Muli” composed by Jose Joel Mendoza and interpreted by Klarisse De Guzman, “Maghihintay Ako” composed by Dante Bantatua and interpreted by Jona, and “Minamahal Pa Rin Ako” composed by Rolando Azor and interpreted by Daryl Ong.
The “Himig Handog” 2016 album can now be streamed on Spotify and is available at all record bars nationwide for only P299. Digital tracks can also be downloaded via online music stores such as ABS-CBN Store, iTunes,Mymusicstore.com.ph, Amazon.com, OneMusic.ph, and Starmusic.ph.