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PhilPop partners with NQC on Philippines’ quincentennial celebration

Ian Alfonso, Trina Belamide, Jungee  Marcelo, Dr. Rene Escalante

Ian Alfonso, Trina Belamide, Jungee Marcelo, Dr. Rene Escalante

The National Quincentennial Committee has partnered with PhilPop to mount music events and activities that mark the 500th anniversary of Victory of Mactan in 2021 as part of the multiple celebrations commemorating an important milestone in Philippine and global history. Under the partnership agreement, the country’s premier songwriting competition will be the screening committee responsible for curating a nine-track compilation album that pays tribute to the triumph of Lapulapu in the famous Battle of Mactan.

Conan Daily attended the official launch of the partnership between the NQC and PhilPop at Kabisera in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 22, 2019. Hosted by VJ Ai de la Cruz, a press conference in the venue featured six panelists namely National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, Dr. Rene Escalante, NQC head of secretariat Ian Alfonso, PhilPop executive director Dinah A. Remolacio and PhilPop boot camp coaches Jungee Marcelo and Trina Belamide.

Cayabyab is a PhilPop MusicFest Foundation board member and boot camp master while Escalante is the chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the NQC vice chairperson. Learn more about the NQC and PhilPop partnership here:

Underrated gems

Instead of relying on star power and mega-hits, Remolacio highlights the importance of empowering underrated musical talents from all over the Philippines. Their artistic blueprint and songwriting talent stand out from the ordinary.

“With guidance from our distinguished crop of industry professionals and award-winning mentors, this year’s selection strikes a balance between theme and form,” Remolacio stated. “I’m proud to say that the compilation record serves its function in discovering the future of homegrown music.”

Cayabyab feels the same way about the songwriters and interpreters behind the compilation record. He said, “It’s an honor to discover promising new acts who are capable of writing compositions that could impact people’s lives.”

“Not only are they defying and challenging trends,” Cayabyab continued. “These songwriters are also finding ways to develop their own artistic stamp while making sure that the material adheres to specific requirements of NQC in terms of content and vision.”

As an esteemed institution that provides a world-class and sustainable songwriting curriculum, PhilPop has handpicked eight songs from the PhilPop Bootcamp 2019 that it hosted on various venues such as Batangas, Tagum and Lingayen. The final song, which will be a collaboration among PhilPop coaches, will be launched soon.

“PhilPop was one of the institutions that came to mind when asked who we want to work with in producing the Quincentennial songs,” Alfonso said. “This time, we want to come up with a streaming playlist that best represents the collective musical taste of this generation, while also taking into consideration the Filipino-ness of pop music and the celebration of the quincentennial.”

Future plans

Aside from the National Quincentennial Commemorations Playlist which will be out on streaming and digital platforms soon, the NQC and PhilPop is currently looking into producing music shows and concerts as part of its efforts to promote the 500 years of achievement in circumnavigating the planet for the first time. Alfonso noted, “One of the objectives of the National Quincentennial Committee is to have multi-disciplinary activities and to have PhilPop among our partners is also a way of support to OPM industry.”

Recently, Alfonso shared the partnership’s plans to join the international community in celebrating a 500-day countdown to the Victory of Mactan in Lapulapu City, Davao City and Manila. He said, “As we approach 2021, expect activities that will elevate public’s interest to the world our ancestors had.”

According to Alfonso, the activities will debunk misconceptions and myths that the Filipino ancestors were savages and uncivilized. He noted, “Our very own Lapulapu will be the heart of the celebration, for he was among the rallying Symbol which Rizal and the heroes of the Philippine Revolution evoked as our nation was being founded in 1898.”

PhilPop Bootcamp 2019 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. This year’s PhilPop boot camp is co-presented by Maynilad and Meralco with Smart as a major sponsor.

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