ASOP Year 8 composers go beyond competition

Aileen Cerrudo
A Song of Praise Year 8 finalists with their interpreters at a press conference

A Song of Praise Year 8 will have its finals night on November 10 at the New Frontier Theater.

Competitions have always been tough. Contestants would always feel intense pressure especially after putting in a lot of time and effort in being the best they can be.

But for ASOP’s composer finalists, winning is only a bonus.

Pau Ortiz, who co-wrote “Alay Ko” with Madonna Rosas, said he feels no pressure from the competition. Pau would even listen happily to all of the entries and was able to memorize some of them.

“Kasi po naniniwala po kami na ang star po ng competition ay si God, bonus na lang po talaga in case na magkaroon ka ng praise or manalo ka sa competition (Because we believe that the star of the competition is God. Recognition from winning the competition is just a bonus),Pau said during a press conference on Tuesday (November 5).

Most of the finalists took their inspiration from personal experiences and the vision of having their song become a source of hope for those who are struggling in life.

“We wrote this song for the reason that maraming taong nawawalan ng pag-asa, nakakalimutang magpasalamat sa Dios (A lot of people are losing hope and forget to thank God). It’s all about—whatever comes our way, it is His will. We should always be thankful to God everyday,” according to Roman Cundangan, co-composer of “God Has His Purpose”.

“Sagwan” composer, Aiza Narag said suicide is one of the serious issues nowadays and she wants to remind people they are not alone.

“Para lang po mapaalala sa mga tao na mayroon pong Dios na kasama tayo sa mga pagsubok, (So that people will remember that there is a God who is always with us during trying times),” she said.

Rinz Ruiz, composer of song “Tahan Na”, recalled his friend who was the inspiration for his song. His friend suffered severe depression after his mother died, he suffered from a grave illness and he lost the will work.

“Sinulat ko po itong kanta para subukang pagaangin iyong nararamdaman niya, (I wrote the song in order to try and ease his burden)” he said.

The composers also said there is no need to write more sad songs. Amid the competition, all of them are united towards one goal — to provide hope and positive vibes through their songs.

“Bakit pa tayo magsusulat ng something na magdi-drive sa tao na magpakamatay (Why would we write something that will drive people to take their lives?). Instead, inspire them tapos use God kasi Siya lang naman ang absolute na answer (Inspire them instead by using God because He is the absolute answer) every time we are going through obstacles,” Pau said.—AAC

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