PhilPOP Foundation Now Accepting Entries For 2013 Competition

After a very successful Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPOP) last year, with presenters such as Maynilad and Smart, and co-presenters Meralco, PLDT, Resorts World Manila, and TV5, PhilPOP Foundation is now ready for its second edition. In fact, beginning last Jan. 1, 2013, it has started accepting entries.

PhilPOP, with Maestro Ryan Cayabyab as executive director, drew nearly 3,000 entries from all over the world last year. In 2013, it is expected that more composers will join the competition, and not just for the R1 million cash prize for the grand PhilPOP winner (although Karl Villuga, the first ever PhilPOP champion, appreciates it a lot). At the end of the day, it is about making Filipino music flourish, letting the composers shine, and boosting Pinoy pride and talent.

PhilPOP's aim is to revive the nation's love for Filipino music. The foundation was created to give chance to deserving songwriters who can inspire and spark positive change through their music. It sees Filipino music as a cultural treasure and an indication of Filipino identity.

PhilPOP is a search for excellent Filipino composers, whether residing here or abroad, who can showcase musical ingenuity and passion to an overwhelming degree. The foundation also seeks to enrich original Filipino music and educate this and future generations its uniqueness and importance.

Better things are in store for PhilPOP, the PhilPOP Foundation, and of course the Filipino music industry in general. Apart from the songwriting competition, PhilPOP Foundation has also embarked on a nationwide tour teaching songwriting and music appreciation through "Songwriting With The Maestro," which has reached thousands of students and other enthusiasts from several parts of the country.

By the way, those interested to join the competition may send their original song entries from now 'till the end of February 2013 by visiting

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Abunda Remains Sought-After Brand Ambassador

As one of the country's top TV hosts, publicists, talent managers, and celebrity endorsers, Boy Abunda's appeal goes beyond that of the showbiz industry that people originally identified him with. His thorough knowledge of many other subject matters such as current events, politics and even sports, among others, has made him such a sought-after figure across the board.

Naturally, his credibility also translates to the strong sales of just about every product he endorses.

"Boy's credibility as a talk show and current affairs host is only underscored by his wit and incisive mind that has drawn millions of viewers in front of the tube," said Aiza J. Diuco-Soriano, President and CEO of Age Defying Solutions Philippines Corp. (ADSPHIL) that manufactures Glupa whitening products that recently tapped the "King of Talk" to remain as image endorser of the brand.

"Glupa is a breakthrough product and it needs a credible spokesperson like Boy to communicate its unique selling proposition, which is being the only product to combine the two most powerful and proven effective whitening and anti-aging agents, glutathione and papaya," Aiza claimed.

Because he is hardly fair-skinned, Aiza admits that Boy was initially reluctant to even use Glupa, let alone endorse it. But after countless discussions, he began trying out the Glupa Skincare product. In two weeks' time, he began seeing improvements on his skin.

"Glupa is a breakthrough antioxidant, anti-aging, and beauty-enhancement product line -the best that I've used so far. From the many skin whitening and anti-aging products I've used Glupa is the one that lives up to its promise. You notice the difference even after only few weeks. Your skin not only gets whiter but smoother but it takes on an added glow," Boy declared.

Along with the equally sought- after commercial model, fashion consultant, TV host, and actress Rima Ostwani, Boy Abunda remains an integral part of Glupa's growing family of brand ambassadors. Aiza explains their different roles in endorsing the brand and its increasingly extensive product line.

"Boy is Glupa's credibility card, while Ms. Rima Ostwani, on the other hand, is Glupa's beauty card since her skin is the benchmark of flawless, radiant, white skin that every Filipina aspires to have."

Glupa is FDA-approved and is available at Mercury Drug, Watsons, and other leading outlets nationwide.

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Sun Broadband Quest Is On

Calling all college and university bands! This is your chance to show off those killer riffs and rock the crowd with your high-octane performance at Sun Broadband Quest, a battle of broad music styles between college and university bands all over the country.

Open to all unsigned and amateur college bands composed of three to five members between 16 to 25 years old, Sun Broadband Quest is an opportunity for up-and-coming bands to showcase their talents, share their music, and get noticed in the music scene. The winning band will get a staggering cool prize of R150,000 cash, record deal, guaranteed gigs, plus their own music video.

A project of Sun Broadband and MCA Music, Inc., the competition is powered by the all-new Sun Broadband Entertainment Stick - a revolutionary and first-of-its-kind broadband product in the local market that lets users access the hippest tunes and download chart toppers from their favorite artists for free.

To join Sun Broadband Quest, participating band must purchase a Sun Broadband Entertainment Stick, register online at and upload two videos - one video recording an all-original song and one video recording a cover version of any song. Videos should not exceed five minutes. Deadline of submission of entries is until Jan. 15, 2013. For more information, visit

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