|Karl Villuga with his group mates|
Villuga's composition "Bawat Hakbang" beat out several other entries of the prestigious songwriting competition including Toto Sorio's "Tayo Tayo Lang" (interpreted by former Sugarfree lead vocalist Ebe Dancel) and Soc Villanueva’s "Kontrabida" (interpreted by teen heartthrob Sam Concepcion), which took 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Meanwhile, amateur songwriter James Leyte's "Brown," which was performed in the Finals by Leyte and reggae group ensemble Brownian Revival, bagged the Smart People's Choice award, winning a cash prize of P200,000.
"Bawat Hakbang" was interpreted by crooner Mark Bautista and The Akafellas during final performance and competition night held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on Saturday.
The roster of performers who brought life to the competing songs in this year's competition also included Youtube sensation Marié Digby ("3:00 AM"), popstar tandem Jay R and Deejay Poblete ("Dulo ng Dila"), former South Border front men Duncan Ramos and Luke Mijares and hip hop artists Loonie and Yumi ("Himig ng Panahon"), modern-ethnic pop icon Joey Ayala ("Piso"), Nyoy Volante ("Slowdancing"), alternative rock band Rocksteddy ("Takusa"), new singer Daniel Grospe "Kesa" former Metropop finalist Mike Villegas and up and coming artist Cathy Go ("Negastar"), OPM icon Gary Granada ("Minsa’y Isang Bansa"), all-girl trio Baihana ("Big Time"),
As winner of the 1st ever Philpop Music Festival, Villuga took home P1 million while the two runners-up received P500,000 and P250,000, respectively. FULL STORY...