Cebu Pop Fest adds genres

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

THE 34th Cebu Popular Music Festival highlights its new categories to allow songwriters in different genres a chance to compete.

Two genres will be added to the traditional ballad or pop ballad this year, namely, the upbeat/dance and folk/country/novelty songs.

There are four contestants for every category, thus there will be three grand champions.


Gloria Villarojo, the event manager, said these categories will become a regular feature of the festival in the coming years.

“Cebuanos are fond of ballads, but we also would want to address some wishes of other composers who have another style of composing a song. We’re doing this so that the
other composers will be given a chance to be a part of the finalists,” said Villarojo.

This year, the contestants will be accompanied with a live band instead of the usual minus-one.

Each champion in the three categories will receive P100,000 and a trophy, while the non-winners will receive P20,000 and a plaque. The interpreter will also receive P10,000 and a trophy.

Didi Gullas, the event’s executive producer, emphasized the success that the Cebu Popular Music Festival has achieved.

“Manila Pop came first than the Cebu Pop for maybe one or two years. But then, the Manila Pop didn’t have a consistency and has been stopped.

So with that, we can say that we are the longest pop music festival in the country,” said Didi.

He said that one of the reasons the different genres are allowed in this competition is to let the Cebuano music from Cebu Pop be aired on the radio stations because a ballad doesn’t always fit the FM radio programming.

Meanwhile, former congressman Eduardo Gullas, the father of the songwriting competition, said one of the motivation for continuing the festival despite the recent calamities that struck the region is his dedication for the Holy Child.

“It is the graces of Señor Santo Niño to us and to our fellow Cebuanos which is unending,” said Gullas.

The Cebu Popular Music Festival will be this Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the New Cebu Coliseum starting. (Fatima Secuya, USJ-R Mass Com Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 16, 2014.

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