Himig Handog 2018Himig Handog, the worldwide search for the best OPM love song, invites aspiring Filipino songwriters to send their entries and get the chance to be 2018’s finalists who will vie for the Best Song recognition.
The ABS-CBN and Star Music project highlights “Love Songs and Love Stories” as the theme of the competition, which ran from 2000 to 2003 and was revived in 2013.
Out of almost 7,000 submitted entries last year, Libertine Amistoso’s “Titibo-Tibo” earned the Himig Handog 2017 Best Song. It also became a huge hit, helping catapult Moira dela Torre to fame.
Songwriters from the competition have also been given their breaks, such as 2001 grand winner Jonathan Manalo (“Tara Tena”) who has become a multi-awarded composer, producer and now heads Star Music’s audio content.
New artists who interpreted the songs of Himig Handog have also made their own mark on the music scene. Aside from Moira, included in Himig Handog’s Top 15 Hall of Fame since 2013 are KZ Tandingan for Edwin Marollano’s “Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako” and Domingo Rosco Jr.’s “Scared to Death”; Daniel Padilla for Jungee Marcelo’s “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat” and MJ Magno’s “Simpleng Tulad Mo”; and Janella Salvador for Bobbie Mabilog's "Mahal Kita Pero."
Other hit makers are Michael Pangilinan for Joven Tan’s “Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako,” Ylona Garcia and Bailey May for Jack Rufo and Yani Rabe’s “O Pag-ibig,” Morissette for Kiko Salazar’s “Akin Ka Na Lang” and Bugoy Drilon for Jeff Cifra’s “Pwede Bang Ako Na Lang Ulit.”
Seasoned artists who gave outstanding interpretations are also part of the Hall of Fame: Jona for Dante Bantatua’s “Maghihintay Ako,” Toni Gonzaga for Jumbo de Leon’s “Kahit Na,” Jovit Baldivino for Ato Arman’s “Sana’y Magbalik,” Barbie Almalbis for Nica del Rosario’s “Ambon” and Ice Seguerra for “Ano’ng Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa,” also by Joven Tan.
Interested songwriters may submit their entries at himighandog. abs-cbn.com until July 31.