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Himig Handog top 12 ready to win big and win hearts

The Himig Handog 2019 composers and performersThe Himig Handog 2019 composers and performersMasterpieces reflecting Filipinos’ struggle and hope when it comes to love comprise the Himig Handog 2019 Top 12 entries vying to win the Best Song recognition in the country’s biggest songwriting competition.

From almost 4,000 entries, the finalists are down to 12, now produced and brought to life by this year’s interpreters.

Daniel Padilla and Moira dela Torre come back in this year’s competition and collaborate in Dan Martel Simon Tañedo’s “Mabagal.”

Janella Salvador also returns to join the roster of interpreters and sings “Nung Tayo Pa” of Rex Torremoro and Elmar Jann Bolaño.

Former “Idol Philippines” contestant Alekzandra Nicolle Quitalig joins with her composition “Alaala,” while Davao-based singer-songwriter Eamarie Gilayo likewise interprets her own song, “Ikaw at Linggo.”

Another former “Idol Philippines” contender, Vanya Castor, is interpreting “Paano Ba” penned by Richanne Charms Jacinto. Meanwhile, “Isa Pang Ikaw” composed by Joseph Ponce is performed by former “X Factor Australia” contestant Justin Vasquez.

TJ Monterde interprets “Panandalian” composed by Jerome Arcangel and Cee Jay del Rosario, while Alex Gonzaga sings Michael Angelo Aplacador’s composition titled “Please Lang.”

Former “X Factor Philippines” contender Joan Da interprets her song with LJ Manzano entitled “Sasabihin Ko,” while singer-songwriter Davey Langit comes back in the competition as an interpreter of “Simula ng Dulo,” which he cowrote with Therese Marie Villarante.

I Belong To The Zoo sings Ferdinand Aragon’s song “Ingat,” while “Tawag ng Tanghalan” champion Janine Berdin gives her rendition of “Sa ‘Yong Mundo” composed by Noah Zuñiga.

This year’s grand winner will take home P1 million, while the second, third, fourth and fifth placers will get P500,000, P200,000, P150,000 and P100,000, respectively. Watch the grand finals of Himig Handog 2019 live on “ASAP Natin ‘To” on October 13.

The #HimigHandog2019 songs can be streamed on digital music stores worldwide and are also available on Star Music’s YouTube channel. (Story/Photos by: Kane Choa)