Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"Mabagal" by Dan Tañedo Wins this Year's ABS-CBN's Himig Handog Songwriting Competition

Himig Handog - Mabagal - Dan Tanedo, Daniel Padilla, and Moira dela Torre

It might be slow when translated but the song is fast enough to convince not only the audience but the judges as well. The song "Mabagal" composed by Dan Tañedo is hailed as this year's winner of ABS CBN's Himig Handog songwriting competition, not only that but managed to bag all the special awards.

Among the 4,000 entries submitted for the songwriting competition, the slow but soothing sound of Mabagal, which is interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre took home the P1 million cash prize.

Dan said he initially doubted whether he could make a song infused with a standard sound especially in the wake of pop music’s popularity. “Ang hirap magkaroon ng standard song sa ganitong panahon, iba yung uso ngayon eh, parang panahon yun ng ’50s. Pero buti naging reality yung in-envision ko (It is difficult to produce a standard song in these times as music trend nowadays is different. I wanted a ‘50s feel and what I envisioned became a reality),” he said.

“Mabagal” also swept the competition’s special awards by winning the MOR Philippines’ Choice award, the MYX Choice for Best Music Video award, Star Music’s Choice for Best Produced Track and the Listener’s Choice for Most Streamed Track. Daniel and Moira were also One Music PH’s Choice for Favorite Interpreters.

Himig Handog - Simula ng Dulo - Davey Langit

Meanwhile, Davey Langit, winner of Himig Handog 2016 for his song “Dalawang Letra,” won again this year for his entry “Simula ng Dulo.” The singer-songwriter co-wrote the song with his girlfriend Therese Marie Villarante and bagged half a million cash prize.

Himig Handog - Please Lang - Aikee and Alex Gonzaga

From one past winner to another, “Please Lang,” a song by Aikee and interpreted by Alex Gonzaga, was named as the 3rd Best Song, winning P200,000. Aikee also placed 3rd in 2017’s Himig Handog for his song “Ekstensyon.”

Himig Handog - Nung Tayo Pa - Rex Torremoro and Elmar Bolano and Janella Salvador

Another pair of young composers, Rex Torremoro and Elmar Jann Bolaño, won 4th Best Song for their entry “Nung Tayo Pa,” brought to life by Janella Salvador. They took home a cash prize worth P150,000.

Himig Handog - Panandalian - Jerome Arcangel and Cee Jay Del Rosario - TJ Monterde

Seventeen-year-olds Jerome Arcangel and Cee Jay Del Rosario took home P100,000 for bagging the 5th Best Song for their composition “Panandalian,” interpreted by TJ Monterde, about a romance cut short.

The Himig Handog 2019 winners were announced on the “ASAP Natin ‘To” stage last Sunday (October 13). “Mabagal” and the rest of the song finalists can be streamed in all online streaming platforms. Watch the Himig Handog 2019 music videos on ABS-CBN Star Music’s YouTube channel. For more details, visit Himig Handog’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/HimigHandog2019/ or follow Star Music’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ starmusicph.



FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

BEST SONG/ 1ST PRIZE“Mabagal,” composed by Dan Tañedo, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre

2ND PRIZE“Simula ng Dulo,” composed by Davey Langit and Therese Marie Villarante, interpreted by Davey Langit

3RD PRIZE“Please Lang,” composed by Aikee Aplacador, interpreted by Alex Gonzaga

4TH PRIZE “Nung Tayo Pa,” composed by Rex Torremoro and Elmar Jann Bolaño, interpreted by Janella Salvador

5TH PRIZE“Panandalian,” composed by Jerome Arcangel and Cee Jay Del Rosario, interpreted by TJ Monterde.

SPECIAL AWARDS:

MOR PHILIPPINES’ CHOICE AWARDS - “Mabagal,” composed by Dan Tañedo, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre

MYX CHOICE FOR BEST MUSIC VIDEO - “Mabagal,” composed by Dan Tañedo, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre

ONE MUSIC PH’S CHOICE FOR FAVORITE INTERPRETER - Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre for “Mabagal,” composed by Dan Tañedo

STAR MUSIC’S CHOICE FOR BEST PRODUCED TRACK - “Mabagal,” composed by Dan Tañedo, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre

LISTENER’S CHOICE FOR MOST STREAMED TRACK - “Mabagal,” composed by Dan Tañedo, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre

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