Himig Handog Song Finalists: Review (Final Part)

himig handog p-pop love songsAccording to news Himig Handog finals night will be held on February 24, 2013 at SM Mall of Asia Arena.  Also, all song finalists are now available in iTunes and Amazon while the album CD is now for sale in local record bars.  Anyway and without further ado, here’s the last batch of songs I reviewed so as to conclude my pre-Lenten Season penitensya.

Sana’y Magbalik words and music by Arman Villarta Alferez sang by Jovit Baldovino.  It’s a power ballad without much power.  Baldovino’s pipes were very good but the lyrics and arrangement were simply corny.    The song is too typical and too common.  There’s nothing unique about it.  It’s an archetypal kantang pang-ayuda in which anytime within the song an ago-go dancer will appear and start strutting his or her stuff. This for sure will be a big hit in dingy beerhouses of the land.

Scared To Death music and words by Domingo Rosco Jr. sang by KZ Tandingan.  I personally don’t like the point of the song.  It’s the song for the wimpy, the sissy and the wussy.  For me this song is nothing but a bland pop song.  I think KZ sings better when she performs live than in a recording.

Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa words and music by Jovinor Tan performed by Aiza Seguerra.  It’s a slow, sleepy, melancholic and melodramatic song bordering to painful boredom.  Nevertheless, Aiza’s hushed voice provides the song’s center of gravity.  She undeniably knows how to breathe her syllables over a rhythm.  Aiza sings with grace that makes it hard to keep your tears in their ducts.  She’s good.  But the message seems too gloomy.  It feels downright lonely.

Tamang Panahon words, music and performed by Wynn Andrada.  It’s fresh.  It’s simple and it’s easy to the ear.  The singer’s charming voice is perfect for the song’s message.  What I like most is that he sounds so sincere.  No drama no histrionics.  It’s cool yet it’s warm in a compelling way.  It’s light-hearted and reliably comforting.  The song can be applicable for the young and the young at heart.  This is the type of song that you wanted to be sung to you and also the song you want to sing to somebody you adore.  I think the song is even adjustable since it can easily be converted into a duet.

For me, the finest track and this year’s Himig Handog WINNER is Tamang Panahon

Tamang tama ang timpla ng kantang ‘to.

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