According 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.
Unlike the past year’s Himig Handog, there is no group or band performing this year. I wonder why. Anyway, here’s the second part of my review for this year’s song finalists:
Kahit Na words and music by Bojam De Belen and sang by Toni Gonzaga. The song’s beat and lyrics are age inappropriate for a 29-year old Toni Gonzaga. This song could have been fine if it was sung by a singer in her youth. It is in the same genre of Urong Sulong Ka sang by then 17 years old Regine Velasquez and Mambobola by Zsa Zsa Padilla when she was just 22. What was Toni thinking when she accepted this assignment?
If You Ever Change Your Mind words, music and vocals by Marion Aunor. It is an impressive song. This may be the dark horse among the roster of finalists. Marion (not Nora) Aunor’s vocal technique can be equated to that of the great Regina Spektor. Her voice has poignant soul that gives life to the soothing rhythm and spunk of the lyrics. Moreover, the song has international appeal since it is in the English language. This high caliber song has universal sentiment which can cross cultural borders. The song actually can be a potential international hit.
One Day words and music by Agatha Morallos and sang by Angeline Quinto. The song is simply forgettable. It’s a typical song of the sawi (disheartened). This is another case of including the song in the finals so as to boost the sales of the CD compilation because of the star power of the artist. Quinto sings great with Tagalog songs but for me she needs to train on proper diction and annunciation of English words. I can hardly comprehend the lyrics of the song she’s singing. Good thing the song was in lyric-video form when I saw and heard it on YouTube.
Hanggang Wakas words and music by Soc Villanueva and performed by Juris. Juris has sweet affecting voice but the lyrics seem old. “Pag-ibig ko’y wagas”, does this statement still being spoken by the people of today? This song must have been composed 20 years ago. Moreover, the lyrics of the song has specific notion and/or subject matter which may not be applicable to some listeners (I perceived it as a certain terminal disease or illness). For me the song is too sad and too tragic. In which, you would immediately turn off your radio and shy away from listening to it especially when your suffering from a terminal disease. It’s too dreadful, this song may fast-track your being tsugi (dead).
For this batch my personal pick would be If You Ever Change Your Mind…
Yan ang perst raner ap! Abangan ang Part 3 at ang winner para sa ‘kin…
I already accomplished my pre-Lent Season penitensya (penance & self-sacrifice). I achieved it by successfully listening to the roster of songs announced as finalists in this year’s Himig Handog, the Philippines’ biggest and premiere songwriting competition. I was able to carry it out because all songs in its lyric-video form were posted on YouTube by Star Records Inc. Here’s my review for the first 4 songs I listened to.
This Song Is For You music and lyrics by Jude Thaddeus Gitamondoc performed by Erik Santos. The rendition is the usual Erik Santos in histrionic mode. After listening to this more-than-four-minute song, I wonder what succeeding song Erik would sing. This tune I thought is merely an introduction for a supposed good song. Because usually, singers when they are introduced to sing a great song they would initially tell the audience, “This song is for you” then proceeds with his/her singing. Whatever that song is, listeners will forever wonder. It’s actually some kind of an idiotic composition.
Alaala words and music by Fe Mechenette Tianga, Melvin Huervana and Joel Jabat Jr. performed by Yeng Constantino. Prolific songwriter herself, Constantino’s past songs which she herself wrote, composed and sang were way better than this one. It’s too dry and too ordinary making it so forgettable.
Pwede Bang Ako Na Lang Ulit words and music by Jeffrey Cifra sang by Bugoy Drilon. Overall, the song was actually good. It’s an okay of a song. I can listen to it for a couple of times in a day but the rendition seems to lack the required sincerity. The singer’s rendition was fine but he seems to be deficient in sending the correct affection of the song.
Nasa Iyo Na Lahat words and music by Jungee Marcelo and sang by Daniel Padilla. It sounds like a low-class and artificial impersonation of Jason Mraz. The score is amateur-ish and the lyrics are dizzyingly redundant. There’s nothing great about the song. It’s actually diabolical. I suspect that this composition was included not because of the song but because of the artist. Daniel being a popular celebrity today can be a great sales booster of the CD compilation. Besides, one explicit measure for this year’s Himig Handog to be considered successful is if it reaches the multi-platinum status.
For this batch my personal pick would be Pwede Bang Ako Na Lang Ulit…
Yan ang sekond raner-ap! Abangan ang Part 2.