Vispop 2019: An Annual Toast to Visayan Music and Excellence
Throughout the years, the Visayan Pop Songwriting Competition (known as Vispop) has undoubtedly served as the country’s most influential and effective medium for the exposure and appreciation of original Visayan music, promoting homegrown talents to a nationwide audience, and introducing many listeners to the unique charm of Visayan music. At the same time this event will continue to help promote local arts, entertainment, talent, and tourism. On its sixth annual installment, Vispop aims to promote and expand the advocacy to greater heights by planning on bigger productions, grander prizes, and all-out sustainable support began with a newfound partnership from the Sacred Heart School for Boys- Batch 1985 Foundation, Inc., the same organization behind Binibining Cebu.
The 2019 Vispop press conference commenced on February 27 at Oakridge Pavilion, Oakridge Business Park, Mandaue City, in which members of the organization and some significant personalities in the local music industry gave their opinions, insights, and future plans for the annual celebration. In this press conference, the speakers thoroughly explained the significance of music in the shaping and strengthening of our community, and their vision to promote Visayan music to a wider audience and to reinforce pride in one’s mother tongue.
The organization encourages all aspiring musicians and songwriters to share their talents and proudly represent Visayan homegrown music and art. According to the official statement, song submissions will be accepted from March 1 to May 7, 2019, and entry details must be submitted through the official website at www.visayanpop.com. For updates, follow the Vispop page on Facebook and @visayanpop on Instagram. The official hashtag is #TheNewVisayanPop.
The official guidelines for the entries are as follows:
- The song must NOT have been previously published or released on any media platform.
- The song length must not exceed four (4) minutes.
- The song must NOT contain any vulgar words or phrases.
- The context of the song must be prominently Visayan.
- The song can be a rough demo recording as long as the melody, chords, and lyrics are clear.
- Song entries can be made from anywhere around the globe. A performer will be provided to interpret the song if selected for the Finals.
- Only a maximum of 3 songs can be entered by a contestant either as a sole composer or a collaborator.
In addition, songs that were previously entered in past Vispop competitions but did not win may be re-submitted. From the song entries, it will be narrowed down to the top six finalists who will then showcase their songs during Finals Night, which will be on July 27, 2019 at Oakridge Pavilion. Criteria for judging will include: Music (30%), Lyrics (30%) and Over-all Impact including musical treatment, commercial appeal, radio-friendliness, uniqueness and break-through qualities (40%).
The Grand Prize winner will be awarded P100, 000, Second Place P75, 000, and Third Place P50,000. Special Awards will also be given. Photos by Monique Jagna