POWERED BY SMART: PhilPop 2020 searches for next OPM hits 


    Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. continues to champion Original Pilipino Music (OPM) by supporting the 2020 PhilPop songwriting tilt.

    Pushing forward amid limitations of a worldwide pandemic, PhilPop Festival Chair Ryan Caybyab shared, “We’ve planned for this year’s festival way back in 2019 when COVID-19 was nowhere in sight. When the pandemic hit us, we had to make a huge pivot.”

    Singer-songwriter and Festival Co-chair Noel Cabangon also admitted that lack of physical interaction made early goings of the search quite difficult. “PhilPop festival this year is basically faced with a challenge of not celebrating the event face to face or with physical presence and interaction between the audience and the performers. Everything has to be migrated to digital.”

    “Technology made things possible for us. Amid the pandemic, it served as a bridge for us to continue engaging with one another. It gave us a (new) platform…,” explained Cayabyab.

    Cabangon echoed, “Technology is the ultimate answer to the major hurdle of this festival. Connecting people in order to keep the festival preparation running was made possible by the aid of technology.”

    Smart People’s Choice for best songs

    Smart People’s Choice Award for Best Song also makes a return this year. Music fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite song via Twitter Poll from December 4-11 and through streaming on Spotify and YouTube on December 11.

    “The entries are wonderful, it was difficult to eliminate songs. Salute to our Lead Adjudicators, Trina Belamide and Jungee Marcelo and to our partners from Warner Music and the regions for patiently and successfully screening the songs,” said Cayabyab.

    To vote for your favorite songs, join the Twitter Poll starting Dec. 4 or stream the songs on Spotify and YouTube. The PhilPop 2020 Finals Night takes centerstage on Dec. 12, 2020. Follow Smart Communications on Facebook and @livesmart on Twitter for more details.