MANILA, Philippines – JED Madela, the balladeer, popularly known for his exceptional singing style and belting skills had expressed his desire to be one of the ASOP Music Festival song interpreters during the ASOP Year 5 Grand Finals night, which was held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last November 7, 2016.
Jed was one of the event’s board of judges who gave their critiques and music insights to the ASOP twelve grand finalists who were vying for the title “Song of the Year.”
“(To ASOP) I wish you more years to come, more beautiful songs to let us hear. At sana one of these days makapag-interpret ako ng isa sa mga kanta dito,” the 2005 World Champion of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) hopefully expressed.
Then Richard Reynoso, who was with Tony Rose Gayda hosting the event, asked the singer for a confirmation, “Bakit hindi! Sabi mo yan ha?”
“Oo,” he responded quickly to Reynoso, with a smile.
Madela, also known as “The Voice” in the Philippine music industry also commended ASOP Music Festival for spearheading the songwriting competition that discovers Filipino music talents.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate lahat ng bumubuo ng ASOP for coming up with such a wonderful, wonderful competition. Ito po ang kailangan natin. Ang daming magagaling na kompositor. Ang daming magagaling na musikero; mga singers who are just so hungry for such beautiful music,” Madela expressed in a crowd of at least 15, 000 people inside the Big Dome.
He then congratulated and encouraged the composers to continue their passion of creating original songs, especially songs that are intended to praise God. “At sa lahat ng composers, you deserve a congratulations, all of you are already winners. And keep on writing beautiful music, keep on singing, especially for the Lord. Para sa Kaniya ito lahat. Congratulations sa inyong lahat,” he said.
However, it is not the first time that Jed Madela guested in an ASOP Music Festival event. It can be remembered that in 2011, Jed had performed one of the featured praise songs during the official launching of the first ASOP Music Festival on television in the same venue. He interpreted the song entitled “Alay Sa’Yo,” (My Offering to You), one of the original compositions of Kuya Daniel Razon.
ASOP Music Festival is the only songwriting competition on Philippine television. It was spearheaded by the veteran broadcast journalist and singer-composer Kuya Daniel Razon and the multi-awarded international televangelist, Bro. Eli Soriano. ASOP’s intention is to produce more Original Pilipino Praise Music (OPPM), but more significantly, Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli want to bring back gospel music in the hearts of people to give hope and inspiration, and most importantly, to give praises to God.
Bro. Eli Soriano, the Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), gave his inspirational remarks reiterating the significance of ASOP Music Festival according to the Bible.
Kuya Daniel also the Chairman and CEO of UNTV-BMPI, also announced that ASOP will be going international.
Jed Madela, still continuously making name in Philippine music industry, just recently received awards from the 8th Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Music as the Best Male Recording Artist.
Aside from Jed Madela, other respected names in the Philippine entertainment and music industry also graced the ASOP Year 5 Grand Finals night as board of judges, such as the Philippine Superstar, Nora Aunor; song producer Doctor Mon Del Rosario. The others were Isah Red, the president of the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors or SPEED; Ms. Trina Belamide, one of the country’s pioneer songwriters; and the ABS-CBN’s Star Music record label executive.
The song “Kumapit Ka Lang” by Noemi Ocia was hailed as the ASOP Year 5 “Song of the Year” that bagged P500, 000 cash prize.
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