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11 Young Songwriters Shine in the Pioneer Insurance #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition Finals Night

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Young blood.

Those were the stars that shined brightly amidst the rainy night in Makati wherein some of the youngest songwriters in the country competed in the first Pioneer Insurance #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition.

The 10 finalists where chosen from 150 entries from colleges and universities all over the country at the Preliminary Judging conducted by FiLSCAP.

After hearing the 10 songs performed live, mostly by the composers, I am pretty much sure that the OPM will be in good hands in the future, if the likes and caliber of these young songwriters will be leading the way.

For the purpose of the contest, there are only three top winners. But certainly, each song is a winner in its right.

Grand winner:

“Invincible” by Yosef Escoto of San Beda College Alabang

1st Runner-Up

“Aking Mundo” by Benjamin Quijano of University of the Philippines Los Baños

“Aking Mundo” by Benjamin Quijano of University of the Philippines Los Baños

2nd Runner-Up

“Alive” by Kenneth Roquid of University of the Philippines Diliman

Attended by guests from the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (FILSCAP), ABS-CBN’s One Music PH, and Pioneer’s Professional Sales Agency, Finals Night marked the end of the contest, as the judges proclaimed the Grand Winner, who received a prize of Php 100,000. The first and second runners-up won Php 50,000 and Php 30,000 respectively.

To recognize their songwriting prowess, Pioneer awarded the remaining seven finalists with Php 10,000 each. Julia Dichoso’s song ”Hand In Hand” received 44.96% of online votes and was crowned as Online Favorite.

Pioneer also gave a Special Recognition Award to Drei Chua of San Beda College Alabang for his song entry “Bangon,” an exceptional composition that perfectly describes Pioneer’s promise to its clients.

Aside from the cash prize, all winners received Php 100,000 worth of insurance coverage from Pioneer.

Pioneer launched the #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition in partnership with FILSCAP and One Music PH to encourage the youth to pursue artistic endeavors and to celebrate the Filipino trait of resiliency.

Applicants were challenged to write a song expressing their take on resiliency in 3 minutes or less.

Watch the coverage of the #MoveOnLang Finals Night on Pioneer Insurance’s Official Facebook Page ( Pioneerleourlnsurance and listen to the winning song entries on the official #MoveOnLang Website ( and Pioneer Insurance’s Soundcloud (

All 11 songs will be available on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play on February 3, 2017.

Check out the other finalists’ songs:

“Chronosphere” by CK Sabillo of University of Santo Tomas

“From Now On” by Julien Cloma of STI College Novaliches

“Hand in Hand” by Julia Dichoso of Sorsogon State College

“Make It Through” by Luigi Balazo of University of San Carlos

“Martsa ni Martha” by Marie Maureen Salvaleon of Southwestern University PHINMA

“The Biggest Leap” by Marie Bernadette Tayag of De La Salle University Manila

“Time” by Patricia Monsod of University of the Philippines Diliman

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