Tuesday, March 23, 2021

"Marupok" by KZ Tandingan and Danielle Balagtas Wins Himig 11th Edition Best Song

The highly relatable song “Marupok” composed by Danielle Balagtas was proclaimed as the Best Song in the country’s biggest songwriting competition, ABS-CBN’s Himig 11th Edition.

Interpreted by “Asia’s Soul Supreme” KZ Tandingan, the universal dance-pop yet distinctively Filipino track about easily catching feelings for someone earned its songwriter Danielle a P300,000 cash prize and a house and lot from Lumina Homes.

I wanted this to be a symbolism for a girl who is labeled as ‘marupok’ to remember that we all have the capacity to grow and be empowered women,” Danielle explained.

KZ, who first won in Himig Handog 2014 for Edwin Marollano’s Best Song entry and smash hit “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako,” also shared how special “Marupok” is to her. "’Marupok’ is a song that’s closest to who I am as an artist, so if it didn’t become a finalist for Himig, this would definitely still be part of my album. It sounded like it was meant for me.

The music video of “Marupok” directed by Gelo Yellow also notched the “MYX Choice for Best Music Video” special award with a P25,000 cash prize.

Best Song: “Marupok”
Composer: Daniella Ann Balagtas
Interpreter: KZ Tandingan
2nd Best Song: “Kahit na Masungit”
Composer: John Francis and Jayson Franz Pasicolan
Interpreters: Jeremy G and Kyle Echarri
Live performance by: Bugoy Drilon 

3rd Best Song: “Ibang Planeta”
Composer: Dan Tañedo
Interpreter: Zild
4th Best Song: “Ang Hirap Maging Mahirap”
Composer: Kenneth Reodica
Interpreter: Davey Langit featuring Kritiko
Live performance by: JM Yosures featuring Kritiko
5th Best Song: “Kulang ang Mundo”
Composer: Daryl Cielo
Interpreter: Sam Mangubat

Special Awards
Most Streamed Song: “Kahit Kunwari Man Lang”
Composer: David Mercado
Interpreter: Moira dela Torre and Agsunta

MYX Choice for Best Music Video: “Marupok”
Composer: Danielle Balagtas
Interpreter: KZ Tandingan
Music Video Director: Geloyellow/ Gerard Lopez
MOR Entertainment Choice Award: “Tinadhana Sa’yo”
Composer: SJ Gandia
Interpreter: Zephanie
TFC’s Global Choice: “Tinadhana Sa’yo”
Composer: SJ Gandia
Interpreter: Zephanie

Himig TikTok Choice Award: “Tabi Tabi Po”
Composer: Mariah Moriones
Interpreter: JMKO

The finals night of Himig 11th Edition was first seen on KTX.ph last Sunday (March 21) hosted by Edward Barber, Jayda, and Jona. The event proved to be a grand celebration of OPM with stellar performances from OPM’s finest Jona, Jayda, Bugoy Drilon, Liezel Garcia, Sheryn Regis, Nyoy Volante, and Jed Madela.

Celebrate OPM by streaming Himig 11th Edition compilation album, out now on Spotify and soon on other digital music streaming platforms. For more details, visit https://www.facebook.com/Himig2020 on Facebook or follow Star Music on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starmusicph), and Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).


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