I was actually introduced to Lea Salonga through the 1985 Metro Pop Music Festival where I saw her sing with her brother Gerard, a song which eventually won 2nd prize Amateur Division in THE songwriting competition of that time.
At that time, to win in that competition was a big deal for composers and OPM artists since past winners include classics like Ewan by the APO Hiking Society, Bulag Pipi at Bingi by Freddie Aguilar and Magsimula Ka by Leo Valdez, among others.
It was also there that I discovered THE hugot composer of our generation, Odette Quesada. Kaya pag manalo ka dun, you've arrived na talaga!
Anyhow, I attended a songwriting competition last night sponsored by one of our top TV channels and the judges chose Itchyworms "Dalawang Letra" as the Grand Prize winner.
No surprise there because the composer, Davey Langit has already been writing for himself and for other artists, upbeat and pretty positive songs. Sya yung nagsulat ng "Selfie Song" which was popular a few years ago.
Two of my bets also won, Kyla and Kris Lawrence's "Monumento" written by Jungee Marcelo (another prolific composer) and Angeline Quinto and Michael Pangilinan's "Parang Tayo Pero Hindi" written by Marlon Barnuevo.