WATCH: 12 finalists for Himig Handog 2020 revealed

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 27 2020 12:55 AM

MANILA — It’s the first time the competition was opened to genres outside of pop and ballad. 

So it’s no surprise that this year’s Himig Handog received the most number of entries in its 11-year history, with more than 4,000 submissions judged. 

This Saturday, the 12 finalists were revealed but not before emphasis was placed, by ABS-CBN Music Creative Director Jonathan Manalo and ABS-CBN Music Head Roxy Liquigan, on how difficult it was to cut down 4,000 entries to just a dozen. 

These 12 will be interpreted and performed by Kapamilya artists, the recorded versions of which are expected to be released "soon." 

Last year's winner was “Mabagal,” a song written by Dan Tañedo and sang by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre.

You can check out the announcement video, which featured snippets of the finalists, as well as the list of the song titles and composers, below: 

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FINALISTS (arranged in alphabetical order): 

  • “Ang Hirap Maging Mahirap”
    Kenneth Reodica
    Quezon City
  • “Bulalakaw”
    Joanna Ang
    Southern Leyte
  • “Ibang Planeta”
    Dan Tandedo
    Marikina City
  • “Ika’y Babalik Pa Ba?”
    Jabez Orara
    Marikina City
  • “Kahit Kunwari man Lang”
    Kirt David Mercado
    Mandaluyong City
  • “Kahit na Masungit”
    John Francis and Jayson Franz Pasicolan
    Pasig City
  • “Kulang ang Mundo”
    Daryl Cielo
    Muntinlupa City
  • “Marupok”
    Daniella Ann Balagtas
    Quezon City
  • “Out”
    Erica Sabalboro
    Bicol
  • “Pahina”
    Joshua Ortiz and Aniceto Cabahug III
  • “Tabi Tabi Po”
    Mariah Alyssa Moriones
    Pasay City
  • “Tinadhana Sa ‘Yo”
    SJ Gandia
    USA