By TESSA A. CASTILLO
STAR Records contract artist Marion Aunor dropped out of the Philippine Popular Music Festival 2013 songwriting competition only three days after she was named among the top 12 finalists. This according to an advisory issued by Philpop Musicfest Foundation, the entity behind the music endeavor helmed by business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan with Maestro Ryan Cayabyab as executive director.
Aunor backed out of the race reportedly for personal reasons, although no detail was given in the advisory. The move was her talent management’s decision.
Marion, who’s mother is Superstar Nora Aunor’s cousin, was counted among Philpop 2012’s Final 12 for her entry “Do, Do, Do,” which talks about her passion to just share her music.
With Aunor out, this brings up to the Final 12 roster Kennard Faraon with his song “Time Machine.” The lyrics speak of a longing to be reunited with a former lover via the time machine.
Twenty-something returning finalist Faraon is a skateboarder and a master of homebrewed acoustic and electropop music.
Also included in this year’s Philpop Final 12 are: Paul Armesin (“Segundo”), Marlon Barnuevo (“Araw, Ulap, Langit”), Jungee Marcelo (“Pansamantagal”), Johnoy Danao (“Kung ’Di Man”), Raffy Calicdan (“Space”), Gani Brown (“Askal”), Myrus Apacible (“Sana Pinatay Mo Nalang Ako”), Adrienne Sarmiento-Buenaventura and Antonino Regalado (“Sometimes That Happens”), Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana (“Dati”), Lara Maigue (“Sayo Nalang Ako”), and Joey Ayala (“Papel”).
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