The word-class talent of Filipino artists was held in high esteem as Wish 107.5 staged a successful awards night on Jan. 16 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The station, which took social media by storm through its YouTube Channel known for outstanding “WISHclusive” videos, held a music revelry fittingly themed, “Your WISHclusive Gateway to the World.” The event honored a total of 75 acts who vied in 13 different categories.
The winners for these awards were chosen by the Wishers (50 percent online votes) and by a select panel of judges (50 percent judges’ votes).
I was invited to be a member of the panel being the president of the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors, Inc. (SPEEd) along with Mitch Valdes, chairman of the Board of the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM); Alvin De Vera, president of the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI); Noel Cabangon, a board member of Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc. (FILSCAP); Gary Valenciano, ambassador of UNICEF Philippines, Francis Reyes, editor-in-chief of Billboard Philippines; and Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong.
Morissette’s thrilling performance of “Secret Love Song” bagged the special social media awards, “Wish Reactors’ Choice” and “WISHclusive Viral Video of the Year.” The video, which reached the million mark only a week after it premiered, andmgave the power belter a slot in the newly launched WISHclusive Elite Circle.
The highest recognitions were given to the artists who became the inaugural members of the prestigious group composed of acts with WISHclusives with at least 10 million views. Apart from Morissette, whose cover of “Against All Odds” also made it to the cut, Darren Espanto and Bugoy Drilon each received Bronze WISHclsuive Elite Circle awards for their performances of “Chandelier” and “One Day,” respectively.
Annually, an artist can receive the following citations based on their videos’ YouTube hits every year-end: Bronze (10 million views), Silver (25 million views), Gold (50 million views), Platinum (75 million views) and Diamond (100 million views).
More than music and entertainment, the awards night witnessed yet another “wish-granting” moment as the winners of the 11 major categories (Best WISHclusive Performances – Group/Duo, Young, Female, Male, Collaboration; Original Songs of the Year – Group/Duo, Female and Male; Wish Artists of the Year – Young, Female and Male) donated P100,000 to their chosen beneficiaries.
Over P1 million was granted not only to key charitable groups but also to the major awards winners, who each took home a cash prize of P25,000.
“Everything that you have witnessed tonight started with just a wish and of course a fervent prayer that we will always be able to take the first step to complete a noble deed, that we will be able to introduce innovations and transform them into something more rewarding for a greater number of individuals,” Daniel Razon, chairman and CEO of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International – Wish 107.5, remarked in a special audio-visual presentation.
The 2nd Wish 107.5 was hosted by DJ Robin Nievera, Alex Diaz and Gretchen Ho. DJs Ray Holiday, Alice, Faye and Kim, along with the judges, served as the awards’ presenters. The official tabulators for the night were the faculty members of the Department of Mathematics, School of Science and Engineering of the Ateneo De Manila University.
We have heard a lot about the WISHperiences on the 2nd Wish 107.5 Music Awards. It’s time to watch the full coverage of this highly-commended awards night which is set to have its world premiere on Sunday, at 8:30 p.m.mon one of its media partners, UNTV News and Rescue, and also on live streaming viawww.untvweb.com and simultaneously beamed live on Wish 107.5’s official Facebook (www.facebook.com/wishfm1075) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/wish1075official) accounts.
2nd Wish 107.5 Music Awards Winners:
Wish Promising Artist: Sam Mangubat
Best Wish Cover: “Be My Lady”—Jason Dy
Best Wishclusive Performance by a Young Artist: Darren Espanto—“I Believe”
Best Wishclusive Performance by a Group or a Duo: 4th Impact—“Love The Way You Lie”
Best Wishclusive Performance by a Female Artist: Morissette—“Secret Love Song”
Best Wishclusive Performance by a Male Artist: Jason Dy—“Love Yourself/Sorry/What Do You Mean/Baby mash-up”
Best Wishclusive Collaboration: Morissette and Arnel Pineda—“I Finally Found Someone”
Wish Original Song of the Year by a Group or a Duo: “Prom”—The Juans
Wish Original Song of the Year by a Female Artist: “Throwback”—Morissette feat. KZ Tandingan
Wish Original Song of the Year by a Male Artist: “7 Minutes”—Darren Espanto
Wish Young Artist of the Year: Darren Espanto
Wish Female Artist of the Year: Morissette
Wish Male Artist of the Year: Jason Dy
Wish Reactors’ Choice: Morissette—“Secret Love Song”
Wishclusive Viral Video of the Year: Morissette—“Secret Love Song”
Wishclusive Elite Circle (Bronze Awardees—more than 10 million views):
Morissette—“Secret Love Song” and “Against All Odds”
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