4th Wish Music Awards donates to winning artists’ chosen charities
Marje Pelayo • January 16, 2019 • 5037
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Filipino artists took the center stage at the Big Dome on Tuesday (January 15) for the fourth Wish Music Awards hosted by Wish 107.5.
Wish Music Awards aims at recognizing exceptional talents of Filipino artists and their notable contributions to the Philippine music industry.
Hailed big winners were Morissette Amon and the rising funk rock trio IV of Spades.
Morisette bagged six major awards including the Wish Artist of the Year; Wishclusive Ballad Performance of the Year and the Wish Pop Song of the Year.
“I’m so really grateful to wish for giving us the platform to share our music to so many people around the world. Thank you so much and congratulations kasi siyempre this is all for a good cause. We’re all helping out our beneficiaries, our foundations and I think that was really special about the Wish Music Awards,” the Asia’s Phoenix said.
Meanwhile, IV of Spades received four major awards namely Wish Group of the Year; Wishclusive Rock/Alternative Performance of the Year and Viral Video of the Year.
The group is also the recipient of the very first Diamond Wishclusive Elite Circle Award for their Wishclusive performance of their hit song ‘Mundo’ which garnered over 103 million votes and counting on YouTube.
“Ma-recognize at this na parang nandito kami sa state na ito na nagsisimula pa lang kami na gumawa pa ng music so parang ngayon mas nakaka-inspire na gumawa pa ng mas maraming music,” the group said.
A total of 26 other artists were included in the bronze, silver, gold and platinum Elite Circle Awards. This particular category recognizes the artists who get at least 10 million views for their respective Youtube video.
The TNT Boys and the Wishfuls were also recipient of a special award called the ‘Breaking Boundaries’ Award for their achievement as rising artists.
Meanwhile, Wish Music Awards is not only a celebration of original Pilipino music (OPM) but a way to reach out to those in need.
Each winning artist received P25,000 for each award while their chosen beneficiaries received P100,000.
Morisette took home P150,000 for six awards and her chosen beneficiary Meritxell Children’s World Foundation Incorporated received a total of P600,000.
“There’s really no other award-giving body like it. Sobrang nakaka-happy kasi we are recognized as artists and the hard work we do, at the same time, we get to help out. Dito ko lang po narinig iyon. And I’m very happy to be part of the Wish family po talaga,” Morisette said.
Meanwhile, IV of Spades took home P100,000 for their group and P400,000 for their chosen beneficiary — the Philippine Assistance for Hydrocephalus Victims — for bagging four awards.
“I think this is the very first award-giving body na nagbibigay ng cash along with the award so it’s a very good idea that hindi lang kami ‘yung nakakatanggap ng blessings pero kasama din ‘yung mga beneficiaries,” the group said.
Other charitable institutions who received cash donations from winning artists include Virlaine Foundation Incorporated; A Home for the Angels Crisis Home for Abandoned Babies Foundation, Incorporated; Kythe Foundation Incorporated; Children’s Rehabilitation Center; Bethany House- Sto. Niño Orphanage Incorporated; Willing Hearts Orphanage Incorporated; Children’s Mission Philippines; and Hills of Grace Foundation Incorporated.
“Very thankful kasi aside from the trophy na hinding-hindi mababayaran ng salapi, we get to help people who need like for example, may P100,000, sobrang laki na noon. Ang daming bata na mapapakain noon. Madaming bata na ang mabibigyan ng school supplies, hindi ba? So sobrang thankful na hindi lang ito. Kumbaga, mas importante nga iyon. Parang mas mabigat sa puso ko ang award na iyon, iyong makatulong ka sa kapuwa mo just by singing,” said KZ Tandingan who was among the recipients of the Gold and Bronze Elite Circle Award for her two Wishclusive performances.
First time guest and British YouTube reactor Dan Evans was truly amazed by the concept.
“I think it’s an amazing idea. I don’t think there’s enough events like this where people give so generously to charity, something which is an amazing job,” Evans said.
Wish FM’s innovator Kuya Daniel Razon hopes that the cash donations will somehow help and make a positive difference in the advocacies of the chosen beneficiaries.
“Iba-iba lang ang mukha, pero ang ating intent at ang ating ultimate goal ay makapag-extend ng tulong sa lahat ng pwede nating maabot na matulungan sa iba’t ibang mga pamamaraan,” Kuya Daniel said.
“Kung meron tayong UNTV Cup (na) sa pamamagitan ng basketball, nakakaabot tayo ng mga charity doon sa ating mga kapuwa taong nangangailangan, ito ay sa pamamagitan naman ng music na natutulungan natin ang ating mga OPM artists na ipakita ang kanilang mga talent at same time ay maipagpatuloy natin ang ating adbokasiya na makagawa ng kabutihan sa lahat ng mga tao regardless of race, regardless of affiliation, regardless ng kanilang mga belief. Ang sa atin ay ang nangangailangan ay gusto nating maabot,” he concluded.
Since year one, Wish Music Awards has already given away a total of P7.125 million to the winning artists and their respective charities. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mon Jocson / Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines — Wish Music Awards will return to Araneta Coliseum this year but under a new normal setting.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wishers and music artists have remained in the safety of their homes but the music never stopped. For the 2021 Wish Music Awards, several OPM artists will once again provide world-class performances on January 17 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Minimum health standards will be implemented in the venue, with limited attendance. Those who will enter the Big Dome will also undergo swab testing before the event. Wearing of face mask and physical distancing are also a must for the event-goers.
Gloc-9, KZ Tandingan, Ben&Ben, SB19, and other OPM artists will perform at the WMA. The event will be hosted by Christian Bautista and Gretchen Ho and will be broadcasted live via YouTube.
MANILA, Philippines — All-hits FM radio station, Wish 107.5 on Sunday (December 20) took “wishers’” and fans all over the world to a journey into its inception and success while being serenaded by some of the top Filipino artists in a virtual concert entitled “Behind the Wishper.”
OPM A-listers such as KZ Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, Morisette Amon, Bugoy Drilon, balladeer Marco Sison, the Wishfuls , The Juans among other special guests performed during the special digital concert streamed live on Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel.
The artists paid homage to Kuya Daniel Razon, the station’s innovator — and the voice behind the station’s “voiceprint”— for conceptualizing a unique platform for singers and composers of Original Pilipino Music (OPM), to showcase their talent not only in the Philippines but in the international music scene.
“It feels good na mayroong [Wish 107.5] na sobra ang support sa OPM. Hindi lang sa malalaking singers. Talagang open ang pinto ninyo for the new breeds to show their music,” said snger-composer Yeng Constantino.
Singer Bugoy Drilon echoed the same sentiment: “Sobrang malaki ang naitulong ng (Wish 107.5) kasi nagbigay sila ng avenue sa Filipino talents around the world.”
“Not only mainstream but even underground, they all deserve na marinig ang talent nila at music nila and (Wish 107.5) gave it to them, to us,” he added. Bugoy celebrated his 10th year anniversary in the industry with a first solo concert organized by Wish 107.5 in 2018.
Part of last night’s concert was a look back at the station’s charitable endeavors among which is the Wish Music Awards where winning artists are given the chance to help their chosen charities.
“The reason why Wish 107.5 is getting bigger and bigger kumbaga mas marami pang blessings na natatanggap ang Wish 107.5 is because they never forget to give back and to pay it forward,” noted Asia’s soul supreme, KZ Tandingan.
KZ was the first Filipino artist to perform at the Dubai World Trade Center which was made possible through Wish 107.5. She was proud to note how her Wishclusive videos helped her land a spot in a singing competition in China. The experience was an important milestone in the artist’s career.
During the concert, the station distributed 107 tablets to student beneficiaries for their online classes.
“Sabi ko nga mas blessed iyong feeling na nakaka-bless din tayo ng ibang tao kasi the fact na mayroon tayong abilidad at may pagkakataon tayong makatulong. Sobrang thankful ako na ginagawa ng Wish iyon kasi nagkakaroon kami ng venue para makatulong din sa iba,” said singer Daryl Ong who was hailed Wish Male Artist of the Year in 2016.
Like most wishers, the artists expressed their gratitude to Kuya Daniel for breathing new life into Filipino music through digital media and paving the way for OPM into the global airwaves.
“I think that’s the reason why a lot of artists love to always come back to Wish 107.5 kasi kay Kuya Daniel pa lang ang sarap na palagi ng trato. He respects you as an artist and as an individual,” noted KZ
“Thank you again for all your efforts, for your vision of Filipino music, for putting Filipino musicians and artists sa harapan ng publiko para makita nila kung gaano kaganda ang ating sariling musika,” said national artist for music, Ryan Cayabyab who wished Kuya Daniel more wisdom and more innovations ahead for OPM.
After the special concert, Wish 107.5 announced the next big project happening on January 15, 2021 — the 6th Wish Music Awards. Nominations for favorite artists officially opened on November 9, 2020.
As an added milestone, “Behind the Wishper” concert trended at number one spot with the hashtag #BehindTheWISHper on Philippine trends logging 14,400 tweets on Twitter.
This is going to be Asia’s Phoenix Morissette’s first major solo concert.
MANILA, Philippines — “Morissette is made”.
This is going to be Asia’s Phoenix Morissette’s first major solo concert.
Morissette considers this as a new blessing after her big win in the third Wish Music Awards.
Morissette’s cover of “Rise Up” was named as the “Pop Performance of the Year” and “Wish Reactor’s Choice”.
The young diva also got three trophies as part of the Wishclusive Elite Circle for her performances of “Chandelier” with over 10 million views, “Against All Odds” with over 25 million views and “Secret Love Song” with over 50 million views.
Morissette was also chosen by OPM heavyweights as “Wish Artist of the Year”.
“Sobra-sobrang blessed po ako and very grateful po na makapag-concert sa Araneta. Syempre, first-time ko po iyon, solo concert and I’m very, very flattered na it’s produced by Wish. Ang laki ng tiwala nila sa akin,” said the young diva.
Morissette is also excited to share with her fans her talent in this new milestone.
“There are songs na iyong mga kinanta ko sa Wish Bus na kakantahin ko ngayon live and in a big stage. But there are also mga surprises and of course, iyong mga guests na sobrang sobrang excited ako pero di ko pa pwedeng ma-reveal pero it’s really something to look forward to,” said Morissette.
Produced by Wish 107.5, Morissette’s concert will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Feb. 20.
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