A vocal showdown in The Voice Philippines

THE most talked-about reality singing competition on local television today, The Voice of the Philippines, is hitting the small screen once again as the new season premieres on Sunday.

TheVoicePH Season 2 coaches

After its strong debut in June 2013, which was followed by an equally successful kids edition in May 2014, the local franchise of The Voice promises to be a much bigger show. It sounds fancy that it’s called a better version only to find out that what makes it bigger is the inclusion of two new hosts joining the reality talent search.

What they have missed out though on the teaser was promoting the contestants who would put life on the reality program. Then again, let’s leave it to the actual show when the country’s finest up-and-coming singers showcase their vocal prowess in The Voice’s different stages of competition. Besides, if they were really that good, with or without publicity, people would eventually rally for them to win the top prize.

As it was in the first season, we expect nothing but great voices and good song choices. That is the real essence of the show after all. The first season stayed true to its core essence by letting Mitoy Yonting win. He may not be a complete package (not even his long overdue debut album made an impact), at least he defines what a The Voice winner should be—a genuine singer.

Meanwhile, audience still wants the same thing for the second season. They want nothing but someone who can really sing, a talented music artist that can breakout and sell records. Enough of those tear-jerking background stories, although they are shown on the same day, Maalaala Mo Kaya is an entirely different program. The talent search should exclusively be a vocal showdown, and we expect nothing more.

Not just playing it by ear 

To say that many Filipinos are good singers is an understatement. Even without formal education in music, a local can sing and beat anyone out in a karaoke battle at any given day.

Given this fact, we are still confronted by questions: Why Filipinos still fail to dominate the global music scene and why do foreign musicians earn more?

Ryan Cayabyab

The Maestro himself, Ryan Cayabyab, knows exactly what local musicians need to have in order to be at par with the best in the world. And the answer is already stated above—formal education. Mr. C says that it’s imperative for music enthusiasts to study music and not just play it by ear.

“We must realize that we are losing a lot of opportunities because we are not as educated and skilled compared to our foreign counterparts,” Mr. C said in a press conference for vocal group competition, Akapela Open.

The seasoned composer furthered that musicality is not the only requirement to bag more professional jobs related to music. He pointed out that there are required skills like being able to read and compose music for any kind of music artist.

This is the main reason why Mr. C and The Music School of Ryan Cayabyab travel the country to educate music enthusiasts, deepen their musical appreciation and guide them to be more competitive through effective programs thought by professional mentors.

Auditory spectacle 

If you did not see the first Akapela Open last year, it’s your chance to be awestricken and entertained by talented vocal ensembles vying for the top prize in this year’s singing competition dubbed as “a capella battle royale.”

Akapela Open 2014

The One Meralco Foundation and The Music School of Ryan Cayabyab join forces in their nationwide search for best vocal groups that will battle it out at the second Akapela Open on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Meralco Theater.

Among dozens of groups that tried their luck, only a total of 10 vocal ensembles made it to the cut including last year’s Akapela Open winner, Acapellago. The Malolos-based quintet is looking to defend its title this year, which goes with a quarter of a million peso cash prize.

This year’s other nine finalists are: 1415, 10,000, D’Mortal Instruments, Dynamix, Los Cantantes De Manila, Mouthfools, Negative Four, Pinopela, and Pop Acapella League of Singers.

More than a competition, being a first of its kind in the country, Akapela Open aims to create a community of contemporary a capella performers and uphold the value of human spirit.

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