‘Matag Piraso’ Takes Home First Visayan Music Awards Grand Prize

After months of extensive search, the winners have finally been chosen!

Last Saturday, July 27th, the 10 finalists in the first-ever Visayan Music Awards performed in front of supporters, fellow finalists, lovers of local music, and an esteemed panel of judges during the very well-attended Finals Night.






The exciting event featured musical performances by Karencitta and Cebu’s living musical legend Max Surban.

The event was hosted by Giselle Sanchez and OJ Cimafranca

Max Surban was also one of the two Bahandi Lifetime Achievement Awardees (together with Monsignor Rudy Villanueva) who received the award for his unrivaled contributions to Cebuano music.

Max Surban receiving his Bahandi Lifetime Achievement Award

At the end of the night, graphic and visual artist Ferdinand Aragon was named the Grand Champion for his composition Matag Piraso (Every Piece) – a stunning ode to lost loves and broken hearts. Aragon brought home a trophy, Php100,000.00 and Thames International’s Innovation and Creative Enterprise Program (ICE) scholarship worth Php150,000.00.

Ferdinand Aragon wins Grand Prize for his song Matag Piraso
Daughter-Father tandem Yana Peña Durado & Adonis Durado won Second Prize for their song Balitaw
Melay Libres won Third Price for her song Lingi-a

Check out the highlights and live performances from the Finals Night:

Opening Montage | Visayan Music Awards 2019
Introduction of Finalists | Visayan Music Awards 2019
Sama Lang Kanimo | Visayan Music Awards 2019
Ayaw sa Karon | Visayan Music Awards 2019
Kalimti na Karon | Visayan Music Awards 2019
Matag Piraso | Visayan Music Awards 2019
Balitaw | Visayan Music Awards 2019
Alu | Visayan Music Awards 2019
Hit and Run | Visayan Music Awards 2019
Ngano | Visayan Music Awards 2019
Natulog Mong Kasingkasing | Visayan Music Awards 2019
Lingi-a | Visayan Music Awards 2019

Special Performance

Max Surban – Baleleng | Visayan Music Awards 2019






Here is the complete list of winners and awardees:

Champion: Matag Piraso (Ferdinand Aragon)
Second Place: Balitaw (Yana Peña Durado & Adonis Durado)
Third Place: Lingi-a (Melay Libres)
Best Interpreter: Gail Blanco-Viduya (Sama Lang Kanimo)
Texters Choice Award: Hit and Run (Neil Salarda & John Petersen Villarin)

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