‘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.
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.
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.
Check out the highlights and live performances from the Finals Night:
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)