On May 18, VISPOP – the 1st Visayan Pop Music Festival will have its Finals Night at Benedicto College Artists Hall.

Taking on the ambivalent tagline “Bisayaa Uy!”, VISPOP aims to alleviate the current state of Cebuano music on the radio by introducing a more professional and competitive playlist of new Cebuano songs. However, its organizers are quick to point out that VISPOP is not just another contest, it is a songwriting campaign.

From 80 entries, VISPOP chose six finalists who will battle it out on May 18 at the Benedicto College Artists Hall. They are Marianne Dungog & Kyle Wong with “Balay Ni Mayang”, Paterno Niñal with “Hinaut”, Alphecca Perpetua with “Historias”, Marie Maureen Salvaleon with “Pa-Pictura Ko Nimo, Gwapo”, Lourdes Maglinte with “Laylay” and Jewel & Joe Villaflores with “Duyog.”

Each of the interpreters will be performing with a live full band on that day with guest performers Missing Filemon — who will be paying tribute to Max Surban, and Bisaya rapper Kris Villarino aka Pain in the Neck. This is a spectacle that will be directed by VISPOP core team member and Artist Ko Vice Chairman Cattski Espina.

The judges for the Finals Night are DTI-Director Nelia Navarro, Cebuana award-winning singer Anna Fegi and FILSCAP board member and legendary singer-songwriter Gary Granada. There are three categories for the judging criteria – Music, Lyrics & Over-all Impact. Music, quality of melody, harmony and rhythm is 30%. Lyrics, arrangement of words and ideas is 30% as well. Finally Over-All Impact, or the musical treatment, commercial appeal, radio-friendliness, uniqueness and other breakthrough qualities is 40%.

VISPOP is organized by Artist Ko or Artists & Musicians Marketing Cooperative led by its core team Ian Zafra, Cattski Espina, Jude Gitamondoc and Insoy Niñal in cooperation with FILSCAP (Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).

For more information on VISPOP, you may visit the website at