Hijo Resorts—The Philippine Popular Music Festival Foundation or “PhilPop” conducted their second leg in discovering more singers and songwriters across the Philippines.

For PhilPop’s Mindanao leg, Hijo Resources Corporation and Hijo Resorts Davao was their best partner of choice for their venue, utilizing its finest Plantation House and Casitas, and other services that Hijo offers from it’s forest tours to indulging into various locally sourced cuisine inspired by the indigenous people of Kalagan and Tausug.

Last July 21-25, 2019, 23 Young Mindanaoan Talents, collectively as “Fellows” immersed in 4-day workshop and lectures conducted by the renowned National artist, “The Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab, and other Filipino Legendary Coaches; Famous musician Noel Cabangon, political songwriter Gary Granada, Producers Trina Belamide and Jungee Marcelo, soprano/songwriter Lara Maigue, singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Davey Langit, Davaoeño singer/songwriter Chud Festejo, composer Marlon Barnuevo, and composer/sound engineer Jeremy Sarmiento.

The PhilPop Bootcamp 2019 was also graced by prominent speakers; Tina Dumlao, writer and author of “Himig at Titik: A Tribute to OPM Songwriters”, Myx VJ Ai Dela Cruz, National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) Secretariat Head Ian Alfonso, Musical Director of “Rak of Aegies” Myke Solomon, Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) Director Maribel Legarda, PhilPop Legal Adviser Atty. Jun Rodriguez, Label and Trade Marketing Manager Bian Orenciana and Managing Director of Warner Music Ian Monsod III.

Local media outlets were also present to cover the significant event for Mindanao.

Hijo is a firm supporter of the unfeigned talents in Mindanao. With the PhilPop Bootcamp 2019, Hijo aims to amplify the appreciation and passion for Original Filipino Music, through housing these young talents and continue to be a partner in discovering young singers and songwriters in the Philippines. This is definitely one for the books!


PhilPop Bootcamp kick-off was in Batangas last May 27-30 for the Southern Luzon and Metro Manila Leg.

PhilPop, the first songwriting Bootcamp started in 2017, born out of the desire to discover new Filipino talents. The foundation has been running the Philpop Songwriting Competition for five years (past winners include Ben&Ben’s Paulo and Miguel Guico, Johnoy Danao, and Davey Langit, among others).