‘Telefono’ tops Original Chavacano Music Fest Print
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:03

Telefono (Mi Amor Bolve Ya), a story about a soldier who sacrificed his life and family to liberate the country from the extremist groups, bagged the top prize in all categories in the Orginal Chavano Video Music Festival 2017 held October 7 at Centro Latino as part of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival.

Telefono bested 12 other entries both in the Song Competition (with P15,000 cash prize) and Song Performance (with P10,000 cash prize) and 10 other entries in the Music Video Category (with P20,000 cash prize). It also won the Voters’ Choice Award.

Telefono (Mi Amor Bolve Ya) was composed by Jervil Formilleza-Omega and performed by Sweet Xena Estrada. The music video was directed Kelvin Fortin Lim.

Other winners in the different categories were: Song competition –2nd-Eternamente by Alshamir Bryan Arripudin (P10,000) and 3rd-Mi Amor Zamboanga by Jomari Alamhali (P7,000); Song Performance - 2nd - Eternamente by Keidi Shay Napalcruz and Jade Mae Natividad (P7,000) and 3rd Yo Si Paz by Angelyl Perez (P5,000); Music Video Category: 2nd - Estrellas by Kim Tayona (P12,000) and 3rd Yo si Paz by Ivan Eric Salvador (P8,000). Other winners of the special awards were: TNT Social Media Ka-Tropa Choice Award – Yo Si Paz composed by Mark Anthony Tolentino and TV Choice Award – Estrellas performed by Julliene Tuazon.

Aside from the cash prizes, the winners also received plaques of appreciation. The non-winners also received P3,000 consolation prize and plaque of appreciation each.

Mayor Beng Climaco expressed elation that the Original Chavacano Video Music Festival is getting better and better every year, as it seeks to promote and preserve the chavacano language. She thanked all the participants for their interest in helping the city advance its chavacano promotion program.

The Original Chavacano Video Music Festival is one of the highlights of the 2017 Zamboanga Hermosa Festival organized by the City Special Events team.

Meanwhile, the event was also highlighted by the acknowledgement of the members of the Major Chords, the longest existing Chavacano Music Group in Zamboanga and the cast and crew of Indie Film “Women of the Weeping River” whose director, Zamboangueno Sheron Dayoc won the best director award during the 2016 QCinema International Film Festival.

Mayor Climaco presented the Major Chords and Dayoc with a plaque of appreciation each.

Climaco also awarded certificates of recognition to other filmfest awardees for their role in the Women of Weeping River: Leila Ulao (best actress), Mariam Zimadar Haji Caranay Raper (best supporting actress) and Sharifa Pearlsia Ali-Dans (best supporting actress). (Sheila Covarrubias)