REACT RECAP: Himig Handog 2018 Winners

Whoot! Himig Handog 2018 Winners are out! Here’s a list of the winners.

Filipinos have always been lovers of music. Aside from singing and dancing to the great hits of OPM, tons of us are amazing songwriters too! Himig Handog is the most prestigious songwriting contest in the Philippines organized by ABS CBN and its music subsidiary, Star Music.

Thousands of entries are sent every year by talented writers and then given life by our incredible artists. The outputs are always spectacular! This year is no different.

On the finals of this year’s Himig Handog (November 11), everyone gave their all and were all deserving of an award. So without further ado, here’s Himig Handog 2018 winners!

‘Sa Mga Bituin Na Lang Ibubulong’

The Best Song Award goes to this heart-wrenching ballad written by Kyle Raphael Borbon and performed by JM de Guzman / Jason Dy.

The song talks of the devastation of someone losing his/her loved one and dreaming of his/her loved one’s return. It’ll surely make you curl up in a ball and cry your heart out!

Check out the official MV of ‘Sa Mga Bituin Na Lang Ibubulong’.

Gedemet, JM! :'(


This every hopia-hearts’ anthem placed 2nd! Written by Philip Arvin Jarilla and performed by Agsunta.

Wakasan is a declaration of love and devotion. Love that will patiently wait for that special someone regardless of how long. (Awww!)

Here’s the cute MV. Go watch!

Kudos to Agsunta for his awesome performance!


One of our favorite types of music is those that raise awareness because it’s one thing for a song to be enjoyable if it also gives a voice to an important social issue is another level. ‘Kababata’ written by John Michael Edixon and performed by Kyla/Angeline Quinto and Kritiko was awarded 3rd Best Song.

The goosebumps-inducing song talks of love and raises rape awareness. We have no words. Just listen to the song.

We can share this roll of tissue. *sniffles*

‘Mas Mabuti Pa’

Unrequited love and moving on. ‘Mas Mabuti Pa’ placed 3rd Runner Up in the Best Song category, written by Mhonver Lopez and Joanna Concepcion and performed by Janine Berdin.

Janine Berdin received praise on her live performance.

Watch and listen to this heart-breaking song. Here’s the official MV of Mas Mabuti Pa’!

‘Tinatapos Ko Na’

Tinatapos Ko Na’ written by Sarah Jane Gandia and performed by Jona was awarded 5th Best Song. Another tear-jerking song that is a must-have in your #sawi playlist.

It talks about being cheated on and moving on. The MV is pretty intense! Go ahead and check it out.

Dark, huh?

Special Awards

Aside from the major awards, there were special awards too!

TFC’s Global Choice for Favorite Song:

‘Sugarol’ composed by Jan Sabili and interpreted by Maris Racal.

Best Produced Track:

‘Tinatapos Ko Na’ produced by Jimmy Antiporda (composed by Sarah Jane Gandia and interpreted by Jona.

MYX Choice for Best Music Video:

‘Sugarol’composed by Jan Sabili and interpreted by Maris Racal.

One Music PH’s Choice for Favorite Interpreter:

Sam Mangubat – ‘Wala Kang Alam’

MOR’s Choice:

‘Sugarol’ composed by Jan Sabili and interpreted by Maris Racal.

Star Music Listeners Choice:

‘Mas Mabuti Pa’ composed by Mhonver Lopez and Joanna Concepcion and interpreted by Janine Berdin.

And that concludes our list of Himig Handog 2018 Winners! What did you think? Who’s your favorite interpreter and composer? Did you agree with the results? Let us know down the comments below. Or hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh. Let’s talk OPM!

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