What is Himig Handog?

“HIMIG HANDOG” is the biggest Filipino songwriting competition organized by the ABS-CBN Network and Star Records, music subsidiary of ABS-CBN.

The competition run from 2000 to 2003 and later revived on 2013. The competition is open to all aspiring songwriters who are Filipino or of Filipino descent.

In 2000, the contest was titled as “HIMIG HANDOG SA BAYANG PILIPINO”. On its’ second, third and fourth contests, themes were “MAKABAGONG KABATAAN”, “LOVE SONGS” and “LOVE SONGS 2” respectively. In 2013, HIMIG HANDOG’s theme was “P-POP LOVE SONGS: MGA AWIT AT KWENTO NG PUSONG PILIPINO”.

Now on its seventh year, HIMIG HANDOG 2015 will once again highlight "Pinoy Pop Love Songs" as the theme of the competition.

Over the years, the HIMIG HANDOG Songwriting Competitions have shaped Philippine entertainment industry, many songs which have gone on to be theme songs of television shows, movies, and have been used in television and radio commercials. Also, many songwriters from the competition have been given their breaks; most notable was then amateur composer Jonathan Manalo, who is now a multi-awarded composer and producer of Star Records. On the other hand, many then new artists who interpreted the songs of Himig Handog, such as Daniel Padilla, Marion Aunor, Wynn Andrada and Gloc-9 have gone on to make their own mark in the music scene today.

From 2001 to 2003, only top three songs were awarded with varying amounts cash prizes. However in 2013, the amounts of prizes given were raised to five to make up a 'Top Five’. Other award categories were also introduced last year, such as: Star Records Buyer’s Choice, Tambayan 101.9 Listener’s Choice, MOR Listener’s Choice and MYX Choice For Best Video and TFC’s Choice Award.

Himig Handog's Honor Roll

Himig Handog sa Bayaning Pilipino (2000)

  • AKO, IKAW, TAYO

    (Toto Sorioso) Performed by Jimmy Bondoc with Essence Band

  • ANG GALING MO BAYANING PILIPINO

    (Erick Sta. Maria) Performed by Reuben Laurente with 92 AD

  • BAYANI

    (Mike Villegas) Performed by Zebedee Zuniga, Bayang Barrios and Katrice Gavino

  • IKAW AY BAYANI

    (Noel Cabangon) Performed by III Of A Kind

  • LARAWAN

    (Dodjie Simon) Performed by Anna Fegi

  • LIPAD NG PANGARAP

    (N. Arnel de Pano) Performed by Dessa

  • MAGING ISANG BAYANI

    (Allan Feliciano-Ces Datu) Performed by Cookie Chua

  • PARA SA 'YO

    (Trina Belamide) Performed by Dianne dela Fuente with Bataoke Kids

  • SI KA BAYANI

    (Soc Villanueva-N. Arnel de Pano) Performed by Gary Granada

  • SUPER PINOY

    (Jungee Marcelo) Performed by Jolina Magdangal with Quarter to Five

Himig Handog sa Kabataan “JAM” (2001)

  • FREE

    (Gino Torres) Performed by Roselle Nava with The Bukas-Palad

  • JAM

    (Mike Villegas) Performed by Kevin Roy & Cooky Chua

  • KAHIT PILITIN PA

    (N. Arnel De Pano) Performed by Dianne De La Fuente

  • K NAMAN

    (Jungee Marcelo) Performed by Noel Cabangon at Ang Tropang Papuri

  • NETWORK I

    (Paulino “Paul” Armesin Jr.) Performed by 17:28

  • SI EDDIE

    (Laarni Matta Macaraeg/Luz Ching Pumarega) Performed by Dingdong Avanzado

  • SOMEDAY

    (Jimmy Antiporda) Performed by Barbie’s Cradle

  • TARA TENA

    (Jonathan S. Manalo) Performed by Kyla & Kaya with V3

  • TRUE LUV

    (Mike Luis) Performed by Mike & Noah

  • YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN

    (Dodjie Simon/Ellis Simon) Performed by Radha

Himig Handog Love Songs (2002)

  • BAKIT?

    (Aristotle Pollisco/Mike Villegas) Performed by Gloc-9 and Cooky Chua

  • HANGGANG

    (Gigi & Ronaldo M. Cordero) Performed by Wency Cornejo

  • HINDI NA BALE

    (Jimmy Antiporda) Performed by Jessa Zaragoza

  • KAILANPAMAN

    (Mike Villegas) Performed by Kevin Roy

  • KUNG AKO BA SIYA?

    (Arnold Reyes) Performed by Piolo Pascual

  • KUNG AKO NA LANG SANA

    (Socrates Villanueva) Performed by Bituin Escalante

  • LOVE HAS COME MY WAY

    (Leonardo Quinitio) Performed by Heart Evangelista

  • ONLY I

    (Brian Cua and Jason Icasiano) Performed by: Dianne De la Fuente

  • SABI NA NGA BA

    (Arnie Mendaros) Performed by Tootsie Guevara

  • THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU, PARE

    (Michael Angelo Villegas/Allan Feliciano) Performed by Chito Miranda

Himig Handog Love Songs 2 (2003)

  • ALAM KONG DI AKO, OKEY LANG

    (Rommel Tuico/Jason Dacua) Performed by Bayani Agbayani

  • BYE BYE NA

    (Ted Reyes/Jeff Antiporda) Performed by Rico Blanco of Rivermaya

  • HUWAG KA NANG UMIYAK

    (Ron Jansen Solis) Performed by True Faith

  • KAILAN KA DARATING

    (Wency Cornejo) Performed by Rachel Alejandro & Wency Cornejo

  • KAILAN KITA MAMAHALIN

    (N. Arnel A. De Pano) Performed by Anna Fegi

  • LAST LOVE SONG

    (Ron Jansen Solis) Performed by 17:28 featuring Heart Evangelista

  • MAIBABALIK KO BA

    (Marc Bryan R. Adona) Performed by Michael “Josh” Santana

  • NARITO LANG AKO

    (Chona Borromeo) Performed by Vina Morales

  • STOP THINK

    (Aliya Parcs/Allan Feliciano) Performed by Aliya Parcs

  • SUSUBUKAN KONG MULI

    (Jan Lopez) Performed by Jessa Zaragoza

P-POP Love Songs: Mga Awit at Kwento ng Pusong Pilipino (2013)

  • ALAALA

    (Ma. Fe Mechenette G. Tianga, Melvin Huervana and Joel Jabat Jr.) Performed by Yeng Constantino

  • ANO'NG NANGYARI SA ATING DALAWA

    (Jovinor Tan) Performed by Aiza Seguerra

  • HANGGANG WAKAS

    (Soc Villanueva) Performed by Juris Fernandez-Lim

  • IF YOU EVER CHANGED YOUR MIND

    (Marion Aunor) Performed by Marion Aunor

  • KAHIT NA

    (Julius James de Belen) Performed by Toni Gonzaga

  • NASA IYO NA ANG LAHAT

    (Gideon “Jungee” Marcelo) Performed by Daniel Padilla

  • ONE DAY

    (Agatha Obar Morallos) Performed by Angeline Quinto

  • PWEDE BANG AKO NA LANG ULIT

    (Jeffrey M. Cifra) Performed by Bugoy Drilon

  • SANA'Y MAGABALIK

    (Arman Villarta Alferez) Performed by Jovit Baldivino

  • SCARED TO DEATH

    (Domingo Cubelo Rosco Jr.) Performed by KZ Tandingan

  • TAMANG PANAHON

    (Wynn Andrada) Performed by Wynn Andrada

  • THIS SONG IS FOR YOU

    (Jude Thaddeus Gitamondoc) Performed by Erik Santos

Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs (2014)

  • AKIN KA NA LANG

    Francis Louis Salazar Performed by Morissette Amon

  • BUMALIK ANG NAGDAAN

    Sarah Jane Gandia Performed by Jessa Zaragosa

  • DITO

    Raizo Chabeldin, Biv De Vera Performed by Jovit Baldivino

  • EVERYTHING TAKES TIME

    Hazel Faith Dela Cruz Performed by Hazel Faith Dela Cruz

  • HALIK SA HANGIN

    David Dimaguila Performed by Ebe Dancel and Abra

  • HANGGANG KAILAN

    Jose Joel Mendoza Performed by Angeline Quinto

  • HINDI WALA

    Nica Del Rosario Performed by Juris

  • IF YOU DON'T WANT TO FALL

    Jude Gitamondoc Performed by Jed Madela

  • MAHAL KITA PERO

    Melchora Mabilog Performed by Janella Salvador

  • MAHAL KO O MAHAL AKO

    Edwin Marollano Performed by KZ Tandingan

  • PARE, MAHAL MO RAW AKO

    Jovinor Tan Performed by Michael Pangilinan

  • PUMAPAG-IBIG

    Jungee Marcelo Performed by Marion Aunor, Rizza Cabrera and Seed Bunye

  • SIMPLENG TULAD MO

    Meljohn Magno Performed by Daniel Padilla

  • UMIIYAK ANG PUSO

    Rolando Azor Pered by Bugoy Drilon

  • WALANG BASAGAN NG TRIP

    Eric De Leon Performed by Jugs and Teddy

Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs (2016)

  • AMBON

    Gianina Camille del Rosario Performed by Barbie Almalbis

  • BIBITAWAN KA

    Hazel Faith dela Cruz Performed by Juris

  • DALAWANG LETRA

    Davey Langit Performed by Itchyworms

  • DIAMANTE

    Jungee Marcelo Performed by Morissette Amon

  • LABAN PA

    David Dimaguila Performed by KZ Tandingan and Jay-R

  • NYEBE

    Aries Sales Performed by Kaye Cal

  • MAGHIHINTAY AKO

    Dante Bantatua Performed by Jona

  • MANANATILI

    Francis Louis Salazar Performed by Janella Salvador and Marlo Mortel

  • MINAMAHAL PA RIN AKO

    Rolando Azor Performed by Daryl Ong

  • MONUMENTO

    Jungee Marcelo Performed by Kyla and Kris Lawrence

  • O PAG-IBIG

    Honlani Rabe/Jack Rufo Performed by Ylona Garcia and Bailey May

  • PARANG TAYO PERO HINDI

    Marlon Barnuevo Performed by Angeline Quinto and Michael Pangilinan

  • PATAY NA SI UTO

    Oliver Narag Performed by Nyoy Volante

  • SANA'Y TUMIBOK MULI

    Jose Joel Mendoza Performed by Klarisse de Guzman

  • TAMA LANG

    Agatha/Melvin Morallos Performed by Jolina Magdangal