Since its inception in 1985, The Bombo Music Festival has not only become a regular special “Christmas Gift” of Bombo Radyo Philippines to the people of Western Visayas, it has in fact become a tradition among Filipinos that missing to stage it will surely leave the Filipinos with nothing spectacular to anticipate in the first day of the Yuletide month. This is how Filipinos have come to nurture a passion for excellent Filipino music developed out of the past Ilonggo Music Festivals. This is very apparent in the overwhelming public acceptance of and positive response towards the Ilonggo Music Festival songs.

Historically, the Bombo Music Festival was born out of Bombo Radyo Philippines’ commitment to bring to higher heights the awareness and love for our own music and culture, widen the avenue for development of Filipino musical talents, and eventually bring prestige to the Filipinos. Our commitment has become a tradition of our people. And in pursuit of that commitment, the tradition has to move on. Hence, Bombo Radyo Philippines is launching this year’s edition of Bombo Music Festival:  “An original song writing competition”.


1) To intensify the awareness and widen the opportunity for the appreciation of our culture through singing and listening to Filipino songs.

2) To provide greater opportunity for Filipino musical talents to excel and compete in the music industry while contributing and enriching the Filipino musical heritage.

3) To create wider avenue of exposure for Filipino songwriters and artists thereby bringing pride and prestige to the Filipinos.

4) To heighten the promotion of Filipino culture by way of excellence in the field of music.


1) This is a songwriting competition open for all citizens of the Philippines under the auspices of Bombo Radyo and Star FM stations.

2) There will be only one (1) category in this contest. Thus, the songs should be with wholly original melody and lyrics written in Local Dialect, English or Filipino.

3) A national screening committee will decide for the 12 finalists who will perform live at the CPU Rose Memorial Auditorium (tentative) January 5, 2019 at 6:00 PM.


Champion                – P 250, 000.00

First Runner Up      – P 175,  000.00

Second Runner Up – P 125, 000.00

Finalists (9 x 75k) –    P 675, 000.00

Best Interpreter       – P   30, 000.00

Total              –         P 1,255 000.00


1) Entries should be in any subject matter and may be of any of the existing musical types: pop, rock, disco, folk, march, jazz, kundiman, danza, country, mellow rock, etc.

2) Song entry should not be more than four (4) minutes and thirty (30) seconds in length.


1) The contest is open to all citizens of the Philippines, amateur or professional, regardless of age, sex and creed.  All personnel of Bombo Radyo Philippines and members of the Screening Committee are not allowed to join. This prohibition extends to the participation in production activities anent to submission of entries, to the finals night performance.

2) The song entry must be original in its entirety except as to matters within public domain.

3) The song entry must be original and never been submitted to any other song-writing competitions.

4) The song entry must not be made available to the public in any manner or format, whether or not for profit. This means that the song entry:

  1. Has not been printed or distributed as hard copy.
  2. Has not been previously recorded in any form or format for commercial release.
  3. Has not been performed live in any venue.
  4. Has not been broadcasted on traditional radio or television, and
  5. Has not been uploaded to any internet site.

5) A qualified entrant may submit a maximum of two (2) song entries either as solo composer or collaborator, or both. In applying this rule, song entries shall be evaluated in the chronological order of their submission. For the avoidance of doubt, any song entry/ies by any qualified entrant, either as composer or collaborator, or both, who had earlier submitted two or more qualified and accepted entries shall be automatically disqualified, unless the qualified entrant voluntarily withdraws his/her earlier submission/s.

6) Procedures in submission of entries:

  1. a) An entry must be recorded in a USB/CD mp3 audio file with vocal rendition, either by the composer or any interpreter of his/her choice with instrumental accompaniment, together with the soft copy in notepad of the lyrics, together with the official entry form.
  2. b) No name or Identifying mark (e.g. name of composer, nickname, name of school, name of performers group, and the like must be written on the USB/CD and on the lyrics sheets.
  3. c) Only the title of the song will be written on the side of the CD or in the mp3 audio file for USB where the song is saved. The lyrics sheet should bear only the title of the entry.
  4. d) Only one (1) song should be recorded in a USB/CD. Composers submitting two (2) entries must strictly record each song on a separate USB/CD and should be accompanied by a separate entry form.
  5. e) Recorded introduction of oneself or explanation regarding the entry, whether at the beginning or ending of the entry is not allowed.
  6. f) Accompaniment of the entry is STRICTLY limited to one instrument only such as guitar, piano, organ (without effects or synthesized instrument sounds), and drums, or Acapella.
  7. g) Any violation of the above requirements is a ground for automatic disqualification. Bombo Radyo Philippines reserves the right to disqualify any entry.

7) Bombo Radyo Philippines is free to amend, re arrange, and to change lyrics of the composition chosen as one of the finalists.

8) Finalists are compulsorily required to send MIDI (musical instruments digital interface) of their song/composition. Failure to send MIDI (musical instruments digital interface) on the prescribed date is a ground for disqualificationIn this case, the screening committee shall select another song from the submitted entries to make-up for the finalist.   

9) All finalists will receive an email notification/ SMS of their submissions.

10) Bombo Radyo Philippines Screening Committee through the Station Manager of Bombo Radyo-Iloilo shall announce the selection of the TOP 12 FINALISTS via on air over Bombo Radyo and Star FM stations.

11) Entries shall be submitted to any Bombo and Star FM stations starting June 1, 2018 until 5:00 p.m. of July 31, 2018. Late submissions shall be automatically disqualified.

12) All submitted entries shall become the exclusive property of Bombo Radyo Philippines.

13) Entries may be personally submitted to the following Bombo Radyo and Star FM stations or through courier ( LBC, JRS, Libcap, etc.)


DZSO-Bombo Radyo Laoag
Brgy. 48 K. Kabungaan,
Airport Ave., Laoag City
Randy Yute/09175303693

DZVV-Bombo Radyo Vigan
Tamag, Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Evelyn Pascua/ 09173066576

DZNC-Bombo Radyo Cauayan
Bombo Radyo Broadcast
Center Barrio Menante II,
Cauayan, Isabela
Mylene Binalay/ 09173066599

DZSO-Bombo Radyo La Union
Pennsylvania Ave.,
San Fernando, La Union
Elmer Tubiera/ 09173066591

DZWX-Bombo Radyo Baguio
#14 Lourdes Subdivision
Baguio City/ 09173066595

DZWN-Bombo Radyo Dagupan
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Maramba Bankers Village
Bonuan, Dagupan City
Josephine Sarmiento/ 09173066580

DZNG-Bombo Radyo Naga
Diversion Road, Brgy. Tabuko
Naga City
Rita Labanon/ 09173066568

DZLG-Bombo Radyo Legaspi
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Tahao Road, near Central
Subdivision Gate, Legaspi City
Marichu Bagato/ 09173066606

DYMF-Bombo Radyo Cebu
#87 Borromeo St.
Cebu City
Marchoflix T. Lucabon/ 09173066531

DYWB-Bombo Radyo Bacolod
CBS Dev. Corp. Building
Lacson St., Mandalagan
Bacolod City
Mary Divine Grace Cuello/ 09173066518

DYFM-Bombo Radyo Iloilo
Sky City Tower, Mapa St.
Iloilo City
Roger T. Gencianeo/ 09173066512

DYOW-Bombo Radyo Roxas
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Arnaldo Blvd., Roxas City
Joele Melvin Estorninos/ 09175296707

DYIN-Bombo Radyo Kalibo
Oyo Torong Street corner
C. Laserna Ext. Street
Kalibo, Aklan
John Chester Redecio/ 09173066527

DXIF-Bombo Radyo Cagayan de Oro
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City
Celso S. Maldecir/ 09173066563

DXBR-Bombo Radyo Butuan
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Arujville Subdivision, Butuan City
Benjie Balansag/09173066559

DXMF-Bombo Radyo Davao
CBS Dev. Corp. Building
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Davao City
Ricky Collado 09173066542

DXES-Bombo Radyo General Santos
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Bula Road, General Santos City
Jonathan Macailing/ 09173066549

DXMC-Bombo Radyo Koronadal
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Gen. Santos Drive, Koronadal
South Cotabato
Herminio Legazpi/09173066554

DZGR-Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Poblacion (Bagumbayan)
Tuguegarao, Cagayan
Maricris Montilla/09173066601

DYTX-Bombo Radyo Tacloban
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Sto. Niño Cor. Imelda Ave.,
Tacloban City
Ogsimer Acidre/ 09173066536

102.7 DWSM-Star FM Manila
Unit D 18F Strata 2000 Bldg.
F. Ortigas Jr. Ave., Ortigas Ctr., Pasig City
Stephen D. Bibas/ 09339136163

89.5 DWIM-Star FM Baguio
#14 Lourdes Subdivision, Baguio City
Carlo C. Colcol/ 09093014110

100.7 DWHY-Star FM Dagupan
Bombo Radyo Broadcast
Maramba Bankers Village
Tomas Daroy/Bonuan, Dagupan City

95.5 DYMX-Star FM Cebu
CBS Dev. Corp. Building
#140 M. Velez St., Cebu City
Everlyn Pamagan

95.5 DYIF-Star FM Bacolod
CBS Dev. Corp. Building
Lacson St., Mandalagan, Bacolod City
Mery Ann Flores/09178508184

99.5 DYRF-Star FM Iloilo
3F R. Florete Bldg.,
Rizal-Iznart St.,
Iloilo City

103.7 DYRX-Star FM Roxas
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Arnaldo Blvd., Roxas City
Joseph Silvias/ 09774681801

96.3 DXFX-Star FM Davao
CBS Dev. Corp. Building
Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center
Davao City
Rogelio G. Caballo/ 09462878365

93.7 DXFD-Star FM Cotabato
5th Street, Gen. Luna
Cotabato City
Rogelio Caballo/ 09462878365

93.9 DXCB-Star FM Zamboanga
4th Flr., AJS Bldg., Corcuera cor.
Valderoza St.
Zamboanga City
Jay Boy Gomez/09265015848

93.3 DXFB-Star FM Dipolog
2nd Flr., Lordel Bldg., Gen. Luna Corner
Osmeña City, Dipolog City
Arlene I. Parami/ 09176391731