An independent music publishing and recording company, along with its artists, was the top winner in
the recent Philippine Digital Music and Short Film Festival and Awards or “Phil Digi Awards” held at the World
Trade Center, CCP Complex last March 12, 2009, winning 5 out of the 16 awards for digital music.
Access 2 Love, the 1st MP3 Album, won the award for Best Digital Album. The album was produced by Access 2 MYusik. Debbie Nicodemus
won Promising Female Artist for the song “Minsan Lang sa Buhay Ko” which she wrote and is one of the tracks in
Access 2 Love. The Cavite-based band
2 Days Ago which has two songs in Access 2 Love entitled
“Larawan” and “Para Lang sa ‘Yo” won Promising New Artist.
Theater thespian Njel de Mesa who is now active in the music industry won Promising Male Artist for
his song “Kawangis ng Pasko” which he co-wrote with literary luminary Frank G. Rivera. He also arranged the song. He was also a finalist in the Best
Independent Solo Artist category. Lynman Bacolor won Best Independent Solo Artist
for his song “Araw-Araw Sana ang Pasko” which he also wrote. These
two Christmas songs are part of the album A Global Christmas produced by Access
In accepting the award for Best Digital Album in behalf of Access 2 MYusik, Dennis Lalata, a founding
partner of the company said, “We would like to thank the almost 100 creative individuals who were involved in realizing
the company’s first album project Access 2 Love which was more than a year in the making. We did not expect to win being up against formidable competitors but we sincerely thank all the fans who
supported our artists and songwriters.” “We would also like to thank
the organizers of Phil Digi Awards—I-sys Solution, Blue Fish and Thumb Interactive, particularly Marel and PM,”
Two other songwriters who contributed songs to Access 2 Love
won awards for songs they submitted to Phildigiawards on their own. Arne Martelino
won Best Composer for his song Forever You and Me while Jerome Llama won Best House/Electronica Music for his song “Frequency.” Martelino’s pop-R&B song entitled “Bakit Nga Ba” is included
in Access 2 Love while Llama has a new age song entitled “Love Is”
which is included in Access 2 Love.
“We are proud to work with so many emerging songwriters loaded with talent and we are certain
that this harvest of awards is just the start of many good things to come for struggling artists like us,” said Debbie
Nicodemus, one of the three founding partners of Access 2 MYusik.
Other artists who are part of Access 2 Love also became finalists
in various awards categories.
Darlene Angelini Co, the artist for “Bakit Nga Ba,” was a finalist in three categories,
Promising New Artist, Promising Female Artist and Best Independent Solo Artist. At
16, she is the youngest artist in the album.
Ian Añonuevo, the male vocalist for the pop-classical song duet entitled “At the End of the Road,”
was a finalist in the Promising Male Artist category.
Kate Ibañez, the artist for the bossa song “Bukas Na Ba,” was a finalist in the Promising
Female Artist category.
The band Hate Late, artist of reggae songs “Boracay Beach” and “Karla,” was
a finalist in the Best Independent Group category. The band Che!, artist of the
rock-alternative song “Zatra Pick,” was also a finalist in the Best Independent Group category.
Carlo Roperez was a finalist for his song “Zatra Pick” in the Best Composition category.
“The very strong showing of our artists and songwriters in Phil Digi Awards is proof of the potential
of Filipino talent that we should acknowledge and recognize. We would like to
thank our mentors at KATHA for the support they have given us and for helping make all this possible,” said Lynman Bacolor,
also one of the three founding partners of Access 2 MYusik.
“The Awards Night was truly an experience that we will never forget not only for the awards we
and our artists and songwriters received, but also for the support that many famous artists showed by performing that night
such as Dulce, Gary V, The Company, and several bands, as well as highly respected personalities from the entertainment industry
who were united amid the changing landscape of the music market,” stressed Lalata.
For other details about the awards, please visit http://phildigiawards.com
Access 2 Love is the first mp3 album released in physical CD format and contains a full-color interactive
Digital Songbook. The songs in the album can also be downloaded from legal music
downloading sites. For more information on the album and to listen to the songs
online, please visit http://access2myusik.tripod.com