Libertine Amistoso, winner of Himig Handog 2017 for her song “Titibo-Tibo” admitted at the contest’s digital conference yesterday, November 28, that singer-songwriter Moira dela Torre was not her first choice of interpreter.
“[Noong] tinanong kami kung sino ‘yung mga gusto naming mag-interpret, sinuggest talaga namin si Ms. Yeng Constantino kasi feeling ko bagay sa kanya ‘yung tune nung kanta,” the composer said. “Ta's sinuggest nina Sir Roxy (Liquigan) at Sir Jonathan (Manalo) na si Moira eh hindi ko pa siya ganun din kakilala.”
Nonetheless, Libertine was amazed at the results.
“Nung narinig namin ‘yung recording - wala kami sa recording eh, so sinend sa ‘min na recorded na - sobrang ganda talaga,” she said.
“Nakuha niya ‘yung gusto namin, nailabas niya talaga,” Libertine added with awe. “Thankful kami kay Moira.”
Moira is also very grateful for the opportunity to join Himig Handog and more so for reaching the Top 5 as she admitted to joining the competition previously but didn't make the cut.
“Lagi po kasi akong sumasali ng Himig Handog the past few years and it would make it to the top 200, top 30, tapos hindi siya papasok,” the singer admitted. “Hindi ko po akalain na ‘yung first time kong maging part ng Himig Handog ay not as a songwriter but as an interpreter.”
“And sobrang blessed ko pa na ang galing-galing nila (Libertine and her husband),” she added. “The songs that they write are amazing and sobrang privileged ko po as a songwriter to work with people like them who are just so passionate about the words, life, and real stories.”
Libertine's composition was declared the grand winner of Himig Handog 2017 last Sunday, November 26, on “ASAP.” Jona’s “Sampu” composed by Raizo Chabeldin and Biv de Vera won 2nd Best Song and Inigo Pascual feat. Aikee’s “Extensyon” composed by Michael “Aikee” Aplacador won 3rd Best Song.