“Asia’s Soul Supreme” KZ Tandingan clinched her second Himig Handog victory with her interpretation of Danielle Balagtas’ composition, “Marupok.”
The dance-pop track with distinctively Filipino instrumentals earned Balagtas the title as the 11th champion of the songwriting competition. She went home with P300,000 cash prize and a house and lot from Lumina Homes.
The genre used by Danielle was a refreshing take on the concept of being marupok (fragile) in terms of romantic love with upbeat tones complemented with heart-wrenching lyrics.
Interpreting such combination is new for KZ who’s often tapped for melodramatic tunes such as her rendition of Sugarfree’s “Wag Ka Nang Umiyak” and 2014 Himig winner “Scared to Death.”
The song, according to KZ, reminded her to grow in the industry and pursue genres out of her comfort zone.
“I have a stable romantic relationship but I felt that I haven’t really discussed vulnerability like in ‘Marupok’ despite experiencing it before,” KZ shared in Filipino.
The 29-year-old singer also added that “Marupok” also became too close to her heart that she decided to include it in her album even if it didn’t make it to the contest.
“It sounded like it was meant for me,” KZ said.
The KZ-Danielle tandem bested “Kahit Na Masungit” written by John Francis and Jayson Franz Pasicolan interpreted by Jeremy G and Kyle Echarri. And Dan Tañedo’s “Ibang Planeta” interpreted by former IV of Spades frontman Zild came in third.
The 11th edition of Himig Handog was aired on digital streaming platform KTX.ph.