Let your voice
be heard in a
song and melody.
Ako ay may laya, may layang managinip
I am free, free to dream
Sinlaya ng awit mula sa pusong umiibig
As free as a song from a heart that beats
Davao Entry Malaya Tops Freedom Song Contest

Malaya by Aurora of Davao City was awarded the Freedom Song 2014 on Sunday, 19 October 2014 at the CCP Complex, Pasay City. Malaya beat 14 other finalists in the song writing contest that attracted a total of 82 entries from all over the Philippines.

Cathy Go's act opened the Freedom Concert followed by the live performances of all the finalists. Some flew in from Cebu, Bacolod, Davao and as far as Zamboanga. There were also contestants from Baguio, Bulacan and Metro Manila. Malaya topped the judges' score sheet with 93%.

Malaya singer-composer 16-year old Pauline Tolentino said that she did not expect to win. "But like the lyrics of the Malaya: Bawat isa'y may sariling adhikain. Bawat isa'y may nais ipahayag. 'Wag mong pigilan ang iyong sarili. Ika'y Malaya. Freedom allows us to maximize our talents."

Delubyo by Daryl Cielo (Muntinlupa), a song on hope in spite life's challenges, and Tayo ay Malaya by Shimeiriah Inventor Meets the Town Folks (Bacolod) in their pop jazz music style were ranked first and second runners-up respectively.

There were a total of 10,194 online votes and a total of 10,284 text votes. Hakbang ng Pagbabago by Off Limits (Cebu) garnered a combined votes of 4,807 that earned them the People's Choice award.

Malaya and Hakbang ng Pagbabago will have their own music videos as prizes. All the finalists will be part of the Freedom Song music CD.

Presidential Adviser for Environment Protection Neric Acosta, Bobby Guingona representing Senator TG Guingona, Rock Ed Philippines Founder Gang Badoy, Conspiracy Bar Manager Deedee Espina, Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) Senior Program Officer Paolo Zamora, and Pasay Mayor Antonino Calixto Executive Asistant Nick Reyes sat as judges.

Renowed music artist Noel Cabangon performed his song Ako'y Malaya with the finalists. "Continue making music because it is not only a means to express yourself, but can also be a platform to create positive change in our country. You all made a good start," said Cabangon as he congratulated the finalists.

The Freedom Song writing contest and the Freedom Concert was organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), a German liberal foundation that promotes good governance. The Freedom Concert was sponsored by JB Music and Megamobile.

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They say that music moves people. It can either quiet or disturb, divide or unite. How would you like to start a movement for good governance in the Philippines? Is it through a soothing hymn of reflection or a hard rocking sound of aggression say, against corruption?