McJim Leather Classics announces winners of Talent Search

If you were born in the 80’s onwards you would definitely know about Mcjim Classic Leather.

McJim Products are wallets, to belts and other items made from leather.

Last June 30, 2014, McJim Classic Leather announced the winners of its Maiden Edition of “Dreams Get Real: The Search for the Next OPM Star” whohc was held at Teatrino in Promenade, Greenhills.

The Grand Champions - Triple Tie
(L-R) Joshua Bulot, Bryan Del Rosario, Kim Ordonio, Neo Domingo, Daryl Jay Santos, Aldrin Condat, Mark Cordovales, John Peterson Layva, Eljon Nono

3 Musical acts outshone the rest in  their unique performances and proving that they could be the next big thing in Original Pilipino Music (OPM) were band Fifth Dynamics, vocal trio JBK and solo performer Neo Domingo resulting in a 3-way tie.

(L-R) Daryl Jay Santos (bass guitar), Mark Cordovales (vocals), John Peterson Layva (rhythm guitar), Eljon Nono (lead guitar) and Aldrin Condat (drums) Fifth Dynamics surprised as they received their award when project head, Chris Cahilig announced that they are one of the three champions chosen for McJIM Dreams Get Real.
(L-R) Daryl Jay Santos (bass guitar), Mark Cordovales (vocals), John Peterson Layva (rhythm guitar), Eljon Nono (lead guitar) and Aldrin Condat (drums)
Fifth Dynamics surprised as they received their award when project head, Chris Cahilig announced that they are one of the three champions chosen for McJIM Dreams Get Real.

 

“The three-way tie was indeed unexpected. Since each of the Top 3 finalists—JBK, Fifth Dynamics, and Neo Domingo—brought something different to the table image and talent-wise, we decided to give our all-out support instead to them by announcing all of them grand champions,” McJim says in an official statement.

McJim Dreamer Neo Domingo with composer Urie Tesorio receiving “DJ's Choice” trophy for his single “Pagbigyan Mo Na”
McJim Dreamer Neo Domingo with composer Urie Tesorio receiving “DJ’s Choice” trophy for his single “Pagbigyan Mo Na”

“Their undeniable potential, sense of originality, and the strong public acceptance of their singles in key areas nationwide made them all worthy of being called the future of the Filipino music industry,” the statement adds.

 

What do the Grand Champions get? They got cash prizes and gift packs from McJim Classic Leather, a recording and management contract, and a grant to film and release the music videos of their winning singles.

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

Who among the entertainment industry would be best to pick winners for a special award? Why, none other than Jim Paredes of the iconic APO Hiking Society as the Judge for the “Critic’s Choice” trophy which went to JBK’s “Anong Meron Ka” composed by Urie Tesorio which Jim describes as “the most catchy, nice, easy to like and remember” among the six singles recorded by the finalists. “It’s a great song actually,” he says.

(L-R) Jonathan Ong (musical arranger and talent coach), Joshua Bulot, Bryan Del Rosario, Kim Ordonio, Urie Tesorio (composer) and Chris Cahilig (project head of Dreams Get Real)
(L-R) Jonathan Ong (musical arranger and talent coach), Joshua Bulot, Bryan Del Rosario, Kim Ordonio, Urie Tesorio (composer) and Chris Cahilig (project head of Dreams Get Real)

Another composition of Tesorio coveted the “DJ’s Choice” trophy. Domingo’s danceable single “Pagbigyan Mo Na” was voted by selected radio jocks across the archipelago as their personal favorite.

(L-R) Joshua Bulot, Bryan Del Rosario, Kim Ordonio Boy band, JBK receiving their championship trophy after the unexpected announcement of triple tie between JBK, Neo Domingo and Fifth Dynamics. Aside from the trophies, the Grand Champions also received a talent management contract and a grant to produce their own music videos.
(L-R) Joshua Bulot, Bryan Del Rosario, Kim Ordonio
Boy band, JBK receiving their championship trophy after the unexpected announcement of triple tie between JBK, Neo Domingo and Fifth Dynamics. Aside from the trophies, the Grand Champions also received a talent management contract and a grant to produce their own music videos.

How did the McJim contest affect the contestants lives? Here are some reactions:

Mark Cordovales, vocalist of Fifth Dynamics, who performed “Anyare” written by Cordovales and Angelo Katigbak with the help of poet and public relations expect Chris Cahilig, says that ”Dreams Get Real” has given them the chance to a connect to a much wider audience. “Dati, sa bars lang kami nagpe-perform, ngayon nasa radyo na, naririnig na namin yung sarili naming kanta,” he says. The rest of the band is composed of John Peterson Leyva (rhythm guitar), Eljon Nono (lead guitar), Daryl Jay Santos (bass guitar) and Aldrin Condat (drums).

The boy band JBK, composed of Joshua Bulot, Bryan del Rosario and Kim Ordonio, was thankful that ”Dreams Get Real” provided them the avenue to showcase their talent.

“The experience has been exciting,” says del Rosario. “We are very much thankful to McJim for this awesome opportunity of being out our sense of originality as artists.”

As for the solo performer, Domingo, the search has made him connect to his OPM roots. “Yung mga taong narinig na nila ako before, ibang areglo, ibang tunog ang mapapansin nila,” he says. “Actually, yung totoong Neo ang makikita nila.”  

Neo Domingo bagged two trophies for his single “Pagbigyan Mo Na” composed by Urie Tesorio. He won “DJ’s Choice” award and went on a triple-tie with Fifth Dynamics and JBK as Grand Champions of McJIM Dreams Get Real.
Neo Domingo bagged two trophies for his single “Pagbigyan Mo Na” composed by Urie Tesorio. He won “DJ’s Choice” award and went on a triple-tie with Fifth Dynamics and JBK as Grand Champions of McJIM Dreams Get Real.

McJim is a proud Filipino company, top-quality leather manufacturer McJim that advocates  world-class and original Filipino talent. In the past, the brand has engaged iconic OPM acts Jose Mari Chan and Randy Santiago as its brand endorsers.

The Top 3, along with the other McJim Dreamers Archetype, CK Arca and Dream of Pearl already had a taste of being recording artists by working with music experts, such as the respected arranger Jonathan Ong of Sonic State Studio for the Dreams Get Real: The Compilation Album, which features original compositions they performed during the search. Joining them are 1:43, which has just launched their newest album Kalye Pop featuring the monster hit “Hayop sa Ganda,” with the song “Pwede Bang Malaman” and Urie’s Attack with the piece “Mensahe.”

In the run-up for the grand finals, the Top 6 attended their very first press conference, made radio and TV appearances and were featured in MTV Pinoy. The songs are currently gaining massive airplay in radio stations across the country and being used in TV shows such as iJuander (GMA News TV), Maynila (GMA 7) and Letters and Music (Net 25).

 

 

 

Ron is a happily married man for more than 10 years, the father of 3 boys. Loves to write about places that he visits. And works in the BPO industry.