Amateur songwriter Leonardo de Jesus III was overjoyed when the announcement came that his composition, his first entry on ASOP, had won the the monthly finals!
“Hindi ko din talaga ine-expect iyon,” said the composer from Caloocan City. “First time ko lang pero talagang salamat sa Dios.”
(I really didn’t expect that…It was my first time, but I really thank God.)
Adding to the sweetness of his victory were the judge’s commendations. “All I can say is I am very very delighted,”said 80’s OPM icon Ivy Violan. Singer/host/comedian Arnel Ignacio on the other hand, noted the song’s commercial appeal.
Leonardo summarizes the message of his song as,”Sa kabila ng maraming pagkukulang nando’n pa rin po ‘yung paglingap ng Dios.” (In spite of shortcomings,God’s grace still abounds.)