Akapela Open 2014: The Recap – A Night Full of A Capella

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On October 25, 2014, the championship of Akapela Open 2014 held the ten finalists’ last a capella performances of their lives, their battle to win the best contemporary a capella singing at the Meralco Theater.

We are thankful to Ms. Krina Cayabyab for trusting us again the photo coverage of Akapela Open’s second season. It has always been great to work with the best in the music industry. Thank you also to Aileen Siwa for helping us accomplish all the tasks.

I look around, we could see that a capella singing has become increasingly popular. Additional factors are due to the beautiful music mash-up performances from Pitch Perfect movies and The Sing-Off 3rd Season champion, the incredible Pentatonix.

And because this vocal competition is a project spearheaded by The Music School of Ryan Cayabyab, a competition deemed to be the first of its kind in the country. It aims to promote contemporary a capella singing and appreciation for vocal harmony performance.

Ten different groups from all over the Philippines including 1415, 10,000 , Acapellago, D’ Mortal Instruments, Dynamix, Pop Acappella League of Singers (PALS), Los Cantantes de Manila, Mouthfools, Negative Four and Pinopela had performed that evening. Each team was judged from their vocal and visual performance with a merit for precision, technique and creativity.

More about Akapela Open 2013 HERE.

In Photos:

Sharing you these photos from the after party dinner with the mentors and organizers of Akapela Open. It’s where we’ve seen the great camaraderie these singers have developed off stage. They’re all competitive, talented and passionate. Congratulations to #TeamAkapelaOpen!!!

The Performances, video courtesy of Akapela Open.

  • 10,000 – 0.45Akapela Open 2014 (1)
  • Los Cantantes de Manila – 9.45Akapela Open 2014 (6)

  • Pop Acappela League of Singer- 1.12Akapela Open 2014 (14)
  • The Mortal Instruments – 9:50Akapela Open 2014 (9)

  • MouthfoolsAkapela Open 2014 (5)

  • Negative Four – 3:41Akapela Open 2014 (3)
  • Acapellago – 12:46Akapela Open 2014 (4)

  • 1415 – 2:42Akapela Open 2014 (7)
  • Dynamix – 11:19Akapela Open 2014 (8)

  • Pinopela – 2:22Akapela Open 2014 (2)

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Also, in the same link above (11:08) is Part Four’s a capella performance of PhilPop 2014 finalist songs. Continuation HERE.

Nonetheless, the beauty of a capella comes from unity of the singers, they have the distinct ability to harmonize with each other and stay in one goal as every group has projected with matching outfits and synchronized. Evident is the sense of community and respect extended in each other’s team as they performs the Akapela Open’s official anthem song (19:25).

Each groups has received Php 30,000 each as consolation prizes. Presenting the trophies and major prizes to the winners are Mr. Ryan Cayabyab (President of the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab), Ms. Esther Santos (President of PLDT Smart Foundation),  Mr. Jeffrey Tarayao (President of One Meralco Foundation), Mr. Oscar Reyes (President Meralco Corporation) with Mark Carpio  (Chairman of the Board of Judges).


Dynamix won Best Arrangement Award presented by Ms. Krina Cayabyab, the Philippine representative to the International Organization Contemporary A Cappella Society of America.

Last year’s grand champion Acapellago was edged out by Baguio-based group, Pinopela as the 2014 Akapela Open grand champion. The Malolos-based quintet landed on third place while Dynamix won second.

The 2nd Akapela Open was made possible by the One Meralco Foundation, PLDT-Smart Foundation, The Music School of Ryan Cayabyab, Metro Pacific Investments, Philpop, Philex Mining Corporation, Maynilad, FILSCAP, and the Philippine Choral Directors’ Association.

Looking forward to Akapela Open 2015!!!

Enjoys capturing, editing, and sharing content across social media platforms alongside music photography. The birth of this blog is a testament of my credence on the power of images in conveying stories.

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