The annual Wish Awards are always a highly-anticipated event in OPM, and this year was no exception. Though modifications were made thanks to the COVID-19 Omicron variant, this year's awards were still a star-studded event. Live performances from the juans, VXON, KZ Tandingan, Arthur Nery, Zephanie, Lyca Gairanod, and SB19, lit up this prestigious award ceremony.
The juans opened the awards with a performance of "Umaga "(Morning) in their typical, hyper fashion. Their colorful costumes and energetic performance proved the perfect start to the night. In a well-deserved victory, they won two awards: Wishclusive Rock/Alternative Performance of the Year for "Pangalawang Bitaw" (Letting Go Again) and Wish Ballad of the Year for "Dulo" (End).
Rookie act VXON debuted on the Wish stage with their performance of "The Beast." They hit the stage hard with powerful dance steps, precise choreography, and stable vocals. With their undeniable stage appeal, it's no wonder that they were invited to perform at the prestigious award ceremony barely a month after their debut. Wish 107.5 has their eye on them, and so do we.
OPM artists Ben&Ben were unable to perform in person at the Wish Awards, so their Wish Bus performance of "Magpahinga" (To Rest) was played in lieu of their live performance. They took home the awards for Wishclusive Contemporary Folk Performance of the Year for "Sa Susunod na Habangbuhay" (In the Next Eternity) and Wish Song Collaboration of the Year for "Lunod" (Drown) featuring Zild and juan karlos.
The big winner of the night was SB19, who took home five awards for their Wishclusive performances of "Ikako" (You and Me), "Hanggang sa Huli" (Until the End). They also won Best Pop Song of the Year for “What?”, Wish Group of the Year and Wisher's Choice. They closed the night by performing two of their hit singles. Between the flawless harmonies of their tribute song for their parents, "MAPA," and the expert choreography and vocals of their 2021 comeback song, "What?", SB19 closed the Wish Awards Ceremony in style.
The night didn't just benefit the artists, however. Wish 107.5 is known for giving back to the community through the winner's favorite charities. Wish had given out 2.445 million Philippine Pesos to the winners and their chosen charities by the end of the night. This included a Php25,000 award to the artist and a Php100,000 award to their charity for each award given. SB19 summed it up well in an interview when they said, "As artists, being able to not only share our music but also to help, is a great thing for us."
The Wish Music Awards represent an opportunity for OPM and P-Pop artists to come together and celebrate the music of their fellow Filipinos. It is, for everybody, a Wish come true.