Trina Belamide

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Trina Belamide is a Filipino songwriter and record producer.<ref>Costanilla: Usa Ka Tingog, first rehearsal, Sun Star: Philippine news, May 8, 2008</ref> According to the Manila Times she has written songs for most of the Philippines' top recording artists.<ref>Finding fulfillment, rewards from songwriting, Manila Times, March 4, 2007 "Belamide, who has written songs for majority of the Philippines’ top recording artists and producers [sic] albums for them as well."</ref>

Belamide began taking piano lessons at age 8 and started writing songs at 15. In highschool and college she was active in glee clubs as both a singer and songwriter. She said that this exposed her to a wider range of music and helped her make her first contacts in the music industry. She graduated from Ateneo College in 1990 and worked as an advertising copywriter for a short time before deciding to devote her full time to songwriting.<ref>Manila Times</ref>

Trina’s professional career in music began in 1991, a year after her graduation in Ateneo, when Joey Albert recorded one of her songs after her friend Moy Ortiz of The CompanY asked her to submit songs for the said artist.<ref>Myka Santiago. "Touching Hearts through Tunes and Lyrics", Philippines Lifestyle Magazine, 2009-03-30. Retrieved on 2009-10-12. </ref>

In 1995 Belamide came to national attention when her song "Tell the World of His Love" won the top prize in the search for the theme song for the World Youth Day to celebrate the visit of the Pope John-Paul II to the Philippines.<ref>Pagbabago (Changes) The Philippine Star, July 16, 2007</ref> In 1996 her song "Shine" won second place in the Metro Manila Popular Music Festival (later known as the Metropop Song Festival). In 2005 the song again became a hit in the Philippines as sung by Regine Velasquez.<ref>RACHELLE ANN GO'S TURN TO SHINE, ‘’The Philippine Star’’, April 18, 2005</ref> In 1999 she won second place in the USA Songwriting Competition held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.<ref>11th Annual USA Songwriting Competition begins, Filipino songwriters honored The Philippine Star, 05/09/2006</ref><ref>USA Songwriting Competition</ref>

In 2001 she produced the album Pagbabago, named in honor of the Pagbabago@Pilipinas group which called for social and political reform in the Philippines. She wrote 8 of its 12 songs, which were performed by various artists. Most of the songs expressed the theme of personal responsibility.<ref>Pagbabago: The album, Manila Standard Today</ref><ref>Songs for this day recorded in 2002, Philippine Inquirer, May 13, 2007</ref>

In 2005 the restaurant chain Jollibee commissioned her to write a Christmas song for its annual book and toy drive. The song, “Maligaya at MaAga and Pasko”, was recorded by Aga Muhlach, Donna Cruz-Larrazabal, Sarah Geronimo, and Mark Bautista, who donated their services to help the cause.<ref>Aga’s quest for 1 millionth toy, Manila Standard Today</ref> In 2008 she wrote the theme song for the Global Peace Festival, "Where Peace Begins.".<ref>Feature: RP leads the world in peace Philippine Information Agency December 5, 2008</ref>

Belamide has written many commercial jingles. She is also a pioneer of the recent trend in the Philippines where couples commission a theme song for their wedding.<ref>Manila Times</ref> Her website features a "Song Shop" in which she offers to custom write songs for weddings, gifts, and organizational theme songs.<ref>Song Shop</ref>


Notable Songs

  • Dessa:
    • NO LESS (entry for Asia Song Festival 1999)
  • Regine Velasquez:
    • SABIHIN MO LANG (from the movie soundtrack of “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw”)
  • Roselle Nava:
    • KUNG SAAN MAY PANGARAP (from Ang TV Movie Soundtrack)
  • The Company:
  • Toni Gonzaga:
    • DOON (theme song of the drama series “Ikaw Sa Puso Ko”)
  • Radio Veritas anchors
    • LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN (Veritas846 40th Anniversary Theme Song 2009)

<ref>My Songs</ref>


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