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Unlike the main festival, this event served as a talent competition for young aspiring singers.
The contestants were judged based on their interpretation or cover of an already released music material.
"Umagang Kay Ganda" also failed to place, but has since become a classic pop hit and it has now also been used as the theme song of ABS-CBN's weekday morning show of the same title.
Leah Navarro and "Isang Mundo Isang Awit" represented the Philippines and won the bronze prize at that year's Seoul Popular Music Festival.
Nagbubunsod ang paligsahan ng maraming pagtikad ng mga kompositor at mga mang-aawit, na nag-iinterpreta ng mga awit, at nagbibigay ng orihinal na musikang Pilipino higit sa isang kaunting katangi-tangi at makabagong awiting klasika.
Ang paligsahan nito ay inilunsad ng Pundasyon ng Musikang Popular ng Pilipinas noong 1977 na pinamunuan nina Teodoro Valencia, isang batikang manunulat ng pahayagan, at Imee Marcos. Ang mga gabi ng huling yugto ng paligsahan ay ginanap mula 1978 hanggang 1985.
However, the biggest pop hit to come out of the 2nd Metropop was "Ewan".
This song launched the career of Louie Ocampo, now a well-respected composer, and added to the numerous hits of The Apo Hiking Society.
She went on to have a successful career in music and competed as an interpreter for the winning songs at the Himig Handog and Philippine Popular Music Festival song contests.The Apo is one of the biggest musical acts ever in the Philippines, and their songs have been covered through the years. Puno, already a big star at this time, interpreted the third place song, which also became a hit song for him.Composer George Canseco failed to win any of the top prizes, but with his songs before and after the competition, he became one of the most prolific and successful composers in the music scene.Ang awit na Anak ay walang napanalunan ng anumang gantimpala, subali't naging isa sa mga pinakasikat na Pilipinong awiting popular kailanman, at nailunsad din ang karera ni Freddie Aguilar.Ang kapanahunan nito ay nasa tamang panahon ng pagsisimula ng paglago ng Orihinal na Pilipinong Musika (OPM), at pagkatapos ng unang paligsahan na ito, ang mga karera ng pag-aawit nina Hajji Alejandro, Celeste Legaspi, Maricris Bermont, at Anthony Castelo ay lubos na umangat.