KZ Tandingan's "Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako" was hailed as the Best Song during the 2014 Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs finals night at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Composed by Edwin Marollano, the song won the grand prize of P1 million.
In a backstage interview after the awarding ceremony, KZ remarked that she is truly blessed for winning the competition. "Sobrang blessed dahil po kasi sa dinami-dami ng singers na pwedeng piliin ng Star Records to sing ‘Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako,' ako ang pinili nila. At na-timing pa sa akin na composer si Sir Edwin, sobrang nakakatuwa na ganito ang resulta," she stated.
KZ admitted that she felt really nervous before the finals night. "Ang aga kong nagising kanina. Ginising ako ng kaba ko. Ang aga kong nag-devotion dahil hindi na ako makatulog ulit, 'yung feeling na 'yon, 'yun din ang feeling ko kahit nong nag-X Factor audition ako. Sabi ko kanina, 'Lord, give me strength at baka biglang bumagsak ako.”
The singer said that the songs during this year’s competition are very diverse. "Grabe, iba-iba ang nanalo ng mga minor awards ngayon, iba-iba po talaga, kaya di mo ini-expect kung sino ang mananalo, hindi mo mara-rank kahit may naiisip ka na,” she said.
Other Himig P-Pop Love Songs winners included:
2nd Best Song: ''Halik Sa Hangin,'' by David Dimaguila and interpreted by Biv De Vera, Ebe Dancel. and Abra.
3rd Best Song: ''Mahal Kita Pero'' by Melchora Mabilog and interpreted by Janella Salvador
4th Best Song: "Walang Basagan ng Trip" by Eric de Leon and interpreted by Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz
5th Best Song: "Hindi Wala" by Nica del Rosario and interpreted by Juris Fernandez
MOR Listeners Choice Award: "Simpleng Tulad Mo" by Meljohn Magno and interpreted by Daniel Padilla
Star Cinema Choice Award: "Halik Sa Hangin" by David Dimaguila and interpreted by Biv De Vera, Ebe Dancel, and Abra
StarStudio Readers Choice: "If You Don't Want To Fall" by Jude Gitamondoc and interpreted by Jed Madela
MYX Best Music Video: "Mahal Kita Pero" by Melchora Mabilog and interpreted by Janella Salvador
Star Music Choice Award: "Bumabalik Ang Nagdaan" by Sarah Jane Gandia, interpreted by Jessa Zaragoza.
ABS-CBN.com Favorite Interpreter Award: "Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako" Edwin Marollano and interpreted by KZ Tandingan
TFC's Choice Award: "If You Don't Want To Fall" by Jude Gitamondoc and interpreted by Jed Madela
ABS-CBN Mobile Fan Favorite Award: "Simpleng Tulad Mo" by MJ Magno and interpreted by Daniel Padilla