DENR, PIA invite composers in Central Luzon to join its Regional Songwriting Competition

By CARLO LORENZO J. DATU

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) invite professional and amateur composers based in Central Luzon to join its first Regional Songwriting Competition billed “LiKhALIKASAN: Likhang Awit para sa Kalikasan.”

“This seeks to instill awareness on positive behaviors and perspectives as resiliency safeguards against the effects of climate change; promote environmental awareness, protection and preservation; and recognize people empowerment and involvement towards measures leading to preserving the well-being of the environment as act of protecting not just it but more so protecting people’s lives,” PIA Regional Director William Beltran said.

It is part of the ongoing climate change advocacy campaign of DENR and PIA, which carries the brand “Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na para Magbago!”

The contest is open to residents aged 16 years old and up whose entries must be original and have not been released commercially.

“Entries may be in solo or collaboration that is written in Filipino, English, or a combination of both that promotes environmental awareness, protection, and preservation as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation. Only one entry is allowed per songwriter or collaboration of songwriters,” Beltran explained.

Moreover, they must not exceed four minutes and 30 seconds in length, including intro and extro.

It may be slow or upbeat with musical accompaniment.

They must likewise be recorded and interpreted well, preferably pre-arranged.

Those who are interested are enjoined to secure the official entry form and the complete contest rules from the PIA Regional Office at 3rd floor, Hyatt Garden Building, Dolores Intersection, City of San Fernando, Pampanga or at any of its Provincial Information Centers in Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, and Zambales.

It may also be requested via telefax- (045) 963-2175 and email- [email protected] or [email protected]

Deadline of submission of entries is at 5:00PM of November 7, 2014.

Entries shall be judged based on the following criteria: Originality and Creativity (songwriting style, technique, skill) – 30%, Lyrics (emotional appeal, message appropriateness to theme)- 30%, Melody (recall, strength)- 30%, and Overall Appeal (suitability as recording and environmental advocacy material- 10%).

A preliminary judging shall be held to select the 10 best entries, which shall compete in the finals, based on the given criteria.

In the finals night, the grand winner takes home P30,000 and plaque while the second and third placers shall be awarded with P20,000 and P10,000, respectively and plaque.

The seven other finalists, on the other hand, will each receive P5,000 and certificate.

For more information, please contact Ms. Marie Joy Simpao at 09178555482 and 09998879334 or Mr. Carlo Lorenzo Datu at 09178549539 and 09998879360. (CLJD-PIA 3)

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