Pondo ng Pinoy (PnP), the poverty alleviation program of the Archdiocese of Manila initiated by Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila, is looking for songwriters as part of their activity in celebration of their 16th anniversary coinciding the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines.
With the theme, “Pondo ng Pinoy: Symbol of Compassion, Hope and Solidarity”, the first-ever Pondo ng Pinoy Songwriting contest aims to engage the public on the vision of Pondo ng Pinoy through music and to sustain the commitment and support of Pondo ng Pinoy stakeholders.
According to PnP, the competition is open to all novice, amateur and professional Filipino songwriters as well as to solo and group participants. All entries must be an original composition of the participants. Song entries must reflect songs with a message of hope, encouragement, love of God and neighbors, compassion and solidarity amid desolation and despair. Participants may choose from the following genres: Pop, Jazz, Ballad, Classical, Soul, Blues, R&B, Gospel, Rock, Hip Hop and Rap.
Criteria for judging are lyrics or impact of the message is fifty percent (50%); composition or musicality is thirty percent (30%) and over-all impact is twenty percent (20%).
Winners from the said competition will receive certificates, cash prizes and souvenir items. The grand winner will receive P15,000 while the Peoples’ Choice Award (via Facebook and Youtube) will take home P5,000 each.
For inquiries, email PnP at firstname.lastname@example.org or send them a message through their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pnpcfi.nmo. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)