The 1st ToFarm Songwriting Competition has started with the aim to discover ng new talents in songwriting.
In her speech ay sinabi ni Dr. Milagros How, Executive Vice President of Universal Harvester lnc., na willing siyang i-develop ang mga mapipili sa competition.
“For our first endeavor, which was the ToFarm Film Festival, we harnessed the power of the cinematic arts to present the lives of our dear farmers and kababayans in the agricultural sector. Now, we are utilizing another field of art, which is music. Music is a universal language and we Pinoy are musical people. Our songs contain and express our ambitions, dreams, emotions, frustrations, struggles, and successes. With the musical compositions that we will harvest in the first ToFarm Songwriting Competition, we hope to discover musical wonders that would highlight the diligence, hard work, perseverance, resilience, tenacity, and optimism of our farmers,” she said in her speech.
“We want to develop the new ones. Kawawa naman (‘yung ibang nananalo) but I believe they have many, many talents. Nagde-develop (ang ToFarm Film Festival), eh. Lumalaki ang aming pangarap. After this, iko-consider namin ang pag-develop nila (winners). Ang feeling ko, ito ‘yung kulang. Ito na lang ang kulang para mabuo ang film festival,” she added.
Guided by its theme, “Planting the seeds of change”, the 1st ToFarm Songwriting Competition is open to all Filipino amateur and professional songwriters, with entries not limited to Folk/Acoustic, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Country, Pop, Inspirational, Fusion.
Nine (9) Finalists will be chosen and shall be announced on December 5, 2016. The grand winner will receive P300,000 cash; the first runner-up, P200,000 cash and the second runner up P100,000. The People’s Choice award will also receive P75,000.
Entries may be sent via courier or postal mail to: TOFARM SONGWRITING COMPETITION, TOFARM Secretariat 10th Floor, Harvester Corporate Center, 158 P. Tuazon St. corner 7th Street, Cubao, 1109 Philippines or via firstname.lastname@example.org
by Alex Valentine Brosas