Parish opens 1st Waray liturgical music tilt

Parish opens 1st Waray liturgical music tilt

The first-ever Liturgical Songwriting Competition for Communion Songs is open for entries until April 28, 2018.

TACLOBAN City – A first in the parish’ history, a liturgical songwriting contest is now open.

The Sto. Niño Parish (SNP) in this city is currently inviting qualified Waraynon songwriters to the first-ever Liturgical Songwriting Competition for Communion Songs.

“The song writing competition is to help the archdiocese have more songs we can use in our daily celebration of the Mass,” said Fr. Ronel Taboso, SNP parish priest and the brain behind the competition.

According to him, the liturgical songwriting contest aims to “inspire more composers, professional and amateur, as long as it’s in Waraywaray [language]”

The song, which should not infringe the right of any party, must not be shorter than 3 minutes nor longer than 4 minutes, and may either be ballad or pop.

Entries will be judged based on:

  • originality and creativity (30%);
  • lyrics (30%);
  • melody (30%); and
  • over-all appeal (10%)

Although the competition is open to all regardless of age, the parish deemed it vital that the contestants be baptized Roman Catholics, and knowledgeable about the liturgy and significance of the Mass.

Taboso added that the entries must be originally composed and not yet sang in Masses.

A cash prize of Php30,000 awaits the grand champion; Php20,000 for the 1st runner up; Php10,000 for the 2nd runner up; and Php3,000 for each finalist.

Taboso stressed that the SNP and SNP Praise Chanters reserve all the rights to have the finalist songs rearranged, orchestrated, and performed after the contest.

Application forms are downloadable from the official Facebook page of SNP Liturgical Songwriting Competition 2018. The SNP official Facebook page is also linked to the contest FB site.

A composer may submit one or more entries.

Deadline for submission of entries is at noon of April 28, 2018 while the contest proper will be on June 15, 2018. CBCPNews