Monday, March 19, 2018


Last March 8, 2018, I attended the official launch of 2018 BANAUE International Music Composition Competition held at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-la Hotel. With the joint efforts do Universal Harvester, Inc. together with the local government of Banaue, it offers a new experience to the Filipino and to the world. 

This is the first time that a competition of this magnitude will be held in the Philippines. This competition is in line with the Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project of Universal Harvester Incorporated headed by Dr. Milagros O. How (President and CEO) and the local government of Banaue led by Mayor Jerry U. Dalipog.

With the Grand Prize of 12,000USD, two Consolation Prizes of 6,000USD each and the week-long immersion in Banaue, this momentous event is set to bring excitement and cultural awakening to the selected participants and the province of Banaue. With this, the 2018 BANAUE International Music Composition Competition invites composers around the Philippines and all over the world to create Banaue-inspired symphonic works.  

The Banaue Immersion Program 
-This will consist 20 Selected Composer-Fellows
-As part of the program, the participants will learn and experience local culture and music. 
-The Composer-Fellows may revise their entry before the semi-finals. 
-The Composer-Fellows will rehearse their pieces with an entire orchestra, open for the Banaue audience to enjoy in Banaue. 
-Only 10 Composer-Fellows will be chosen to be the finalists to perform on the Finals Night, July 25, 2018 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

With the attention that the event will be getting, may it also create awareness of the current situation of this World Heritage Treasure and encourage people to participate and help. The deadline for entries is on April 15, 2018. For more details, please visit

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