The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2,000-year-old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by the ancestors of the indigenous people. It was once considered as the Eighth Wonder of the World
But Landslides, overpopulation, abandoned farmlands, and a dwindling source of manpower — because not too many are attracted to farming on the terraces these days– have become threats to the continued existence of the rice terraces.
It is not too late to help.
But the time to act is now.
Through the 2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition presented by Universal Harvester, Inc., together with the local government of Banaue; this is the chance restore Banaue Rice Terraces.
I was able to attend the media launch of the competition at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel was able to meet some of the people behind the project like Maestro Chino Toledo and Luchie Roque
The 2018 BANAUE International Music Composition Competition invites composers around the Philippines and all over the world to create Banaue-inspired symphonic works. This is the first time that a competition of this magnitude will be held in the Philippines. 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.
20 Selected Composer-Fellows will be part of the Banaue Immersion Program. This is where, they will learn and experience local culture and music. With new perspective and inspiration, 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.
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 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.
“We want to let the world know that the Philippines is home to great wonders, not just in terms of natural resources, but also in inspiring Talents from all over the world. And with your support, our friends from the Media, we will be able to take this giant leap together,” says Dr. How.
The deadline for entries is on April 15, 2018.
For more details, please visit www.banauemusic.org
So, that’s it guys
Spread the word that there is something we can do to help in saving our Banaue Rice Terraces and this is through music.
Let us all help restore our world heritage treasure. This competition offers a new experience to the Filipino and to the world.
Come join our farmers, together with hundreds of volunteers, in restoration efforts to save this endangered World Heritage Site. Your participation can make the difference.
Save the Banaue Rice Terraces.
Save a cultural patrimony.
Save a national heritage.
Thank you for dropping by and till next time