SEAMEO Songwriting Competition 2010

Announcement of Winners

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Secretariat (SEAMEO Secretariat) would like to express its appreciation to all those who participated and sent entries to the SEAMEO Songwriting Competition.

 

The Winner of the SEAMEO Songwriting Competition

"Building the Future (The SEAMEO Legacy)"

Rey Christian J Cabreros, MD

Doctor of Medicine
Philippines
Professor, AMA International University, Kingdom of Bahrain

"As a doctor and an educator at the same time, I have been exposed to a lot of things concerning education and the problems that accompany it. By writing this song, it shows my dedication to my chosen profession and to my calling. Hence, I want everybody to know how important it is to value good education no matter how difficult or how low your status in life is, because everybody deserves a good future."

(Lyrics of the song)
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Songwriter and Melody: Rey Christian J Cabreros
Music Arrangement: Arthur Madrigal
Vocalists: Maria Ana Katrina A Madrigal, Maria Ana Kristina A Madrigal, and Kristopherson A Madrigal

 

The 1st Runner-up

"One Vision...One Mission...Long Live SEAMEO (Cheers to SEAMEO)"



Mr Benito M Escasa and Mrs Alma D Escasa

Composers, Musical Arrangers, Lyricists
Philippines

"The song talks about the mission and aspiration of the organization."

(Lyrics of the song)
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Composer/ Musical Arranger: Benito M Escasa
Song Writer/ Lyricist: Alma D Escasa
Lead Vocalist: Tiffany
Back up Vocals: Bea and Bernice Austria

 

The 2nd Runner-up

"In Unity, We Stand Together"

Mr Danny D Estioco

Composer & Musical Arranger
Philippines

"Upon learning about the competition, information about SEAMEO was printed from its website. Information from these documents were carefully read and analyzed by the lyricist. After much thought and study, the lyrics were completed. It was sought to it that the words of the song reflect the vision and mission of the organization. The making of the melody followed immediately after the lyrics were finished. The arrangement then was conceptualized to create a grand effect whenever the song will be sung."

(Lyrics of the song)
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Song Writer: Joanalyn C Estioco
Music: Danilo D Estioco
Singer: Danilo D Estioco
Back-up Singer: Danilo D Estioco
Musical Arranger: Danilo D Estioco
Guitarist: Danilo D Estioco

 

The 3rd Runner-up

"SEAMEO Anthem (We Are One in Dreams)"

Mr Kefas Satriya Permana

Music Teacher and Instructor
Indonesia

(Lyrics of the song)
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Song Writer: Kefas Satriya Permana
Melody: Kefas Satriya Permana
Music Arrangement: Kefas Satriya Permana
Vocal: Peggy Alexandra Aipassa, Ester Erni Lamban, Lia Lokollo

 

The Final Selected Songs

The SEAMEO Secretariat is pleased to announce that we have received 71 entries from 62 candidates from Southeast Asian countries.

The following 26 songs were selected by the Pre-screening Meeting Committee on 5 October 2010.

Name of Song

Length of the Song

Candidates and Brief Description on the Production of the Song and Lyrics

  1. Building the Future
    (the SEAMEO legacy)
3:50

Mr. Rey Christian J Cabreros, Philippines

As a doctor and an educator at the same time, I have been exposed to a lot of things concerning education and the problems that accompanies with it. By writing this song, it shows my dedication to my chosen profession and to my calling. Hence, I want everybody to know how important it is to value good education no matter how difficult or how low your status in life is, because everybody deserves a good future.

  1. SEAMEO Hymn
3:56

Mr. Arcadio Jeffrey S Perida, Philippines

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  1. The SEAMEO Spirit
3:05

Ms. Puteri Zatur Rawihah bte Asordin, Malaysia

The SEAMEO Spirit is a song that sings the aspirations of SEAMEO, and the co-operation and togetherness of SEAMEO members. The sitar with its resounding vibration is used in the composition as a symbol of SEAMEO's echoing loud voice. Meanwhile the profound beat of the tabla as the percussion reflects determination and decisiveness. The sitar and tabla, both traditional musical instruments, symbolize culture preservation. Whereas the 16 beat contemporary style accompaniment from the keyboard speaks of the success of science - innovation and creation. Put together - the sitar, the tabla, and the accompaniment from the keyboard, they compliment one another to produce that special hymn for SEAMEO -- the voice of SEAMEO.

  1. SEAMEO ... We shall fulfill our Mission
2:18

Ms. Mary Arlene A Bongosia, Philippines

The Hymn of SEAMEO is composed with a march tempo. It reflects the vision, mission, and goals of the organization. It signifies the conviction of the organization to fulfill its' mission. It is created to make the SEAMEO members feel they have to do their mission with zeal and commitment.

  1. In Solidarity
2:54

Mr. Shobert C Hallig, Philippines

In Solidarity is a mellow-inspired song that focuses on the teamwork of SEAMEO members and affiliates. The tune is intended to augment calmness yet catchy in the heart of every listener. It is easy to sing with followed by a blend of emotion, the song will absolute inspire SEAMEO

  1. Illuminate Southeast Asia
3:52

Mr. Gerardo M de Leon, Philippines

The lyrics is about synergy -- getting best results when working together -- in order to uplife Southeast Asia through education. Rhythm used is "Chinese Disco" at speed of approx 120 bpm.

  1. SEAMEO Hymn
3:29

Mr. Abraham Conda Lotivio and Mr. Michael Lotino Montalban, Philippines

The song is arranged in four voices: Alto, Tenor, Bass and (singing the melody part of the song is the) Soprano.

The music accompaniment was created using computer and electric keyboard. The instruments used were violin, banduria (a Philippine traditional instrument) and guitar.

  1. SEAMEO Hymn
2:55

Mr. Abraham Conda Lotivio and Mr. Michael Lotino Montalban, Philippines

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  1. We are United
 

Mr. Ryan C Relayo, Philippines

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  1. SEAMEO Anthem
2:30

Mr, Agastya Rama Listya, Indonesia

The texts of this anthem speak about the spirit of SEAMEO as a profit organization in Southeast Asia, which functions to strengthen the regional understanding, to enhance benefit collaboration, and to sustain human development among its members. While its refrain talks about the other function of SEAMEO that is to unite its members in posing the regional challenges in order to be able to grasp the brighter future.

To reflect the burning spirit of SEAMEO, the melody moves gayly both through stepwise and leap intervals. Tempo is approximately between 110-120 per beat. The leggier style of singing will be most appropriate one to perform this song.

  1. One Vision in Unity
2:02

Mr. Mah Koh Heng and Ms. Susie Khor Siew Lee, Malaysia

The title of the SEAMEO Anthem "One Vision In Unity" is conceived following the aim of The SEAMEO Songwriting Competition to choose a hymn that correctly portrays and symbolizes SEAMEO's vision and spirit of unity among the Southeast Asian nations in the promotion of regional understanding and cooperation in education, science and culture.

The lyrics of the hymn (anthem) begins by proclaiming the role and goals of SEAMEO in the spirit of unity, partnership and cooperation among member countries of the region followed by the collective pledge of the members' aspirations to bring about a better quality of life through 'One Vision in Unity'.

The arrangement of the music is orchestrated and written in a stately tempo of 80 beats per minute climaxing towards the last stanza reiterating SEAMEO's vision and mission to achieve a better quality of life. The hymn is recorded in C Major and the melody ranges an octave and a major third apart which is suitable for corporate singing.

  1. The Spirit of Unity
2:18

Mr. Edward Laurence L Opena, Philippines

The song was patterned after the vision of the SEAMEO: teaching, building, and loving. The songwriter is a teacher itself, and the artists are students. The main focus of the song is the unity of the Southeast Asian nations - regardless of the distances, races and beliefs - in creating a better world.

  1. SEAMEO We Can Make It
3:17

Mr Jeric S San Jose, Philippines

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  1. SEAMEO Anthem (We Are One in Dreams)
2:25

Mr Kefas Satriya Permana, Indonesia

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  1. SEAMEO Hymn
2:34

Mr Yudhi Bravianto SE, Indonesia

About the missions of SEAMEO, The spirit in heart, and The Unity of Mind Of the South East Asian Nation.

  1. For A Better Future
3:37

Mr Awang Mohammad Abdoh bin Haji Awang Damit, Brunei Darussalam

Theme song for SEAMEO's strategic directions and functions.

  1. The Golden Land
3:03

Mr Palawat Dhammamitr, Thailand

This song is inspired by the prosperity of Southeast Asia in the past which was known as the Golden Land or Suvarnabhumi. It also talks about the vital role of SEAMEO in promoting peace and understanding among the people of Southeast Asia through education in cultures and science in order to achieve the highest dream which is the culture of peace. It portrays the beauty of Southeast Asia by using some traditional instruments, but also shows the integration of Southeast Asia in the modern world by combining orchestral pieces, which in a way symbolizes the harmony of the region

  1. Cheers to SEAMEO
3:27

Mr Benito M Escasa and Ms Alma D Escasa, Philippines

The songs talks about the mission and aspiration of the organizations.

  1. SEAMEO
4:00

Mr Pocholo Suavillo, Philippines

The writer was inspired to write the lyrics of the song from SEAMEO's goals, mission and vision.

  1. Vision for the Lands
2:10

Ms Jerrebel B Medianero, Philippines

The title "vision for the Lands" means that a group of educators from different countries in Asia joint forces to improve in educating the least and unreached individuals. One vision of the SEAMEO members is to give better service. This song relates unity having one vision and one goal.

  1. In Unity, We stand together
3:57

Mr Danny D Estioco, Philippines

Upon learning about the competition, information about SEAMEO were printed from its website. Information from these documents were carefully read and analyzed by the lyricist. After much thought and study, the lyrics was completed. It was sought to it that the words of the song reflect the vision and mission of the organization. The making of the melody followed immediately after the lyrics was finished. The arrangement then was conceptualized to create a grand effect whenever the song will be sung

  1. Together
3:50

Mr Regnard Kreisler C Raquedan, Philippines

The writer was inspired by the mission of the SEAMEO and the song is about unity.

  1. A Better of Life, South East Asian Nation
2:17

Ms Annisa Rahajeng Mahardhika, Indonesia

This song is hammered at relationship between South East Asian Countries. Which is SEAMEO as an organization, as a facilitator, help countries to collaborate in such a way that they could devoting to South East Asian Nation. Tempo of this song is made as an allegro (fast) with cheerful tone to reflect spirit and enthusiasm of SEAMEO on unite all South East Asian Countries and strike for these countries better of life

  1. SEAMEO Anthem (SEAMEO, Bridging Nations through Education)
2:20

Mr Tyrone Jester P Mateos and Ms Rivah-Anne N Singson, Philippines

In the verses of this anthem, the words illustrate the vision, mission, goals and strengths of SEAMEO, while the chorus gives emphasis to its areas of priority.

  1. SEAMEO

2:06

Ms Jittinant Klinnumhom, Thailand

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  1. One Voice Across These Lands
4:00

Mr Roleto E Mangonon, Philippines

The song is about having one common voice among the eleven member countries. Although we have different cultures and traditions, we belong to one common race and are striving with one mission and vision in mind and that is, to make our world a much better place.

The song arrangement consists of piano, base, strings, and 16 beat rhythm (speed: 143 bpm).

On 26 October 2010, the SEAMEO Song Selection Committee Meeting selected the following 4 songs as the final selected songs. The winning song was decided by the SEAMEO High Official Meeting on 22 -- 25 November 2010.

  • Building the Future (the SEAMEO Legacy)
  • In Unity, We Stand Together
  • SEAMEO Anthem (We Are In One Dream)
  • Cheers to SEAMEO

The members of the SEAMEO Song Selection Committee were as follows:

  1. Songwriting and Musical Experts
    • Mr Sampaw Triudom, Songwriting Instructor, Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University, Thailand
    • Mr Jackrawut Swangpol, Executive Director, GMM Grammy, Thailand
    • Mr Ahmad Ramli, Deputy Director (Administration), SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM), Malaysia
  1. Linguistic and Cultural Expert
    • Mr Kevin C Kettel, Programme Development Officer, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA), Thailand
  1. SEAMEO Secretariat Directorate
    • Dato' Dr Ahamad bin Sipon, Director, SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand
    • Mr Noorhaizamdin Abdullah, Deputy Director for Programme Development, SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand
    • Dr Tinsiri Siribodhi, Deputy Director for Administration and Communication, SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand
SEAMEO SONGWRITING COMPETITION 2010

 

Background

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) is an international organization, established in 1965, to promote cooperation in education, science and culture in Southeast Asia. SEAMEO works towards achieving this through the establishment of networks and partnerships, provision of intellectual forums for policy makers and experts, and promotion of sustainable human resource development. SEAMEO develops and nurtures the capacities of education personnel, school managers and teachers in Southeast Asia through its network of 19 specialist SEAMEO Regional Centres that undertake training and research programmes in various fields of education, science and culture.

The SEAMEO Songwriting Competition (SSC) is a search for that passionate songwriter who could put the SEAMEO spirit of cooperation into words and melody. The SEAMEO hymn will symbolize the unity of the Southeast Asian nations in the promotion of cooperation in education, science and culture in the region. The song will echo the aspiration of the SEAMEO forebears; and will serve as the SEAMEO anthem in the gatherings and events of the Organization.

SSC is designed to nurture and promote the art of songwriting and composition. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. SSC is open to all citizens of countries in Southeast Asia (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam). Staff members of SEAMEO Regional Centres, SEAMEO partners and Ministries of Education; as well as teachers and students in Southeast Asia may participate in the competition.

Members of the panel of judges will include music experts as well as representatives from some SEAMEO Member Countries.

The Competition Guidelines

  • Entries must not be more than 4 minutes in length. Lyrics should be in the English language.
  • Entries could be of any tempo but the speed should be at 80 beat per minute or more.
  • SSC accepts music script (lyrics and melody) and recorded version of the songs in WAV or mp3 format. The recorded version is most preferred for it makes it easy for the panel of judges to understand the melody with the musical accompaniment.
    Entries could be sent either by mail (as an attachment) or by post (on a compact disc). In either case, each entry should be accompanied by an entry form: (PDF format) (Word format)

SEAMEO Songwriting Competition
SEAMEO Secretariat
920 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey District
Bangkok, 10110, THAILAND
Email: secretariat.seameo@gmail.com
(cc: secretariat@seameo.org)
Tel: +66 (0) 2391-0144
Fax +66 (0) 2381-2587

Who Can Join ?

  • The Competition is open to amateur and professional songwriters/ musicians, teachers, students, educators and staff of Ministries of Education and SEAMEO Regional Centres from SEAMEO Member Countries, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam
  • The applicant must be a national of a SEAMEO Member Country.

Entrance Fee

Free

The Criteria for Judging

The judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • Lyrics: 30 marks
  • Melody: 30 marks
  • Vocal(solo/group): 25 marks
  • Musical arrangement: 15 marks

Total : 100 marks

The Prizes

Five finalists will receive a cash prize of USD 1,000 each. The winner will be awarded with additional cash prize of USD 2,000.

The Deadline of Entry Submission

The last day for submission of entries is on 30 September 2010.

Announcement

Announcement of five finalists: 31 October 2010
Announcement of the winner: 30 November 2010

Enquiries

For any enquiry on the SSC, please contact:

SEAMEO Songwriting Competition
SEAMEO Secretariat
920 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey District
Bangkok, 10110, THAILAND
Email: secretariat.seameo@gmail.com
(cc: secretariat@seameo.org)
Tel: +66 (0) 2391-0144
Fax +66 (0) 2381-2587

Please feel free to download the following documents for your information.

OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  1. What would the lyrics of the song tell about?
    The lyrics should tell about SEAMEO. For further information on SEAMEO, please, visit www.seameo.org
  1. Does my song have to be an original song?
    Yes, SSC only accepts original songs. So, songs that were written by someone else may not be considered original, even if they are rearranged.
  1. Can I enter my song(s) from a country other than the SEAMEO Countries?
    No, the SEAMEO Songwriting Competition welcomes entries from only citizens of 11 SEAMEO Member countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam) But, consideration is given to citizens of SEAMEO Member countries who stay outside their own countries.
  1. What are my chances of winning if I live outside the SEAMEO Region?
    SSC is open to citizens of SEAMEO Member countries, no matter where you are residing.
  1. Are there any age requirements to enter?
    Anyone of 16 years of age and above can enter SSC.
  1. How many songs can I enter?
    There is no limit to the number of songs you may enter into the songwriting contest.
  1. Can I have another vocalist sing the song I wrote?
    Yes, any vocalist can sing the song; it doesn't need to be the song author. Also, you may use any musicians you wish.
  1. Will SSC notify entrants that their entry has been received?
    SSC sends out an email to all entrants notifying them that their entry has been received. If you do not receive any notification from SSC within a few weeks of sending out your entry, feel free to contact the SSC office at email: secretariat.seameo@gmail.com (cc: secretariat@seameo.org) to verify receipt.
  1. How and when will winners be notified?
    All entrants will receive notification of the finalists, and winner via email. They will be notified via email or phone. Only 5 finalists will be selected and announced in October 2010, and a winner will be announced in November 2010.
  1. Do you have any specific instructions for the entry?
    Please put all your songs into one CD. Please make sure the names of the songs are clearly marked on the CD. Use a regular-sized case, not an ultra-thin one.
  1. Do I have to enter recorded music or can I just enter sheet music?
    It is necessary to enter recorded music.
  1. Can I enter the competition by only submitting the lyrics or the melody separately?
    No, a complete song with lyrics and melody is required.
  1. Does SSC own my song once I have entered it?
    Yes, SEAMEO owns the right to all songs entered for the competition.
  1. Can I enter a song that I wrote if the rights to it are owned by a publishing company?
    No, only songs which are not owned by any publishing company, are allowed to enter.
  1. Do the judges listen to all the entries, or is there a screening process?
    There is a screening committee that listens to all entries and selects the group of finalists which are sent for another screening, then played at the SEAMEO High Officials Meeting in November 2010 in Bangkok. The members of the meeting will exercise their rights by making their own best selections. The song selected by the majority will be announced as the winner.