Mothers for Peace’s “Global Cooling” song competition announces top 12 winners

The winners are now eligible to compete for the grand prize of P75,000 during the Grand Finals to be held on December 5, 2007, 7:30 pm at Taboan, Matina Town Square, Davao City in time for the culmination of the Mindanao Week of Peace.  

Each winner will also receive a consolation prize of P5,000 and will be featured in the music CD of the same title to be released in January 2008.  Second and third prizes are P50,000 and P25,000 respectively. A Best Interpretation Award will also be given with a cash prize of P10,000, and the Most Popular Song award—to be determined by the viewing audience—will receive a Plaque of Appreciation.

The winners are: Maan Chua and Gauss Obenza ("Dahon, Puno, Ugat, Lupa"), Maree Contai ("Inang Kapayapaan"), Boots Dumlao ("I am You are We are"), Angel Josol ("Ang Buhay"), Sheila Labos ("Time To Be Free"), Gauss Obenza ("Celebrate, Gratify, Spread the Peace"), Sheena Onlos ("Supermama"), Ria Rellon ("Tahanan" and "Tayo'y Magkaisa"), Maia Tampoy ("Katumanan")—all from Davao City; Nice Montante of Butuan City ("Magakos Kang Muli"), and Lynne Prieto-Bustamante of IGACOS ("Wish Ko Lang Naman").

The entries were judged by the following:  Gary Granada, the famous singer-composer-arranger who has 13 albums (and musicals) to his credit and over 200 recorded songs;  Angelica Balbin-Imson, a famous voice in the jazz music industry and one of Davao's earliest claims to musical fame nationwide; Ava Patricia Avila, erstwhile coordinator of the Mindanao Young Women Leaders Forum, and Youth Coordinator of the Mindanao Commission on Women who now works as research analyst for the International Centre for Political violence and Terrorism Research at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore; and Rowena Nazareno, the youngest member of the now defunct Davao Concert Choir, erstwhile member of the Ateneo Glee Club, and lead singer in the early Davao chapter of Bread of Life (now Soli Deo Gloria).

The competition is aimed at mainstreaming peace consciousness, celebrating peace, and expanding the membership of Mothers for Peace throughout the country while encouraging creativity.  

The project is supported by German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and Matina Town Square. (Mindanao Commission on Women)