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Contest for Cotabato City Brand Name and Awit ng Cotabato

As part of the preparation for the upcoming Araw ng Cotabato this June, the local government unit is holding a contest for the composition of the Awit ng Cotabato City and the creation of the city’s brand name.

This will be open to all Cotabatenos who are interested to be part of the competition and give honor to our beloved city.

The brand name will be just like a tag line for Cotabato City. In neighboring cities they have tag lines like Madayaw Davao or Magandang GenSan. City Tourism Council Chair Benjie Abarcs says, the brand name should be something that is catchy and will give a very brief description of Cotabato City.

“Hindi naman kailangang mahaba. Kahit na one word lang pwede na just as long as nai-describe ng mabuti ang totoong depiction ng Cotabato City”, Abarca says.

Chosen entries will be judged accordingly and the winner will take home a total of Five Thousand Pesos. Entries must be submitted before the end of March at the City Tourism Office, Office of the Secretary to the Mayor or the Public Informations Office.

Furthermore, for the composition of the Awit ng Cotabato, all local musicians and composers are also invited to join this contest.

For decades, we have been using the local anthem for the Empire Province of Cotabato which has long been divided into separate provinces.

Cotabato City, remained independent from this and was the only one left singing the old Cotabato Hymn.

Being such, the city deserves to have a song of its own. Hence, this competition.

The song must express the true sentiment of the people—they be Muslims, Christians, and Lumads—and the hopes and aspirations of every Cotabateno.

It can be sung in any dialect that is widely spoken and understood in the city.

Entries must be submitted in DVD format to the City Tourism Office in an envelope with a separate sheet containing the title of the composition, name and address of the composer, and contact number.

There will be three levels for the said contest. Once deadline for the submission of entries has passed, eight (8) finalists will be selected. Local network providers and local radio stations will be tapped for the monitoring of the votes each song will get. The first five (5) songs to get the most number of votes will be elevated to the final level.

“The top 5 finalists will be presented at the People’s Palace with a panel of professional musical artists and a grand winner will be selected”, Abarca adds.

The winning piece will be the official song of Cotabato City and the winner will get a total grand prize of Ten Thousand Pesos. The song will also be formally presented during the celebration of the Araw ng Cotabato on June 20, 2011.

It will also be reproduced and copies will be provided to schools, offices, and radio stations in the city.