Sunday, October 02, 2016

Gloc-9, Rico Blanco, & Yael Yuzon Visit San Beda College Alabang for FILSCAP and Pioneer's Partnership for College Songwriting Talk & Competition

Move on … that's what young Filipinos nowadays would say after a relationship breaks up. That's actually good advice when you consider how liberating it could be to leave the pain and heartaches behind. Still, it's easier said and done. I know. I've been there, too, many years ago :) 

Songwriters are fortunate because many of them can translate their pain into music. Take Taylor Swift as a very good example. Just think of the many "hugot" songs she has composed by now that turned into bestselling hits

music can be a positive tool to help people move on
This 2016, the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Inc. (FILSCAP), the sole and official music copyright society in the Philippines, together with Pioneer, one of the top life and non-life insurance companies in the country, are proud to launch the FILSCAP Campus Caravan. This is a series of talks that aims to guide aspiring musicians at the college level in the different aspects of songwriting. 

FILSCAP Campus Caravan is to be held in different campuses which include De La Salle University-Manila, San Beda College Alabang, UP Diliman, University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo De Manila University, University of Makati, and Ateneo de Davao. Each visit is set to have a songwriting workshop talk to be conducted by well-known Filipino singers-songwriters via face-to-face sessions while also introducing the collaboration's #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition.

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to keep updated on when and where the talks will be held 

I visited San Beda College Alabang last September 30 and got to witness three popular Filipino music artists unselfishly share their stories and tips to eager students who enthusiastically asked question after question and received very enlightening answers.

Apart from imparting their wisdom, Rico Blanco (of Rivermaya), Yael Yuzon (of Spongecola), and rapper Gloc-9, entertained everyone with their witty jokes and song numbers (watch Rico and Gloc-9 sing Magdalena, here). I am sure many of the young people in the audience were inspired to pursue their love of composing and performing songs because of those three. Heck, if I had any songwriting talent, I would probably be trying my hand at coming up with a song by now!

three admirable and inspiring music artists: Rico, Yael, and Gloc-9
The #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition's goal is to give musically-inclined college students a venue to showcase their songwriting skills based on the Filipino trait of resiliency -- bouncing back from setbacks. For those interested, simply register and submit your entries at

There will be over P260,000 in cash to be given away. The grand prize will win P100,000 but all winners will receive insurance coverage from Pioneer, while a special prize will also be awarded to the Online Favorite.

for more details, visit the #MoveOnLang website
As a staunch supporter of the arts, the Pioneer Group of Insurance companies continues to find ways to reach out to Filipinos with insurance that covers what we value most (read a related blog post, here). Pioneer also finds inspiration in media such as visual arts, film, music, and theater. It also gives back by sponsoring, covering, and promoting events and concerts.

FILSCAP, on the other hand, was established in 1965 and currently has over a thousand members. It is a non-stock, non-profit association of composers, lyric-writers, and music publishers. Some of its esteemed members include Ryan Cayabyab, Jose Mari Chan, Jim Paredes, Danny Javier, Rey Valera, Noel Cabangon, Rico Blanco, Yael Yuzon, and Ebe Dancel.

ComCo Southeast Asia is the official PR partner of the FILSCAP Campus Caravan and #MoveOnLang Songwriting Competition.

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