As part of its preparatory and support activities for the forthcoming Fourth World Meeting of Families in
Manila next year, the Council of the Laity of Manila (CLM) is sponsoring a Festival of Chorale and Oratorical Contests, to be participated in by the laity from all sectors of society.
The Oratorical competition is
open to all high school students residing within the Archdiocese of Manila. The contest will be in Filipino and students who are interested to join must first secure a certificate from their school principal and an
endorsement from the parish he/she will represent.
All finalists in the Archdiocesan level shall be awarded certificates of appreciation. Trophies and cash prizes of P10,000, P8,000 and P5,000 will be given to the
first, second and third prize winners, respectively.
The Chorale competition, on the other hand, is open to all choral groups in the Archdiocese of Manila duly endorsed by their respective Parish Pastoral
Council chairperson and/or parish priest.
To be able to join, the choir must be composed of a minimum of 16 members but not more than 30. Accompaniments, instrumentalists and conductor are allowed and are not
included in the member requirement. At least five mothers and five fathers should be members of the choir. The group is also required to submit brief information about each participant.
The repertoire shall
include two songs, one of which is the theme song of the Fourth World Meeting of Families, "Only Selfless Love". Each group will be given a time limit of eight minutes its performance.
The first prizewinner in
this event will be awarded P60,000 and a trophy; the second prize winner will be given P50,000 and a trophy; and the third prize winner, P40,000 plus a trophy.
The competitions will be held in four levels: the Parish
level, which will take place in July 2002; Vicariate level in September; District level in October; and the Archdiocesan level on December 7 (for the Oratorical competition) and December 8 (for the Chorale competition).
All finalists in the Archdiocesan level shall be awarded certificates of appreciation. The parish, vicariate and district shall determine and shoulder the prizes for the top three winners in their respective level of
competitions. They shall also provide five judges during the competitions. The Project Committee shall provide Judges for the finals.
The CLM, through this event, aims to foster solidarity and communion among the
families of the Archdiocese of Manila and likewise create an awareness of the importance of the much-anticipated World Meeting of Families, which focuses on the Christian families.