MANILA – The Blas F. Ople Policy Center has found a better way for overseas Filipino workers and their families to spread the holiday cheer: Christmas carol singing contest.
The Ople Center launched the global search for the happiest Christmas carol sang by Filipinos abroad.
Dubbed as “JoyTube the World”, the contest requires at least a group of three to 10 OFWs or OFW family members, creating the happiest, most joyful, and best sounding Christmas carol.
“This is our way of spreading the Christmas cheer among global Filipinos using technology through YouTube,” said Ople Center president Susan Ople.
OFW groups can start sending their entries by Sunday, December 7 through email.
The Christmas carol can be an existing one or an original composition. Entries should be in video format with the song not exceeding two minutes and must be sent to the Ople Center’s email (email@example.com).
The email entry must contain the names of the OFWs, their company or residence (when a family is involved), name of country, and the title of their song.
The Ople Center will immediately reply to acknowledge each entry and to say whether it qualifies, depending on the quality and length of performance.
All entries will be uploaded on the Ople Center’s YouTube channel where a panel of judges will select the winning entry.
“The main criteria would be how joyful the Christmas carol is, and how creative, colorful, and talented the OFW group was in their performance. Bawal ang seryoso at malungkot na pamaskong awit,” Ople said.
The lucky winner will receive cash prize of P10,000 and a trophy.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 16 during the 3rd Annual Happy OFWChristmas Party hosted by the Ople Center for around 500 OFW families at Club Filipino in San Juan City, from 2 to 6 pm.
OFWs on vacation this December can sign up to join the Happy OFW Christmas Party by visiting www.facebook.com/blasoplepolicycenter and filling up the online registration form. For more details, call the Ople Center at (+632) 833-5337.