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Music Video Promoting Sustainable Fisheries in the Philippines

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PHILIPPINES - A music video and short documentary contest has been launched to promote the conservation and protection of fishery resources in the Philippines.

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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the Ilocos region created the MuSEAka, SEAnema: Likhang Kabataan para sa Yamang Pangisdaan to mark the 50th Fish Conservation Week on the third week of October.

The event is a means to intensify youth awareness in the fisheries sector pursuant to Republic Act 8550, also known as the Philippine Fisheries Code.

Under the contest, high school students must show off their skills in song writing, video editing and singing as they undertake the challenge in producing music videos. Applicants, however, are reminded that all entries must be their original compositions.

Meanwhile, students from state universities and colleges (SUCs) are encouraged to demonstrate their talent in scriptwriting, directing and video producing by joining in the documentary making contest.

The competition will be held in three levels which start from the regional screening for the top three entries in each contest. All regional winning entries will then be submitted to BFAR’s central office wherein Top 10 best entries will be chosen and uploaded on a specially-created Facebook account for online voting which will start on September 26 and from there, three grand prize and two consolation prize winners will be selected for each contest.

Mechanics are as follows: All contestants must only submit one entry in line with the theme. The music video must only be between three to five minutes. On the other hand, documentaries must be between five to 10 minutes only.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners both in regional and national levels. The grand prize national awardee will receive P30,000,00 and the top three regional winners will receive P15,000,00 each.

In Region 1, the preliminary screening for the contests’ three best entries will be on September 18.