About the Peace Awards

The 1st Music Video Peace Awards of the Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW) is simultaneously held in Visayas and Mindanao. It is dubbed as “SALI KAMI! Sa Peace Talks” in Mindanao, “APIL MI! and UPOD ‘TA!” in the Visayas islands.

This an annual peace campaign to energize peace advocates and empower ordinary citizens in Mindanao and Visayas to stand for peace.

By introducing a fresh advocacy strategy with an innovative twist, this Music Video Peace Awards provides a creative advocacy platform in promoting active citizenship and engaging the peace process.

This is an innovative space towards constituency-building and mobilizing local support for peace by
encouraging ordinary citizens to use creative expressions in building solidarity and inspiring change.

Organized by MPW, the 1st Music Video Peace Awards is a built-in component of Duyog Mindanao – an over-arching peace campaign of MPW punctuated by the “PEACEtivals” and the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) advocacy celebration.

This is co-organized by the Bisayang Dako Alang sa Kalinaw (BISDAK), MPW Co-convenor for the Visayas areas, and other MPW convenors for the rest of Mindanao.

MPW believes that a groundswell in the exercise of citizenship especially on peace issues can only be possible if the process is inclusive, creative and sustainable. Music Video constitutes a strong mass appeal and popularity as a communication medium. In this premise, MPW is tapping this as an advocacy channel to gain broader support and reach the household level on matters of peace.

Objectives:

A) to spark renewed enthusiasm and pride among Mindanaoans and Visayans in expressing thoughts on peace through Original Pilipino Music Video (OPMV);

B) to provide a popular campaign vehicle that will creatively pay tribute to common folks and promote their peace perspectives and unified call in supporting the peaceful settlement of the armed conflicts in Mindanao, Visayas and Philippines as a whole;

C) to converge the youth peace constituency in Mindanao and Visayas by providing a creative space for them to express their agenda and role in building peace and citizenship.

In a nutshell:

This is a Music Video competition open only to amateur participants, aged 13 years old and above, residing anywhere in Mindanao and Visayas. This is open to youths and adults who are interested to showcase their songwriting skills and package this through a Music Video which will run for 3-5 minutes. Entrants under this category can be individual or group.

For the Visayas leg dubbed as “APIL MI!/UPOD ‘TA! Sa Peace Talks”, overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) are also encouraged to join as long as they are able to prove their Visayan descent.

The public is invited to submit entries starting September 2012 by either uploading their Music Videos to www.salikami.mindanaopeaceweavers.org or sending their entries to designated drop off centers near them.

For entries using the vernacular or local dialect in Visayas and Mindanao, English translation is a requirement. Translation can be done via the lyric sheet or as subtitles in the music video itself. All entries will go through an elimination process with a select panel of judges.

Top 10 finalists will automatically become part of a Music Video Album. And the Grand prize winners in all categories will become signatures songs of Mindanao Peaceweavers.