MANILA, Philippines – The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines is once again inviting all Japanophiles and music enthusiasts to showcase their singing prowess and join this year’s J-Pop Anime Singing Contest.
According to a press release from the Japanese embassy, the contest is open to all Filipino amateur singers composed of 1 to a maximum of 10 members.
Participants from all age groups are accepted. Japanese nationals are allowed to join provided that they are part of a group and play supporting roles in the group (such as instrumentalists or back-up vocals or dancers).
The number of Japanese members in a participating group may not exceed more than half the number of group members. For instance, a group of three can have one Japanese member.
Participants may choose the following performance set-ups:
- Play his/her/their own musical instrument and
- perform a capella.
Minus-one performances will be allowed provided that the participant’s/s’ music accompaniment comes from an original music CD.
How to join
J-Pop Anime Singing Contest application forms are available at the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) Library, Embassy of Japan, 2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City or can be downloaded below or at www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp.
To join the contest, interested participants must submit the following to the JICC:
- a duly accomplished application form along with an individual/group photo,
- short write-up about the performer/s, and
- a demo CD containing two Japanese songs by the participant/s.
Ten performers/performing groups who pass the screening process will be invited to compete in the Grand Final to be held on July 21, 2012 (Saturday) at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.
Registration has already started and ends on June 22, 2012.
What’s at stake?
Top winners will win free lessons from the Nihongo Center Foundation and Center for Pop Music Philippines and bring home exciting prizes from Ajinomoto, Canon, Panasonic, Sony and Yakult.
At the Grand Finals, the participants can also enjoy special treats courtesy of Yoshinoya, Hero TV and Toei Animation Philippines will also be giving out special prizes to the performer/s of their choice.
The contest, to be held for the 4th time this year, is organized by the Embassy of Japan in cooperation with the Japan Foundation and is part of the celebration of the 2012 Philippines-Japan Friendship Month.
It aims to further promote Japanese language and culture appreciation among Filipinos and to strengthen the longstanding friendship between Japan and the Philippines.
For further details, please visit www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp or email email@example.com or call 551-5710 local 2318.