Anthem Composition Contest

Sunday, October 31, 2010 jeffrey siy 0 Comments

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) just finished writing the lyrics to their new anthem and they are searching for talented composers to who can inspire love for the Alma Mater to it. The contest is open to all amateur and professional music composers of Filipino descent both living in the Philippines and abroad. The composer who comes up with the best musical composition that best suits the anthem will win P30,000 and two roundtrip tickets to Boracay courtesy of SEAIR.

Contest Requirements:
  • Open to amateur and professional music composers of Filipino descent, including those living abroad
Contest Mechanics:
  1. Create a musical composition for UPAA's new anthem which should capture love of Alma Mater
    • UPAA Hymn

      UP, our Alma Mater forever!
      What memories of your nurture we cherish,
      What clouds of fear and doubt you banish!
      We stand now your Oblation to Philippine honor,
      We seek always, no matter the cost, her glory.

      Our people once carried us on their shoulders
      Through all our struggles to achieve or ambition;
      Now, Alma Mater, true to your ideal of service.
      Fired by your devotion to our youthful quest.
      Our people’s progress shall be our own life’s crown.

      Alma Mater, we lift our grateful song to you,
      A beacon of all endeavors
      We will be worthy sons and daughters,
      Our country’s pride in her own quest
      For truth and justice throughout our land!

      - Gemino “Jimmy” Abad, multi-awarded poet and UP Professor
  2. Composition Guidelines
    • Original and unpublished
    • Can be sung a capella or with musical accompaniment
  3. Entries must comprise of music or lyrics sheet and piano or guitar chords along with your complete contact information
  4. Entries must be stamped with a Philippine addressed and sent via snail mail or delivered to UP Bahay ng Alumni, Room 211, Magsaysay Avenue, UP Diliman, Quezon City, 1101
  5. View complete contest mechanics
Contest Period: Submission Deadline - November 30, 2010

Contest Prize:

  • One Winner
    • P30,000 from UPAA
    • Two roundtrip tickets to Boracay courtesy of SEAIR
    • Song will be performed by the UP Singing Ambassadors at the Carillon Concert and UP Diliman Lantern Parade
  • CASH Prize
  • No entry fee
  • Recognition
  • "Composer will keep the copyright of his/her music but will waive royalties when any member of the UP System uses the composition."
  • None
For more information, log on to or call the UPAA Secretariat at 920-6868 and 71 or 0917-8372098 and look for Dheng, Jenny or Shirley. You may also email