The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that assists distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), has launched a global search for the happiest Christmas carol sang by Filipinos abroad.
The unique singing contest dubbed as “JoyTube the World!” requires at least a group of 3 to 10 overseas workers or OFW family members, creating the happiest, most joyful, and best sounding Christmas carol. Every entry shall be in video format with the song not exceeding two minutes and must be sent to the Ople Center’s official e-mail address: [email protected]. The e-mail 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 composed of OFW advocates will select the winning entry. A cash prize of Php 10,000 and a trophy awaits the single winner of this global contest.
“This is our way of spreading the Christmas cheer among global Filipinos using technology through YouTube,” Susan Ople, president of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center said.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 16 during the 3rd Annual Happy OFW Christmas Party hosted by the Ople Center for around 500 OFW families at Club Filipino in San Juan City, from 2 to 6 pm. All OFW groups can start sending their entries by Sunday, December 7 through email.
“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.
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, please call the Ople Center, (+632) 833-5337 and look for Jianne Orcelada or Mark Borromeo.