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Music Helps Restore a World Heritage Treasure

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Universal Harvester, Inc., together with the local government of Banaue offers a new experience to the Filipino and to the world.


The 2018 BANAUE International Music Composition Competition invites composers around the Philippines and all over the world to create Banaue-inspired symphonic works.  This is the first time that a competition of this magnitude will be held in the Philippines. With the Grand Prize of 12,000 USD, two Consolation prizes of 6,000 USD each and the week-long immersion in Banaue, this momentous event is set to bring excitement and cultural awakening to the selected participants and the province of Banaue.

20 Selected Composer-Fellows will be part of the Banaue immersion Program. This is where, they will learn and experience  local culture and music.  With new perspective and inspiration, the Composer-Fellows may revise their entry before the semi-finals.


The Composer-Fellows will rehearse their pieces with an entire orchestra, open for the Banaue audience to enjoy in Banaue.

Only 10 Composer-Fellows will be chosen to be the finalists to perform on the Finals Night, July 25, 2015 at the Cultural Centers of the Philippines.


This competition is in line with the Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project of Universal Harvester Incorporated headed by Dr. Milagros O. How and the local government of Banaue led by Mayor Jerry U. Dalipog. With the attention that the event will be getting, may it also create awareness of the current situation of this World Heritage Treasure and encourage people to participate and help.


"We want to let the world know that the Philippines is home to great wonders, not just in terms of natural resources, but also in inspiring Talents from all over the world. And with your support, our friends from the Media, we will be able to take this giant leap together,” – Dr. Milagros Ong-HowPresident and CEO, Universal Harvester Incorporated
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