NCCA and Hubon Manunulat Hold Komposo Festival: Sambuwa sa Pagsulat kag Pagkanta sang Komposo

By Eliodora L. Dimzom

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Hubon Manunulat: West Visayan Writers are sponsoring KOMPOSO FESTIVAL: SAMBUWA SA PAGSULAT KAG PAGKANTA SANG KOMPOSO.

This contest aims to revive, promote, and revitalize the komposo. The komposo is a narrative song, a Hiligaynon ballad that is unique to Western Visayas. It has a particular form that identifies it as a komposo.

It usually recounts historical events, significant happenings in a locality, and human interest stories. It can be in the form of commentaries on prevailing issues or events, as political or ideological propaganda, and as catalog based on geography, taxonomy, and human preoccupations.

It is traditionally accompanied by a guitar, but for the competition, innovations on the melody, arrangement, and accompaniment are welcome.

The competition aims to encourage the manugkomposo to sustain the tradition and for young people to appreciate and learn the art of composing and performing a komposo.

An online seminar-workshop for participants 25 years old and below will be held on May 6, 2023. Resource person is award-winning writer Alice Tan-Gonzales.

The deadline for the submission of entries is on May 13, 2023. Cash prizes await the winners.

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