April 2, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Mountain Province Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Padac) launched the 2020 Drug-Free Song Online Battle of the Bands and Drug-Free Song Online Dance Animation.
The online competition was initiated by Rev. Fr. Marcial Lloyd C. Castañeda to sustain the province’s campaign against illegal drugs through music and dance.
“The contests will conscientize families and communities to become collaborators in upholding a drug-free community. While you enjoy music, you become a part of the battle against illegal drugs. The battle of the bands is open to all,” Castañeda said.
Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. thanked Castañeda and members of the Padac for organizing the contests.
He said that his office has been always supportive of the musical competitions aimed at achieving drug-free communities since it was conceptualized in 2017.
“Our creative campaign against illegal drugs is one way of spreading positivity amidst the (Covid-19) pandemic. Our Padac is steadfast in curbing illegal drugs as proven by our province’s national recognition and awards. As we continue our campaign, I believe that music continues help in our advocacy,” Lacwasan said.
For the battle of the bands, each group will perform the official drug-free campaign song of the province and create a music video. The band should at least have five members.
The criteria are mastery of the music piece (25 percent); harmonization of voices with instruments and arrangement of instruments (25 percent); voice quality and projection (20 percent); overall impact that covers the decency of band members and social media impact: likes, shares, reactions, and comments (20 percent); and music video creativity (10 percent).
For the Online Dance Competition, each group with a minimum of seven members will perform the dance animation accompanied by the “Drug-Free Song,” the official anti-drug abuse campaign song of Mountain Province. Members of the group may be composed of all males or females or a combination.
The criteria of judging for the dance contest are choreography – creativity, artistry, style, and mastery (30 percent); execution – timing, coordination, projection, and expression (30 percent); costume (15 percent); and social media impact (25 percent).
All entries must be submitted on or before Oct. 23 to [email protected], or Mountain Province PMFC Facebook page, or PpOC-MP Facebook account.
Winners will posted on the Mountain Province PMFC Facebook page or PpOC-MP Facebook account. Winners will receive cash, certificates, and t-shirts. – Erwin S. Batnag