Lipa Carmel opens ‘St. Teresa’ song contest

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LIPA City, Batangas, July 31, 2014—Attention, songwriters and aspiring musicians! The Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD) of Lipa is organizing a songwriting contest for Saint Teresa of Jesus’ upcoming fifth birth centenary.

Besides coming up with a new music piece with a markedly Filipino twist honoring St. Teresa, the competition seeks to impart the richness of her teaching through music, arouse a renewed devotion to her, and to hone Filipino talents in the realm of religious songs.

The contest, which is organized in cooperation with the Sub-Committee on Sacred Music of the Archdiocese of Lipa, is open to all amateur and professional songwriters who are Filipinos or of Filipino descent. The composition must be an original work and may be a collaboration of up to three songwriters collectively treated as one contestant.

Each participant may submit a maximum two entries (entry shall mean one musical work). Music may not exceed four minutes in length including intro and extro; must not contain melodies similar to that of a published, released or recorded song in the Philippines or abroad; and must be unpublished (not signed to a publishing company) at the time of entry.

Entrants will use any of the two selected lyrics (“Let Nothing Disturb You” or “Sapat Na Ang Diyos”) as the theme.

Let nothing disturb you

Nothing affright you

All things are passing

God never changes.

Patient endurance

Attains to all things

Who God possesses

In nothing is wanting


God alone suffices.


Saint Teresa of Jjesus

Huwag kang mabalisa

Huwag kang mangamba

Lahat ay lumilipas

Diyos lang ang walang kupas.

Sa tiyaga matatamo ang lahat

Kapag nasa iyo ang maykapal

Walang kulang sa’yong buhay

Sapat na ang Diyos.

~ Santa Teresa de Jesús

Words not part of the selected lyrics are not allowed, including introductions and explanations. Minor amendments on the words/rephrasing of the sentence are allowed, but not to the extent of deviating from the original meaning.

The melody of an entry shall be final once submitted and may not be altered or modified. It must be appropriate to the celebration and suitable for use within liturgy.

The song can be performed by the participant or may have another vocalist to perform it.

One or a combination of musical instruments may be used.

Incomplete entry form will not be entertained. Entry forms may be obtained by emailing stj500musikawit@gmail.com.

All entries must be submitted on or before October 1, 2014.

OCD Lipa and the Organizing Committee take no responsibility for damaged, misdirected, lost, stolen, late, insufficient postage entries.

Notification will be given to the winning entries and will become property of OCD Lipa.

The winning Song will be the Contest Piece for the STJ500MUSIKAwit Choral Competition in the Archdiocese of Lipa in 2015.

Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Songwriting Competition.

Entries mailed by post or hand delivered shall include the following:

  • completed entry form
  • recent 2×2 photo of songwriter/s
  •  standard CD format containing 1 song only indicating the title of the song and the name of the songwriter/s  on the case and on the CD itself ( it is the participants responsibility to ensure that the recording is clear, complete and  play correctly before submitting them)
  • 5 copies of lead sheets with the song title but without the name of the songwriter/s.
  • Entrants submitting 2 entries must be placed in separate envelopes.
  • all  requirements for entries must be placed in a properly labeled, sealed and signed short brown envelope and be submitted or hand delivered to:


P. Torres St. Brgy. Antipolo del Norte  4217 Lipa City, Batangas

Entries submitted online must be emailed to stj500musikawit@gmail.com with these attachments:

  • scanned completed entry form
  • recent 2×2 photo of songwriter/s in .jpeg format
  • high sound quality Mp3 file of the song (preferably 256 kbps)
  • 5 copies of lead sheets in .pdf format

Entrants will receive notification, via e-mail or SMS, if submission is successful or not. The procedure may be repeated if ever submission failed.

Each music piece will be judged based on melody (originality, recall, strength, flow), creativity (rhythm, appropriateness of the combination of music and textual elements), musicality (skill, harmony, technique).

Terms and conditions apply.

For inquiries, email stj500musikawit@gmail.com(Raymond A. Sebastián)



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