MANILA, Philippines – The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines is inviting fans of Japanese pop and anime theme songs to join this year’s J-Pop Anime Singing Contest in celebration of the 2012 Philippines-Japan Friendship Month.
The competition is open to all Filipino amateur singers, who may perform individually or form a group of a maximum of ten members.
Japanese nationals are allowed to join, provided that they only play supporting roles in the group, such as instrumentalists, back-up vocals or dancers.
Interested applicants may play their own musical instruments or perform a capella, or use musical accompaniment from an original CD.
To join the contest, they should first submit an accomplished application form to the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) Library at the Embassy of Japan at Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City. The forms are available at the JICC and can also be downloaded at www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp.
The application form must also include a short writeup about the performers, and a demo CD containing two Japanese songs. Deadline of submission of entries is on June 22.
Those who will pass the screening process will be able to compete in the grand finals on July 21 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall in Pasay City.
The winners will get free lessons from the Nihongo Center Foundation and Center for Pop Music Philippines, and bring home prizes from contest sponsors, which include Ajinomoto, Canon, Panasonic, Sony and Yakult.
Special prizes from Yoshinoya, Hero TV and Toei Animation Philippines will also be giving out special prizes to performers of their choice.
In a statement, the Embassy of Japan said the singing contest aims to promote Japanese language and culture appreciation among Filipinos.