Daily Archives:November 6th, 2017

Malaysian wins song-writing competition

MACAU – Chow How Shen from Melaka, has won the Veritas Cup, a Chinese hymn-writing competition, with his hymn, “God is Love.”

Although the competition was judged in mid-July, the awards ceremony and Holy Music Festival was held in Macau 27-29 Oct 2017 at the Macau Diocesan Social Communication Centre.

A special Mass was celebrated and Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang of Macau presented the awards after Mass.

Judges of the Veritas Cup, a Chinese hymn-writing competition, have praised the marked improvement in the quality of this year’s entries.

So Kai-yi from Taiwan, the chairwoman of the jury, said that one criterion was how well the hymns reflected Christian faith.

Competition judge Wu Jiagong, principal of Guangqi Music School in Shanghai Diocese, noted that some entries were performed in an ancient Chinese chanting style.

However, Wu admitted that the bulk of mainland Chinese composers had yet to catch up with other entrants, including from Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

He added, however, that new Church music talent is emerging in China.

Judge Wu Ru-ran, a conductor from Taiwan, said traditional influences such as folk songs and operas should not be ignored.

“In addition to composing our works via our own experiences and emotions, we need to think more about the relationship between oneself with the earth and God,” he advised.

Wu noted that the treasure of Western Catholic music was accumulated over hundreds of years.

Themes of this year’s entries ranged from saints to family, children, religious orders and worship, as well as the sharing of faith.

The first contest in 2013 attracted 182 entries, with 16 per cent coming from overseas Chinese communities.  ucanews.com/heraldmalaysia online

Over 30 attend one-day retreat for Ranau SOCCOM members

RANAU – Over 30 people attended the one-day retreat for members of Ranau Social Communication & Multimedia Committee (SOCCOM) at Kam-Kam Joyful Garden Bongkud here on 22 Sept 2017.

In his address, Father Nicholas Stephen, pastor of St Peter Claver Parish (SPCR), said that advancement of technology in communications opens up a whole new style of information distribution to the masses which is needed to be adopted by today’s media practitioners while staying true to the principles of journalism.

“Towards that end, I urge the media today to engage in building constructive communication, rejecting prejudice against others and promoting the culture of the fellowship, while helping us all to see the world around us in real and convincing manner, ” he said.

Fr Stephen added that it is obvious in the world today that the new media have to break the spirits of anxiety and spiraling fears that arise as people are constantly focusing on ‘bad news’ like wars, terrorism, scandals, and all kinds of human failures.

The priest urged the retreatants to look for an open and creative way of communication that does not glorify evil, but solution-oriented and inspirational towards taking a positive and responsible approach.

“I urge everyone, especially media practitioners, to be a ‘good news’ agent for this world we are living in today,” he said.

Among the talks given were “Introduction to News Writing” (Clarence G Dol), and “Basic Media Photography” (Jimmy Akau).

Themed Service Through the Media, the organisers also touched on the roles of the communications committee in the parish.

Among the attendees were Franciscan Friar Aiden Peter Jr and Zebius Karim, chairman of SOCCOM-SPCR, and other committee members.  – clarence george

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