Manila, Philippines – For the first time in its 47 years of existence, the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) – the country’s foremost music competition, in partnership with National Commission for Culture and the Arts – is going online. This dramatic move signifies NAMCYA’s efforts to reach out to more Filipino music talents from all over the country who have become so adept in using the digital platform to showcase their musical talents.

The decision to go online is part of NAMCYA’s initiatives to harness technology to search for and discover outstanding young Filipino musical artists wherever they may be in the Philippines. With over 79 million active internet users in the country, the majority of which belongs to the youth sector, the move promises to open the competition arena to more young artists.

Established in 1973, NAMCYA has proven to be an effective springboard in launching the careers of numerous young Filipino artists in various areas of musical performance, such as choral singing, piano, chamber music, family ensemble, and indigenous instruments.

Past NAMCYA winners that have gained both national and international acclaim include such brilliant performers as Rowena Arrieta, Coke Bolipata, Andion Fernandez, Rachelle Gerodias among others.

“The decision to conduct the competition online, expresses NAMCYA’s effort to find resonance with today’s young Filipino musical artists who are increasingly turning to digital technology to find a venue for their talents. Like the art of music itself, NAMCYA is constantly evolving to stay steadfast to its commitment in helping develop outstanding young Filipino musical artists,” says Dr. Renato Lucas, NAMCYA’s current president.

For more information about NAMCYA, you can visit their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @namcyaph. You can also check out their videos through their YouTube channel @namcyapasaycity.

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