• - All interested amateur and professional Filipino songwriters may join. For collaborative entries, a maximum of three co-writers will be allowed and one shall be designated as principal. For minors (less than 18 years old), consent is required from a parent or legal guardian.
  • - Members of the 1st TOFARM Songwriting Competition Working Committee and Judges and their relatives up to the second degree of affinity or consanguinity are disqualified from joining the Competition.
  • - The following requirements must be submitted on or before DECEMBER 16, 2016:
    • - Duly accomplished and signed Application Form which may be downloaded from
    • - Copy of a valid ID with specimen signature of the applicant (include co-applicants, if collaboration)
    • - Song Entry in mp3 format
    • - Lyric sheet (English/Pilipino line-by-line translation, if applicable)
  • - Entries may be sent to any of the following:
    • - Hard copy, via courier or postal mail to:
      TOFARM Secretariat
      10th floor, Harvester Corporate Center
      158 P. Tuazon Blvd. corner 7th Ave.
      Cubao, Quezon City 1109
    • - Online via email attachment in 2 files (mp3 format for the song entry + pdf  for the 3 documents) to
  • - Nine (9) Finalists will be chosen by the 1st TOFARM Songwriting Competition Preliminary Committee.
  • - Finalists shall be officially announced within January 2017.
  • - The winning song entries shall be assigned to an arranger and performing artist for live performance onstage at the Finals Night on the first week of March 2017.
  • - Prizes shall be awarded as follows:
    • - Finalist: Php 40,000; plaque
    • - People’s Choice: Php 75,000; plaque
    • - 2nd Runner-up: Php 100,000; trophy; plaque
    • - 1st Runner-up: Php 200,000; trophy, plaque
    • - Grand Prize Winner: Php 300,000, trophy, plaque



  1. - ThemePlanting Seeds of Change
  2. - Genre. Different song genres are encouraged, i.e. Folk/Acoustic, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Country, Pop, Inspirational, Fusion.
  3. - Duration. From the start of the song, minimum of 3 minutes 30 seconds to maximum 6’.
  4. - Lyrics. English or any of the Philippine languages.
  5. - Criteria. Quality of composition, lyrics, originality and fidelity to the theme.
  6. - Accompaniment. Minimum of 1 to maximum of 4 instruments are allowed, either acoustic or midi realization. Use of indigenous instruments is encouraged.
  7. - Submitted songs and lyrics must be written particularly for the 1st TOFARM Songwriting Competition.
  8. - Ownership rights to the submitted songs shall be retained by the contestant unless and until he/she is declared Finalist.