PLtCol Michael Palermo delivers his inspirational message at the closing program during the ‘peace and quiet’ II Art and Music Peace caravan

TACLOBAN CITY– The song ‘Dungga an Sulod’ composed and performed by Kargada 85 bagged the top prize of the rap competition staged during this year’s ‘peace and quite’ event held last March 29.

Kargada 85 is one of the 25 rappers from all over the region that participated in the biggest music and art festival for peace organized by the Tacloban City Police Office, 8th Infantry Division, Hands of Our Children Movement (HOOCM), Office of Civil Defense, Istilo, WaRap, Pitad Kultura Waraynon in partnership with Robinsons Mall.

Kargada 85 won P5,000 and gadget and also bagged the HOOCM-Eastern Visayas special award.

‘Warasik’ that bagged 2nd place and ‘Celestial Poets,’ the 3rd place.

The Peace and Quiet rap contest was held on March 29 as part of the initiative of the government against the insurgency problem. It coincided with the 54th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

“Nandito tayo hindi para makisaya sa kanila. Nandito tayo to condemn their atrocities. Nandito tayo ngayon to condemn their deceptions,” PLtCol Michael Palermo, Tacloban city police director, said in his message during the event.

Palermo said that Tacloban City is among the white areas where the CPP-NPA operates and targets students for recruitment to join their group.

He added that the holding of the rap contest is one way to touch the hearts and minds of the youth thru music and inform them to be mindful and be aware of deceptions that are being made by some groups who victimizes students to become part and member of the communist group.

Aside from the rap competition, winners for the Likha Arts Competition was also announced which include the artwork of Aldrin Mercado called the ‘Brave Men’ in 3rd place, ‘Regret and Redemption’ of Eduardo Labana in 2nd place, and ‘Take My Hand’ of Elliele Jeed Labana in 1st place.

The art work made by Al Constantino called ‘Bring My Father Back Home’ bagged the juror’s choice award while Jay-ar Larido’s ‘Bomdora: Without Peace We Die’ bagged the Stormtroopers Award. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)