NCAF Music Ministry Conducts Songwriting Workshop for Youth on Juvenile Justice

On September 17, 2016, the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation Music Ministry (NCAFMM) joined the Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (HLAF) for a songwriting workshop in Sta. Maria, Bulacan. The participants consisted of youth representatives from different barangays partnered with HLAF. The workshop’s main objective was to help kids compose and perform their own musical compositions, based on the issues they themselves experience, centered on empowering the youth and advocating juvenile justice in their communities.


Sir Jampao introduces the activity to the participants

Upon arrival at HLAF’s spacious venue, NCAFMM’s musical director, Jampao Reyes, gave a short introduction of the day’s activity, as well as examples of popular songs and jingles. Afterwards, the fifteen participants were divided into two groups, with two NCAFMM members in each group facilitating the session. Here, the participants discussed problems and issues relevant to their lives and how they can actively encourage and empower themselves and their peers. They then worked together to translate their story and message into a quick 2 minute song, to be performed to the big group soon after. The two groups spent the remaining time rehearsing and choreographing their songs, in preparation for their presentations later that afternoon.


NCAFMM helps the participants compose their original compositions


Participants rehearse the choreography for their original song

Below are the songs the participants composed themselves during the workshop:


Ikaw kabataan ang pag-asa
Huwag kang matakot gawin ang tama
Ikaw kabataan ang pag-asa
Huwag kang matakot gawin ang tama

‘Di alam ang gagawin
Minsan ang bukas, kay hirap harapin
Pero ‘wag ka nang mag-alala
Tayong lahat, magsama-sama

Ikaw kabataan ang pag-asa
Huwag kang matakot gawin ang tama (5x)


Gising na, gising na, kaibigan
Ligpit ang kumot, bumangon ka
Salubungin, sikat ng araw
Imulat ang ‘yong mata

Diyos ang patnubay
Pag-ibig at katarungan
Sulong karapatan kabataan
Sigaw naming pakinggan

Kabataan, kabataan, tayo na, tayo na
Sama-samang gumawa ng tama
‘Pag yamanin, ‘pag husayin sariling likha
Talento mo, talento ko, galing mo, galing ko
Ipamahagi sa lahat (2x)

Ipamahagi sa lahat
Ipamahagi sa lahat

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy.  It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy. Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through leadership formation development.

The Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. (HLAF) is a non-government and a non-profit organisation registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Founded in 2001, HLAF specifically focuses on the protection of the rights of persons deprived of liberty especially those who are most vulnerable such as the children, the elderly, the women, the sick and the differently-abled.  HLAF also advocates and works for the proper implementation of the juvenile justice and welfare act.

Currently, HLAF has three main programs namely, the HLAF Jail Decongestion (JD) Program (2014-2016), the HLAF Center for Restorative Action (CRA) Program (2014-2016) and HLAF Program for the Reintegration of Ex-Detainees (FRED).  HLAF is mainly supported by the MCKS Charitable Institution and by generous individual donors.

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