Zamboangueño Romeo Bacharo joins International Rotary Peace Song writing contest PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) professor Romeo Bacharo song composition for peace which he sang is one of the songs selected by an international song contest, Songs For Peace, for this year competition. This contest is timing for peace is not only elusive in our city but also in other parts of the world. The title of his entry song is “The Only Way.”  It can be downloaded from

Part of the song’s lyrics I like is “Throughout the ages, It’s all stories of wars, Tales of bloody conquests, Of few mad men’s desire, Craving for power, Enslaved in greed and pride, What tempted those hearts, to commit genocide?

The only way, To realize our dream, So that someday, Peace shall forever reign, Is to submit ourselves, To The Only One, Creator of Life, Source of Our Freedom, And let this begin, In your heart and mind, This is the only way, Peace is the only way.”

With a mission to provide a worldwide platform for all peoples to harness the power and beauty of music to create an all-encompassing force for peace throughout the world, the contest is open to all song writers all over the world.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Vero Beach, Florida, USA, “Songs For Peace” is quite simply an international songwriting contest. It includes contests for many different types of music, from classical to pop to world music.

The winners will be based on scores from an international panel of qualified judges, combined with audience voting results on Facebook (, the winning entries will be tabulated and results posted by June 1, 2015.  First Place Prize will win $3,000, Second Place Prize - $1,000, and 2 Third Placers with $500 each.

By involving people throughout the world in composing songs about peace, voting for their favorite songs about peace, and attending concerts of the world's top musicians performing the winning songs, millions of people will be simultaneously focused on peace, the organizer believes.

“Our idea is simple. Peace can be created by a critical mass of people focusing their thoughts on peace or having peaceful thoughts. And when enough people focus on peace instead of war, on harmony instead of discord, on love instead of hate, the idea of peace will resonate throughout  the world.  This groundswell of thought will lead to actions that will achieve the goal of world peace and understanding,” Dr. George Barkett, the Founder of Songs For Peace said.

By enlisting talented musicians to inspire and motivate millions of people toward peaceful outcomes, Songs for Peace can become a tipping point, a way to focus more of the world's energy on peace rather than conflict.


A printer named Harry Ruggles was the fifth founding member of the first Rotary club, in 1905.  He is commonly credited with later introducing singing as part of the weekly meetings, a tradition that is still practiced at many Rotary clubs worldwide.

According to one version of the story, Harry jumped up in the middle of a disagreement between members and yelled, “Come on boys, let’s sing!” This successfully diverted the conflict into a group rendition of, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” and everyone forgot what they were arguing about.

Music is good for the spirit.  Whether it’s a rowdy rumba that can brings us to our feet in dance, or a sweet lullaby that calms our babies into slumber.  Add some special lyrics, and you’ve got a song that may reach into our hearts.

I am calling all local Rotarians and fellow Zamboangueños to support Bacharo and vote for his song. Visit Songs for Peace Facebook account and vote for his song “The Only Way.”

By: Dante Corteza