Elements brings in foreign speakers from Billboard Asia and Disney's sister company, among others.
Once again, 60 talented aspiring musicians were given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of the prestigious Elements National Singing and Songwriting Camp.
The camp, which was organized by Tao Corporation headed by businessman Jun Sy, together with Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, held its 6th camp at Hacienda Isabella, Cavite.
Although this batch of campers failed to go to Elements' "home court" in Dumaguete due to the APEC flight cancellations, the organizers nevertheless upped the ante by bringing in new modules and international speakers for the first time.
Foreign speakers like Redgoodss director Terry Waterhouse talked about branding artists, Billboard Asia's head Jonathan Serbin talked about breaking into international market, The Orchard's US accounts manager Mike Baldo discussed online sources of revenue, and Disney's Makers Studios Audience Strategy head for Southeast Asia James Koo discussed building the audience online.
Meanwhile, thespian Audie Gemora offered a new module called the introduction to performance module.
The traditional physical activity called A Racing Maze likewise got a revamp when Gerard Salonga's lecture about the Elements of Music were incorporated into it.
Another notable addition to this year's camp was the creation of a music video in memorial of the fallen victims in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
As usual, the camp was joined by local mentors both in singing and songwriting as led by Cayabyab also known as Mr. C.
There was Gerard, Audie, Chito Miranda, Gabby Alipe, Raymund Marasigan, Ebe Dancel, Jazz Nicholas, Noel Cabangon, Jungee Marcelo, Thyro, Jay Durias, Jim Paredes, Emmy Cayabyab, Gary Granada, Trina Belamide, Jonathan Manalo, Aia de Leon, Angee Rozul, and Jimmy Antiporda.
Quite surprisingly, even familiar names in showbiz took part of the all-expense-paid-five-day camp. There was Aliya Parcs, Roxanne Barcelo, and Isabelle de Leon.
During the graduation ceremony, Mr. C happily announced that Music Nation will be continuing its cause in equipping and honing budding musicians as they will be pushing for a 7th camp in November of next year.