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Published on Thursday, September 23, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In the eighth edition of the “Song for Peace” contest organized by the Ministry of Culture, the 12-year-old student Massiel Rodríguez-Rodríguez won the contest with her song “Amanecer”, “Dawn” in the English language.

This year the contest awarded the best song about peace and resilience as means to help people preserve their mental health and get ahead in difficult situations, such as those caused by the covid-19 pandemic.

"With my song, I want to communicate that, despite adversity, it is in our hands to advance and find peace in this storm, (referring to the pandemic)" Rodríguez-Rodríguez said upon receiving the first place award. "When I received the news, I felt very emotional and of course very grateful. I was proud of myself, having had the resilience and perseverance to come back and participate in the contest."

The young and talented Rodríguez-Rodríguez competed with 13 other teens. The jury said that her song very well reflects this year's theme, highlighting resilience in the face of adversity during the pandemic.

As a prize, she obtained the production of a video clip for her song with compositions by teachers from the National System of Music Education. The video was made by the Foro 66 TV Studio agency. In addition, there is a prize sponsored by the Federation for Peace, Firefighters of Costa Rica, the National Insurance Institute, among other organizations.

Four finalists were also awarded: María Paula Monge -Ramírez for her song “Closer,” Erick Machado- Vargas for his song “No surrender,” David Murillo- Rodríguez for his song “Resist” and Nicole Yarubi Álvarez- Fernández for her song "The flower of the desert."

Part of the prizes for contestants is a virtual camp, where the winner and the finalists were able to enjoy activities with other teens from different parts of the country. This included a presentation of Costa Rican singers, such as: Francisco Murillo, Gerardo Quirós, Esteban Monge, among others.

A video of Rodríguez-Rodríguez performing the song she wrote can be seen on the Ministry YouTube Channel.

What peace promoting activities for young people are there in your country? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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