BIBLE RAPS RECEIVED HIGH RATINGS DURING THE BIBLE WEEK 2010 CELEBRATIONS
(RESULT OF DIFFERENT CONTESTED BIBLE EVENTS)
Urdaneta City. Bible Raps received high ratings from the students, faculty members, non-academic personnel and administrators of the DWCU during the culmination of the National Bible Week 2010 yesterday – Monday February 1. Witnessed on the stage for the first time the pupils in grade school, students in high school and tertiary level with the seminarians were outdoing themselves in proclaiming the Word of God through Bible Raps. The contest on rap bible pericope was focused on the Prodigal Son or the Merciful Father on Luke 15:11-32. The rappers amazingly memorized the said passage with ease expressed through rhyming and different sounds from the different parts of the body as musical instruments were ruled out of the contest. Divinians are good Rappers of the Word, proclaiming God’s Word in hip hop way.
The Bible Raps at the DWCU is an innovative educational tool that uses rap and hip hop to enliven the core 0f the Gospel texts. It is designed to make the biblical tradition more appealing and more accessible through the use of body parts, rhythm and rhyme of today’s generation.
“Rapping (also known as emceeing), or just rhyming refers to “spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics with a strong rhythmic accompaniment”. The art form can be broken down into different components, as in the book How to Rap where it is separated into “content”, “flow” (rhythm and rhyme), and “delivery”. Rapping is distinct from spoken word poetry in that is it performed in time to the beat of the music.
Rapping is a primary ingredient in hip hop music, but the phenomenon predates hip hop culture by centuries. Rapping can be delivered over a beat or without accompaniment. Stylistically, rap occupies a gray area among speech, prose, poetry, and song. The use of the word to describe quick speech or repartee long predates the musical form, meaning originally “to hit”. The word had been used in British English since the 16th century, and specifically meaning “to say” since the 18th. It was part of the African American dialect of English in the 1960s meaning “to converse”, and very soon after that in its present usage as a term denoting the musical style. Today, the terms “rap” and “rapping” are so closely associated with hip hop music that many use the terms interchangeably.” (Wikipedia)
We congratulate everybody for the successful, fruitful and memorable celebration of the National Bible Week 2010 organized by the members of the Campus Pastoral Council (CPC) and implemented by the Commission on Bible Apostolate: Mrs. Marina Elizabeth M. Domingo, Dr. Trofima M. Pangonilo, Mrs. Marissa T. Sanchez, Mr. Rodel M. Nachimma and Miss Editha T. Bernardino. In behalf of the DWCU Administrators, a million thanks to all who participated and gave their full support to all our Bible Activities this year, for all of those who in one way or the other have contributed to the success of the said celebration…. our heartfelt gratitude! Mabuhay tayong lahat!
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