DOH to hold karaoke contest to promote public health

Wendy Tseng, TAIPEI, Taiwan, Special to The China Post

The Bureau of Health Promotion under the Cabinet-level Department of Health announced yesterday it would hold a singing contest to promote public health. The contest, titled “Health OK, Karaoke OK,” will last from Aug. 15 until Oct. 15.

There are two categories in the contest, which are “Community Health Karaoke Division” and the “Public Health Promotion Division.” The top three winners in each division will receive NT$30,000, NT$20,000 and NT$15,000 respectively.

Contestants in the “Public Health Promotion Division” will perform a designated song by song writer Lim Giong. They are required to write an essay on “My feelings about the Bureau of Health Promotion” within 500 words. Participants in the “Community Health Karaoke Division” can either create their own tune to accompany Lim Giong’s lyrics or write their own lyrics to go with Lim Giong’s tune. As of now, Giong has written the lyrics but not the tune. The tune has not been released. The Bureau of Health Promotion will choose twenty finalists from each category in a preliminary competition, which will last from Oct. 16 through Oct. 22. All preliminary contestants will be graded 40 percent on spirit, 40 percent on creativity and 20 percent on other factors. The finals, which will be held on Oct. 30, will determine the six winners. On the judging criteria, spirit is worth 30 percent, creativity 30 percent, the music quality 30 percent and other factors 10 percent.

The six champions will perform their artwork on November 6 along with Giong and singers Sky Wu and Hsiao Huang-chi at Daan Park. To enter the “Health OK, Karaoke OK” contest, one needs only to submit their basic information, including their name, address and phone number. The application form is available online at and should be sent by mail to 14F, No. 30, Pateh Road, Sec. 3, Taipei 105, Taiwan. The competition is free and open to the public.

The bureau is organizing the event to promote its project, Healthy Community Building, which encourages the public to actively live a healthy life. Last year the bureau held a drawing contest, in which families depicted their views towards health.

Giong wrote the designated song for “Health OK, Karaoke OK” based on his experience after touring through Taiwan and understanding people’s thoughts about health. “This was a learning experience to see everybody’s views on health,” he said. “I encourage everybody to participate in this competition … This is better than staying at home and watching television.”