SILANG lima ka mga Cebuano ang molangkob sa mga delegado sa Pilipinas nga makigtigi sa 23rd Annual World Championship of Performing Arts (Wcopa), Hulyo 12- 23 sa Long beach, California.
Silang John Tubalde, Vingenr Tan, Erneville Vinculado, Majolica Santos ug Christian Cayobit ang mokombati sa Vocal Solo Category.
Karon nang Dominggo, Hulyo 7, ang pre-departure briefing nila samtang sa Hulyo 8 ang Blue Jacket Ceremony ug sa Hulyo 10 diha na sila molupad padung America.
Pila sad ka buwan nilang gipangandaman ang maong Olympic-style international competition nga gihulagway sa Hollywood nga “most invaluable experience of a lifetime.”
Usa sa mga nihatag nila og workshop sa Manila ang award-winning singer nga si Jed Madela, ang unang Pinoy nga nahimong “Grand Champion Performer of the World” sa Wcopa 2005.
Nagtinabangay usab ang mga lokal nga kagamhanan sa ilang pinansyal nga panginahanglan aron mahatagan og katumanan nga mapresentar nila ang Pilipinas sa Wcopa.
Good luck ug God bless kay karon pa lang siguradong proud kaayo ang inyong pamilya ug ang Sugbo sa inyong nakab-ot.
Mga Bisdak sa Wcopa, Ssssuper Ka!!!
Name: Majolica Santos
Hometown: Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Formal lesson in Music: None. But I’ve been joining singing contests at the age of 10.
Previous Competitions: Tawag ng Tanghalan sa It’s Showtime year 2016 (Daily winner); UCLM singing solo (grand champion 2016); UCLM singing duet (1st runner up 2017).
Purpose in joining Wcopa: To humbly represent my country and to inspire people.
Preparation: Self discipline and practice.
Most difficult part in joining Wcopa: Looking for sponsors.
After this competition what’s your plan: Finish my study and then pursue my singing career.
Name: John Willace M. Tubalde (Ace)
Hometown: Barili, Cebu
Musical influences: Jed Madela, Erik Santos, Regine Velasquez, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano.
Previous Competitions: OPM@Pagcor Season 2 in 2011 (winner); Awiteofilo Song Festival 2017 (Interpreter of the best song).
Formal lesson in music: I have joined choir both in school and in church.
Occupation: I work as a full-time writer-researcher.
Purpose in joining Wcopa: I want to represent the Philippines to the world and bring honor to my countrymen.
Preparation: No cold drinks and sweet food. I also make sure a take a lot of sleep.
Most difficult part in joining Wcopa: I think it’s the fundraising and the training itself but they are all fullfilling.
What inspires you to join the Wcopa: I was influenced by the success story of Jed Madela.
Name: Erneville Vinculado (Erny)
Hometown: Lapulapu City, Cebu
Education: UCLM/Management Accounting/2008
Musical influences: I am a worship leader in our Church.
Formal lesson in music: I have no formal training but I started to sing at 6. I always sing at home especially during weekends. And my only exposure is singing at a wedding and leading worship at church.
Previous Competition: Videoke challenge 2018 (winner).
Occupation: I am working in an accounting office.
Purpose in joining WCOPA: I want to showcase my talent to the world and to inspire others with the talent that God has given me. And of course to see America.
Preparation: I started to do the vocal warm up before singing kay dali rako mapagaw sa una. Karon, naa na gyuy improvement. Di nako dali mapagaw. Thank God.
Most difficult part in joining Wcopa: Ang preparations like, magpa arrange sa songs, sa pagpangitag outfit, unsaon pag make-up. Daku ni nga challenge nako personally. But i will never make these challenges hinder me not to continue. Laban lang gyud!
Kinsay ni-influence nimo moapil sa Wcopa? My friend who happened to be one of the contestants last 2018 in Wcopa.
After the competition what’s your plan? To continue to what God has been calling me to do. And that is to lead the people to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.
Ultimate dream: To be used by God with my gift and to make Jesus known to the World. To usher people into the presence of God.
Name: Christian Elbert M. Cayobit (Intan)
Hometown: Cebu City
Musical Influences: Jed Madela, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, James Ingram
Formal Lesson in Music: Center for Pop Music Philippines (2011).
Previous competitions: Sinulog Idol finalist (2011); CESAFI Vocal Duet Singing Competition ug PRISAA Regional 2012 (Grand Prize Winner)
Occupation: Professional singer and also works as Customer Service Representative in Synchrony Bank.
Preparation: Less na sa mga cold drinks but lots of warm water. Have enough rest.
Purpose in joining Wcopa: Para ma-prove nako ang akong self worth as an artist.
Name: Vingenr C. Tan (Vinge)
Hometown: SLP Inayawan, Cebu City
Musical influences: All Les Miserables performers. Formal lesson in music: Center for Pop Music Philippines and Cebu Music Learning Center
Search For A Star in 2003.
Occupation: Former LGOO (Local Government Operational officer) at DILG-7.
Purpose in joining Wcopa: Self and social fulifillment.
Preparation: Vocalization and practice almost everyday.
Most difficult part in joining Wcopa? The long queue during the audition.
Ultimate dream: To do a concert in an international crowd.