Saturday, April 20, 2019

Dabawenyos sweep WCOPA

EVERY year, the prestigious World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), cited as the Olympics of the Performing Arts, hold competitions in Long Beach, California, featuring talented artists from across the globe to vie for the World Class Talent award.

This world competition is now on its 19th year, with talents from around the world, which include models, singers, instrumentalist, actors, and bands proudly representing the customs and heritage of their respective countries.

The WCOPA competition is the only recognized competition of its kind to open doors for aspiring talents to have the amazing global opportunity to be successful.

Katrin Salud–Sarmiento of Muzic’sKool forwarded us the list of winners from Davao, and the 12 Davao delegates took home one Grand Champion Award, Seven Division Champion Awards and 18 medals (14 Gold and four silver) in the event held last July 11-19.

The boy band Y-Fi (Young Filipinos) rakes in the award for the Grand Champion in the Vocal Group of the World (Senior Division) category, the highest award for the Philippine Team.

Y-Fi is composed of five talented singers, Christian Bahaya, Darwin Divino, JR Estudillo, Joemark Tumala and Archie Udaundo. The group joined in three categories and took home three medals as well for each category: (Gold) Original & Rock and (Silver) for the Open Category.

Diva’s trio Zhalia of Shaira Rica Opsimar, Julia Mica Serad and Jozelle Tacsanan took home five Gold medals in the Senior Group Category.

The group sweeps all Gold medals in five different styles for RnB, Variety, Pop, Gospel and Open. They were adjudged the champion in three divisions: RnB, Gospel and Open.

Former Star of Davao contender Cassie Japos succeeded in sweeping three Gold Medals for Contemporary and Silver medal for both Pop and Variety.

The petite Jona Marie Soquite, the only Davao singer representing the Philippines in the Junior solo category, joined five styles and won gold medals in all the categories: Pop, Rock, Gospel, Broadway, and Open.

Jona also got herself a special Industry Award citation.

Jona’s pipes are excellent, I have heard her perform at a Mall show which I hosted and yes, I was floored. I wonder at her very slim and fragile frame where did she get all the air to hit the high notes fearlessly.

Davao’s revered singer, Muzic’sKool Voice Coach, and former M.Y.M.P. vocalist Juliet Bahala took the Grand prize for the Opera Category. Rigel Micolob also won Silver Medal for RnB/Jazz.

The Davao team was headed by my cousin, (proud to say it) Cacho Ferrero.

Thousand of contestants from over 50 countries participated in the competition, founded by (Former Executive of Miss Universe) WCOPA President Griff O’Neil.

The event also highlighted the performance of former World Champion and Filipino artist Jed Madela, the first Filipino to have won the competition hands-down way back in 2005.

Last 2014, Davao teen singer Lloyd Edisonne Judilla Montebon was the Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World, while Cotabato’s Xtreme Dancers took home the Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World.

I salute all the Davao talents from the prestigious Muzic’sKool, for bringing pride and prestige to the Davao talents. Credits to Katrin Salud–Sarmiento and Jeremy Sarmiento and congratulations to the entire Muzic’sKool.

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