The year 2007 was a year of many triumphs for Filipino performers in various international competitions. To celebrate these victories, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) gathers the winners—silang mga nagwagi—and brings them together for a memorable performance under the musical direction of Ryan Cayabyab.
The unique concert titled WAGI will take place this Friday, February 15, 8:00 pm, at the CCP Main Theater. The concert is one of the highlights of the February National Arts Month celebration at the CCP. This year marks the 18th edition of the National Arts Month, which is organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
WAGI will be topbilled by the following artists:
Jed Madela, winner of the Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World title in the 2005 World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Los Angeles, California. The award is the highest prize in the WCOPA where he also won two Champion of the World Plaques, One Star trophy for the award Grand Champion of the World in the Singing division and the diamond trophy for the most coveted top prize as Grand Champion Performer of the World. Madela also won six golds in the pop, original song, Broadway, pop duet and gospel genres.
Aria Daniella H. Clemente, winner of the Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World title in the 2007 WCOPA. She also won the Grand Champion, junior vocals, garnering one Industry Award, five plaques, four golds and a silver.
Reymond Sajor, Grand Champion, senior vocals, in the 2007 WCOPA. He also won one Industry Award, two plaques, three golds and two silvers.
Reuben Laurente, winner of the Gold Medal (Broadway), three Silvers (pop, R & B and world music) and a bronze (gospel). Laurente won these awards in the 2007 WCOPA Thirty-and-above group.
Dulce, one of the country's most respected singers, is a recipient of various musical awards both here and abroad. She also starred in musicals and performed extensively both in the Philippines and abroad. Dulce is a recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" given by ALIW Foundation in 2003.
Kjwan, winner of the Ikon ASEAN award. The Ikon ASEAN is a regional music award designed to showcase and recognize talented artists from countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The First Ikon ASEAN was held on August 2007 in Malaysia, where Kjwan and another Filipino artist Vina Morales won the first title of Ikon ASEAN for Solo and Group categories, respectively. The vocalist of Kjwan is MTV VJ Marc Abaya.
Philippine Madrigal Singers, winner of the 2007 European Grand Prize for Choral Singing in Arezzo, Italy, the first and only choir to win the grand prize twice in the competition's entire history. The multi-awarded Madrigals first won the European Grand Prize for Choral Singing in Tours, France in 1997. In 2006, it won the grand prize of the Florilege de Tours choral competition, which qualified them to compete in the 2007 Arezzo competition.
Six prize-winning choirs will also perform in WAGI. These choirs are:
UE Chorale, winner of the Gold Prize, Classical Category, Grand Prix, Busan Choral Festival and Competition in 2007; Novo Concertante, winner of the Gold Medal, Folklore Category of the 23rd Takarazuka International Chamber Choral Contest in Japan in 2007; Sta. Teresita Parish Chorale, winner of the 2007 Grand Prize in the "A Voyage of Songs " International Choral Festival 2007 in Pattaya, Thailand; Hail Mary the Queen Children's Choir, Champion in the Music of the Religions Category of the 3rd Choir Olympics in Bremen, Germany in 2004; Mandaluyong Children's Choir, winner of the Silver medal in the Children's Choir Category and the Bronze medal in the Contemporary Music Category of the 2002 2nd World Choir Olympics in Busan, Korea; Coro de Sta. Cecilia (Top prizes, Asian open of the 1st Asian Choir Games in Jakarta, Indonesia in November 2007, Golden Diploma, Musica Sacra Category and Silver Diploma in the Mixed Vocal Ensemble Category).
The All Stars Hip Hop, which was named the 2006 World Hip Hop Champion, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the national orchestra, and the 24th Southeast Asian Games Dancesport Medalists are also slated to perform in the concert.
Highlights of WAGI include the Gloria from "Misa," featuring Jed Madela as tenor soloist with the Philippine Madrigal Singers. This production number is dedicated to all Filipino artists and will feature the entire cast of performers in a show-stopping performance. The finale will be a rousing rendition of "Paraiso," as rearranged by Ryan Cayabyab and reinterpreted by the soloists and the different chorale groups.
WAGI is directed by Alex Cortez, with Floy Quintos as writer, Monino Duque as lighting designer and Eric Cruz as production designer.
For more information, please call the CCP box office at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1409 and 832-3704.