RP contingent for 2009 WCOPA announced


The 2009 Philippine contingent for the upcoming World Championships of Performing Arts or WCOPA: (L-R standing) CJ Concepcion, Oreo Vamenta, Nicole Espolong, Keane Andeza, Mia Sinaguinan and Evette Pabalan. (L-R seated) Maila Mitra, Mayumi Morales and Melchi Bicua.


The Philippine delegation for the upcoming World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) was officially announced in a press conference held last June 25 at the Moomba Bar Café in Quezon City.

Now on its 13th year, the 2009 WCOPA will be held at Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, California, on July 11 to 18. The prestigious international competition event held annually gathers the best talents all over the world. Last year's edition saw a total of 40 participating countries, according to STAGES PR man Oliver Oliveros.

IMPRESSIVE CONTINGENT. Pinoy singers vying for this year's Grand Champion Vocalist of the World titles are: Viva recording artist and Canadian Idol finalist Martha Joy; SexBomb dancer and television actress Evetta Pabalan; child actor Makisig Morales's sister Mayumi Morales; ABS-CBN's Little Big Star winner Rhap Salazar; Los Angeles, California-based recording artist Divo Bayer; new recording artists Keane Andeza and Oreo Vamenta, and newbie young performers Maila Mitra, Nicole Espolong, Melchi Bicua, CJ Concepcion, and Mia Sinaguinan.

Also part of the Pinoy delegation are solo performers Guy Lockwood and Izarzuri Vidal, along with group vocalists Kulay Pikata and Young Voices of the Philippines Quartet.

The Philippines, interestingly, will also send 2009 Department of Education (DepEd) Mr. Philippines Youth Bryann Foronda to compete in the photo and spokesmodeling event.

"We're very glad to also announce to you that this year's group is the biggest na madadala namin sa U.S.," Carlo Orosa of STAGES told the entertainment press. Carlo made special mention of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo—who has, through the President's Social Fund, shelled out monetary support to help the Pinoy contingent. Carlo also mentioned the apparel brand, Le Froge, as a supporter of the local contingent.

"I know it's a difficult year for the world, pero for some reason we're so blessed dahil kahit papaano, tama talaga, if there's a will, there's a way, makakahanap at makakahanap din tayo ng funding."

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Since the country's inclusion in 2005, a total of five Filipino performing artists have taken home top awards: Jed Madela, 2005 Grand Champion Vocalist of the World and Grand Champion Performer of the World; Cercado Sisters, 2006 Grand Champion Group Vocalists of the World; Reymond Sajor, 2007 Grand Champion Vocalist of the World; Aria Clemente, 2007 Grand Champion Vocalist of the World and Grand Champion Performer of the World; and Catherine Loria, 2008 Grand Champion Vocalist of the World and Grand Champion Performer of the World.


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