Reymond Sajor has been chosen to become the country's representative to the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA). Staged annually in Hollywood, California, this competition is considered the official "Talent Olympics" because only invited and qualified participants from countries all over the globe compete for the title Champion of the World.
"Kinuha ako to be the WCOPA official representative," narrates Reymond during the March 28 press conference of STAGES at Club O (formerly Dish) at the ABS-CBN compound.
How does he feel about being selected to represent the Philippines in this prestigious competition? "Siyempre, it's a dream come true. I want to represent the country in an international singing competition and this is it. I want to win for our country."
When asked about his preparations for the upcoming competition, the Philippine Idol finalist says, "I'm choosing the right songs and looking for sponsors." He reveals that he will be entering the Broadway and pop category of the WCOPA, which will take place in July this year. "Aside from the fact na ito talaga ang gusto ko [Broadway and pop], ito yung bagay sa boses ko. Hindi talaga ako R&B artist.
"Decided ako na lumaban pero kung kulang ang funds, baka next year na lang," admits Reymond.
What is his reaction when he sees his fellow Philippine Idol finalists now becoming very visible in other TV stations? " Natutuwa ako talaga sa kanila ‘pag nakikita ko na lumalabas sila sa Channel 2 and 7. Meron talaga kaming place sa showbiz."
Reymond took up musical theater class with Trumpets Playshop before flying to Hamilton, Canada in 2003. He competed at the 1st Hamilton Talent Hunt and won the grand prize. He then went back to Manila and played the lead role of Prince Christian in Trumpets' production of Little Mermaid. He auditioned for the first-ever Philippine Idol and secured himself a spot in the Top 12.
Although he is very grateful for his beginnings in musical theater, the 28-year old singer wants to concentrate on his singing career for now. "I want to focus on recordings and sa mainstream music industry. Sa plays...hindi muna."
In 2005, Jed Madela bested 51 nations in the Male Singing Division while Rizza Navales won the same honor in the female division. They also bagged Champion of the World in the Duet category.