It is with great pride that we present to you the thirteen (13) qualifiers for the World Championships of Performing Arts. They passed our auditions and will have the chance to represent the Philippines in the 19th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) also know as “World Talent Olympics”.
Qualified and invited participants like them from over 50 countries will gather at the only international event of its kind held annually in “Hollywood”, the entertainment capital of the world. Similar to the “Olympics”, gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded in addition to a total of $350,000 USD in scholarships. People from the entertainment industry (i.e. managers, agents, casting directors, producers, music industry representatives) from Hollywood, Nashville and New York are invited to judge, conduct seminars and cast.
Since the Philippines joined this global competition nine years ago, we have been able to produce seven Grand Champions of the World, Jed Madela(solo vocalist) in 2005, the Cercado Sisters(group vocalists) in 2006, Reymond Sajor(solo vocalist) and Aria Clemente(solo vocalist) in 2007, Catherine Loria(solo vocalist) in 2008, Ralph Salazar (solo vocalist) in 2009 and Marielle Corpuz (solo vocalist) in 2010.
To make it possible for them to represent his/ her country, financial assistance is needed in the form of donations towards their travel expenses, hotel accommodations, meals etc. and we are therefore asking for any amount of donation or sponsorship.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF PERFORMING ARTS
TEAM PHILIPPINES 2015 (DAVAO)
Jizelle Dea Formilleza is a versatile singer who has won several music events such as the Ateneo Star Seach 2011 and Talent Edge. She has also joined Star Power and Kanta Pilipinas, and has recently served as the front act for a concert by Boyce Avenue. She aspires to become internationally known, releasing a number of solo albums and even holding concerts worldwide.
Rigel Micolob has quite a musical resume. She was awarded as Best Acoustic Act in the local radio station Mix FM’s “Sikat”. She was also a 1st Runner-up in the Ateneo Got Talent competition and a 2nd Runner-up in the Ateneo Star Search in 2011. Rigel was also one of the blind auditionees in The Voice of the Philippines season 1. She was also the champion in the CCO Inter-Club singing competition at the Ateneo de Davao University. Her music genre includes Soul, RnB, Jazz, Blues, and Pop. Rigel aspires to be internationally recognized, be part of the Billboard’s top song artist, have her own big solo concert and even perform at the Grammy’s awards night.
Vanessa Japos-Hipolito, better known as Cassie is a member of GAP69 band, a premiere acoustic band in Davao City. She has been singing professionally for 12 years now. Cassie started joining singing contests only in her college years when inspired by the height of television singing contests such as American Idol. Without any experiences, she auditioned for ABSCBN's Star in a Million Season 2 and Search for a Star in A million. She passed and was one of Davao City's representatives. She also writes songs and was the youngest winner (2nd runner up) as singer and composer for Ateneo de Davao's prestigious yearly song writing contest known as Awitenista. She was the grand winner of UR97's Search for Campus Star and 1st runner up for iFM's TalknText ang Idol Mo
Juliet Bahala has been very active in the music industry joining several competitions such as the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) where she came in 1st place in the Solo Voice Category B in 2005. She was also Star of Davao’s Season 4 Grand Champion. Juliet has also served as the vocalist for the acoustic band MYMP from 2010 to 2012. She was also in Akapela Open Season 1 where she was part of a finalist singing group called “Fivibe” and also became one of the official campers of the Elements National Singer-Songwriter’s Camp both headed by Mr. Ryan Cayabyab. She is currently part of the faculty of Muzic’s Kool. Her music genre includes Classical (Soprano), Neo Soul, Jazz, Pop, and Broadway.
Jona Marie Soquite started singing at a very young age. She usually sings Pop, Broadway and Gospel. Both of her parents are singers but is was her dad who started training her when she began to join singing contests at the age of nine. She became the Chmpion of several singing contests such as the Singing Star Search (2012), Kantahan ni Pulong (2013), ABS-CBN’s Little “B” Voice (2014), Kantahan sa Tagum (2014) and DepEd Interschool Singing Competition (2014). At times she also gets invited to sing for special events, such as birthdays, weddings, campaigns, festivals and the like.
Jozelle “Jetz” Tacsanan is a driven musician who has proven her eagerness to succeed and come on top through several music competitions in school as an acoustic champion and duet champion. She was also a 3-time champion of Musikahan ng Tagum as part of the Brass Band. Jetz joined Little Big Star in 2006 where she was a monthly finalist. Her music genre includes RnB, Inspirational (Christian & Gospel) and Country. Jetz aspires to share a musical performance with famous artists (local or international) and have her own solo concert.
Shaira Rica Opsimar is a talented singer who has competed in several musical competitions such as Little Big Star Davao, Atene Star Search 2012, Pilipinas Got Talent, The Voice Philippines and Talent Edge. Her music genre includes Ballad, Pop, OPM, RnB and Alternative Rock. Shaira hopes to inspire people with her God-given talents and be a recognized performer, releasing her own solo albums and holding her own solo concerts in big arenas.
Julia Mica Serad is a passionate musician eager to share her knowledge in music to aspiring musicians someday. She is the regional champion for APSCUR 2015 and Star of Davao’s Season 6 second runner up. Julia’s music genre include Pop, Jazz and Broadway. In becoming a part of Muzic’s Kool, she has expressed her deep gratitude for the opportunity with which her experience has widened while working with amazing people who trust and believe in each other.
Archie Udaundo was included in the top 3 representatives from Davao for GMA-7’s Protégé 2011 and came in as a 3rd runner up for Star of Davao Season 6. His music genre includes RnB, Ballad, Pop, Soul and Inspirational. Archie aims to be able to inspire and share his music with a lot of people, collaborate with his living musical influences and perform in big arenas.
Y-FI (Young Filipinos) is a singing group that was formed in a singing workshop on October 15, 2011. Their achievements include becoming bootcamp finalist for X-Factor Philippines in 2012, medalist (5 gold medals, 1 silver) in the World Championship of Performing Arts last July 2014, a guest performer in Jed Madela’s All Request 2 concert and frequently requested performers in various places in the country. Their music genre includes Ballad, RnB/Soul, Jazz and Pop. This group’s ultimate goal is to be internationally recognized in the music industry. The group members are; Joemark Tumala an ESL/TOEIC/IELTS Instructor at English Drs Academy; Darwin Divino a 3rd year student taking up BS Architecture at the Ateneo de Davao University; JR Estudillo, a 4th year BS in Customs Administration student at Holy Cross of Davao College and; Christian Bahaya, a 2nd year AB MassCom student at the Ateneo de Davao University.