Filipino singers open 2009 ‘Hollywood Olympics’

Cercado Sisters

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. A solid seven-pack of Filipino singers composed of past World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) grand winners The Cercado Sisters, Catherine Loria and Jed Madela opened the 2009 “Hollywood Olympics” at the Westin Bonaventure on July 12, 2009.

Griff O’ Neil, WCOPA founder and president, and a select group of performers from Malaysia, Haiti, Jamaica and Ireland joined the Filipino singers on stage.

“The Philippines is a great source of talent. These young performing artists are so talented, we ended up casting them in three production numbers at this year’s opening ceremonies,” said O’ Neil.

Amateur and professional performing artists from nearly 40 countries, which include the US and the Philippines, compete for the “Grand Champion of the World” titles in dance, vocal, modeling, acting, comedy, instrumental and variety at WCOPA.

Grand finals will be held on Friday night, July 17, at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Bonaventure.

Filipino singers vying for the “Grand Champion Vocalist of the World” titles are Martha Joy (Viva recording artist and “Canadian Idol” finalist); Evette Pabalan, (“Sexbomb” dancer and television actress); Mayumi Morales (sister of young singer actor Makisig, and a protégé of Isay Alvarez and Tricia Jimenez’s Spotlight Artists Centre); Rhap Salazar, (ABS CBN “Little Big Star” Brightest Star); Divo Bayer, (a recording artist based in Los Angeles, California); Keane Andeza and Oreo Vamenta, new recording artists and Maila Mitra, Nicole Espolong, Melchi Bicua and CJ Concepcion, up-and-coming young performers.

Solo vocalists Guy Lockwood and Izarzuri Vidal, and group vocalists Young Voices of the Philippines Quartet are also part of Team Philippines. Bryann Foronda, 2009 Department of Education (DepEd) Mr. Philippines Youth, is the country’s sole entry at WCOPA’s modeling competitions. He is competing in the photo and spokesmodeling events. This year’s Team Philippines will also be featured in a Swedish television special about WCOPA.

Article by: Oliver Oliveros

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