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ISABELLA SALANGSANG


By LUIS PEDRON


The Filipino-Americans, led by Nationa Director for USA Jeanette Marco, garnered high points, medals and awards at the recently concluded World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) held in Long Beach, California on July 12 to 21, 2019.

Venues were at Westin Hotel Long Beach and at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.

The following are the participants and their respective awards: Arato Brothers (Finalist)

GRAND CHAMPION (STAR) TROPHY: GRAND CHAMPION VOCALIST GROUP OF THE WORLD

OVERALL DIVISION PLAQUES for Instrumental (Open), Instrumental (Contemporary), Instrumental (Oroginal), Vocal with Self Accompaniment (Rock)

6 GOLD MEDALS: Grand Finalist GOLD Medal, Instrumental (Open), Instrumental (Contemporary), Instrumental (Original), Vocal with Self Accompaniment (Rock), Vocal with SA (World).

3 Semi-Finalist SILVER MEDALLIONS

Vocals with Self-Accompaniment (Rock), Instrumental (Contemporary)

2 SILVER MEDALS: Vocals with Self-Accompaniment (Open) & Vocals with Self-Accompaniment (Original)

Shane Selloria (Finalist), Jr Grand Champion of the World -Variety Act

Overall World Champion - Division Winner - Variety Act Gold Medalists- Variety Act

Silver Medalists - Acting TV

Silver Medalists - modeling Swim Wear

Semi-Finalists - Variety Act

Grand Finalist - Variety

Isabelle Salangsang (Finalist)

Overall Dance Division Recipient for 11-15 Years Old Jr DANCE Category Grand Championship Finalist

Semi-Finalist

Gold (Ori Tahiti Dance) in Ethnic/Folk

Silver (Kahiko / Ancient Hula) in Song and Dance Bronze (Aparima) in Open Category


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Artemio John Tecson (Semi-Finalist)

Vocal A25-29 -Semi-finalist Gold Broadway Gold Open Silver RnB Gold Variety Silver World

Denise Kara Almario (Semi Finalist)

GOLD, BRONZE and Overall CHAMPION OF THE WORLD & Semi Finalist Medal

GOLD - VOCAL Self Accompaniment Original works

BRONZE - VOCAL ORIGINAL WORKS

PLAQUE - CHAMPION OF THE WORLD DIVISION WINNER

SEMI FINALIST - MEDAL

Lirazen Rose

Vocal with Accompaniment Silver Open

Gold Original Works

Silver Pop

Silver Rnb

Gold World (original Tagalog song)

Overall Champion

• Vocal with Accompaniment - Original Works

Pia Pascual

Silver Pop Vocal Age 30-over

Paz Herrero

Gold County Music Vocal

Plaque - Overall Division Champion


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ARATO BROTHERS


Maurice Flores

Bronze Dance Hip-Hop/Funk

Silver Dance Contemporary

Silver Modeling Commercial Formal Silver Modeling Commercial Casual

“I am very proud and blessed of this year’s delegation. We managed to bring three of our delegates to the majestic stage of the Grand Finals and bagged two Jr World Champion trophies. Everyone is equally talented and have shown the entire world their best. We are grateful for the experience,” said WCOPA National Director Jeanette Marco.

Next year is the 24th Anniversary of this prestigious global event and many exciting activities are being planned as they will partner with Disney.

History is being made!

Always remember that you will receive from thi international meet is exactly what you put in.

The main objective in attending this event should be the competition, training, experience, education, and the opportunity to explore your talents.

Griff O’Neil, CEO of WCOPA, said: “The best of the best talent and models from all over the world gathered to experience this life changing priceless journey. Contestants can be signed to entertainment deals in Hollywood.”

Gwen Wilson, President of WCOPA, says, “Our wish for you is you will embrace your dreams, focus on your future and learn how to strategically plan your successes.”

The WCOPA contestants performed one minute renditions of their particular field may it be Vocals, Modelling, Acting, Instrumentalist or Variety Act for the first step of the competition, then if you are blessed enough you move on to Semi-Finals held at Centennial Hall Westin Hotel and then to the Grand WCOPA Finale at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.


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Amongst Jeanette’s Filipino-American team are Artemio John Tecson (Vocals) and Denise Kara Almario (Vocals) who reached the Semi-Finals.

The Arato Brothers (Band) and Shane Selloria (Variety Act) reached the Finals and won their respective Divisions.

Both were approached after the show by the America’s Got Talent Scout.

Also part of the group and Finalist was Tahitian Dancer Isabelle Salangsang.

The Opening night event featured WCOPA 2018 alums Jennifer Cuneta and Sophia Bianca who wowed the thousands of delegates from around the world.

Marco is also the WCOPA National Director for Japan, United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


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SHANE SELLORIA


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