Filipino American wins singing crown for US in WCOPA

By Abner Galino

The WCOPA 2018 vocal champion, Filipino American James Calacsan, jubilantly shows off his medal during the competition’s closing ceremonies. Photo by Bobby Crisostomo

A FILIPINO American who moved to the United States five years ago, won the singing competition in the recently concluded World Championships of the Performing Arts in Long Beach last week.

I am so happy right now. I didn’t expect this one, what I did is, I had fun. And then they announced my name and I was so surprised, so thank you,” said James Calacsan who now lives Minnesota.

Calacsan, who has been competing while he was still living in the Philippines, said he would have loved it as well had he won a competition for the Philippines.

I equally love both of these countries (USA and Philippines) because both of them gave me so much opportunities,” Calacsan, who is now an American citizen, said shortly after the awarding ceremonies at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.

Meanwhile, Calacsan’s fellow Filipino American singer in the WCOPA USA team, Femalu Ross Javines, immediately congratulated him shortly after the awarding ceremony.

Javines, who just recently migrated to the US and settled in New York, has earlier said that the WCOPA Team USA had 10 competitors in the singing competitions and six of them were Filipinos.

Malungkot because I am a Filipino but I’m representing another country. Hindi ko matanggal sa sarili ko na Pilipino ako. But at the same time, I feel blessed that they recognize me (US team). I am thankful for that,” Javines added during an interview prior to the finals of the competition.

Javines, whose mother was a former employee of widely circulated Philippine newspapers People’s Journal and People’s Tonight, didn’t make it to the finals but has remained in good spirit despite failing to make it to the finals of the singing competition.

The WCOPA USA team consisted of about 50 delegates from different states of the US.


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