Jed Madela commends RP team in modest WCOPA yield

By Abner Galino

Filipino pop idol Jed Madela poses with the rest of the Philippine team shortly after the closing ceremonies of the 2018 World Championships of the Performing Arts in Long Beach, California. Photo by Bobby Crisostomo

PROMINENT Filipino singer Jed Madela congratulated the members of the Philippine team who competed in the recently concluded World Championships of Performing Arts in Long Beach, California for representing the country well.

What matters is that each delegate really represented the country well. We are proud of every delegate in Team Philippines 2018. Hindi sila nagkulang. Ako, personally I am very proud of each and every one of them. They really gave pride sa bansa natin. This year, siguro ipaubaya muna natin sa iba. But what matters is the experience, what we call the WCOPA experience. And I am sure, hindi nila makalilimutan ang experience na ito,” Madela said shortly after the awarding ceremony at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.

Meanwhile, WCOPA Philippine national director Gerry Mercado, congratulated the members of his team and enjoined them to acclaim the victory of their competitors. He added that being able to compete in an international competition is a feat by itself.

Sigurado tayo, pagbalik ng mga batang ito dala nila ‘yung mga natutunan nila dito. Sa boot camp, marami silang natutunan. Pagbalik nila (sa Pilipinas), they will bring home whatever they learned here,” Mercado said.

Team Philippines won 286 awards, which include a category championship title in the instrumentalist category by virtue of guitar duo called M Squared (Cebuanos Maxwell Soller and Miguel Ibaseta).

This year’s Philippine team was composed of 87 delegates who competed in the junior and senior divisions under categories such as dance, instruments, vocals, modeling and acting.

The team won 55 gold medals, 83 silver medals, 81 bronze medals, 34 division champion plaques, and 33 semi-finalist badges.

The competition’s highest award called the senior grand champion of the world was won by Cayman Islands actress Rita Estevanovich.

Another actor from South Africa, Stefan Ogilvie, bagged the WCOPA 2018 junior grand champion of the world.

Last year, Filipino Cristiani Rebada bagged the Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World title while Nhikzy Calma took home the Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World title.

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The rare feat was achieved by previous Philippine teams at the WCOPA during the years 2013 and 2014.


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