Singers, musicians, dancers, actors and models from more than 50 countries competed before 75 judges from the entertainment industry at the 20th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts®, July 8 – 17, 2016 in Long Beach, California.
This international meet is often cited as the official “Talent Olympics” for aspiring performers.
Selections for contestants have been held in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa.
“Contestants from over 50 countries are expected to participate,” says Griff O’Neil, competition CEO and a former executive of the Miss Universe Pageant, “vying for ‘the gold’ PLUS a total of $380,000 in scholarships: $30,000 from the Millennium Dance Complex, $150,000 from the New York Film Academy, and $200,000 from the New York Conservatory for Film and Television!” (Source: wcopa.com)
It is also where Jed Madela, Beverly Caimen, 4th Impact (Cercado/Golayan Sisters) came from.
Team Philippines garnered a total of 175 medals and awards! 39 gold, 65 silver, and 43 bronze! 21 Over all division plaques, and 10 industry awards! Plus 1 scholarship from indasoul entertainment, 3 scholarships from the New York Film Academy, and 1 scholarship from the Millenium Dance Complex!
Junior New System (Dance Group) from the Team Philippines was hailed as Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World 2016.
Other Team Philippines members who brought honors and medals to our country are.
Angela Luz B. Biando
(Senior III- Vocal Category Female 25-29)
Gold Medal- Group Production
Bronze Medal- Vocal Contemporary (On the Wings of Love) Age 25-29
Bronze Medal- Vocal Pop (Bang Bang) 25-29
Bronze Medal- Vocal World Music (Isang Lahi) 25-29
Alisah Bonaobra (The Voice Season 2 First Runner up) Senior II Female 18-24 Category)
Gold Medal – Industry Award
Silver Medal – Broadway Entry 18-24, Let it go
Silver Medal – Gospel Entry 18-24, The prayer
Silver Medal – Variety Entry 18-24, Go the distance
Michelle Clarisse Adriano
(Senior III Vocal Category Female 25-29)
Overall Champion of the World Division Winner for Rock Category, Gold medal-Rock Category, Gold medal-group production
Gold medal-Industry Award
Silver- Open categories
Senior IV Male Category (Ages 30+)
Silver- Broadway (Song – Empty Chairs & Empty Tables (Les Miserables)
Silver- Vocal Original works (Song – Write a Song (from debut album under Ivory Music)
Bronze- Vocal Gospel (Song: Home by Brian Mcknight)