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Well-wishes for WCOPA

by Judianne Jayme

Bea Jaime Paul Ong Hannah Sagaral
Bea Jaime
Paul Ong
Hannah Sagaral

 Pilipino Express would like to send our best wishes and congratulations to Team Canada as our national representatives make their way down to Hollywood for the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA). The annually held event, often dubbed the Olympics for Entertainment, is in its 19th year. It features performers who are personally invited by scouts and licensed national directors to participate in this international competition. There is a “Juniors” stream for contestants 15 and under, as well as a “Seniors” stream for those 16 and over. Contestants are vying for gold medals in categories such as dance, vocal, modeling, acting, comedy, bands, instrumental and variety, and can range from individual performers to groups of various ages.

Judges at these events are often agents, producers, directors and others from the entertainment industry – those who have had specialized experience in the world of performing arts. Prizes include Olympic-style gold, medal, and bronze awards, as well as scholarships for renowned performing arts schools, and the overall title of Grand Champion Performer of the World titles in each category.

Winnipeg is home to three of Team Canada’s contenders in the vocal competition: Paul Ong (Senior, 25-29 category), Bea Jaime (Junior), and Hannah Sagaral (Senior, 18-24 category). You have made our city proud and the title of representing our nation makes you all champions already. Best wishes from us at Pilipino Express as you make your mark on the international stage!

Good luck, Team Canada, and all the best!