Team Philippines vows to reclaim WCOPA talent championship in California

WCOPA Team Philippines
WCOPA Team Philippines delegates raise the Philippine flag during the Blue Jacket Send Off Ceremony. Photo from Jed Madela’s Facebook account

The over 100-strong Team Philippines representing the country at the 23rd World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) this July 12 to 21 in California vows it will reclaim the overall title this year.

The Philippines won the championship title in 2016, the same year Asia’s Got Talent Grand Finalist Junior New System won first place in most categories it joined at the WCOPA.

Last year, WCOPA Team Philippines brought home 55 golds among its 286 medals, plaques, and badges.

Just before this year’s competition, Team Philippines already received a Diamond Award for the largest delegation with over 100 delegates, higher than last year’s 87 delegates.

Team Philippines will be competing against 52 countries in the annual Olympic-style international meet of aspiring singers, musicians, dancers, variety artists, actors, and models around the world.

The over 100 delegates, chosen from among 3,000 auditionees, will perform at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center in California.

Before the delegates were sent off to the prestigious competition, the WCOPA Team Philippines conducted the traditional Blue Jacket Ceremony to recognize them as official Philippine delegates. The ceremony was led by WCOPA Hall of Fame member and WCOPA Team Philippines Regional Director Jed Madela.

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Nicole Anne D. Del Rosario is a fresh AB Communication graduate with specialization in Public Relations. She is a former campus journalist and Rappler intern who loves to contribute to the society by writing the history-in-the-making. Nicole believes in the power of journalism and supports a free press.