Young Fil-Cans take world performing arts contest by storm

Community News & Features Aug 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm
WCOPA Team Canada - Parade of Nations

WCOPA Team Canada – Parade of Nations

This past July, three young Filipino-Canadians flew to Hollywood, California to represent  Canada at WCOPA (the World Championships of Performing Arts). Alyssa Datu, age  13, Katharine Reyes, age 10, and Roy Tugbang, age 18, joined 5 other members of  Team Canada. All 8 Canadian representatives came home with medals.  Alyssa  received a Bronze and a Silver, Katharine brought home 3 Gold medals, and Roy  garnered a Silver and 3 Golds.  Each of these three are Ontario residents.  Alyssa  and Katharine hail from Markham while Roy currently lives in Newmarket.

In addition to getting medals, these FilCan youths also distinguished  themselves as Overall Division Winners, with Katharine receiving the award for  best Female Tap Dancer, aged 10 and under, and Roy achieving best Male vocalist  aged 16-24 in the Broadway, Opera and World categories.  Both Katharine and Roy  also managed to advance to the semifinal round.  Out of hundreds of  contestants, each was specially chosen to be among a semifinalist group of only  16 in each of their respective performing arts categories.

These talented Filipino-Canadians had the privilege of attending a Music Seminar given by 2005 WCOPA Senior Performer of the World, Jed Madela. Jed Madela became the first World Grand Champion winner to be inducted into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame during this competition.

(PRESS RELEASE)

Alyssa Datu, Roy Tugbang and Katharine Reyes

Alyssa Datu, Roy Tugbang and Katharine Reyes

Roy Tugbang

Roy Tugbang

Katharine Reyes

Katharine Reyes

Alyssa Datu (right) with singer Jed Madela at the WCOPA Music Bootcamp

Alyssa Datu (right) with singer Jed Madela at the WCOPA Music Bootcamp