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Rhap Salazar is the Junior Grand Champion in World Championship of the Performing Arts

Child singing sensation Rhap Salazar continued the Pinoy winning streak in the World Championship of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) by bagging the Junior Grand Champion title. Rhap competed against 28 other performers in the 13th WCOPA held last July 11 to 19 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Rhap, a 12-year-old ABS-CBN talent, bested contestants from 20 countries to be hailed as Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World.

Aside from bagging the Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World title, Rhap also won gold medals in five junior division categories, namely vocal Broadway, vocal gospel, vocal open, vocal pop, and vocal R&B/soul/jazz. Fellow Filipinos Young Voices of Negros also won the Junior Grand Champion Group Vocalists of the World prize.

Rhap Salazar first wowed audiences when he became the grand winner in the Little Division of the ABS-CBN singing contest Little Big Star in 2005. That same year Sam Concepcion became the winner in the Big Division while Charice Pempengco, now an international recording star, placed third. Rhap also proved his acting talent when he was made part of the cast of the top-rating fantaserye Kokey in 2007.

The Philippines began sending delegates to WCOPA in 2005. Since then, five Filipino artists have bagged the top prize as Grand Champion Performer of the World. Recording artist and ASAP ‘09 mainstay Jed Madela won as Grand Champion Vocalist of the World and Grand Champion Performer of the World. In 2006, the Cercado Sisters were proclaimed Grand Champion Group Vocalists of the World. In 2007, two Pinoy artists emerged victorious with Reymond Sajor winning as Grand Champion Vocalist of the World and Aria Clemente as Junior Grand Champion Vocalist of the World and Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World. Last year, 13-year-old Catherine Loria also bagged the Junior Grand Champion Vocalist of the World and Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World.

by Napoleon Quintos

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