By ANCOP USA Communications
ORLANDO, Florida – The USA Global Pinoy Singing Idol (GPSI), jointly sponsored by ABS-CBN DZMM and CFC ANCOP USA, was successfully held at the sprawling Calvary Assembly of God in this city on April 5, 2014.
Jolilorlyn Q. Wenghofer of Chicago, IL. and Alessandra Jay Morales of San Diego, CA. were adjudged GPSI USA Champions by the three-member board of judges composed of Fr. Ramon Bolatete, Marilen Laguitan and May Ceniza of ABS CBN. Fourteen singers participated.
According to Roger Santos, Executive Director, ANCOP USA, the two winners were awarded $1,000 each and free round trip tickets and weeklong stay in Manila for the Global Finals of GPSI sometime in January 2015.
Ahwel Paz of DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, who was one of two emcees, entertained the audience endlessly throughout the afternoon program with his instant wit and humor.
Paz, the brain behind GPSI, is a former scholar turned sought-after stage and TV director, actor, host and events specialist. Melody Garcia-Muniz of Orlando was co-emcee.
In post contest interviews with some members of the audience, this Newsletter gathered a common observation saying all singers who competed were very good.
The other 12 singers were: Aaron Caras (FL); Giselle Delos Reyes (MN); Vanessa Quillao (FL); Michael Toledo (FL); Ian Ramos (FL); Kyle Mercado (FL); Cheryl Badiola (FL); Jozen D De Leon (TX); Michael Rey Calalang (NJ); Martin Honor (MD); Maria Raina Rivere (MD) and Rodel Sajor (CA).
Manila singer Pops Fernandez and actor Gabby Concepcion were guest performers during the competition. Both were virtually mobbed by fans who uncontrollably ran to the stage to be close to their favorite actors.
GPSI taps the musical talent of aspiring Filipino American singers living around the world. The proceeds in the US go to the ongoing CFC ANCOP USA projects for the poor, including the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in Central Philippines.
According to Francis Sonny Perez of CFC ANCOP Florida, one of the event coordinators, some 1,200 people, mostly Filipino-Americans, witnessed the five-and-a-half-hour program which was covered live by DZMM Teleradyo in all its stations around the world.
Perez said people who came were not only from Florida, but also from Louisiana, Texas, California, Maryland and Illinois, among others.
Eric Villanueva, President of ANCOP USA & National Director, CFC USA, thanked all those who worked behind the scenes, especially members of Couples for Christ/ANCOP Florida which led to the successful conduct of GPSI in the Sunshine State.
Villanueva also enjoined everyone to watch for announcements of the 2015 GPSI soon.
All the board members of CFC and ANCOP USA together with their respective wives were on hand and provided support to the event’s huge success.