Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Long Beach, California from July 8 to 13.
Eighteen-year-old Jeremiah Torayno and 27-year-old Debbie Cabague were able to hurdle the national eliminations which was held simultaneously in various parts of the country last November 29.
From thence, it was eight months of intensive vocal training and fund-raising in the city.
Cabague was better prepared financially. An ex-member of the reputed GClef Society of Liceo de Cagayan University, this Mass Communication graduate rose on to become a voice consultant to a high-end basic education school in the city as well as being a wedding singer on the side.
It’s a different path for Torayno. As a sophomore in Xavier University, he had to juggle between his studies and his budding singing career to raise funds.
To enhance his vocals, Torayno was absorbed in the Dreamboard pool of artists so he could be given training. Along the way, he oftentimes jammed with the Dreamboard artists in their various shows all over the city.
A seasoned singer since seven, Torayno became Junior Mindanao Pop Idol in 2009, was the 1st CAPES Singing Idol and was also a winner in RAPSES Got Talent and FASMIN Got Talent.
He would like to thank the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, the city government of Cagayan de Oro, ex-Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, the Torayno clan, the municipal government of Tagoloan (Misamis Oriental) and his Xavier University and Sacred Heart of Jesus Montessori School families for their overwhelming support.
The World Championship of Performing Arts is on its 20th edition this year at Long Beach Convention Center. Torayno will be competing in pop, R’nB, gospel and country with contestants from 50 other nations.