Maxwell Soller and Miguel Ibaseta, collectively known as M2, and declared Grand Champions (Senior Category) in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), paid a courtesy call at the Consulate on Thursday, 19 July 2018.
WCOPA is an international competition for aspiring performers and entertainers held annually in Long Beach. The event attracts participants from the US, Canada, Caribbean, Central and South American, Europe, Asia and Africa, and awards scholarships to the winners of the competition. As an added incentive to participants, the Worldstars Village is set up at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, where they can meet with other contestants from around the world.
The guitar duo bagged silver medals for their classical, jazz, contemporary, open and original composition performances before winning the prize of Grand Champions (Senior Category) in WCOPA 2018, besting representatives of 62 other countries at an event held in Long Beach, California, from 6 to 15 July 2018.
Maxwell, a professor at San Jose-Recoletos University, and Miguel, a twelfth-grader, only began rehearsing as a duo eight months prior to the competition. Through the hard work of both their parents, the duo was able to compete in Long Beach, along with an 82-member Philippine delegation.
Both Maxwell and Miguel were very proud to represent the Philippines at the Talent Olympics, and for bringing recognition and acclaim to our country at such a prestigious event.