Pinay WCOPA winner gets offers in Hollywood

By Dindo Amparo, News Bureau Chief, ABS-CBN Middle East

Posted at Jul 19 2009 11:24 AM | Updated as of Jul 19 2009 08:36 PM

Kimverlie Molina, the Philippines' newest singing pride, is reportedly receiving offers from big Hollywood companies after she bagged the "2009 Grand Champion Senior Vocalist of the World" title in the recently concluded 13th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood, California.

Anthon Tajanlangit, Regional Director for the Arabian Gulf of WCOPA, said various owners of recording companies and talent managers in Hollywood have already signified intention to offer a working contract with Molina.

Tajanlangit did not disclose the names of the companies interested with Molina, but described them as "big and famous in the industry."

Molina, 18, bested five other contestants from Russia, Malaysia, Sweden and two other Filipinos to clinch the grand championship title. She sailed through tough qualifying and semi final rounds against more than a hundred other vocalists around the world.

Former WCOPA grand champion Jed Madela, singing sensation Charice Pempengco and composer Vhenee Saturno were among those who witnessed the event.

Saturno was reportedly also keen on offering Molina a recording contract for her first album.

With her victory, Molina became the third Filipino to win the top award at the WCOPA. 

In 2005, Madela was the first Filipino who bagged the title of "Grand Champion Vocalist of the World." Last year, 13-year-old Catherine Loria also bagged the "gold" in the Junior Category.

Molina is the eldest daughter of Dr. Ronaldo Molina and Myrna Soriano of Al Khobar, Eastern Saudi Arabia.  The couple was among those who accompanied their daughter in the competition. Dr. Molina is her daughter's voice coach.

Molina was 14 when she first rose to stardom in the Middle East after winning ABS-CBN's "TFC POPSTAR" Grand Middle East Championship in Dubai in 2006.