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Thursday, October 29, 2015

OVER a thousand people came to support the Global Pinoy Singing Idol (GPSI) USA finals in Elgin, Illinois last Saturday, October 10, 2015. For the past four years, ANCOP Global Foundation, Inc. and Couples for Christ have been working closely with ABS-CBN and DZMM in staging the worldwide competition, which has become not only a showcase of Filipino talent but an avenue to raise valuable funds for the education of financially disadvantaged youth in the Philippines. Although ANCOP Illinois hosted the 2012 and 2013 GPSI Regional Finals, this year is its first time to host the USA finals.


The pre-show, hosted by events specialist and cultural education advocate Rian Mari Francisco, began with a message from Philippine Consul General to Chicago Honorable Generoso D.G. Calonge, followed by special numbers by talented US-based Filipinos. The main show, hosted by Global Pinoy Singing Idol Director and DZMM anchor Ahwel Paz and Chicago-based theater actress Christine Bunuan, included an invocation led by CFC Regional Head for North Central B Don Paras, a production number featuring the US nalists and World Carazan Global Pinoy Singing Idol winner Jing Wenghofer, a message from DZMM's station manager Marah Capuyan, a welcome speech by ANCOP USA President and CFC USA National Director Eric Villanueva, and a message from ANCOP USA Board Member and Executive Director Roger Santos.


No less than the "Concert King of the Philippines" Martin Nievera and TV actress Kaye Abad graced the event as special guests, much to the delight of the audience. The show was broadcast live on DZMM 630, via cable TV on Teleradyo, and online. 


Eleven nalists from dierent parts of Illinois, California, Delaware, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, and Delaware competed for the chance to represent the United States in the 2015 Global Pinoy Singing Idol World Finals to be held in the Philippines. Aside from their impressive singing talent, what was truly amazing about the candidates is their shared desire to be part of the noble cause of helping poor Filipinos gain access to quality education. Each one of them felt deeply honored to contribute to an endeavor that will positively change the lives of deserving youth.


Two extremely gifted young ladies were named Global Pinoy Singing Idol U.S. winners. Alodia Alcala is a dual-student pursuing a nursing program while completing her senior year in high school from Florida. Her winning performance was a rendition of "On My Own" from Les Miserables. South Carolinabased college student and model Shane Ericks sang and played the guitar to "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys. Ericks has won a number of singing contests and has appeared on the TV shows Your Carolina and Carolina 62. Both are ecstatic to join the other Global Pinoy Singing Idols from all over the world in Manila in a few months.


The Global Pinoy Singing Idol 2015 US finals had been in the works for a year. Exactly one year from the event's staging, CFC-ANCOP Illinois Coordinator Laurel Malibiran and wife Minnie reserved the Hemmens Cultural Center as venue. Armed with faith in God's provision, strengthened by the encouragement of their Couples for Christ Illinois family, and inspired by ANCOP's hopeful scholars in the Philippines, the Malibirans took on the challenge of being the lead servants of the project.


When asked about their most significant insight from the whole experience, the couple cited the awesome way the Holy Spirit has worked in everyone involved in GPSI. Laurel shared, "Sometimes we are not even aware that God through the Holy Spirit is giving us everything we need as we serve.


We may be done with one area of service such as an event like GPSI, but the Holy Spirit's gifts implanted in us throughout the process remain in us. When God develops these gifts in us through a particular experience, He doesn't take them back. These gifts are forever ours for God to continue to hone and nurture."


Members of the National Council of Couples for Christ USA flew in from different parts of the country for the weekend to express their support. Numerous CFC USA chapters generously contributed to the project, demonstrating true community spirit. Of course, CFC Illinois was in full force as production, marketing, logistics, and finance volunteers. Pinky Santos headed the production team; Efren and Lou Jose together with Mon and Mia Pacheco spearheaded the marketing efforts; Joel and Lourdes Mercurio and Don and Gemma Paras directed the logistics team; and Dany and Beth Dizon led the finance and registration functions.


By God's grace, ABS-CBN DZMM continues to make ANCOP Foundation its GPSI partner and beneficiary. Other sponsors and donors include DMI Medical Supplies, MX3, Generics Pharmacy, Philusa Corp, Department of Health, St. Luke's Medical Center, Isetann, Davis Paints, Cebuana Lhuillier, Generika Drugstore, Gambacorta Law Office, Skyline Furniture, Mark Tan, FAMBA, Castle Honda, Nutraway/Carico, Ultra Care Home Health, Dr. Emelita Marquez Wong, Dr. Leo G. Pepa, Primerica, Creative Impressions Plus, Manila Fiesta, Darlene Sales, Care for Life, One Philippines, Pinoy News Magazine, Via Times/CPRTV.


The success of the GPSI USA finals means more ANCOP scholarships will be sustained. CFC ANCOP Illinois currently supports 20 scholars in the Philippines and continues to find ways to steadily increase this number. In the pipeline are a Valentine fundraiser, which the group held for two previous years, and a major project with a special partner in the Philippines come April or May 2016. (Jane Marie Santos-Guinto)





 

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