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Surge of Pinoy talent in 2015

Kristel RAMOS
 
The year just gone by has seen a global surge of Filipino performing talent. From dance to singing competitions and Broadway shows, there was almost always a Filipino contestant, or at least a participant who could boast of Filipino roots.
 One group that brought pride to Filipinos is El Gamma Penumbra. The group, from Tanauan Batangas, was named the first ever champion of Asia’s Got Talent which was held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. 
The shadow group, together with three other Filipino performers – 10-year old singer Gwyneth Dorado, classical performer Gerphil Flores and hip-hop dance group Junior New System – were among the eight grand finalists who impressed the judges with stellar performances.
 Anggun, one of the competition’s judges, said this of El Gamma Penumbra after the group’s performance which focused on protection of the environment:
 “What really made me fall in love with your performance is the fact that the possibility of the messages that you can put out is endless. You showed your awareness of how important Mother Nature is. Our job as entertainers, we are here to entertain people. But if we can raise awareness on the subject that really matters, that makes our job more noble.” 
 Another group, XB GenSan, which is also a product of It’s Showtime, a Philippine noontime show, dominated the world stage after it won in the Dance2Dance: The World Streetdance Showcase Competition. The contest was held in Zurich, Switzerland last November 15. The group from General Santos City bested Russia (2nd place) and the United States (3rd place).  
Talents like Marlisa Punzalan and Cyrus Villanueva were also crowned as X-Factor Australia’s champions for 2014 and 2015 respectively while X-Factor UK also warmly welcomed 4th Impact, a group of four sisters, which finished 4th in the show.
After Lea Salonga, who took London by storm for her role as Gigi in Miss Saigon, comes Rachelle Ann Go, who will be living her dream as she was chosen to portray Fantine in the famous London West End Production of Les Miserables.
The musical will be coming to Manila in March.
“Words can’t describe what I’m feeling. I’m coming home next year to play Fantine in my hometown with the Australian cast! How amazing is that?! I’m excited to be with my loved ones and share with everyone what I’ve been doing here in London. I actually prayed for this to happen because I really miss my family,” the performer posted on her Instagram account.
 Truly, there’s no shortage of Filipino talents around the world.