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OFW talents shine in contest

02 April 2017

Covo members, guests and contest participants pose for souvenir photo.

By Marites Palma

The talent and creativity of a select group of overseas Filipino workers was on full display at the Covo Got Talent show held at the Star House in Tsimshatsui on Mar. 19.

The friendly competition which was organized by the Covo Migrant Workers Global Community allowed the participants to show off what they got in dancing and singing, for the grand prize of $2,000.

In the modern group dancing category, Intenzity Groovers 2.0 won as the most popular group, with a total score of 91 %. In second place was Lovemoves Duo, while Pinoy Dance Movers was third.
In the solo singing/dancing category, Rezlove Parilla a first-timer in a talent contest, was declared as champion and most popular solo performer, after garnering a score of 92%. Yce Crisostomo came in second place, and Sharon Villarosa in third.

Among the guest performers was Joseph Lau, a local singer and guitarist who impressed the audience with his rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Photographs”; and Charlie Cheng,
Youngstarz Popping Rookies 2015 Champion.

Lau was also one of the judges, along with Jobel Dayrit, formerly of G-Force, who made the mostly Filipino audience proud when she danced.

The other judges were Luno Chan and Francesca Rahardjo.

After the energetic intermission numbers, the audience became quiet when Yan Leung, Covo’s founder, gave an emotional tribute to the support extended to her event by Filipino domestic workers. Despite the heavy rain and the last-minute change of venue from Tamar Park to Tsim Tsa Tsui, she said the Filipino contenders and their respective supporters remained intact.

Leung shared that she has a soft spot for migrants, having been one herself. She said she was only 14 years old when she started to live on her own in Hong Kong because her parents were working in China.

She explained that Covo is a social platform where everyone can be connected, even if they are not known to each other, for as long as they are in the same situation.

“No matter where we came from, we need to show our love and care to everyone  to build a community together, and  no matter how hard your situation is, it will pass as time goes by. Just keep on moving and work hard,” she said.

The other contenders were: Filguy’s Transman, Elizabeth Flores Orbizo, Grace Ruiz, Star Piny Hong Kong, Jenie Grace Ulita, Aragon Bodino, Marilou Vidal Beato, POWA-Panay Overseas Workers Association, Kristine, Rubieline Cuya Ondayang, Vismin Band, Judith, Street Movers, Yengz JamesHorn, Jelin Cayaco and Unstoppable Mitch.

Filipino community leaders like Faye Guevarra, Dante Berido, Norma Capistrano, Lindy Paclibar  supported the Covo competition.

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