Chivas Anton Malunda won three medals in the internationally-acclaimed World Championship for Performing Arts recently.
Malunda, 27, who hails from Tanjay, Negros Oriental, is the son of retired police general, Irving, and Zenaida Malunda. He won in the three divisions in the solo singing category of the WCOPA held July 12-21 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California.
In a press conference yesterday in Dumaguete City, Malunda presented his gold, silver and bronze medals, and the division champion plaque from the WCOPA. He was among the 35 junior and senior contenders in the Philippine delegation to Hollywood’s “Official World Talent Championships” where 53 other countries had sent in their contestants.
He admitted that he was overwhelmed by his victory and proud to be part of the Philippines’ pride in the worldwide culmination of the WCOPA.
He belted out his rendition of Michael Bolton’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” in the R&B category, that earned him the gold medal; “Welcome to the Black Parade” of Chemical Romance, that won him the silver in the rock category; and Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” in the open category for the bronze medal.
Malunda was the only Philippine representative who competed in the solo singing contest for the 25-29 age group category.
The singer, who failed recently to make it to “The Voice of the Philippines” search and the “Pinoy Dream Academy”, both aired at ABS-CBN, said he will concentrate on working on his first solo album that will feature his 10 original compositions.*JFP