13-year old Catherine Loria, who hails from Tiaong, Quezon province, was announced grand champion performer (Junior Division) in the 2008 World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) or the Hollywood Olympics' grand finals night held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Friday, July 25.
Catherine sang Yolanda Adam's version of "I Believe I Can Fly" at the finals. She bested fellow junior contestants Tippy dos Santos and Rachel Razon, junior vocalists also from the Philippines, Courtney Mary Janssen from New Zealand, and Oleksandr Chernenko from Ukraine.
The female Grand Champion Performer had five vocal entries in the preliminary round; namely Broadway, Country & Western, Gospel, Pop, and R&B/Soul/Jazz. Catherine sang the solo version of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston's "When You Believe" in the semi-final round.
On the other hand, actor and classical singer Andrew Clarke from Jamaica was proclaimed Grand Champion Performer of the World in the senior edition beating senior vocalists Marielle Corpuz from the Philippines, Noryn Aziz from Malaysia, and Nataly Gordienco from Moldova.
The two received US $10,000 in scholarship awarded by the School for Film and Television in New York.