Former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Madonna Decena brought pride to the country by bagging six medals at this year's World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA).
The Filipina singer rose to fame after getting a standing ovation when she joined Britain’s Got Talent back in 2008.
“I'm ecstatic... This is my dream come true, to represent our country in international competitions. And finally, I did it and won us medals and made my country proud," Madonna told ABS-CBN News on Monday.
Madonna sang “Fighting Pride” together with the rock band Rag Rag for the Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao in 2010.
Madonna won in WCOPA’s country, pop, R&B, soul, Broadway, and group competition categories.
"BGT was all about competing for the sake on my daughters. But this time, it's for pride and glory of our country," she added.
Aside from Madonna, other Filipino performers also shone at the recently-concluded international competition. Among them, actor Nolo Noel Lopez, who appeared in hit afternoon series Pusong Ligaw won eight medals, while singer-model Anthony Rosaldo bagged six medals.
Meanwhile, child performer Nhikzy Calma was hailed as the grand champion in the 21st edition of the World Championship of the Performing Arts.
He also received a gold medal for being the junior grand winner of the dance division.
The World Championships of Performing Arts was held from June 30 to July 8 in Long Beach, California.