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World of Dance Philippines is part of the World of Dance franchise hosted by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, co-hosted by Lucky Manzano and featuring a panel of extraordinary dance superstars including Billy Crawford, Gary Valenciano and Maja Salvador. The grand finale (which aired April 7th) was an historic event. Not only did it mark the first live finale of the World of Dance TV series ever televised, it also allowed worldwide viewers to support their favorite act by becoming the fourth judge and ultimately deciding the finalists’ fate in the competition. A huge hit in Asia, the finale was trending on Twitter as the show enlisted multiple trending topics including the finalists’ names and the show’s official hashtags #WODOHWorldFinals and #WODPHChampion.
Hip-hop group FCPC Baliktanaw were crowned the first-ever World of Dance Philippines grand champion. Known for their routines with Filipino flavor, the group performed to “Man From Manila” by the late rapper Francis M. The team accumulated a total combined score of 99.05%. They took home the grand prize of P2 million pesos and an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles where they will represent the Philippines in the qualifiers round of NBC World of Dance.
“I only have one thing to say: you are exceptional,” said Billy Crawford.
Having competed in the first two seasons of NBC World of Dance in the United States, Luka & Jenalyn are no stranger to the show. However, the location for the Filipino version of the show is one that hit close to home, especially for Jenalyn and her family.