Salonga’s contender is a winner of firsts

Salonga’s contender is a winner of firsts

- The Voice Kids Philippines is a hit reality singing competition which concluded its third season on Sunday, August 28

- For the first time in the show’s history, singer/actress Lea Salonga’s bet won the show

- Joshua Olivares also holds the title of the first male to win the competition

Singer/actress Lea Salonga has finally scored another win under her belt as her bet, Joshua Oliveros, won the third season of The Voice Kids Philippines.

On August, Oliveros was declared the winner of the show, beating Justin John Alva and Antonetthe Tismo.

Salonga’s contender is a winner of firsts

The 11-year-old from Antique during the Grand Finals.

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The young man from Antique, who joined the hit reality singing contest to reunite and help his family, got emotional on his win.

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Masaya po ako dahil ako ‘yung nakatanggap po ng isang bahay po at trophy po. Malaking tulong po ito dahil matutulungan ko po ‘yung pamilya ko,” he told reporters after the show.

(I’m very happy because I received a house and a trophy. This is a big help for my family.)

Viewers know that his family is literally apart – his mother left their family four years ago and his two siblings live in different cities: one is in Mindoro while the other is in San Jose.

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Despite his situation with his mother, the 11-year-old claimed that he has spoken to her again during the semi-finals.

Both of his parents joined him onstage at Resort World Manila’s Performing Arts Theatre when he claimed the prizes.

Salonga’s contender is a winner of firsts

Oliveros is joined by his parents onstage to claim his prizes.

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Aside from the trophy and house and lot, he also won P2 million and other perks from the show’s sponsors.

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His coach, on the other hand, shared the same sentiments with her bet.

Sumugal at nanalo, I’m just super happy. I’m happy for this kid. Oh, I’m going to sleep for a week,” she said after the show ended.

(They [Oliveros’ family] gambled and won, I’m just super happy. I’m happy for this kid. Oh, I’m going to sleep for a week.)

Before she was filled with elation, she admitted that she was initially relieved when her bet was announced as this season’s winner.

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I’m in shock. Not shocked, because I know how good he is, but it’s just very difficult to see how things are gonna go, and doing this show for many reasons, you see the ups and down on how things happen.”

She also shared that Oliveros had been a diligent student under her tutelage, which her staff can attest to since they make sure that they attend to his rehearsals and practices as well.

Salonga’s contender is a winner of firsts

The two got emotional over their win.

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These people are whose opinions I respect and when they come to me, they say his mindset is good, his ear is good. You don’t have to worry about this young man – this boy. Because he listens, he delivers. He’s wonderful, his heart, he digests the music before it comes out of his mouth. Talagang nakikinig sa (He really listens to the) rehearsal. He’s very focused even when he’s just standing on stage…the lyrics are just being constantly run on his lips and when it comes to crunch time, he can deliver.”

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Now that her bet has reached his dream, she said that she wants him not just to have a house, but also a home.

I want this kid’s dreams to come true. For him, it’s not about a physical house, it’s about a home. It’s about being in one home with his entire family kasi (because) for the last year, he spent here and so it’s been a difficult time for him. He was the one na (who) only had his father – his ever faithful father. And I was like, what you guys are going through, it’s amazing that you are so strong.

Aside from being her first win in the kid-oriented show, Oliveros is also the first male to top the competition.

The previous winners of the show were Lyca Gairanod and Elha Nympha, who both came from Sarah Geronimo’s and Bamboo Mañalac’s teams respectively.-Kami Media

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