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'The Voice of the Philippines' ARTISTS




BIO

NAME: DARRYL SHY
ORIGIN: BAGUIO CITY
BIRTHDAY: JANUARY 30, 1969
AGE : 44
OCCUPATION: SINGER, COMPOSER, INDIE MUSIC PRODUCER

#TeamLea

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Darryl is a singer, songwriter, and an indie music producer. He used to own a mobile recording studio which he brought to his client for on-site recording and/or mixing; including names like Joey Ayala. Darryl has over 1,000 original songs, but one of his original music (earlier draft) “Lately” was used in Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual’s movie “Don’t Give Up on Us” where Piolo portrayed the role of a highland local musician.

One of his first mastered instruments was an electric guitar. His current acoustic guitar, “Woody” is 17 turning 18 years old, was a gift by his wife. His ever-dependable guitar was picked personally by former Eraserheads personality -Ely Buendia.

Darryl is giving himself this one last shot at music to give way for his family’s need of financial security. Good thing, two chairs turned and he’s now part of Team Lea.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO 

 
BIO

NAME : DEB VICTA
ORIGIN : SAN PEDRO, LAGUNA
BIRTHDAY: NOVEMBER 1, 1991
AGE: 21
OCCUPATION: ACCOUNT MANAGER, FREELANCE SINGER, HOST

#TeamBamboo

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Growing up from a musically inclined family, Deb discovered her passion for singing at an early age. After taking her voice lessons, Deb started joining school competitions where she bagged the championship not once, but four consecutive times. Being the undefeated school champion, Deb was asked not to participate further to give chance to others.

During the family’s financial woes mid-through her college years, Deb was able to send herself to school with gigs in modelling, hosting and singing. Right after college, Deb brought her music to church, and would sometimes perform at gigs with friends.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO

 
BIO

NAME: CHIEN BERBANA
ORIGIN: ZAMBOANGA
BIRTHDAY: SEPTEMBER 9, 1981
AGE: 31
OCCUPATION: OFW BAND SINGER

#TeamLea

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Chien worked in the Middle East as an OFW Band Singer to be able to provide for her family- a husband and two kids. But the saying  “Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder” didn’t quite happen, thus, the distance caused a terrible rift between the couple. Her ex-husband left and took their two children with her.

Today, Chien is married to her second husband of 3 years but they don’t have kids just yet. Her winnings from amateur singing contests and her stint as band singer in Bahrain gave her enough money to start up a business.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO


BIO

NAME : THOR DULAY
ORIGIN: DAVAO DEL NORTE/ TAYTAY RIZAL
BIRTHDAY : DECEMBER 2, 1980
AGE: 32
OCCUPATION: SINGER, BACK-UP VOCALIST, VOICE COACH

#TeamApl

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Thor is no newbie in the industry. In fact, he is one of the few accomplished artists who were invited it to the Blind Auditions.

To date, the mighty Thor was able to release two albums- a self- titled R&B album in 2004; an international album “Shine A Light” and recorded several tracks for a Neo-Soul-Jazz album in Spain. He was able to  perform as front act for David Foster at the Araneta, won an Awit Award in 2004 for Best Collaboration with Nina, and another award in 2005 for the cut “Kasalanan Nga Ba?” as Best Theme Song for that year’s MMFF.

Thor recently worked as Vice Ganda’s back-up vocals in Gandang Gabi Vice, and works as a vocal coach for new artists.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO


BIO

NAME: CORA DELA CRUZ
ORIGIN: TRECE MARTIRES, CAVITE
BIRTHDAY: AUGUST 31, 1985
AGE: 27
OCCUPATION: SIDEWALK VENDOR

#TeamApl

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Cora grew up listening to oldschool OPM like the sounds of Asin, Florante, Sampaguita etc. And with the rise of new and popular genres, Cora continues to favour and listen to her childhood music.

The young lass and her mother both work as a sidewalk belt vendor at Trece Martires. She stopped attending school when her father met an accident and permanently broke his leg. Today, Cora is assuming her father’s role in providing financial support for the rest of the family.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO


BIO

NAME: SAWSAN “TAW” MUHAMMAD
ORIGIN: VIEJO, ILOILO
AGE: 25
BIRTHDAY: APRIL 23, 1988
OCCUPATION: band singer

#TeamLea

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
The 25-year olf Filipina-Kuwaiti started singing way back in highschool, Taw made use of her talent in school singing competitions and jamming with friends. In an interview she revealed that there were competitions she didn’t win, there were also times where her mic malfunctioned and didn’t make a sound, or the times her voice broke but for all the mishaps, she was thankful for the experience because she found friends in these competitions.

Taw was not able to finish college on time due to the family’s financial difficulty. A friend and Taw’s mom worked together to send her to college. At the same time, she worked as a marketing assistant by day, played gigs at night, and studied in between.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO


BIO

NAME: JUNJI ARIAS
ORIGIN: MAKATI CITY
BIRTHDAY: AUGUST 5, 1976
AGE: 36
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE SINGER, COMPOSER, MUSIC PRODUCER

#TeamSarah

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Back at the time when Bamboo started pursuing his passion for music in local bars and gigs, another Rock and Roll artist is carving his way to the industry- Junji. Apart from his usual singing gigs, Junji is also a record producer who already worked with recording artists like Rachel Alejandro.

He can play a wide variety of musical instruments which includes guitar, keyboards and several percussion instruments. He used to play vocals for the Band Excerpts, and is currently the vocalist of the band Velcro. Both bands were able to release albums.

Junji is currently married to his French wife Anais, whom according to Junji, pulled him out and kept him away from the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock-N-Roll lifestyle.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO


BIO

NAME: EVA DELOS SANTOS
ORIGIN : CEBU CITY
BIRTHDAY: OCTOBER 1, 1962
AGE: 51
OCCUPATION : ENTREPENEUR/ HOUSEWIFE

#TeamSarah

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Before she became a mother and an entrepreneur, music had been Eva’s life. Born and raised in Bohol, the young Eva moved to Cebu City for college, there she began performing. During her glory days of singing, she was able to perform around the country and in some major cities around Asia.

In the late 80’s she fell in love and got married. Eva decided to put music in the backseat to give way to life’s new challenges as a wife and a mother.

As this mother reaches her golden years, Eva wanted to give herself a chance to continue the music where she left it off. She joined The Voice of the Philippines not only for the chance of making her dreams come true, but to inspire people her age that they can still dream new dreams, or awaken passion in hiatus.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO


BIO

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NAME : GRACE LORENZANA
ORIGIN : CALIFORNIA USA/TAGUIG CITY
BIRTHDAY: JULY 15, 1987
AGE : 25
OCCUPATION    : THEATER ACTRESS




LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Back in her life in the US, Grace could have won ‘Teacher of the Year’ for the second, or third, or fourth time. Due to her family’s financial woes, Grace decided to move to the Philippines to try out the industry.

Singing and acting was something that surprised her parents. Grace had not revealed this talent until recently.

Today, Grace works as a theatre actress and had played roles in shows like “Grease the Musical”, “Aladdin” etc.
NAME: GUJI  LORENZANA
ORIGIN : TAGUIG CITY
BIRTHDAY: MAY 11, 2980
AGE : 33
OCCUPATION    : TV/FILM ACTOR

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
 Before Guji became a Kapamilya Heartthrob, he was an aspiring singer. Like everyone who were invited to the Blind Auditions, Guji tried auditions for various televised talent shows in the US.

Penetrating the music, tv and film industry ain’t easy even for good looking guys like him mainly because his looks aren’t “mainstream Asian”.

Like his sister, Guji was a teacher where he taught Religion. Due to recession, Guji decided to move back to the Philippines and to unburden his family.

But why would an established actor like him would want to audition for talent search? He said, he wanted people to know, that before he became that actor, he was and still is a singer at heart.

The Lorenzana Duo Story
It was Grace’s idea to audition for TVOP, but because she didn’t feel comfortable going to the auditions alone, her elder brother Guji decided to join her and give a little push. Grace describes Guji as a good brother. Guji is not just a kuya, but he is her bodyguard, defender, driver, and adviser. That’s why Grace felt bad when Guji left the US to try his career in the Philippines.

Being the big brother and her guardian in the country, so he takes time to show Grace around the industry. Guji even accompanies Grace to her theatre stints. In a nutshell, Guji saysthe siblings that sings together, fights harder.”

PERFORMANCE VIDEO

BIO

NAME: SIR LORD LUMIBAO
ORIGIN: ZAMBOANGA CITY
BIRTHDAY: DECEMBER 27, 1989
AGE: 23
OCCUPATION: BAND VOCALIST
#TeamApl 

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Sir Lord comes from a large family with 23 other siblings from his father’s side, and 4 more siblings from his mother’s side. After running away from home at 17, the young man had done taken a whole lot of odd jobs to survive. He made money from cleaning busses, labourer at a bus terminal, and played computer games (yes, he made money from it!).

He soon realized the value of family and went home to his own. However, Sir Lord did not come home as the boy who left, but a man blessed with wisdom through his experiences.

Today, Sir Lord works as an acoustic performer in his hometown in Zamboanga.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO




BIO

NAME: LEE GRANE MARANAN
ORIGIN: MAKATI CITY                                          
BIRTHDAY: MARCH 10 1984
AGE : 28
OCCUPATION: SINGER

#TeamBamboo 

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Lee was born and raised in Batangas but she left home at 19, to pursue her music. Lee is her family’s stand-in father, breadwinner and had been taking care of a mother and other siblings after her father passed away.

Apart from sending her sisters to school, Lee also pays for her sister’s medication in her battle with epilepsy. In an interview, Lee was tearful when she opened up about putting her family’s necessities first before she could buy or do something she likes.

Currently, Lee plays at multiple gigs around the Metro. She plays the guitar, bass and piano, and she can dance too. :)

PERFORMANCE VIDEO
 

BIO

NAME: RADHA
ORIGIN: PARANAQUE
BIRTHDAY: DECEMBER 13, 1976
AGE: 36
OCCUPATION: SINGER

#TeamLea

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:

Radha is no newbie in the industry having started performing for her band ‘Kulay”. When RNB was barely a popular genre in the 90’s, they did not only popularize hit songs “Burn”, “Ask for More” and “Summertime” but they brought their music to the stages of Europe. They performed with RNB and Hip-Hop international artists like Peter Andre and All Saints.

Following the death of her band member-bestfriend-mentor, the group gave it another shot with a new singer before actually calling it quits. Radha joins TVOP for another chance to share her voice and her music to the public, but this time, she likes it solo.
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BIO

NAME                   : MORISSETTE AMON
ORIGIN                 : QUEZON CITY
BIRTHDAY            : JUNE 2, 1996
AGE                       : 16
OCCUPATION    : STUDENT

#TeamSarah

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
More than the similar looks, Morissette and her coach Sarah G. have more in common than the eyes can see. Both coach and artist discovered her talents at an early age. Both competed in various singing competitions, in fact, Morissette once faced the young Sarah G. in another televised competition.

Born and raised in Cebu, Moriessette, her mother and her brother moved and lived in Manila for three years now to get closer to opportunities and in order to pursue her dream. At 16, she is currently the family breadwinner being able to pay for the rent, the bills and sending her brother to school. Though she had been away from school, the young Cebuana do not regret taking a bullet for the family.

Other than actively pursuing her dream of becoming a great singer by audtioning to various shows, Morissette also takes time to enhance her craft by joining theatre plays.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO
BIO

NAME: MICHAELLEN TEMPORADA
ORIGIN: DUMALINAO, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR
BIRTHDAY: FEBRUARY 8, 1989
AGE: 24
OCCUPATION: REGISTERED NURSE, FREELANCE SINGER

#TeamSarah

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Michaellen’s father is a farmer, while his mother is a teacher. His humble family background gave him the drive to finish college with flying colors and pass his Nursing Licensure exam. However, being a licensed nurse did not guarantee him a stable nursing job. To make ends meet, Michaellen accepted singing gigs.

Though he sings well, Michaellen joined only one local singing competition and bagged the award before he took the stage at TVOP. Michaellen works hard off-stage and on-stage to earn money enough to restore his mother’s eyesight.

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BIO

NAME: ISABELLA "ISA" FABREGAS
ORIGIN: QUEZON CITY
BIRTHDAY: JANUARY 20, 1989
AGE: 24
OCCUPATION: MARKETING ASSISTANT

#TeamBamboo

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:

Isabella lived a comfortable life with very minimal drama. Having a family who is actively serving the Lord, the young lass developed not only her spiritual self, but developed her talents as well.
This young woman had already a few achievements under her belt. She took part in plays theatre plays like “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” and sang Bantay Bata themesong with artists like Cris Villonco, Manny Ong and maestro Sir Ryan Cayabyab.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO


BIO
 
NAME: ANGELIQUE ALCANTARA
ORIGIN: SAMAL ISLAND
BIRTHDAY: OCTOBER 23, 1995
AGE: 17
OCCUPATION: COLLEGE STUDENT, B.S. PSYCHOLOGY

#TeamBamboo

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Like most people in financial distress, Angelique was not lucky enough to get formal training in music. But being a determined young woman, she was not limited by their finances and sang, practiced whenever she can.

Angelique is taking up B.S. Psychology to understand her own behaviour and her life’s biggest question as to why her father do not treat her as his own daughter when she obviously looks like him.

The young woman from Samal Island joined TVOP as a self-challenge. Angelique wants  to believe in herself and wants someone to believe in her.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO
 

BIO

NAME: MOIRA “MOI” DELA TORRE
ORIGIN: MAKATI CIYT
BIRTHDAY: NOVEMBER 4, 1993
AGe: 19
OCCUPATION: COLLEGE STUDENT- MUSIC PRODUCTION

#TeamApl

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Before Moira became the beautiful, confident person that she is, she was once a bit chubby teenager and didn’t believe too much of herself. When most girls her age was dealing with their period or transition from elementary to highschool, Moi was already battling with anorexia.

Pouring her out to music, Moi later posted videos of her in social media where she was got noticed by music and jingle producers. So while studying, Moira started writing her own music, jingles, and accepted voice talent stints.

So while most teens her age are dealing with courtships and gimiks, Moira is busy writing the next jingle we’d be listening and singing-along to.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO
 

BIO

NAME: GABRIEL “GAB” RAMOS
ORIGIN: LAGUNA
BIRTHDAY: JULY 25, 1991
AGE: 21
OCCUPATION: THEATER ACTOR

#TeamSarah

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Gab’s father died early. Being the only son in the family, Gab was quick to assume his father’s role in helping the family survive. After college, he worked as a call center agent, but was quick to realize that his heart belongs to music.

To this day, Gab actively follows his dreams as a theatre actor and becoming a well-known singer by joining musical theatre.

Gab joins TVOP partly in memory of his father’s dying wish, that one of his children will pursue singing and make it big in the industry.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO


BIO

NAME: MICHAEL “MITOY” YONTING
ORIGIN: PANGASINAN/ SAMPALOC MANILA
BIRTHDAY: JANUARY 5, 1970
AGE: 43
OCCUPATION: BAND SINGER

#TeamLea

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Mitoy discovered his passion for music at an early age. Like most artists, he actively pursued a career in the industry but luck gave him half-a-wish. The young Mitoy back then had joined various televised talent searches that lead to various tv appearances. He even earned a slot at a noontime show as a comedian-singer, but sadly, his career did not reach a full throttle.

To raise a family, Mitoy went to Japan and other countries to work as a band singer. Later on, he came home and went to play his for his kababayans. Today, Mitoy is with the band “The Draybers” where he plays regularly at Resort’s World Manila. Because of his exposure to different and various races, Mitoy and his band learned to speak little and sing foreign songs/languages.

Mitoy joined TVOP to relieve youthful dreams, make a career and maybe win an awesome trophy.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO


BIO

NAME:  CARA MANGLAPUS
ORIGIN: ALABANG, MUNTINLUPA
BIRTHDAY: OCTOBER 18, 1987
AGE: 25
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE WRITER/ JAZZ SINGER

#TeamApl

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Cara’s grandfather was former late-senator Raul Manglapus, but due to political reasons, they were exiled to live in the US at that time of Martial Law. Cara was born there, but eventually moved back home to study.

After finishing her course in Ateneo de Manila, the young jazz singer worked as international correspondent for “The Japan  Times” and travelled to over 20 countries including US, HK, Brazil, Czech Republic, Sweden, etc.

Though most people work to travel, Cara realized that what she wanted to do was to sing. Following that realization, Cara moved back to the Philippines and joined the Jazz Band where her grandfather used to father, and the same band her father plays up to this day.

Apart from singing Jazz music, Cara has another band which plays contemporary music.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO
 

BIO

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NAME:  WILLY CORDOVALES
ORIGIN: ANTIPOLO RIZAL
BIRTHDAY: SEPTEMBER 16, 1970
AGE: 42
OCCUPATION: TRICYCLE DRIVER


LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:

In the 90’s, young Willy Cordovales made it to Tanghalan ng Kampeon’s final bout. He did not make a career out of his tv-stints, but he continued competing in various local talent-searches.

Luck wasn’t on his side back then. So in order to feed his family, Willy temporarily put his singing in the backseat and worked as a tricycle driver.

A few years back, Mang Willy made name when he joined another televised talent search where he made it to the finals.

NAME: MARK CORDOVALES
ORIGIN: ANTIPOLO CITY
BIRTHDAY: AUGUST 2, 1993
AGE: 19
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE SINGER


LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:

Like father, like son. Needless to say, Mark shares his father’s dream and passion.

Having a father who and a voice coach to guide and nurture him, Mark raked wins competition after competition. In fact, Mark once bested international star, Charice Pempengco, in one local search.

Together with his father, they run a small music studio where they teach music, and make music.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO


BIO

NAME: HANS DIMAYUGA
ORIGIN: PARANAQUE
BIRTHDAY: APRIL 3, 1989
AGE: 24
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE SINGER, THEATER ACTOR

#TeamSarah

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
At a very young age, Hans Dimayuga had been actively pursuing music. He learned song writing by joining song writing camps. He also tried toing theatre acting and singing with Repertory Philippines way back in 1998. Recently, he joined Rivermaya’s search for their next vocalist where he bagged the first-runner up award.

Hans joins The Voice of the Philippines to showcase his talent, and learn more about his capabilities as a singer-songwriter.

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BIO

NAME: DON MICHAEL PEREZ
ORIGIN: PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN
BIRTHDAY: NOVEMBER 18, 1990
AGE: 22
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE SINGER

#TeamBamboo

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Don Michael had big dreams of becoming a singer-musician. Armed with a unique tone and guitar skills, he took up Conservatory of Music in UST.

In the middle college, the family received a life altering news- his mom is suffering from cancer. To save money for his mother’s treatment, the young musician voluntarily gave up the course he dreamt of, went home to Palawan and took another course.

The young lad’s mother passed away, but his dreams didn’t. He gives his dream another shot here in TVOP, to make his mum proud in heaven.

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BIO

NAME:  ANGELICA PRADO
ORIGIN:  BACOLOD CITY
BIRTHDAY:  SEPTEMBER04, 1988
AGE:  24
OCCUPATION: BAND SINGER, COLLEGE  STUDENT

#TeamBamboo

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
When Angelica’s father  retired from the police service,  her father got terminally sick. He needed therapy to survive, and that meant spending every peso from his retirement fund, selling their valuables, Angelica and her other siblings giving up school.

In order for the family survived, Angelica joined a cover band in Bacolod. Performed every night to earn money for food and for her father’s hospital needs.

After her father’s miraculous recovery, Angelica resumed her studies while working as a singer. This time, she earned enough money to pay for most family debts.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO


BIO

NAME: PAOLO ONESA
ORIGIN: ZAMBOANGA CITY
BIRTHDAY: OCTOBER 10, 1993
AGE: 19 YEARS OLD
OCCUPATION: COLLEGE STUDENT- BS MASSCOM

#TeamBamboo 

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Paolo came from a family of musician-singers but it was his granma who took time to teach him music. The young acoustic singer recalls, his granma would often tell him he looked like Billy Crawford, and that always made him smile.

Paolo and two other friends pursued their craft by performing acoustic songs at Zamboanga’s local bars.

In 2012, his granma suffered from a stroke attach that left her paralyzed and confined to the wheelchair. With his lola supporting him with his music, Paolo found the strength to try out TVOP. He confesses, he wants to make his lola proud while he has the opportunity to do so.

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BIO

NAME: LOURDES “DIDAY” GARCELLANO
ORIGIN : QUEZON CITY
BIRTHDAY: DECEMBER 5, 1991
AGE: 21
OCCUPATION    : COLLEGE STUDENT- B.A. ART STUDIES

#TeamLea

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Having a writer-director father and a producer for a father- Diday was exposed to  performing at a young age. She tried theatre, singing for a band, and doing solo acts.

Diday was able to perform lead roles for play like “Maria” from “Sound of Music”. Her group won in Battle of the Bands at Pisay circa 2008.

She sings and travel. Her biggest stints includes singing at high-end hotels around the country, and performing at electoral campaigns. Diday sings soul, R&B and Funk music.

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BIO

NAME: JUVIE PELOS
ORIGIN: SURIGAO
BIRTHDAY: AUGUST 15, 1991
AGE: 21
OCCUPATION: TICKETS RELATION OFFICER

#TeamLea

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Born in a humble family from Surigao, Juvie learned how to be independent as early as as 17.  She left Surigao for Iligan to study college. Back then, she had to do little rakets while studying while doing her scholarly duties for the school’s theatre group.

Her father is a utility personnel in a government office, while her mother works in a carenderia. Juvie would receive financial assistance from her parents during her school years, but there would be times that they couldn’t send any, and she would have to borrow money from friends or try not to eat anything for a day.

At these difficult times, Juvie was able to put her talent into good use. Other than getting free education while performing, she get to earn money from theatre group’s off-school performances. Here, Juvie was able to train in Kundiman music, modern songs, singing and dancing.

After college, Juvie worked as Tickets Relation Officer in a shipping line while selling soaps, coffee and other stuff on the side.

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BIO

NAME: KATHREEN “KAT” CASTRO
ORIGIN: DAVAO CITY
BIRTHDAY: JUNE 12, 1992
AGE: 21
OCCUPATION: SENIOR COLLEGE STUDENT- BS ARCHITECURE

#TeamSarah

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Kathreen discovered her interest in singing at a young age. At 9, she wanted to try voice lessons but it was hindered by her family’s financial woes. She had no confidence in performance, hence, she did not join any talent search or local competitions. Come college, Kathreen decided to take a leap of faith and joined Ateneo de Davao’s annual star search, luck or hidden talent unleashed, Kathreen bagged the first runner up award.

Little by little, Kathreen started to have faith on what she may be capable of and would sing with the school club. At the Blind Auditions, Kathreen took another leap of faith, and proved to herself that all she had to do is to believe.

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BIO

NAME: LANCE FABROS                                      
ORIGIN: VALENZUELA CITY
BIRTHDAY: AUGUST 14, 1984
AGE: 28
OCCUPATION: ACOUSTIC PLAYER

#TeamApl

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Both Lance’s  parents were strong vocalist, but singing wasn’t his first strength but dancing. He taught dancing for 7 years but after losing his dancing shoes, Lance found his voice. Following his parent’s footsteps, the young father made singing his bread and butter.

Lance haven’t seen his son who should have turned 7 last/this June. His ex-girlfriend’s parents did not him or his job to have enough money for a bright future for their daughter.

For that chance to win his son back, or to see him at the least, Lance worked hard to make money by doing what he loves best. He became a band’s vocalist, and made it to the semi-finals of another televised talent search. Lance’s good luck didn’t last that long as he didn’t win the competition and his group disbanded because of their musical differences.

Lance joins TVOP to prove himself and his talent.

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BIO

NAME: TRISTHAN "STAN" PERFECTO

#TeamApl 

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BIO
  
NAME: NICOLE MARIE PARADA
ORIGIN: BATANGAS
BIRTHDAY: OCTOBER 19, 1989
AGE: 23
OCCUPATION: TELEPHONE BANKER




#TeamBamboo


LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Nicole and her family lived in Australia when she was 8years old but when their business wasn’t making as much money, the family decided to move back home.


The young Batanguena discovered her talent at a young age but she didn’t pursue joining competitions or talent searches, except one when she was in highschool and another when she lived in Australia.


Today, Nicole is fully independent. She lives in Paranaque and works in Taguig as a telephone banker. She is also the family’s breadwinner.


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BIO

NAME: HIDEYUKI “YUKI” ITO
ORIGIN: BALIWAG, BULACAN
BIRTHDAY: APRIL 13, 1991
AGE: 22
OCCUPATION: BAND SINGER, BEAUTY QUEEN IN THE MAKING





#TeamSarah


LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
If not joining local singing competitions, half-Japanese Yuki Ito likes to join local gay beauty pageants. And yes, he wears the dress and dreams of winning the tiara.


Yuki maybe gay and proud today, but for a time, he need to assume a more boyish-manly character to be able to join singing local or national competitions. Alas, Yuki would often not make it to the cut for the reasons that he’s too “soft”.


He went to join a band, but his new interest became counterproductive and destructive to his life and to his voice. Because of several vices, Yuki’s voice was damaged. It was so bad, Yuki gave up on his dream of becoming a singer, or becoming someone.


Recently, Yuki took a shot of courage and tried singing again. His voice is far from his glory days of being a band singer, but the damage aftermath gave his new voice a distinctive tone.


A newly discovered strength and a non-discriminatory talent search, looks like someone’s going to have fun in 2013.


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BIO

NAME:MARISSA SAROCA
AGE: 28
ORIGIN: AUSTRALIA

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BIO

NAME: JOHN "JP" DUKA
ORIGIN: DAVAO CITY
BIRTHDAY: JANUARY 2, 1985
OCCUPATION: RADIO DJ



#TeamBamboo

LIFE AND MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Widely known in Davao as "DJ Paul," John Duka is a local DJ in Davao. When he is not on-duty as a disc jockey, he is doing gigs as band singer for an alternative rock-band.

Although rock is closest to his heart, His advantage over most artists in the competition is his wide knowledge in music of various genre, origin, or era.

He joins TVOP to bring honor to his family and to everyone who believes in his talent.

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BIO

NAME: MEL JOHN "JM" PODOLIG
ORIGIN: BULAN, SORSOGON/ Q.C.
BIRTHDAY: FEBRUARY 9, 1979
AGE: 34
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE SINGER

#TeamLea

LIFE & MUSIC HISTORY:
Born and raised near a small fishing village in Bulan, Sorsogon, MJ did not have the privilege of attending music school. To hone his talent in singing, he would often hangout with kids his age and sing whatever comes to mind. He was also trained to differentiate and mimic notes on days his mother would ask him to look for his father.
Barely on his teens, MJ was informed by his parents that they can no longer send him through college; and asked instead to work with them for the family. Being the goal-oriented person that he is, MJ left home and went to Legaspi City, looked for a night job as a singer and went to school at daytime.
After finishing college, he continued on with his music. 2007, MJ words reached MJ that Rivermaya is out on a search for their next vocalist. Without second thoughts, the young musician left his hometown for the metro, joined the reality show and placed 5th.
MJ joins TVOP to be able to share his voice and his original music to every Pinoy in the world.

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BIO

NAME: JANICE JAVIER
ORIGIN: MANDALUYONG
BIRTHDAY: MARCH 17, 1975
AGE: 38
OCCUPATION: OFW BAND SINGER IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

#TeamApl

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Before she became one of the favourite foreign singers in Thailand, Janice had always felt inferior, intimidated by other singers because of her weight. When most bands had their singers sing and dance during performances, Janice would sit on the stairs and sing. She soon realized that being fear, feeling inferior or being easily intimidated got her nowhere. So Janice decided feeling good and proud of herself, joined every choreographed performances and production her time could afford.

The stronger-fiercer Janice was able to do a lot since then. She travelled Asia to perform as a singer. She was able to do front acts for Filipino artists like True Faith, Jessica Zaragosa and Dingong Avanzano. This four-chair-turner was alos able to perform with Bangkok’s top artists, Thailand’s biggest concert venues. She was able to perform on-Thai TV, represent the Philippines in Jazz Festivals outside the Philippines.

The person who inspired Janice to join TVOP is one of her closest local Thai friend, (name), who happens to be The Voice of Thailand’s Grand Winner.

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BIO

NAME: Ranier Acosta
ORIGIN: BULACAN, BULACAN
BIRTHDAY: JULY 16, 1983
AGE: 30
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE SINGER

#TeamLea 

LIFE & MUSIC HISTORY:
With no family to call his own, young Rainnier Acosta felt unloved and hurt. Barely old enough to fend for himself, Rainier ran away from his grandparents place and lived on the streets for a while.
Music helped him find a means of living, if not working at the local market as a "kargador" (helper).
In 2009, he and his band went to Malaysia to represent the country in a singing contest where they won first runner-up. Sadly, he and his band went back home unrecognized by our fellow Filipino. His band shortly decided to part ways, but Rainier still did not lose hope and continued his fight here in TVOP.

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BIO

NAME: TALIA REYES
ORIGIN: QUEZON CITY
BIRTHDAY: FEBRUARY 18, 1992
AGE: 21
OCCUPATION: COLLEGE STUDENT- MUSIC EDUCATION

#TeamBamboo 

LIFE & MUSIC BACKGROUND:
Talia Reyes comes from a family of musician. Her mother, Sushi Reyes, is a respected vocal coach in the industry.
Unlike most girls who likes listening to dreamy music, Talia likes the rock and alternative type. And on her free time, she likes to re-arrange songs to her own distinctive style, or write new ones.
The young singer-songwriter is currently taking up Music Education at UP Diliman.


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BIO

NAME: LECELLE TRINIDAD
ORIGIN: GAPAN, NUEVA ECIJA
BIRTHDAY: MARCH 8, 1996
AGE : 17
OCCUPATION: COLLEGE STUDENT- B.S. CIVIL ENGINEERING

#TeamSarah

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Lecelle started her formal vocal training as early as she was 9 years old. At 10, she joined her first televised singing contest.

Apart from pursuing an active career in singing, Lecelle was also interested on becoming a beauty queen. When most girls spend time with peers, Lecelle would spend most of her weekends practicing singing, or joining beauty pageants.

Last 2011, the aspiring singer was crowned Binibing Gapan, and in 2012 she represented the country in a teen-pageant held in Thailand where she bagged “Best in National Costume” and “People’s Choice Award.” Lecelle also appeared in one episode of Kapamilya teen show “Luv U”.

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BIO

NAME: Penelope Matanguihan
ORIGIN: BATANGAS, BATANGAS
BIRTHDAY: JANUARY 28, 1992
AGE: 21
OCCUPATION: CASHIER AT FAMILY BUSINESS

#TeamApl

LIFE & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Penelope started listening to music as early as her da-da-da days in the crib. Her parents used to hang cassette tapes as decor, and would play the alphabet song over and over again. Soon enough, she replaced da-da-da with actual words while hitting the right notes.
Penelope became active in joining talent searches both amateur and televised. She released a digital album, with gender bender song covers. Today, Penny is doing her role as a good daughter and helping out with the family business.

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BIO

NAME: JAPS MENDOZA
AGE: 16

#TeamLea


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BIO

NAME: JESSICA CORPUZ

#TeamApl

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BIO

NAME : RAYMUND JOHN "RJ" DELA FUENTE
ORIGIN: CALIFORNIA USA/ PARANAQUE CITY
BIRTHDAY: JULY 3, 1985
AGE: 27
OCCUPATION: FREELANCE SINGER

#TeamLea

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Raymund  John comes from a musically inclined- and showbiz family. His cousin is singer-dancer Gab Valenciano, and nephew of The Mr.Pure Energy, Gary V.

Like his cousin and best bud, RJ pursued his music. In the America he tried his luck at The Voice US, he qualified for a few rounds but didn’t make it far. He tried his luck once more at another talent-search, and got to perform in front of legendary artists like Steve Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. RJ was also able to perform as front act for local stars like Martin Nievera, Sharon Cuneta, KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual.

In the US, RJ lived the Bank-Teller by-day, musician-at-night life. But he wanted more than playing in a bar, so he packed his American life, left the US and started living on his own here in Manila.

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BIO

NAME: KLARISSE DE GUZMAN

#TeamSarah

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BIO

NAME: MAKI RIKAFORT
ORIGIN: TONDO, MANILA
BIRTHDAY: APRIL 13, 1978
AGE : 35
OCCUPATION: MUSICIAN/ SESSIONISTA

#TeamSarah

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Coming from a family of singers and musician, it was natural for Maki Ricafort to have the same interest which he eventually pursued. His father is a singer pastor, where as his mother is a pianist. His cousin is Jay Durias of South Boarder, the band where he was once a part of as an instrumentalist. He plays the drums, bass, guitar and the piano.

Maki once dreamt of being a singer. In fact he used to join singing competitions at school, but when his cassette tape minus1 was ripped apart by the player, malfunctioned and was laughed at by his schoolmates, Maki pushed the dream aside and concentrated on playing the instruments.

Today, Maki’s dream of becoming a singer reawakens. He wants to step out of the shadows and take his performance under the spotlight.

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BIO

NAME: DENISE SAGUN
AGE: 34 YEARS OLD
ORIGIN: SUBIC
OCCUPATION: ART TEACHER

#TeamBamboo

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BIO

NAME: JESSICA REYNOSO
ORIGIN: SAN PEDRO, LAGUNA
BIRTHDAY: OCTOBER 7, 1996
AGE: 16
OCCUPATION: COLLEGE STUDENT, AIRLINE BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

#TeamApl

LIFESTORY & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:
Jessica started out singing, competing and appearing on national television at an early age. In an interview, Jessica said that she started singing at 2 years old. While most toddlers like to speak da-da-da, Jessica started to learn Whitney Houston songs.

After joining a talent search for kids, she had various performances at different events and tv shows. However, her singing career didn’t fly off as she hoped it would. So at 16, she is a first year college and working Blues Band Vocalist.

She joins TVOP to continue her dream, and to repay kindness the family who took good care of her.

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BIO

NAME: KIM MAINIT

#TeamLea

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BIO

NAME: CARLSON BILLANO

#TeamBamboo 

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BIO

NAME: EMMANUEL VERA
AGE: 18
OCCUPATION: STUDENT

#TeamApl

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BIO


NAME: Dave Jonathan  Lamar
ORIGIN: Sariaya, Quezon
BIRTHDAY: December 20, 1900
AGE: 22
OCCUPATION: Actor, singer
#TeamSarah
LIFE & MUSICAL BACKGROUND:

Dave and his brother Micah is widely known in the pixel universe as the "Lamar Brothers". They made quite a name for themselves thanks to their cover performances posted in Youtube.
Apart from their cyber fame, The Lamar Brothers were also seen occasionally in the hit series "Idol". But after a few attempts to make it big in the industry, His brother wanted to move on to his other interests leaving Dave to pursue their passion alone.
Outside singing, the brothers and the rest of their family work together to help raise abandoned children in their orphanage.
The young actor-singer rediscovers himself, his strengths and weaknesses, as he goes TVOP journey solo.

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BIO

NAME: Rouxette Swinton
AGE: 16

#TeamSarah 

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