Fans queasy over ‘Little Superstar’ title: Nora Aunor expresses full support for ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion Lyca Gairanod

Diehard Noranians are up against the use of ‘Little Superstar’ alluded to The Voice Kids grand champion Lyca Gairanod.

Very few fans are happy about the comparison – that a new discovery, even faring better, as Nora Aunor was 14 when she won a national singing competition and sold water at the train station while Lyca won at 9 and scavenged for garbage for a living, at times singing at homes in exchange for a few pesos and scrap materials.

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Nora Aunor accepting her Gawad Plaridel award

(See related stories ‘Little Superstar’ wins: Lyca Gairanod is ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion! https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/little-superstar-lyca-gairanod-is-the-voice-kids-grand-champion/ and ‘TVK’ grand champion Lyca Gairanod shows mettle in own ‘MMK’ story: Wow, the little girl can act! https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/tvk-grand-champion-lyca-gairanod-shows-mettle-in-own-mmk-story-wow-the-little-girl-can-act/)

Most are saying, “Walang makakapantay kay Nora, nag-iisa siya, siya lang ang may karapatan sa title na Superstar. Gamit na gamit na ni Lyca at ng mga taong nasa likod niya ang titulong ‘yan para ma-push siya. (No one can be at par with Nora, she’s the only one who has the right for the Superstar title. Lyca and the people behind her have overused that title to push her up).”

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‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion Lyca Gairanod

Some comments are worse than that.

They’re fans who can’t be blamed for their sky-high adulation for their idol.

But what’s Nora’s take on this?

Right after her recognition as this year’s Gawad Plaridel awardee last August 27 at the University of the Philippines, the Superstar was asked by the media several questions.

One of the questions was how she felt about a young girl who just won a national singing competition and is being tagged as ‘Little Superstar.’

“Ay, maganda po ‘yun. Dapat tulungan natin ‘yung mga katulad na ganung kabataan sapagkat ‘yan po kapag nagtagal, ‘yan po ang tutulong naman sa kabataan na susunod sa kanila, kaya kailangan tulungan natin (Oh, that’s good. We should support the youth like her because in the long run, young people like those will be the ones to help the next generation, that’s why we need to support (Lyca),” the Superstar said.

Ate Guy (term of endearment for her) also said she’s reviving her movie outfit, NV Productions, but needs to finish all her commitments first but hopefully, it shall be before the end of 2014.

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Manunuri (Critic) Nic Tiongson with his statement poster for Nora being a multi-media artist

As to when she’ll be doing a mainstream (commercial) movie again, as all she’s been doing all these time were indies, she said there’s no difference between an indie and a mainstream movie.

“Walang pagkakaiba dahil nakakagawa ng maganda na indie, naipalalabas sa ibang bansa, at nagbibigay ito ng karangalan para sa Pilipinas, kagaya ng ‘Thy Womb,’ ang ‘Hustisya’… mapupunta rin sa filmfest (abroad) sa buong mundo (There’s no difference [between an indie film and commercial movie] because good indies are being made, shown in other countries and bring honors for the Philippines, like ‘Thy Womb,’ ‘Hustisya’… will also compete in filmfests all over the world.”

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It was Nora Aunor’s recent triumphs abroad (particularly for Thy Womb) that she’s getting recognitions left and right, mostly from educational institutions, notwithstanding the fact that her elevation as National Artist was bypassed by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

(See related story Ill-advised or just plain ignorant?: PNoy’s pronouncement why Nora Aunor did not pass as National Artist tantamount to slander and libel https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/ill-advised-or-just-plain-ignorant-pnoys-pronouncement-why-nora-aunor-did-not-pass-as-national-artist-tantamount-to-slander-and-libel/)

The award, named after Marcelo H. del Pilar (who used Plaridel as pen name, was a Filipino writer, lawyer and journalist and the second and last editor of La Solidaridad, the newspaper of the Reform Movement in Spain), is bestowed upon a Filipino media practitioner who has achieved success in media – film, print, TV and radio.

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Nora ecstatic with her Cinemalaya X Best Actress win for ‘Hustisya’

It’s given this year to Nora for her contribution to movies and television on top of radio, recording and stage.

In a video presentation, Dr. Grace Javier-Alfonso, head of the Critics Circle (Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino), said, “Before Nora, white, chiseled, and Caucasian was the standard of beauty, stature and admiration.”

Nora drastically changed the playing field by asserting that the Filipino with his brown complexion, overflowing with talent, could even be more beautiful than the accepted Caucasian standard in Philippine movies.

Other recipients of the prestigious award were Eugenia Duran-Apostol (founder of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2004, print), Vilma Santos (2005, film), Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo (2006, radio), Cecilia “Cheche” L. Lazaro (2007, television), Pachico A. Seares (2008, community print), Kidlat Tahimik (2009, independent filmmaking), Eloisa “Lola Sela” Canlas (2011, radio), Florence “Rosa Rosal” Danon-Gayda (2012, television), and Jose “Pete” Lacaba (2013, print).

Nora is also fresh from her triumph as Best Actress in Cinemalaya X for the movie Hustisya helmed by Joel Lamangan in the Directors Showcase category.

She was called by the presenter as Our National Artist and was given standing ovation as she walked up the stage and accepted her trophy.

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With Cinemalaya X co-winners

Her movie was also the topgrossing film as it made rounds in Ayala Cinemas (Trinoma, Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center) on top of the regular showing at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Hustisya also won the Audience Choice Award and the prestigious NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award for “its timely and relevant commentary on the social realities of the country through the female lead character and various notorious personalities plaguing Philippine society.”

Meanwhile, Nora’s first official horror movie, Dementia, directed by TV executive Perci Intalan is hitting theaters on September 24.

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‘Dementia’ hits theaters September 24

The film, shot in Batanes, also stars Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Bing Loyzaga, Chynna Ortaleza, Althea Vega, Jeric Gonzales and Yul Servo.

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‘TVK’ grand champion Lyca Gairanod shows mettle in own ‘MMK’ story: Wow, the little girl can act!

There’s no doubt that nine-year old Lyca Gairanod can sing. She’s The Voice Kids first grand champion lang naman.

Her being small but terrible in stature made Lea Salonga remark during the Battles that all she could think of was Nora Aunor, thus Lyca being tagged as Little Superstar from then on.

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Lyca Gairanod: Singing sensation at 9

While still fresh from her winning, with millions of Filipinos around the globe ecstatic about her feat, ABS-CBN took advantage of featuring her life story on Charo Santos’ Maalaala Mo Kaya, with Lyca playing herself in the long-running anthology.

She underwent acting workshop before the cameras rolled and proved that she can deliver the goods.

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In a dramatic scene with Malou De Guzman as Lyca’s mother

Acting out her own life story was not hard for Lyca, but it became easier because of her innate talent in acting, just like in singing.

And wow, she can act!

“First time ko lang po umiyak nang dalawang beses. Sabi po ng direktor umiyak ako, umiyak po ako. Hindi naman po mahirap masyado,” she said of her dramatic scenes.

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Another dramatic scene with Ronnie Lazaro as Lyca’s father

If Nora became a national singing champion via Tawag Ng Tanghalan at 14, and Vilma Santos became an acting sensation via Trudis Liit at 9, the scavenging daughter of a fisherman from Tanza, Cavite has become both at her tender age.

It’s like saying that Lyca is even better than the Superstar because Nora did not act (although debuted in All Over The World in the same year she won Tawag Ng Tanghalan) in movies and television until later; also better off than Star For All Seasons Vilma Santos because the actress-politician has not been gifted with a good singing voice even if she won Best Child Actress in her debut film.

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The street child/scavenger that was Lyca

And just fresh off the press: Lyca joins Hawak Kamay, a teleserye (which replaced Dyesebel) topbilled by Piolo Pascual. She will start taping this week with the kids – Zaijan Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat and Andrea Brillantes. The Voice Kids third placer Juan Karlos Labajo was recently added to the series.

(See related article Piolo Pascual only choice for ‘Ako Si Ninoy’ indie musical film https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/piolo-pascual-only-choice-for-ako-si-ninoy-indie-musical-film/)

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Lyca during the Blind Auditions

Lyca, along with second placer Darren Espanto will also be Lani Misalucha’s special guests in Asia’s Nightingale’s Philippine Tour on August 22 (Friday) at the Waterfront Cebu Hotel in Cebu, and on August 29 (Friday) at SMX Convention Center in Davao.

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Team Sarah shortly before the announcement

An MCA Universal album for The Voice Kids Top 6 (Lyca, Darren, Juan Karlos, Darlene Vibares, Tonton Cabiles and Edray Teodoro) is under way. This is on top of Lyca’s solo album as part of her winning the grand prize in the ABS-CBN singing reality show.

Lyca’s life story on Maalaala Mo Kaya (titled Red Envelope for the color of the envelope that contained the announcement that she passed the audition) posted a rating of 38.4%, even higher than that of The Voice Kids finale with 37.2%. MMK had a national average rating of 26.4% for the month of July.

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‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion hugged by parents

When the Top 4 guested on Gandang Gabi Vice (GGV), it was Lyca who asked Vice to include them in the movie the comedian is doing for the Metro Manila Film Festival. Vice said the Top 4 will be included, so true enough, Lyca debuts in a movie soon, a filmfest entry no less with the Unkabogable Box-Office draw of them all in Praybeyt Benjamin 2.

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Lani Misalucha gets the honor of guesting Lyca first in her concert

The Little Superstar also doused the apprehension and concern of some of her supporters that she might change too soon and become swell-headed.

“Thank you po sa mensahe n’yo po sa akin na hindi po ako magbabago. Para sa inyo po ito, at sa pamilya ko, lalung-lalo na po kay God,” she assured.

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Lyca Gairanod: Philippine entertainment’s newest darling

Yes, the street child, scavenger, poor little girl that was Lyca is now Philippine entertainment’s newest darling… and she’s on a roll!

Click link to view full episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knxNwMnr-hE

Click link to view Mario Dumaual’s interview with Lyca at the Resorts World 5th anniversary celebration last August 19.http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/08/19/14/1-1-lyca-voice-kids-champ-charms-wit-energy

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Innate goodness big plus for charismatic Juan Karlos

Thirteen-year-old Juan Karlos Labajo’s natural charisma is unquestionable.

From The Voice Kids Blind Auditions trailer in May up to the proclamation of the grand champion on Sunday, the Cebuano lad had been winning hearts by hundreds of thousands every day.

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Juan Karlos Labajo

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The Blind Auditions video of him singing Adam Sandler’s Grow Old With You breached the 2-million mark for the reality singing competition on YouTube.

His witticism interspersed with the sad news about his mom’s death in November endeared him more to viewers.

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JK hugs then lifts Lyca

As the contest progressed, people saw the other side of him – serious about his craft but easily connects with the audience, well-liked even by the other contestants (both younger and older) and teachable as testified by his coach, rock icon Bamboo Manalac.

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JK, Lyca, Darren, Darlene (hidden) in a huddle after the show

JK performed Yesterday by The Beatles for the Power Ballad Round in the Grand Finals, which had him cry towards the end and was not able to answer host Luis Manzano’s question why he cried, but just pointed up as gesture for the reason of his emotion was his mom.

He did Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars in the Upbeat Round, earning accolades from his Coach Bamboo that he made the song his own.

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JK and Coach Bamboo

His charm, singing talent and strong stage presence assure him of a career in singing, and surely, as an actor, too, being a total package.

His enigmatic rendition of the song made Lea Salonga comment:

“I’m actually looking at you as a 13-year-old and seeing what you’re going to be like five years from now, ‘yung mga DJ na ‘yan, ‘yung mga… wala, sorry. Their names are going to be erased once you get to that age…”

Fans of heartthrob Daniel Padilla (also known by his nickname, DJ, for Daniel John) immediately took to social media to voice their reaction to the Broadway star’s candid comment.

Lea did not have to wait for more reactions and posted on Twitter and Facebook:

“Ohhh dear… I offer my deepest apologies to Daniel P and his fans. In building up JK I neglected to think that I might hurt other people.”

Daniel, meanwhile, said Lea’s comment did not offend him and there was no need to explain or apologize for as his mom Karla Estrada (also a singer-actress who started out as That’s Entertainment talent) has high regards for the original Miss Saigon.

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JK’s swag is all his own

JK can fill a room merely by his presence, illuminates it some more when he sings, then brings the heat when he moves.

On Sunday, he performed Eto Na Naman with Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano – the only upbeat number among them four Grand Finalists.

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TVK’ Hosts and Coaches with ABS-CBN Execs Gabby Lopez (extreme left) and Cory Vidanes (extreme right)

Ranked third after Lyca Gairanod and Darren Espanto (both of Team Sarah) when the votes were tallied choosing the Top 4 out of the Top 6, the ranking never changed on Grand Champion Night.

Lyca was declared the first-ever The Voice Kids Grand Champion.

Upon the announcement, JK immediately hugged and lifted the nine-year-old tyke from Cavite, as if she’s his younger sister and not a competitor at all.

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‘TVK’ Season 1 Big 4

JK’s gesture was praiseworthy as it’s a display of his innate goodness. Though barely noticed by the diehards, some took their hats off and lauded the young man for it.

Even at the After Party, where Lyca expressed her gratitude to all those who supported and voted for her, it was JK who led in the performances along with members of Team Bamboo and their beloved coach.

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Seeing Double with Darren Espanto

Shows and guestings have been lined up for the The Voice Kids Top 4 in the coming days.

One of these is the Charity Concert of The Voice Kids.

Dubbed Boses Ng Bulilit, Kami Ulit the concert features the Top 4 (Lyca, Darren, JK, Darlene), the coaches (Sarah, Bamboo and Lea) and Kapamilya artists. This is for the benefit of the victims of recent Typhoon Glenda.

(Call 0937-411-4850 and look for JM Lafuente for ticket inquiries and reservations)

Click links to watch JK’s Grand Finals videos:

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JK with Lyca’s parents

‘Yesterday’

‘Runaway Baby’

‘Eto Na Naman’ with Gary Valenciano

Announcement of Grand Champion

Other videos:

Teaser video, now with almost 2,400,000 views

Full Blind Auditions

Battles Round, ‘A Thousand Years’ with Julienne and Maite

Sing-Off Round, ‘Stay’

Announcement of Team Bamboo Final 2

Semi-Finals Round, ‘Sway’

Top 6 Boys, ‘One Way Or Another’ with Darren and Tonton

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Get to know JK once again thru his slam book

 Photos and videos from https://www.facebook.com/TheVoiceABSCBN and The Voice Kids PH YouTube Channel

Despite not winning ‘The Voice Kids’ title: Singing heartthrob Darren is staying and may try acting, too!

#DarrenDontLeaveThePhilippines became a trending topic not only in the Philippines but worldwide soon after the proclamation of Lyca Gairanod as The Voice Kids grand champion with Canada-based Pinoy singing sensation Darren Espanto placing second.

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Fans, especially the Darrenatics, were weary and wary that Darren will go back to Canada for good since he did not win the title.

The hashtag has been retweeted more than 2,000 times and favorited more than 1,000 times.

Upon the proclamation of Lyca as grand champion, Darren was seen being hugged and comforted by Coach Sarah Geronimo. When the replica check was awarded to Lyca, Darren was seen hugging ABS-CBN executive Cory Vidanes (who announced the result) and sobbing.

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Darren not winning the title made a lot of people – both supporters and neutral viewers – sad, some even cried, not because Lyca won but because they knew and believed Darren should be the first The Voice Kids grand champion.

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One issue being discussed and circulated is that when they voted for Darren (following the mechanics) they got replies saying that the vote was confirmed to have been received but went to Lyca.

Darrenatics are in protest of this kind of scheme, again, not because they think Lyca is not the rightful winner, but because their votes for Darren was counted for Lyca.

Having been fooled, duped, naisahan and other terms available for this kind of scheme, fans and supporters are up against the system and have collectively moved to file a formal complaint with ABS-CBN.

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When the Top 4 were announced out of the Top 6, Lyca was called first and Darren was last. Host Luis Manzano later revealed the ranking: 1) Lyca 2) Darren 3) Juan Karlos (Labajo of Team Bamboo) 4) Darlene (Vibares of Team Lea). Both Lyca and Darren come from Team Sarah.

The difference between Lyca and Darren reportedly was very slim, almost neglible.

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After the grand finals performances last Saturday, Lyca came in quite strong with Narito Ako by Regine Velasquez and Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. But Darren was stronger with Ngayon by Basil Valdez and Somebody To Love by Justin Bieber.

As seen by neutral viewers, the performances on Sunday, though, sealed it for Lyca with her concert-like performance with Aegis for Basang-Basa Sa Ulan.

Filipinos love underdogs but also celebrate hair-raising experiences especially in singing competitions, with the fact that Aegis songs are the most popular yet hardest-to-perform ditties during gatherings.

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Darren, who said he was to give Lyca the house prize if he won, shows no regret at all for not winning the title. This should allay the fears and weariness of his legions of fans.

Is he staying put or is he going back to Canada?

“Kung may (If there are) offer(s) I’ll stay here po,” he said in an interview at the backstage after the show.

Shows and guestings have been lined up for the The Voice Kids Top 4 in the coming days.

One of these is the Charity Concert of The Voice Kids.

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Dubbed Boses Ng Bulilit, Kami Ulit the concert features the Top 4 (Lyca, Darren, JK, Darlene), the coaches (Sarah, Bamboo and Lea) and Kapamilya artists. This is for the benefit of the victims of recent Typhoon Glenda.

(Call 0937-411-4850 and look for JM Lafuente for ticket inquiries and reservations)

Whether in the Philippines or Canada (or anywhere in the world), Darren will surely continue singing.

As taught by Sarah to be always humble, Darren feels blessed and happy of the support he’s getting.

He also wants to try acting and would love to have a project with his coach.

“Pangarap ko rin pong mag-artista (It’s also my dream to become an actor),” he said when asked if he’d try acting, too, adding that he’d love to have a project with his coach and idol, Sarah Geronimo.

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Click link to see related article Will Darren Espanto be staying in the Philippines after ‘The Voice Kids’? http://push.abs-cbn.com/features/15471/will-darren-espanto-be-staying-in-the-philippines-after-the-voice-kids/

Click link to watch Darren’s cover of Rihanna’s Diamonds http://youtu.be/q-JC0w5zvSQ

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‘Little Superstar’ wins: Lyca Gairanod is ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion!

Broadway star and The Voice of the Philippines and The Voice Kids Coach Lea Salonga likened her to Superstar Nora Aunor, for being small but terrible (in singing).

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Coach Sarah Geronimo and ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion Lyca Gairanod

Her own coach, Sarah Geronimo, called her “My Superstar.”

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Lyca performs ‘Basang-Basa Sa Ulan’ with Aegis

From Blind Auditions singing Aegis’ Halik to the grand finals night singing Basang-Basa Sa Ulan, this time live with the most popular and three-girl-member beloved band, nine-year-old Lyca Gairanod has captured the hearts of millions of Filipinos worldwide and by public voting, was declared the first ever The Voice Kids grand champion.

(Click link to watch Lyca’s performance with Aegis)

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Lyca edged out teammate Darren Espanto, touted to be the most ready, most ripe and most prepared among the four grand finalists for superstardom.

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Darren performs ‘You Are My Song’ with Martin Nievera

Darren performed with Concert King Martin Nievera, initially playing the piano and did second voice for the song, You Are My Song.

(Click link to watch Darren’s performance with Martin Nievera)

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Those with keen ears heard flats and disharmony, unlike during performance night on Saturday that the Canada-based Pinoy singing sensation asserted his top position with One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston in the Power Ballad round and Somebody To Love by Justin Bieber in the Upbeat round.

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Opening number with the grand finalists and their coaches. Extreme left is host Luis Manzano

Lyca sang Narito Ako by Regine Velasquez and Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen on Saturday.

As the grand champion, Lyca won P1 million, one-year recording contract from MCA Universal, house and lot (from Camella Homes), home appliance showcase, musical instrument showcase and P1 million worth of trust fund.

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JK performs ‘Eto Na Naman’ with Gary Valenciano

Days before the grand finals, Darren said he’d give Lyca the house if he’d win. Now, that it’s Lyca who won, the daughter of a fisherman and a scavenger from Cavite has all the prizes to her own and her family.

The ranking never changed.

When the Big 4 were chosen out of the Top 6, Lyca topped the votes, with Darren placing second, Team Bamboo’s Juan Karlos Labajo at third place, and Team Lea’s Darlene Vibares, fourth.

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Darlene performs ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ with Lani Misalucha

(Click link to watch Juan Karlos’ performance with Gary Valenciano)

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JK performed Eto Na Naman with Gary Valenciano and Darlene sang You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me with Lani Misalucha.

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Grand Champion Lyca performs ‘Narito Ako’

At conclusion of Lyca’s performance on Sunday, Sarah asked her ward if she was aware she’s on the grand finals, to which Lyca said, yes.

(Click link to watch Darlene’s performance with Lani Misalucha)

http://entertainment.abs-cbn.com/tv/shows/thevoicekids/videos/2014/07/27/the-voice-kids-finale-you-dont-have-to-say-you-love-me-by-darlene-and-lani-misalucha

Sarah then said that Superstar Lyca seemed not performing in the grand finals but in her own concert, with the crowd at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila clapping and screaming enthusiastically.

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Get to know Lyca once again thru her slam book

Meanwhile, the second season of The Voice of the Philippines is set to premiere later this year.

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Darren asserts supremacy in both rounds of ‘The Voice Kids’ grand finals performances

All four The Voice Kids grand finalists are good. In fact, they are more than good – already assured of places in the Philippine entertainment sun.

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In Saturday’s performances – Juan Karlos Labajo, Lyca Gairanod, Darlene Vibares and Darren Espanto each sang a power ballad and an upbeat number.

(Click link to watch Darren’s powerful rendition of Ngayon)

Lyca sang Narito Ako by Regine Velasquez. All coaches were impressed by her performance. In the upbeat round, she sang Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe.

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Lyca Gairanod

Lea Salonga said that whenever she’d talk to the kids in English, Lyca would say she could not understand, but proved she can also do English songs, after all.

(Click links to watch Lyca‘s performances)

Her coach, Sarah Geronimo, said “Kahit anong gawin mo, mamahalin at mamahalin ka namin, kasi talagang (Whatever you do, we will always love you, as certainly) you have the makings of a superstar.”

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Juan Karlos Labajo

Juan Karlos did Yesterday by The Beatles, which had him cry towards the end and was not able to answer host Luis Manzano’s question why he cried, but just pointed up as gesture for the reason of his emotion was his mother who died only last November.

(Click links to watch JK‘s performances)

JK did Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars in the upbeat round, earning accolades from his Coach Bamboo that he made the song his own. His charm, singing talent and strong stage presence assure him of a career in singing and also acting being a total package.

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Darlene Vibares

Darlene started out of sync performing Sharon Cuneta’s Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas but able to catch up and still gave a powerful rendition of the popular love song. Her coach, Lea, said it happens to all performers but praised her for making it through.

(Click links to watch Darlene‘s performances)

Darlene did Louder by Charice and also got remarks from Lea that the international singer must be very proud of the kid’s performance.

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Darren Espanto

It’s Darren that brought the house down and had all three coaches giving him standing ovation, not just her coach, Sarah, after his performance of Ngayon by Basil Valdez.

Shedding tears after the prolonged high-note last word of the song, he told host Alex Gonzaga that he was just emotional, the reason why he cried.

Lea commented, “Sa lahat ng iniidolo ngayon ni Darren, ito ay isang babala sa inyo, ilalampaso kayo ng batang ito balang araw (To all those that Darren presently idolizes, this is a warning, this kid will sweep you away someday).”

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Get to know Darren again thru his slam book

Coach Sarah remarked: “Ngayon ay pinatunayan mo na ikaw ang karapat-dapat na tanghaling grand champion ng The Voice Kids (Now [title of his song in English] you have proven that you deserve to be proclaimed as the grand champion of The Voice Kids).”

Darren performed Somebody To Love by Justin Bieber for the upbeat round.

Sarah said Darren is very much ripe, ready for superstardom and there’s nothing to coach him on anymore, as every forte is his forte.

(Click link to watch Darren‘s upbeat number)

She added that Darren is a mixture of Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano (known for his singing-dancing skills) and Power Balladeer Martin Nievera.

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The Voice Kids grand champion wins P1 million, one-year recording contract from MCA Universal, house and lot (from Camella Homes), home appliance showcase, musical instrument showcase and P1 million worth of trust fund.

The first grand champion of The Voice Kids (Philippines) is known tonight, Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Take note of the time: It’s 6:15 p.m. and not 6:45 p.m. on ABS-CBN.

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Darren to give house to Lyca, musical set to Darlene, money to church if he wins ‘The Voice Kids’

In a casual conversation of The Voice Kids Big 4 while sipping tea during break, Darren Espanto said that, in case he wins, he will give the money to his church and the house to Lyca (Gairanod).

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‘TVK’ Big 4

Juan Karlos Labajo said he will share his winnings also to Lyca so she can buy house for her and her family, in case he wins.

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Darren Espanto

Darlene (Vibares) protested that no one’s giving her anything. JK later said he will give Darlene financial support, five thousand (pesos) and guitar.

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Lyca Gairanod

Darren first said he will give Darlene his moral support, but later changed his mind and said he will give Lea Salonga’s bet the musical set.

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Darren, Lyca and Coach Sarah

The 53-second video was posted by Michael Asher Andal Hermo and shared to Sarah Geronimo’s Popsters.

Lyca fanatics, though, said nothing like this could happen as it’s their superstar who will win.

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Darren and JK

The Voice Kids grand champion, to be known on Sunday, July 27, 2014, wins P1 million, one-year recording contract from MCA Universal, house and lot (from Camella Homes), home appliance showcase, musical instrument showcase and P1 million worth of trust fund.

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Juan Karlos Labajo

Darren is the strongest contender to the title, along with Lyca. Both are from Team Sarah.

(See related story Team Sarah vs Team Sarah: Darren and Lyca seen slugging it out in ‘The Voice Kids Champion’ final round https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/team-sarah-vs-team-sarah-darren-lyca-seen-slugging-it-out-in-the-voice-kids-champion-final-round/)

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Darlene Vibares

Juan Karlos from Team Bamboo and Darlene are the other two grand finalists in the first edition of the singing reality franchise that originated in the Netherlands in 2010.

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The Coaches with ‘The Voice Kids’ grand finalists

Click link to watch video clip

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Darren plays big brother to Lyca

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