Kuya Daniel Razon: “Our Country Has A Bounty of Amazing Talent”
BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon explained the very reason of the launch of Wishcovery following the grand finals of the online singing competition at the Big Dome, Quezon City.
“Our country already has a bounty of amazing artists. I believe that we’ll never run out of musical gems,” remarked Kuya Daniel, adding “This the very reason why we launched Wishcovery.”
Wishcovery began its talent search with on-ground and online auditions last September 2017. The online singing competition was an original concept by Kuya Daniel Razon.
The aim of Wishcovery is to discover fresh musical talents while making the wishers’ dreams come true.
“All that we’ve seen and heard this evening would not have been possible if not for Him who has given musical skills and talents to these wonderful artists,” further remarked the innovator of the Wish Bus and Wishcovery concepts.
First Wishcovery Winner
Wishful wild card finalist Princess Sevillena was hailed as the first ever grand champion of the online singing competition launched by FM radio station Wish 107.5. She thanked Wish 107.5 for giving her the chance to reach her dreams and achieve more of her wishes.
“As I continue my journey with you, I promise to not stop learning. I will be the performer that you expect me to be,” said Sevillena.
She bested other wishfuls, namely Carmela Ariola, Kimberly Baluzo, Hacel Bartolome, and Louie Anne Culala during all five “Wish rounds” during the grand finals. The different rounds of the competition include solo performances of a medley of OPM songs and a live collaborative performance of the finalists, among other.
New York-based panel of foreign reactors American fashion designer Richie Rich and Cicero Oca, CEO of OnQ Talent Agency, join resident reactors Jungee Marcelo, Annie Quintos, and Jay-R.
Charities As Big Winners
The FM radio station has given 100,000 peso-worth of cash donation (US$2,000) to each of the chosen beneficiaries of the Wishful 5.
“We didn’t know that Wish FM spearheads charitable programs like this. We share the same values, we share the same mission. Thank you because you are not just entertaining people, you are not just discovering their talents and gifts — you are also sharing your blessings to people in need,” said Gigi Endaya, communications manager of Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, Inc.
Here is a full list of winners with their prizes and chosen beneficiaries:
Wishcovery Grand Champion, Princess Sevillena took home PhP 2-million (US$40,000), a brand new car, house and lot, a contract with BMPI, a recording contract with Star Music, a total makeover package, and a round-trip ticket to New York for an extensive training with Joe Barros.
Princess Sevillena has donated Php 100,000 (US$2,000) to Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines Inc. her chosen beneficiary.
1st runner-up, Kimberly Baluzo received PhP 500,000 (US$10,000), a management contract with BMPI and a recording contract with Star Music. She donated Php 100,000 (US$2,000) to Our Lady of Guadalupe Orphanage Foundation Inc., her chosen beneficiary.
Louie Anne Culala’s place as the 2nd runner-up came with PhP 300,000 (US$6,000), a management contract with BMPI and a recording contract with Star Music. She donated Php 100,000 (US$2,000) to her chosen beneficiary, the Coalition of the Services for the Elderly Inc.
3rd runner-up winner was, Carmela Ariola. Her winnings came with PhP 100,000 (US$2,000), a management contract with BMPI, and a recording contract with Star Music. Ms. Ariola has donated PhP100,000 (US$2,000) to SOS Children’s Village Inc.
Hacel Bartolome was Wishcovery’s 4th runner-up winner, receiving PhP 100,000 (US$2,000), a management contract with BMPI, and a recording contract with Star Music. Her chosen beneficiary, Chosen Children Village Foundation Inc. received PhP100,000 (US$2,000).
Written by: Maikka Dungog