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Wishcovery 2 Finalists gear up for ultimate battle at the Big Dome

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 08:58 AM

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The finalists of the Wishcovery Season 2: the Singer and the Song are gearing up for the final battle of the freshest online singing competition in the Philippines, set to be held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday (February 26).

Eight finalists hailing from different regions in the country and the United States will perform original song pieces created by some of today’s prolific Filipino songwriters, who also served as Wishcoverees’ mentors for this season.

They are Tweetie Salas from Iloilo City, Jemy Picardal from Dagupan City, Pangasinan; Paula Guevara who hails from Bicol; Anna Marie Guinsisana from Bayugan, Agusan del Sur; Angelika Bermoy from Davao del Norte, Nashrene Casas from Cebu City, Rhea Basco from Taguig City, Metro Manila and Audrey Rose Arellano from the U.S.

During rehearsals on Sunday (February 24), this season’s top contenders showed focus in practicing their song pieces, with the help of the pointers from their coaches who also showed up during the run-through.

The Wishcoverees also expressed excitement and nervousness over their impending performance.

“Super kinakabahan ako pero preparation-wise, siguro more on vocal rest ako kasi everyday ang hectic ng schedule. So, kailangan mahabol talaga sa tulog sa pahinga,” said Salas, who represents Camp Noel Cabangon.

“First time ko po na ganoon kalaki ang crowd. This is something else. It’s very big, I’m very blessed,” said Arellano, who represents Camp Odette Quesada.

Picardal and Casas also showed equal determination to render the best performance during the ultimate sing-off despite feeling under the weather due to fatigue and hectic schedules.

“Kinakabahan for my voice. But the moment na mag-start na po ang grandfinals, I will just enjoy the moment because ito ‘yung moment na magdiriwang po lahat ng OPM songs at maipapakilala sa buong mundo [kung] gaano kaganda ang musikong Pilipino,” said Picardal, who is mentored by Rannie Raymundo.

“Actually, I’m not feeling well ngayon dahil sa schedules. Parang, nababaguhan po yung katawan ko. But I will just do my best po for the grand finals,” Casas, who represents Camp Top Suzara, assured.

Despite intense pressure, Wishcoverer-Composers firmly believe that their chosen artists will be able to deliver smooth and stellar interpretation of the original songs they penned.

“I think, we have done pretty much all the things that we need to do,” said Jungee Marcelo, who mentors Rhea Basco.

“Abangan ninyo dahil aside from the original songs that we wrote, meron pang ipe-perform ang bawat isa. Mga hit songs namin, doon sa camp ko will be a totally different attack,” he added.

Raymundo, for his part, assured that, “Everything is okay. Everything is scheduled. Na-instill naman namin ‘yung trust, pagmamahal at faith sa aming camp. We’re ready. Everybody is good, but I think we have the best.”

Other Wishcovery season 2 top contenders are Paula Guevara representing Camp Moy Ortiz, Anna Marie Guinsisana from Camp Vehnee Saturno and Angelika Bermoy under Camp Boy Christopher.

The finalists and their coaches also expressed gratitude to the organizers of Wish 107-5’s Wishcovery Season 2 and its innovator, BMPI Chief Executive Officer Daniel Razon, for the competition’s concept that highlighted and promoted the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) to the international scene.

“This is really an unprecedented contest or competition. I think, you have been a pioneer to new kind of out of the box, not just in entertainment, especially in promoting Filipino music. Kaya, Kuya Daniel, maraming, maraming, maraming salamat,” hitmaker Cabangon said.

“It is such a fantastic idea! It has its merits because nowadays it’s hard to get new artists their new songs out there. Even for song writers like me, it’s always encouraging to have a new venue, an outlet to expose new material out there,” US-based Filipino songwriter Quesada said.

“Hindi siya mainstream eh na parang ‘yung mga sikat na singers ang talagang nagco-compete. Ngayon talaga, they are looking for raw and undiscovered talents. Very thankful ako na nandito ako ngayon. Thank you kay Kuya Daniel for coming up in this kind of competition,” Wishcovery 2 finalist Guevara said.

The Wishcovery season 2 Final Battle will begin at 7 p.m. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Wish 107.5, the best FM radio station—Gems Awards

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 March 2019 03:00 PM

Wish jocks DJ Faye (second from the left) and DJ Adam (second from the right) at the Gems Awards

Wish 107.5 has been hailed as the best FM station during the GEMS Awards 2019 on Thursday.

It is no surprise why Wish FM, spearheaded by Kuya Daniel Razon, already won numerous awards despite being in its early years.

During the third GEMS Hiyas ng Sining Awards 2019, held at the Center for Performing Arts in Muntinlupa city, Wish FM was recognized as the best FM station in the country.

“Kumpara sa iba na dekada na ang binilang, ngunit nanggulat sila sa mga tagapakinig sa paraan at istilo nilang kaibig-ibig. Nasapul agad nila ang pulso ng masa, di lang ng mga sosyal at may pihikang panlasa, kahit saan mang dako, istasyon nila ay bukam-bibig sa musika at tinig nilang nakakakilig. Para sa ating Best Radio Station FM, Wish FM 107.5, (Compared to [other stations] that are already decades old, this station had a unique style that captured the hearts of everyone, not just the elite. Everywhere, their station shines when it comes to music. For our Best Radio Station FM, Wish FM 107.5)” the GEMS Award commentator said.

Since it hit the airwaves in 2014, it already struck the hearts of music lovers. Wish 107.5 changed the stage in performing hit songs after the first and only mobile radio booth in the country, the Wish Bus, was launched.

Local artists across the country were also given the opportunity to show off their talents, not only in the Philippines but also abroad.

Whether you’re already a veteran in the music industry or just starting, Wish 107.5 provides equal opportunity to share your music.

Wish’s YouTube channel has also become an online favorite because of its sound and video quality. Many featured artists already gained millions of views.

The Wish 107.5 representatives, DJ Faye and DJ Adam, are grateful for the support of the listeners and vows to continue providing a unique experience when it comes to listening to music.

“Maraming, maraming salamat sa GEMS awards and sa De La Salle Zobel para sa parangal na ito. Nakakataba ng puso kasi ang mga taong katulad ninyo ang inspirasyon namin sa ginagawa namin, (Thank you Gems awards and De La Salle Zobel for this award. It fills my heart because you are our inspiration)” DJ Faye said.

“Maraming salamat sa GEMS (Thank you GEMs) and also major prompts to all the people behind the scenes from the sound tech guys. Iyong mga video editors, (The video editors) and all that. Like, lahat tayo, talagang collective effort (All of your, this is a collective effort) to attain the success and recognition. To GOD be the glory,” DJ Adam said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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Congratulations Wish FM!

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:29 PM

Wish 107.5 has reached another milestone with their YouTube channel reaching over 5 million subscribers.

Ever since it hit the airwaves in 2014, Wish FM has achieved many ‘firsts’ including the first and only mobile radio booth in the Philippines — the Wish Bus.

They also spearheaded Wishcovery, the first and only online singing competition that provides a stage for aspiring singers across the country to show off their world-class talent.

The Wish Music Awards also combines music and charity. They put the spotlight on the best Filipino Artists and at the same time provide assistance to their chosen charity. Wish has already given over a million pesos -worth of donation to charities over the years.

READ: Wish Bus USA all set for the much-awaited debut in Hollywood

Wish continues to reach new heights as the Wish Bus journeys across
other parts of the Philippines and the United States.

The 5 million subscribers is just another step for Wish 107.5 and there will be more milestones to celebrate. So wishers, keep on wishing!—Aileen Cerrudo

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Wishcovery Season 2 winner to perform as KZ’s front act in Dubai concert

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 18 March 2019 12:59 AM

Wishcovery Season 2 grand champion, Rhea Basco

Three weeks has passed since Rhea Basco became the grand champion of Wishcovery Season 2: The singer and the song, the first and biggest online singing competition in the country.

But until now, the dentistry student from Taguig City still cannot believe the blessings she has been receiving.

“Nandito pa rin po iyong feeling ko na parang regular person pa rin. Mayroong ibang nakakakilala sa akin, or tumitingin so nakakagulat din po, (I still feel like a regular person, but I already get recognized by other people, it is surprising),” Rhea said.

On Friday, Wish 107.5 and Wishcovery innovator Kuya Daniel Razon gave Rhea the key to her brand new car as part of her grand prize for winning the competition. She has also won a house and lot, P1 million cash and a career in the music industry.

Wishcovery innovator Kuya Daniel Razon hands Rhea Basco the keys to a brand new car which is part of her grand prize

Rhea will also perform as a front act in the concert of KZ Tandingan in Dubai on March 22. She said she is already preparing for her very first performance abroad.

“50 percent (preparation) magpa-practice po ako para hindi naman sila madismaya kapag nag-perform na po ako, gagalingan ko. Excited po ko pero kinakabahan kasi KZ iyon, super galing niya, (50% preparation, I am practicing so that the audience will not be disappointed when I perform. I am excited and nervous because she is KZ, she is an excellent performer),” according to her.

“Super happy din po kasi pinagkatiwalaan ako ng Wish mag-front act sa concert ni KZ sa Dubai and sa Davao, so sobrang happy po, ( I’m super happy because Wish has trusted me to do the front act at KZ’s concert in Dubai and in Davao) she adds.

There is a lot in store for her after she concludes her performance in Dubai.

Kuya Daniel Razon told Wishers to stay tuned for the concert and album launch of Rhea along with her fellow grand finalists in Wishcovery Season 2.

“So ito ang immediate na kasunod nito, ang launch ng kanilang album and we’re looking forward na makapag-collaborate din sila sa kanilang mga mentors, ang kanilang mga composers, isang performance that they will be doing sa malaking venue, (The launch of their album will follow. We’re also looking forward to their collaboration with their mentors and composers, in a performance that they will be doing in a bigger venue],” he said.

Meanwhile, singing hopefuls should prepare for the upcoming Wishcovery Season 3.

“We will be announcing soon the mechanics for the season 3 ng Wishcovery, so abangan na lang po nila and hopefully makapag-bigay ng panibagong chance doon sa mga ibig na pumasok sa larangan ng musika. (We will be announcing soon the mechanics for the Wishcovery season 3, so watch out for that and hopefully it can provide another chance for those who want to be in the music industry). Watch out for the opening and we will be announcing the mechanics soon,” Daniel Razon added.

So Wishers, keep on wishing and you might be the next Wishcovery grand champion—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

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