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

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2019   •   8328

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)

More wish granting with Wish 107.5

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 1, 2019

Nanay Teresita

Nanay Teresita showed off her favorite dance moves on the newly renovated floor of their home in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

It was well-polished and better compared to their old floor.

Nanay Teresita, along with nine others, lives in one of the elderly homes of the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE). COSE is one of the beneficiaries of top radio station Wish FM that received P100,000 cash grant.

The floor of COSE’s elderly home gets a makeover

Because of the cash grant, COSE was able to further provide a comfortable home for these lolas.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa Dios na mayroong may mga mabuting puso na nagdo-donate dito, (I am thankful to God for the kindhearted people who donated this)” Lola Conchita Salas said.

COSE is a non-governmental organization that aims to keep older people involved in the community.—AAC (with reports from Ninya Armillo)

Wish 107.5’s ‘Wishcovery Originals’ to Premiere on September 29

UNTV News   •   September 27, 2019

A new breed of OPM singer-songwriters is about to hit the digital space. 

On September 29, Wish 107.5 is set to premiere “Wishcovery Originals” on its YouTube channel. Serving as the third edition of the radio station’s online talent search, the show aims to discover and give a platform to aspiring Filipino artists who can both perform and compose their own songs.

“What we’re looking for right now is a singer and composer. We want, this time, the composer to express his feelings through songs that he himself wrote,” Kuya Daniel Razon, the creator of the competition and the main man behind Wish 107.5, remarked in a previous statement.

The first two seasons of the show focused on the singing prowess of the contenders. 

Series of Eliminations

Touting a brand-new concept for Wishcovery, Wish 107.5 is on a mission to scout, introduce, and hone promising music makers in the country. It opened its auditions last June and has since received hundreds of entries from singing-songwriting acts online and via the Wish 107.5 Bus.

Out of these hopefuls, only a select few will have the chance to showcase their talent and songs on the competition proper. 

After the program’s pilot episode — which is dedicated to giving the audience a walkthrough of what to expect throughout the show’s run — a series of weekly and monthly eliminations will take place.

Every Sunday, four contenders will battle it out on the weekly eliminations, the winners of which will advance to the monthly finals. Featuring a brand-new song for this stage, the top contender will earn a spot in the grand finals and a cash prize worth Php 20,000.

For the weekly battles, the scores will solely come from the panel of judges, which includes Mayonnaise frontman Monty Macalino, the country’s King of R&B Jay R, and veteran hitmaker-producer Jungee Marcelo.

For the monthly eliminations, the judges will only take up 75 percent of the total scores. The remaining 25 percent will come from the power-viewing statistics of the contenders’ Wish Bus performances to be uploaded on a dedicated platform for these videos, the Wishcovery YouTube channel. 

Despite this fierce competition, exciting rewards await the grand winner of the show. 

As in the previous editions of Wishcovery, Wish 107.5 will give a whopping set of prizes for the show’s grand champion — Php 1 million in cash, a recording contract worth Php 1 million, a brand-new car, and a house and lot. 

Follow the journey of aspiring Filipino singer-songwriters and hear new OPM songs on Wishcovery Originals! The show, which will air every Sunday on Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/wish1075official), will premiere on September 29. Meanwhile, full videos of the contenders’ Wish Bus performances will be available on the Wishcovery YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/2kJ4Oyn).

Wishcovery runner-up Kimberly Baluzo reaches new heights in ‘Rak of Aegis’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2019

Kimberly Baluzo

Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo takes on new heights as she plays the role of ‘Aileen’ in the hit musical ‘Rak of Aegis’.

Born in Daet, Camarines Norte, the 20-year-old Kimberly started singing when she was only three years old.

With only several more weeks before the opening of ‘Rak of Aegis’, Kimberly has three words to describe how she feels about the whole experience: overwhelmed, blessed, and grateful.

She auditioned for ‘Rak of Aegis’ without any idea about the musical. However, she was able to get the part, besting quite a number of aspirants who auditioned for the role.

READ: Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo stars in “Rak of Aegis”

“I didn’t have any clue kung ano ang daloy ng play, as in 0%! Talagang expect the unexpected. God is so amazing dahil binigay niya itong Rak of Aegis as part of my journey. Tunay nga ang kasabihan na kung para sa’yo, para sa’yo talaga, (I didn’t have any clue about the flow of the play, as in 0%. It was really an “expect the unexpected” moment. God is so amazing for giving me Rak of Aegis as part of my journey. What people say is really true: if it’s meant for you, it will be yours),”Kimberly said.

What is it like working with the team and other famous singers?

Sobrang nakakainspire (It’s so inspiring), and knowing them more and hearing their experiences make me feel motivated. Also, [they inspire in me] the eagerness to explore and learn more.

What is your most unforgettable experience with the production so far?

For me, the most unforgettable experience is the bonding and family-like relationship that has been established among the Rak of Aegis cast. Dito ko na feel na pantay-pantay kaming lahat. Walang mas sikat o bago. At lahat rin nagtutulungan. Walang lamangan o pagalingan. Magkasama sa hirap at ginahawa (They never made me feel anything less than an equal. No one is a star or a newbie. Everyone helps each other. There is no competition. We are together through thick and thin). [During performances] pinapalakas nila loob ko, (they encourage me) to stand strong and face my fears.

What is your next goal after Rak of Aegis?

I don’t have any goals yet after this. I will keep trusting God’s plan in my life dahil ang plano niya ang the best, (because His plan is the best).

What is your advice for singers who would also like to perform in a musical?

Don’t ever ever give up and just be yourself. Huwag kang mag padala sa takot at kaba (Don’t let fear and anxiety drag you down). When you dream, aim high. Stay humble and don’t forget to thank God for everything that He has given you.

Kimberly Baluzo (right) with original lead star, Aicelle Santos (left) and the rest of the Rak of Aegis cast

Kimberly’s ultimate goal and wish as a singer is to have a solo concert, release an album, serve as an inspiration to others, and be of help to the less fortunate especially abandoned children.

Rak of Aegis is Kimberly’s first professional theater experience

The iconic original Pinoy musical will have its 7th run starting on July 5 to September 29 at the PETA theater. — aac

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