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

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2019   •   8794

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)

Wish 107.5 celebrates 6th anniversary by giving away over 100 tablets to students

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 24, 2020

To continue the spirit of charity, Wish 107.5 celebrated its 6th anniversary by giving away over 100 tablets to students.

The Wish 107.5 digital benefit concert ‘Notes of Hope’ featured performances of several OPM powerhouse artists including Moira Dela Torre, Jason Marvin, Darren Espanto, The Juans, Bugoy Drilon, SB19 and BMPI’s own Wishfuls.

Desiree Castro, one of the beneficiaries, is grateful for the tablet especially after her parents lost their jobs.

Marami pong hirap ngayong pandemya pero malaking pagkakataon po ito para sa aming mga estudyante itong tablet na ito para magamit po namin sa pagaaral (This pandemic has been a great challenge but this tablet is a good opportunity for us to use in our studies), she said.

Another beneficiary, Manuelito Carretero, had to make ends meet by being an on-call driver. He has long been worrying for the school needs of his children

Malaking bagay po sa kanila kasi wala po kaming kakayahan makabili ng ganoong gadgets lalo po sa panahon ngayon (This is a huge deal for them because we have no means to buy these kinds of gadgets especially during these times),” he said.

The radio station’s benefit concert also gave hope to Erika Mae De Vera who was close to stop pursuing her studies. She said her father already told her not to enroll since they would not have any means to buy the gadget for online learning.

Makakaasa po kayong pagbubutihan ko po ang aking pagaaral (Rest assured that I will do good in my studies), she said.

BMPI CEO and President Daniel Razon expressed his gratitude for the support of Wishers and vows to continue providing a platform for artists.

“Our friends from the live events industry are some of those who have been heavily hit, which is one of the reasons we strive to remain to be a platform where artists can continue to share their music and impart messages of positivity amid these difficult times,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

Celebrity team wins vs PBA legends in Wish Olympics basketball exhibition game

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 24, 2020

PBA Legend Johnny Abarrientos displays his vintage moves during the first Wish Olympics against the selection of movie and television celebrities. Also in the picture are Axel Torres, Gerrard Acao, Rayver Cruz and Young JV.

With only a point advantage, the Celebrity team secured a win against the PBA Legends in the first Wish Olympics at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday (February 23).

It rained three-point shots, courtesy of Axel Torres, during the last quarter which led the Celebrity team in a double-digit advantage.

The PBA Legends hustled to catch up until Cris Calaguio secured a three-point shot with only 8.5 seconds remaining, tallying the score to 102-101. However, the team fell short and the Celebrity team took the win.

Young JV of Team Celebrity takes off for a layup in front of PNP Responders’ Mariano Flormata Jr.

Celebrity team’s Rayver Cruz scored 23 points while Axel Torres and Young JV both scored 17 points.

Allan Caidic led the PBA Legends team with 25 points. Julius Casaysayan and Chris Calaguio secured 12 points. Jayjay Helterbrand, meanwhile, scored 11 points.

All players from both teams were grateful to be part of the first Wish Olympics.

“Nakakatuwa lang kasi different kind of way naman para makatulong. Mage-enjoy lahat ng tao, lahat ng manonood at the same time makakatulong pa ang galing (It is really fun because this is a different way to help. Everyone, all the viewers will enjoy and at the same time, there is charity. It is nice).”—Rayver Cruz

“So, for us sa mga players, mga athletes, mga actors we’re so blessed na nabigyan kami ulit ng opportunity na makatulong (we were given the opportunity to help).”—Johnny ‘The Flying A’ Abarrientos

“I just wanna give shout out to Wish Olympics and UNTV for organizing such a great cause. Alam naman natin na ang nangyari sa Taal (We know what happened in Taal) is very serious and to do something like this to benefit the people affected is such a great cause.”—Jayjay Helterbrand

The Wish Olympics was organized by Wish 107.5, to raise funds for affected families of the Taal Volcano eruption.

It featured volleyball and basketball exhibition games participated by OPM acts, local celebrities, and sports figures including notable PBA legends and UNTV Cup players. —AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Wish 107.5 reaches 7 million subscribers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2019

This has been a good year for Wish 107.5 as they power through to remain as the number one FM YouTube channel in the country after reaching seven million subscribers on October 28.

It was in March this year when Wish 107.5 reached 5 million subscribers. A few months after, 6 million subscribers was reached and it continued to rise to 7 million.

Wish FM has never stopped to live up to its name as the ‘Gateway to the World’ for local artist as they showcase talents from all around the country through the Wish Bus. This proves that Original Filipino Music (OPM) continues to flourish.

Wish is also known as the ‘Music Station with a Heart’ for their various forms of advocacy, from recognizing talented local artists to providing assistance to their chosen charity.—AAC

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