Wishcovery Season 2 Finalists earn respect of Season 1 Wishfuls
Maris Federez • March 1, 2019 • 4113
The performance of the Wishcoverees at the grand finals night of Wishcovery Season 2: The Singer and The Song held on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, was akin to a grand concert.
Aside from the judges and the large following that each Wishcoveree has gathered in their Wishcovery journey, season 1 finalists, Princess Sevillena, Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Ann Culala, Carmela Ariola and Ace Bartolome have also expressed their amazement at the fresh talents of the first and biggest online singing competition in the country.
The Wishfuls said, one cannot deny the uniqueness of the talents of the season 2 finalists who, although neophytes in the business, have had their skills honed under the guidance of their mentors as evident in their grand finals performance.
Meanwhile, Christian Bautista, Kyla, Jona and Bugoy Drilon who all collaborated with the wishcoverees in the finals night, have also said expressed how much they enjoyed their respective numbers.
They were also one in advising these musical gems to stay humble and to give their best in every performance.
Wishcovery season 2 host, Kris Lawrence, expressed admiration to the innovator of Wish 107.5 and all the men and women behind the online singing competition.
“I love it. Wish doesn’t only help us as musicians as artists, as it helps us as artists. As Wish helps the Music Industry with Music we also help the charities, we also help the people,” said Kris.
Kuya Daniel Razon, the brains behind Wish 107.5 promises to continue the Wishcovery journey for aspiring singers.
He also announced the release of the album of the Wishcovery Season 2 Finalists.
“Kasama na din diyan iyong pag- launch ng album nila, ng walo na naging finalist. And we will be putting iyong songs nila in an album together with the projects natin for them, including the concert where we will be launching their album,” said Kuya Daniel. — Maris Federez
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)
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.
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)
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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