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Wishful Princess Sevillena hailed as first Wishcovery grand winner

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018

(Left-Right) BMPI CEO Kuya Daniel Razon raises the hand of Wishcovery Grand Winner Princess Sevillena while being awarded with a Bria house and lot by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar. (Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The almost seven-month vocal battle of the biggest online singing competition Wishcovery concluded Tuesday night.

Fans of Wishful 5 Carmela Ariola, Hacel Bartolome, Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Anne Culala and Princess Sevillena flocked to the Big Dome to support their bets in the grand finals.

The scores of the first two rounds were computed from their last Wish Bus performance.

For round 3, the Wishfuls sang a medley of their previous performances but the challenge was to make foreign reactors Cicero Oca and Richie Rich appreciate OPM songs.

The next round showcased the Wishful 5’s ability to sing with a group as they perform an original composition of Wishcovery resident reactor Jungee-neer.

For the last part of the contest, the grand finalists gave their all in their solo performances.

Cavite’s Hacel was hailed the competition’s fourth runner-up who received P100,000.

Batanguena Wishful Carmela is the third runner-up winning a cash prize of P100,000.

Second runner-up is Bulacan’s Louie Anne taking home a total of P300,000.

Receiving half a million pesos is first runner-up Kimberly of Bicol and the first-ever grand winner is Metro Manila’s bet and wildcard pick, Princess.

She won P2-million worth of cash and contract, a house and lot and a brand new car.

Princess will also fly to New York for a musical training and a makeover.

“Thank you, Lord. Thank you so much. Big blessing talaga. Hindi talaga dapat sumuko. Dapat laban lang ng laban hanggang maabot mo ‘yung pangarap mo,” said Princess.

(Thank you, Lord. Thank you so much. This is really a big blessing. We really should not give up. We should keep on fighting until we reach our dream.)

Star Music also sees great potential in the grand champion.

“Sobrang deserving ng winner natin and I’m very excited to work with her and talaga she would be the next big diva,” said Star Music audio content head Jonathan Manalo.

(The winner is really deserving and I’m very excited to work with her and she would really be the next big diva.)

Meanwhile, aspiring singers should get ready for a bigger Wishcovery next season.

“Naka-ready na ‘yung Season 2 ng Wishcovery at mas malaki ang plano natin para dito. Hinihintay pa natin ang tamang panahon para i-reveal ito pero in the meantime ‘yun munang ating mga nanalo at especially yung Wishful 5 ‘yung kanilang kontrata sa atin, we will start to fulfill ‘yun. Ngayon ay binibigyan natin ng concentration ang pag manage sa kanila in collaboration with Star Music,” said Wishcovery originator, BMPI Pres. and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon.

(Wishcovery’s next season is now ready and we have big plans for it. We are just waiting for the right time to reveal this but in the meantime, [we’ll focus first on] our winners especially the Wishful 5. We will start to fulfill our contract with them and give concentration on managing them in collaboration with Star Music.) — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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Wishful 5 begins album recording

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, April 21st, 2018

2nd runner-up Louie Anne Culala (Left) and wildcard finalist, grand winner Princess Sevillena (Middle) and fourth runner-up Hacel Bartolome (Right),


MANILA, Philippines — After a short break from their Wishcovery journey, the five Wishfuls  have returned to work.

On Wednesday, they started working on their album featuring the best of their Wishclusives and some of their original songs.

First to record their singles are fourth runner-up Hacel Bartolome, 2nd runner-up Louie Anne Culala and wildcard finalist and grand winner Princess Sevillena.

“‘Yung binigay ‘yung kanta, talagang syempre alam mong sa ‘yo, nakakatuwa, napaiyak ako. Nabiyahe ako nun eh, tapos tumawag ako sa nanay ko, sabi ko ‘Ma, may kanta na akong akin’,” said Hacel.

(When they gave me the song and realizing it was made for me, it was thrilling, it made me cry. I was on the road when I called my mother. I said to her,”Ma, I now have my own song.” )

They also gave hinted on what to expect from their original songs.

“Sobrang millennial. Sobrang millennial ng tunog and parang may pagka-Sarah G feels. Ganun,” said Louie Anne.

(So millennial. The sound is so millennial, it has a Sarah G feels to it. )

“Hindi biro ang magrecord ng isang upbeat song. I mean, it takes a lot of strength din sa vocals,” she added.

(Recording an upbeat song is no joke. I mean, it takes a lot of vocal strength.)

“Hoping and wishing and praying na magustuhan ng mga tao ito kasi unang-una relatable siya. Pangalawa, ang ganda ng melody niya. Pangatlo, ‘yung lyrics sobrang tagos sa puso,” said Princess.

(Hoping and wishing and praying that people will like it because firstly, the song is relatable. Secondly, the melody is beautiful. Thirdly, the lyrics just goes straight to the heart.)

Composer and Wishcovery resident reactor Jungee Marcelo, who also penned their singles, directed them in the album recording.

The composer is optimistic with the outcome of the recording.

“Madali silang i-guide. Sabihin mo ito, ibibigay naman nila. Ibig sabihin, magagaling ‘yung ating mga Wishfuls. Meron silang natural na musicality,” said the veteran music producer.

(Their easy to guide. You tell them to do this, and they deliver. It means our Wishfuls are truly talented. They have natural musicality.)

“It’s very tough writing these songs, coming up with something that would fit each one. So I hope I gave justice to whoever gets the song and I hope and I feel good now, hearing them singing the song,” he added.

Included in the album are some of the songs they performed at the Wishcovery Grand Finals. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

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5 Hopefuls vie for first-ever Wishcovery title

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

WISHFULS. The five singing hopefuls of Wish 1075’s innovative online singing competition, Wishcovery, are all set to conquer the Big Dome tonight.

MANILA, Philippines —From the original 20 singing Wishfuls, it has now come down to five.

Wishcovery’s grand finals night promises a singing showdown among the five rising talents: the multi-instrumentalist of Batangas Carmela Ariola; the band vocalist from Cavite Hacel Bartolome; the young, senior high school student from Bicol Kimberly Baluzo, the tourism management student from Bulacan Louie Anne Culala and the competition’s wild card pick, singer-beatboxer from Makati, Princess Sevillena.

Launched in September 2017, Wishcovery is Wish 107.5’s innovative online singing competition that aims to discover aspiring musical talents with exceptional voices from across the country.

The five Wishfuls are all excited and prepared for their final performances.

“Great achievement kasi sabi ko nga po one of my dreams is magkaroon o makapagperform ng solo sa Araneta and this time matutupad na siya,” said Kimberly.

(This is a great achievement. As I’ve said, one of my dreams is to have a solo performance at Araneta; it will come true this time.)

“Sa tulong po ng Wish 107.5, sa mga binigay nilang (With the help of Wish 107.5 and all the) training and how they helped us to develop our personalities and our talents, I could say that the five of us are ready na,” said Carmela.

The Wishfuls also promised their supporters to give their best as their way to thank them.

“Mas gagalingan ko and ipapakita ko yung something na hindi ko pa napakita sa mga previous performances ko,” said Louie Anne.

(I will do better and will show something that I have not yet shown before in my previous performances.)

“Matatag ang Princess Warriors, kayang-kaya nila and ako din syempre kailangang mas maging matatag kasi ako yung lalaban para sa kanila,” said Princess.

(The Princes Warriors are tough, so I should be tougher because I will be fighting for them.)

“Hanggang ngayon, hanggang matapos, hanggang makapagperform ako, pusuan ko po. Pupusuan ko para sa kanila,” said Hacel.

( From now until the end, until my performance, I will give it my all. I will put my heart into it for them.)

Meanwhile, power viewing of the grand finalists’ final Wish Bus performances ended at noon on Monday. Princess, as the top is now secured of 15% of her score for the much-awaited grand finals night to be held at Smart Araneta Coliseum, March 27  at 7:00 p.m.— Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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Power viewing for Wishful 5’s Wish Bus performances now ongoing

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The battle for Wishcovery’s grand finals has officially started.

Wishful 5’s last Wish Bus performances before the grand finals night are now up for viewing.

This will comprise 30% of their final score — 15% from the reactors and another 15% from the power viewing.

As of 3 p.m., Kimberly Baluzo’s version of “Tatsulok” was leading the power viewing with 137,208 views.

Carmela Ariola’s performance of Basil Valdez classic “Tunay Na Ligaya” came next with 96,185 views.

Following her was Louie Anne’s interpretation of “Someone’s Always Saying Goodbye” with 61,373 views.

Hacel Bartolome’s rendition of “Sa Aking Puso” gets 57,864 views.

Meanwhile, Princess Sevillena’s performance of “You Are My Song” already had 39,623 views.

Power viewing will close at noon on March 26.

The remaining 70% of their final score will come from their live performances at the grand finals night on March 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue


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