On July 26 and July 27, Darlene Vibares, Darren Espanto, Juan Karlos Labajo, and Lyca Gairanod sang their best in the three-round competition of The Voice Kids Philippines Grand Finals held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila. Lyca Gairanod emerged as the grand winner 🙂
My hubby and I have enjoyed the show not only because we love music but we just find it heartwarming to see kids sing their best before a live audience. Hearing about their dreams, their love for their parents and their family also gave us a glimpse on why they are ready and willing to come before the world armed with a song.
From the blind auditions, Lyca Gairanod, I must say has captured my heart. She just sounds good and quite brave to me singing that Aegis hit, Halik. To me, she was at her best when she sang with the all-female group during the Grand Finals.
Darlene Vibares was my personal favorite among the 4 grand finalists. Watching her perform during the blind auditions, I thought she would reach the Grand Finals for sure and might even get the top slot. She was just a natural singer and performer. All the coaches, in fact, turned their chair for her. Among the 4 grand finalists, she was the only one who had that privilege to choose from among the 3 coaches. I would remember her best singing “Girl on Fire”.
The only Cebuano from the group, Juan Karlos Labajo, is quite simply a charmer 🙂 I would also remember him best for his performance during the blind auditions.
And as for Darren Espanto, his grand finals performance of the song, Ngayon, was simply the best. And all 3 judges would agree with me. His was the only performance that made all 3 judges stand at the end 🙂 Unfortunately, the video below does not show the reaction of the the 3 judges or of the audience but you can watch and see for yourself how good his rendition of the song was. I also take special notice that Darren was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Filipino parents and yet he speaks and yes, sings in Filipino so well. This is not always the case for Filipinos born outside the Philippines, a large number could not speak or even understand any of the Philippine languages 🙂
I wish all these kids their best as they continue their journey in singing. May we continue to hear from them for many years to come 🙂