MANILA, Philippines—Mitoy Yonting, a Pangasinan-hailing Metro Manila resident gifted with an unusual rock baritone, has emerged as the first ever winner of “The Voice of the Philippines,” besting fellow finalists Klarisse De Guzman, Janice Javier and Myk Perez.
The verdict came mainly through viewer votes in the show’s grand finale tonight, the show’s 32nd episode since debuting last June 15 and becoming a consistent primetime top rater for ABS-CBN. The finale aired live over the broadcast network’s main channel as it was held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.
Yonting’s victory is also that of his coach, internationally awarded singer Lea Salonga, who consequently bested her fellow coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Mañalac and Allan “Apl.de.ap” Pineda.
Right before the big winner was announced tonight, Salonga remarked to Yonting, whose many years of singing experience have made his vocalizations seem effortless, to let her be his “guardian angel, [constantly] watching over [his] shoulder” as he makes his way in the music biz.
As the winner of “The Voice of the Philippines,” Yonting brings home a 2 million pesos cash prize and a 4-year recording contract with MCA Universal, among other prizes.