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By Provincial Media Relations Center
March 23, 2010

TACLOBAN CITY  –  Leyte mined again another singing sensation as the Season 5 Leyte IDOL Star Category drew to a close Sunday night naming young mother May Obando as this year’s grand winner.

May wowed the judges, who stood on standing ovation in almost of the three performances she rendered during the Grand Finals night held at the Leyte National High School Gymnasium and earned herself P150,000 as cash prize and P50,000 worth of other prizes.

The newest Leyte IDOL winner sang the songs May Bukas Pa in the OPM Category, On My Own from the play Les Miserables in the Broadway category and went upbeat in the RNB Category – all three performances given high points by the judges composed of singer Bituin Escalante, singer comedienne Joy Viado and songwriter Jonathan Manalo.

May’s husband and kid was among the hundreds of crowd that jampacked the LNHS Gym together with the rest of the IDOL finalists’ supporters from Tanauan, Leyte, Ormoc City and Baybay City.

Also named as first runner up in this year’s Leyte IDOL was Reginald Detabali of Ormoc City who got the prize of P100,000. His singing style was being compared by the judges to artist Gary Valenciano.

Meanwhile, another Ormoc belter Christine Ricarte took home the cash prize of P50,000 after being named as the second runner up. Christine was likewise a favourite early on with the judges with her solid renditions of chosen songs in the three different categories set for the night.

Though she did not get the top three spots, Tanauan’s Mary Rose Modesto was named as Texter’s Choice for having gathered the most number of votes through texts.

Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla opened the Grand Finals Night with an OPM number and after which vowed to continue the said singing search saying this is more than just a talent search but already an institution in the provincial government that provide opportunities both in singer careers and other personal developments of Leyte’s young talents.

Also present during the night were Palo Mayoralty candidate Remedios “Matin” Petilla, Tacloban Mayoralty candidate Councilor Bob Abellanosa, Board Members Lesmes Lumen and Evangeline Esperas, Tanauan Mayor Roque Tiu, Babatngon Mayor Charita Chan, Tabango Mayor Benjamin Jonathan Remandaban and other officials from the provincial government.

The grand finals night was seen worldwide over live mainstreaming through ABC-5 and heard over live simulcast over local AM radios DYVL Aksiyon Radyo and DYDW Radyo Diwa. Leyte Samar Daily Express was also one of the Leyte IDOL’s official media partners.