Leyte IDOL Season 5
grand winner named, received standing ovation from judges, crowd
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.
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.