The first The Voice Kids Philippines was won by nine-year-old Lyca Gairanod of Team Sarah after she got the highest percentage of public votes.
Lyca performed Regine Velasquez’s classic “Narito Ako” during the final showdown held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. She also performed the song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen and “Basang-Basa Sa Ulan” by iconic group Aegis, which drew a standing ovation from Bamboo.
She got praises from the mentors, especially from her own, Sarah G. “You are our superstar. Ipinakita mo ang iyong…napakalaki ng potensyal mong bata ka eh, ‘yung galing mo sa pagkanta, ‘yung galing mo sa pagkonekta sa meaning ng kinakanta mo, ‘yung kwento ng awitin na ‘yun,” she said.
Her fellow Team Sarah member, Darren Espanto finished first runner up while Team Bamboo’s Juan Karlos Labajo and Team Lea’s Darlene Vibrares received second and third runner-up respectively.
Lyca came from a humble background, living in Tanza, Cavite with her family. She usually helps her mother scavenge junk to sell and performs for her neighbors for extra cash. Her father, on the other hand, is a fisherman. Despite this, Lyca is well taken care off and is sent to school.
The grand prize of The Voice Kids includes a recording contract with MCA Universal, a P1 million cash prize, a house and lot from Camella Homes, a musical instrument package, a home appliance package, and many others.
Meanwhile, the competition was star studded. Many special guests performed including Martin Nievera, Lani Misalucha, Gary Valenciano, and Aegis. Of course, the coaches didn’t pass up to the chance; Geronimo, Bamboo Manalac, and Lea Salonga all performed in the live show.
The Voice Kids Philippines trended on Twitter as usual, with the official hashtag #TheVoiceKidsChampions easily went up the trend ladder. Other trends that reached the top spot include #TVKDarrenForTheChampion and #WowAngGwapoNiLuis.