2 Dabawenyo young talents are finalists

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Friday, March 27, 2015


TYO YOUNG talents from Davao City are trying their luck in TV 5's newest primetime offering, the Rising Stars Philippines, which provides a game-changing concept and a refreshing way to engage its audience through the staple of Filipino culture -- the Karaoke.

From more than 3,000 aspirants who joined the audition held at NCCC Mall of Davao and simultaneously in some schools and barangays as well, in Davao City in November last year, 12 young aspiring singers made it to the semifinal round.

The 12 semifinalists performed live on-stage last December 11 where the top two winners to represent the city in the finals were chosen. They are Ronnie Sarucam and Jestonie Divino, who got an all-expense paid trip to Manila for the finals.

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Ronnie, 17, is a sophomore at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School while Jestonie, 20, who hails from Panabo City, is a graduating Marketing student from Ateneo de Davao University.

The two are among the 29 finalists who are representing various regions the country who are besting each other for the first Rising Star title.

Hosted by Ogie Alcasid and Venus Raj, with Mico Aytona as roving reporter, Rising Stars Philippines gives homegrown talents the chance to rise from phone to fame and become the country's next musical sensation.

The show airs every Saturday, starting on March 14, on TV 5, 10-11 p.m. The show will have its grand finals night on June 6.

The competition puts a premium on showcasing talent, and making their dreams more within reach. Aside from the booths, auditions were held at the comfort of others’ living rooms through the Rising Stars Philippines Mobile App. Available on the Google Play store for Android phones, joining made easy and hassle-free, with no money or time spent in long lines and traveling.

Auditions were also held via the website (www.risingstars.ph), where hopefuls could record and submit entries. Any Filipino over the age of 13 is eligible to enter the competition.

After months of screenings, online voting, and eliminations, the semi-finalists of each city were pitted in the regional live shows to screen and determine the cast for the televised finals. With 12 live shows held in various malls, thousands of guests and supporters cheered on their favorite contenders.

What makes this competition stand out from all the others is how it reaches out to the entire nation and takes advantage of the digital age. An entirely new degree of audience participation awaits viewers, as they can become part of the show at any given time: through the mobile app or website, anyone can sing, those who didn’t make it to the initial screenings can still record and submit a challenge entry against any of the current finalists, and get a chance to replace their slot on the show. This unique challenge concept presents a more level playing field, providing everyone their own chance to shine by showcasing their talents live on national television.

Three famous personalities act as judges -- the acoustic singer/songwriter Jimmy Bondoc, the Diamond Soul Siren Nina, and beloved Radio DJ/love guru Papa Jack.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 28, 2015.

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