It’s been a month since Mitoy Yonting was hailed as the first winner of The Voice of The Philippines, but he has yet to receive his cash prize, worth two million pesos.
The 43-year-old singer was quick to say though that he has no complaints about the said delay.
“Wala pa, e. Sabi ko, hindi naman ako... Siguro gano’n talaga. Hindi naman kasi gano’n kaliit yun.
“Hindi naman gano’n ka-ano para i-hand over lang sa’yo.
“Siyempre may mga papeles na dapat ayusin, pero naintindihan ko naman yun,” he said in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last Tuesday, November 5.
The talented belter added that he’s actually more excited to get his hands on the car prize, which is a Ford Focus.
His winnings also include an Asian tour for two, entertainment package from Sony Bravia and a four-year contract with MCA Music Philippines.
“Hindi pa naibibigay. Kasama sa prize. Pinipinturhan pa lang! Biro lang, biro lang!” he quipped.
“Sa ngayon, sabi ko nga mas excited ako sa kotse.
“Kasi financially, wala naman akong malaking ipon.
“Pero kuntento ako kung ano’ng nanagyayari sa mga natatanggap kong biyaya.”
Asked about his talent fee (TF), Mitoy further explained that he hasn’t set any specific amount yet since his tours, in and out of the country, are still part of his commitment to The Voice of The Philippines.
“Sa ngayon, wala pa halos kasi puro ano pa ‘yan, di ba? Hindi pa TF na tinatawag.
“Puro honorarium na tinatawag. Hindi pa talaga yun.
“Kasi yung mga ginagawa ko part pa ng The Voice—yung mga promo, mall tour.”