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.”
At the moment, Mitoy’s career is being handled by ABS-CBN, Resorts World, MCA Music Philippines, and Talpa (franchise holder of The Voice of The Philippines).
Does he encounter any problem when it comes to the commission of each of the managing company mentioned above?
“Sa akin, wala naman. Siguro hindi naman magiging mayabang pag sinabi kong bahala sila.
“Kung ang ano ang i-abot sa akin, bahala sila.
“Nasabi ko na kanina, kuntento na ako sa natatanggap ko.
“Ang pinagpapasalamat ko, fair and square, nagkasundo sila.”
SAYAW AT SERYE. Meanwhile, Mitoy is thrilled to be part of Philippine Ballet Theatre’s groundbreaking two-night concert, Sayaw at Serye to be held on November 15 and 16 at the Cultural Center of The Philippines.
This is a collaboration project with ABS-CBN’s Philharmonic Orchestra with master conductor Gerard Salonga at the helm of the big production.
Mitoy and other celebrity singers will be interpreting the featured teleserye songs, alongside ballet performances.
Best known as a rock-ballad singer, Mitoy said that he feels privileged to be taking part in Philippine Ballet’s objective in making the art of ballet more appealing to Filipino masses.
“Ang mga kakantahin ko rito ‘Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan’, ‘Ngayon At Kailanman,’ at ‘Kailangan Kita.’
“Itong mga kantang ito, kinakanta ko na dati pa.
“Ang ‘di ko lang kinakanta yung ‘Kailangan Kita.’
“Siguro napansin ni’yo yung mga kinakanta ko—‘Paano,’ ‘Bakit Ako Mahihiya’—mahilig ako sa Tagalog songs.”
In fact, he’s hoping to include some of his favorite Pinoy classical songs in his solo record album, which he will be working on early next year.
“Sana ma-approve. Kanta ni Celeste Legaspi, [a popular singer-actress during the ‘70s and ‘80s], meron ako run.
“OPM akong tao. Bakya man kung tawagin ng iba yun, pero kakantahin ko.”
FIRST CONCERT ABROAD. To this day, Mitoy still cannot believe how The Voice of The Philippines paved the way for his instant stardom.
Even Filipinos abroad showed their heartwarming support during the recently-concluded One Kapamilya Go tour in the U.S.
“Nakakatuwa kasi to think na U.S. na yun, sa TV ka lang nakikita.
“Napatunayan mo na gano’n kagrabe ang dating ng TFC [The Filipino Channel] dun. Abot, nakatutok sila.
“Nakaka-touch para gumastos sila at bumiyahe galing from different states para makarating lang at makanood ng two-hour show. Marami silang sinakripisyo.”
The trip was all the more memorable because it was his first time to go out of the country.
“Nakakapagod yung papunta, pero ibig ko sabihin, dahil first time nga.
“Pagbaba mo dun, bagong salta ka run, parang nawala lahat ng pagod.
“Kasi dream come true na naman. Ibang dimension yung pinuntahan mo.”
How does it feel to be successful at the age of 43?
“Nakakatuwa, nakakataba ng puso. Ang tawag nga nila last pong, e, nakaswerte pa.
“Nakadisgrasya pa ng swerte kahit na yun na nga, parang lulubugan na ng araw. Masaya lang,” he cheerfully exclaimed.
Even though it took a while before he got this once-in-a-lifetime break in his singing career, Mitoy maintained is grateful because at least he’s more equipped to handle fame and intrigues.
“Alam mo naman kapag bata ka, hindi naman siguro lahat, yung prinsipyo, yung disposisyon wala pa. Hindi pa nagagawa yun.
“Sabihin mong 20 years old. Minsan late pa nalalaman kung paano mamuhay ng tama at kung paano gamitin kung ano man yung meron sila.
“Siguro right time lang ‘to. At least, alam ko kung paano i-handle yung nasa akin.”
Aside from Philippine Ballet Theatre’s Serye at Sayaw and other singing engagements, Mitoy will also do an acting stint via ABS-CBN’s upcoming comedy series, Home Sweetie Home, starring John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga.