The Voice Kids champion Elha Nympha wants to invest cash prize in banana cue business

Elha Nympha's thank you list: “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa mga sumuporta sa akin, lalung-lalo na po kay coach Bamboo [Manalac, right]." She received 42.16% of votes, allowing her to win The Voice Kids Season 2.



Umaapaw ang kaligayahan ng bagong The Voice Kids grand champion na si Elha Nympha noong humarap siya sa media pagkatapos ng live telecast ng ABS-CBN talent show last Sunday, August 30.

Katabi ng 11-year-old performer habang nagpapa-interview ang kanyang coach, ang rock icon na si Bamboo Manalac.

“Sobrang saya ko po, kasi first time ko’ng nanalo sa contest na nasa TV,” bulalas ni Elha nang kausap namin siya sa stage ng main theater ng Resorts World Manila, kung saan ginanap ang grand finals ng The Voice Kids.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa mga sumuporta sa akin, lalung-lalo na po kay coach Bamboo. Kay God po, sobrang nagpapasalamat po ako, [sa mga] taga-Kamuning po, taga-Bulacan at lahat po sa Quezon City at mahal ko sa buhay,” tuwang-tuwang sabi ng�ng singer na tinaguriang Biriterang Banana cue Vendor ng Quezon City.


(Read: Elha Nympha of Team Bamboo wins The Voice Kids Season 2)

SAVINGS FIRST. Ano ang plano niyang gawin sa P1 million cash na napanalunan niya?

“Ang plano ko po sa premyo ko ay iipunin ko muna po para sa susunod po, may pangkuha po kami doon ng kailangan namin,” lahad niya.

Plano ba nila ng kanyang ina na magtayo ng business?

“Siguro po, kasi gusto ko po sanang magtayo ng banana cue restaurant.”

Dating nagtitinda ng banana cue si Elha sa Quezon City.


ACTING ON TV. Papayag ba si Elha kung may mag-offer sa kanyang umarte sa TV, gaya nang nangyari sa naunang The Voice Kids grand champion na si Lyca Gairanod?

“Kailangan ko po muna mag-praktice,” ngiti ni Elha. “Marunong po ako ng konti [umarte].

Dinugtungan ni Bamboo ang sagot ni Elha.

“Kapag nakita ninyo siyang mag-perform lang, tingnan ninyo lang.

“Napaka-natural na performer talaga, naka-smile. May joy talaga, e. Yun ang amazing.”

Sa tingin ni Elha, ano ang unforgettable na tinuro ni Coach Bamboo na nagpanalo sa kanya?

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Sagot ng batang singer, “Always smile with ten thousand points. Haha!”

“Worth ten thousand points,” salo naman ni Bamboo.


EMOTIONAL BAMBOO. Marami ang nakapansin sa pagpahid ni Bamboo ng luha sa kanyang mga mata nang sabihin ang pangalan ni Elha bilang grand champion.

Ano’ng masasabi ni Elha dito?

“Sobrang saya po, kasi first time ko lang po ulit nakita si coach Bamboo na umiyak.”

Nagpaliwanag si Bamboo sa kanyang pag-iyak sa stage.

“Kasi, like sinabi ko, I just thought she deserved it lang. I thought she was the most consistent, the most natural performer. We have somebody really special now.

“It’s amazing what this show can do. Her [Elha’s] life will change on her own merit, what God has given her.”

Kapansin-pansin din ang pagiging very emotional ni Coach Bamboo sa pagkapanalo ni Elha.

“I am, I am. I’ve invested in my kids, ganoon lang yun ka-simple.”

How does it feel that finally may champion na sa Kamp Kawayan (ang team ni Bamboo sa The Voice Kids)?

Sagot ni Bamboo, “I don’t know. Hindi ko pa naiisip yun. Pero I’m just happy for Elha, yun lang naman.

“But well, I’m in Team Elha now. It’s about team Elha now and I’m just very proud of her. Masayang-masaya ako para sa kanya.

“Look at that smile.”

Masayang tiningnan ni Bamboo si Elha.

“And the voice to back her up, the heart to back her up. Amazing lang talaga,” dugtong ni Bamboo.


FAST LEARNER, GOOD HEART. Did he pick the right songs para lumabas yung strength ni Elha bilang singer?

Buong pagkukumbabang sabi ni Bamboo, “At this point, I never like taking credit. Sa amin kasi, it’s about Elha.

“It’s about our team lang. We worked well. Madali siyang turuan, madali siyang kausapin. She just has a good heart, a good kid.

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“People around her are good people as well, her mother. That’s a sign of good things to come. “

Ano sa tingin ni Bamboo ang ginawa niyang tama this season?

“Well, the something right was I turned [my chair] for her. I was the only coach who turned for her [during the blind auditions].

“That is quite a story lang, you know. And then, for her to come [out on top], ‘coz people do not expect her [to win].

"No one saw her coming, right? And then, at some point, I knew I had somebody very special talaga, very special. It’s mindblowing what she can do.”

Paano niya nailabas ang napaka-powerful at special na boses ni Elha during the grand finals?

Tugon ni Bamboo, “Well, that’s my secret. That’s my secret sauce.

“But also with the help of a lot of her own personal vocal coaches. They are part of this as well. Ang dali niyang [Elha] turuan. Ang dali niyang kausapin lang.

“Whenever I give her anything, any instruction, immediately, the next time, she hits it. She hits it immediately.

“That’s how sharp she is. And that heart lang, that same heart lang na like Lea [Salonga] said, that made her, sa sarili niyang ano, she sells banana cue on her own merit. She wants to do it on her own. She such a strong girl. I knew it, e.”


(View photos: IN PHOTOS: Elha Nympha wins The Voice Kids Season 2)


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