Pasig City singer Anthony "Tony" Labrusca advances to the next round of ABS-CBN's new talent search Pinoy Boyband Superstar.
The shows' judges—Aga Muhlach, Vice Ganda, Yeng Constantino, and Sandara Park—were all impressed by Tony's audition that aired on Saturday night, October 1.
Before proceeding to perform for the judges, the reality show contestant also did a back flip to impress the audience. Tony scored 98% from the passing score average of 75% from the audience.
The 21-year-old aspiring boyband member charmed judges and members of the audience with his version of Lifehouse's "You And Me."
Tony's mom, Angel Jones, was a member of the '90s band Kulay.
Since she was present at the studio, Vice Ganda invited her on stage to witness a mother-and-son performance from the two.
The It's Showtime host also took notice of Tony's surname and asked him if he's related to actor/model Boom Labrusca. Tony answered, "Si Boom Labrusca po, siya po yung biological dad ko."
Tony, who grew up in Canada, said he barely knows anything from his father. His mom and stepdad, Boom Dayupay, took care of him since he was a kid.
The son of Boom Labrusca recalled, "Yung last memory ko po na naalala ko po nung bata pa talaga ako pero my mom is actually the one that raised me."
Tony's wish to reunite with his biological father later came true. Boom was watching his son's audition backstage when the show's host, Billy Crawford, called him out on stage.
Upon meeting his son, Boom immediately told him, "I'm so proud of you, you know." He added, "I just wanna tell you na ano... ang galing mo. I'm so proud of you."
The Kapamilya actor went on to thank his former girlfriend Angel for raising their kid. He said, "Thank you so much for raising Anthony, of course."
Tony got a little emotional upon meeting his father for the first time. He admitted, "I really don't know kung ano iyong dapat kong maramdaman. Kasi yung first na nakita ko iyong tatay ko, parang hindi ko maiiwas na he's my blood kaya kahit parang stranger siya sa akin, I see so much of myself in him."
In reply, Boom said, "Si God kasi, may mga ways Siya, di ba? So dati, hindi natin mapipilit yung mga bagay na wala pa dun, e. At least now, andito na siya and everything's okay. And maybe from there, alam mo, magkaayos-ayos na ang lahat, di ba?"