PDA Season 2 scholars sing for a cause

by Chuck Smith
Sep 7, 2008
The Final Six of Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 share their talents for a concert that will benefit their chosen charities. The remaining female scholars are (top row, from left) Cris Pastor, Liezel Garcia, and Laarni Losala while the male scholars are (bottom row, from left) Van Pojas, Bugoy Bogayan, and Miguel Mendoza.

For their last performance before the Grand Dream Night next weekend, the Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 scholars showcased their talent and singing prowess for a cause last night, September 6, at the PDA Concert Hall.

Dubbed "Dream BIGayan," the ticket sales for the 12th Gala Night will go the scholar's chosen charities—Emmaus House of Apostolate Home for the Aged for Liezel Garcia, Mindanao Emergency Response Network through Mindanao Tulong Bakwet for Miguel Mendoza, and Gawad Kalinga for Cris Pastor. Meanwhile, Van Pojas sang for Cebu City Task Force on Street Children, and Laarni Losala and Bugoy Bogayan chose the Ambassadors of Light Chorale and the Gatbo Irrigators Association, respectively.

Although the final Gala Night was a charity concert, the scholars still did their best to impress the judges—and to prove to the viewers that they deserve their text votes. But the judges were just as charitable, giving very brief and positive comments to the final six contestants. First up was Liezel Garcia, who sang Rihanna's "Please Don't Stop The Music." Guest judge Kathleen Dy Go of Universal Records said the song suited Liezel's style. "Ang lakas ng iyong international appeal," she added. Van ("True To Your Heart") didn't give the night's best performance, but he continues to make up for it with his appeal. "You register well on TV. Ang lakas ng dating," Go said of Van's performance.

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It was obvious Miguel tried to prove his flexibility as a singer by shedding his balladeer label with his rendition of "Rock DJ." Resident juror Louie Ocampo appreciated the effort, although he did not comment on the performance itself. "It's nice to see you having fun on stage," Louie said. Cris's take on the mambo song "Sway" was more successful, proving this season's most improved scholar is also one of the most flexible. "Maski anong ibigay na kanta sayo, kahit papaano you can deliver it very well," Louie said.

Meanwhile, Laarni may have had the season's most curious song list, but she easily topped that when she sang "Waray Waray." Laarni managed to shine despite singing an unusual song choice. "Sobrang yung performance mo was oozing with self-confidence. Parang wala kang paki kung mali ang nota ko. Basta ito ako, ito ang ibibigay ko sa inyong lahat," Louie observed.

Bugoy impressed the Universal Records executive with his dance moves when he sang Guy Sebastian's "All I Need Is You." "Patuloy mo pa rin akong pinapahanga sa iyong performance," she said.

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THE SCHOLARS SPEAK. Host Toni Gonzaga also interviewed the top six after their performances in preparation for the upcoming finale. The scholars addressed some of the more pressing issues concerning them, so the viewers will be able to discern who among the scholars deserve to be the Grand Star Dreamer.

Bugoy said he respects other people's comments regarding his sexuality. "Kung iyon po ang nakikita sila sa akin, tatangapin ko po. Kasi po perception nila ‘yon," he said. He also explained his closeness with expelled scholar Hansen Nichols. "Ang para sa akin po, ako kasi yung taong kahit sino man yung makahalubilo ko, tinuturing ko na parang kapatid lang."

Cris also confirmed that she and ex-scholar Sen are only friends. "Friends kami, friends talaga kami ni Sen. Ngayon, pag labas namin, iba na yung mundo di ba, so tignan natin."

Meanwhile, Miguel clarified why he ranked himself as the top scholar during as a self-assessment exercise. "I ranked myself at the top kasi yun talaga ang pinapangarap ko. I auditioned kasi I want to win, I want to be the Grand Star Dreamer." He admitted he felt bad when he learned his fellow scholars placed on the fifth spot, but said "di naman siguro yung mangyayari exactly on September 14, so antayin na lang natin ang September 14."

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Laarni, on the other hand, used the opportunity to explain her side regarding her emotional fits during the earlier parts of the competition. "Yung mga pag-iyak-iyak ko po sa loob, dahil po totoo po kasi yung nararamdaman ko. Pag talagang nalulungkot ako, di ko po kayang itago... But it doesn't mean po na wala po akong pakialam sa mga kasama ko, kasi po sobrang mahal na mahal ko po itong mga ito," she said.

Liezel was the only scholar to answer a performance-related question, confirming comments that she is the scholar with the least intrigues. Of her lackluster performances as of late, Liezel said "nailabas ko na siya talaga. From the start ganoon na ako, pero yun pala parang laging medyo kulang. So ang ginawa ko, siguro kung napansin n'yo yung mga nakaraang linggo, parang trinay ko talaga na ilabas ng todo. So alam ko kaya ko yun hanggang Dream Night."

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Lastly, Van said he hopes his mom understands his decision to pursue his dream to be become a singer but promised he would do his best on the show's finale. Earlier, Van's mother expressed her disapproval of her son's stay in the Academy.

The show also presented the percentage of the total text votes as of last night, September 6. Scholar A got 20.27%, Scholar B got 38.98%, while Scholar C got 11.28%. Scholar D received 20.18%, and Scholar E and F got 3.15% and 6.15%.

Who do think you deserves to be named as the Grand Star Dreamer of Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2? Keep on watching PDA Season 2 Uberture, Mondays to Fridays, 5:30 PM, and Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 Primetime on ABS-CBN. Viewers can also watch the PDA scholars everyday on Studio 23, 12:00-2:00 PM.

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The Final Six of Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 share their talents for a concert that will benefit their chosen charities. The remaining female scholars are (top row, from left) Cris Pastor, Liezel Garcia, and Laarni Losala while the male scholars are (bottom row, from left) Van Pojas, Bugoy Bogayan, and Miguel Mendoza.
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