Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 had its grand finalist performance night last Saturday, October 22, 2011. The performance night was definitely a spectacular showcase of Filipino talent, artistry and spirit. Thousands came to watch the competition held at the Ynares Sports Complex in Antipolo City. Family, friends and legions of fans came to openly support the twelve grand finalists from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
PGT hosts Luis Manzano and Billy Crawford served as hosts while TV host-actress Kris Aquino, comedienne-singer Ai-Ai delas Alas and former ABS-CBN president Freddie M. Garcia served as resident judges. Other ABS-CBN officials and representatives from Freemantle were among the audience.
WORLD-CLASS FILIPINOS. Opening the show was PGT Season 1 winner Jovit Baldivino, who has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry. As he sang onstage, several Filipinos who made the country proud in sports, entertainment and culture dramatically entered and were heralded.
In the field of sports, first to appear is world renowned bowler Miss Bong Coo followed by boxing champs Ray "Boom-Boom" Bautista and Gerry Peñalosa, and billiard king Dyango Bustamante.
The world saw how the Filipino has conquered the world theater stage with the Broadway musical Miss Saigon.
Though international singer/thespian wasn’t around, some of her fellow cast members of Miss Saigon like Jamie Rivera, Janine Desiderio and Pinky Amador were present.
Award-winning hip-hop dance group Philippine All-Stars emerged onstage, followed by the graceful entrance of beauty queens 2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj, 2011 Miss Universe 3rd Runner-up Shamcey Supsup, 2005 Miss International Precious Lara Quigaman and 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz.
The performance night was a grand showdown of talents and skills among the 12 grand finalists.
The first performer put on spotlight is the very talented shadow theater group El Gamma Penumbra from Tanauan City, Batangas. The group opened the competition with their amazing shadow play which focused on the beautiful cultural symbols, landmarks and traditions of the Philippines. They ended the act with a visual forming the image of Dr. Jose Rizal. El Gamma Penumbra’s performance captivated the judges and audience.
Bonifacio Salubre, Licinio Lolo and Andrew Sanchez known as the Maasinhon Trio of Maasin City, Leyte sang next. Being the "oldest" group that made it to the competition did not dampen their spirit. Donned in elegant Barong Tagalog, the trio remarkably interpreted the song "Nais Ko" by Basil Valdez. They sang in perfect harmony and amazed the judges and the crowd.
The third performer is a group of "gymnastic dance warriors" from Butuan City who is called Loverkada Kids. Their gymnastic performance showed elements of "break dance" grooves and acrobatic acts that thrilled the audience. One of its members of this nine member group couldn’t join the performance due to health reasons but nevertheless, the group performed with a lot of determination and spirit.
Next in line was "the girl with a golden voice", child belter Renagine Pepito from Cagayan de Oro. She is likened to renowned singing sensation Charice Pempengco. Wearing an elegant light blue dress, Renagine belted out "Note to God," Charice’s single from her international album.
Hip-hop group Kiriko performed an original rap composition that impressed the judges who praised them for their originality and for being a source of inspiration for others. The song speaks about "never giving up and reach for your dreams." Members of Kiriko are natives of Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
Sixth performer is a Davao based acoustic group called Bringas Brothers. Jefferson and Kurt gave their own interpretation of Eric Clapton’s "Change the World."
Ai-Ai complimented them by saying, "Ang cool-cool ninyo. Kayo ang KJ, king of the jungle and LK, lion king of acoustic."
Charming and scintillating Diva Twins who hail from Nueva Ecija certainly know to heat up the stage and captivate the crowd. Wearing long gowns and singing a slow song was the first part of act. They stripped off the long skirts, revealing a skimpier skirt in fringes when they started to sing and dance Jennifer Lopez’ "Let’s Get Loud."
While the judges were giving their comments.
Pinay-Nigerian Muriel Lomadilla was the eighth performer. Clad in a white gown with a gold-like neckline, the 16-year-old finalist who has very impressive vocals gave her own rendition of the "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack like a real pro. Muriel hails from Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
The ninth grand finalist was Lucky Twins from Tacloban City. The twin brothers are graduating college students taking up Environmental Science. They did a beautiful contemporary jazz number, interpreting the song "Maalaala Mo Kaya."
Another group from Laguna made a great performance. Sandugo band, a ten member group performed "Yugyugan Na," a rock and funk song, originally sang by the band, POT.
15-year old charmer Khalil Ramos, who has a very strong fan base, was the eleventh performer to be onstage. He sang a rock song called "Dream All." He comes from Paranaque City.
The twelfth grand finalist is theater group, Synergy. Garbed in fantasy make-up, whimsical costumes and props, Synergy gave a stellar "air dance" performance with a nature-inspired theme. Dancers suspended in air expertly hanging from a metal cube and a ring are some of the highlights of their death-defying act. The 8-member group hails from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
GRAND WINNER. The results night was held last Sunday night, October 23, also at the Ynares Center.
The grand winner of the competition is determined by the number of text and online votes.
The top three finalists who got the highest votes will each get P50,000. The finalist who gets the highest number of votes is declared the grand winner.
Before to the announcement of the top three, several celebrities performed with the finalists.
Singing group Maasihon Trio and rap group Kiriko sang shared the stage with Vina Morales and Frenchie Dy.
A high energy dance act was performed by Ryan Bang, Bugoy, Jhong Hilario together with finalists Loverkada Kids, El Gamma Penumbra, Lucky Twins and aerial acrobatic act Synergy.
Singers Muriel, Renagine and the sister act Twin Divas shared songs with Jed Madela, Christian Bautista and Nina.
Songs from the Beatles were rendered by finalists Bringas Brothers, Khalil, Sandugo together with Gary Valenciano and son, Paolo.
PGT Season 2 winner Marcelito Pomoy took center stage and dazzled the audience once again with his phenomenal vocals.
After the performances, the top three finalists were announced. Maasihon Trio, Khalil Ramos and acoustic duo Bringas Brothers emerged as the top three finalists. They received the highest turnout of online and text votes. Each finalist was awarded P50,000.
FMG proclaimed Maasinhon Trio as the grand winner of PGT Season 3. The singing group won the much-coveted Pilipinas Got Talent grand champion title and was awarded P2 million. Meanwhile, Khalil Joseph Ramos emerged as second placer while the Bringas Brothers became third placer.
The group profusely thanked everyone. "Sobrang salamat sa Panginoon, sa mga pamilya namin..." Still overwhelmed with emotion, the trio performed their wining piece "Nais Ko" one more time.