By Ladylove May Baurile
With reports from Kezia Grace Jungco
Los Baños, Laguna- Twenty two candidates showcased their talents and fought for the title of Los Baños Idol last night at the Paciano Rizal Park.
The participants were divided into three batches that performed accordingly. The first batch consisted of Elaine Kaye Teaño (Malinta), William Don Criste (Lalakay), Mart John Renz Regis (Tuntungin-Putho), Aira Bautista (Bayog), Lenie Briones (Lalakay), Fiona Beltran (Mayundon) and Amiel Job Liwanagan (Batong Malake). The second batch was composed of Ricky Mendoza (Bayog), Regine Masecampo (Anos), Emmanuel Casubha (Batong Malake), Ana Liza Belloga (Maahas), Marie Fe Cao (Bayog), Shararayah Sto. Domingo (San Antonio) and Caren Patiten (Mayundon). Moreover, the third batch consisted of Lord Cedric Pavia (San Antonio), Roel Anthony Wagan (Batong Malake), Kathleen Anne Galula (San Antonio), Nimfa Arevalo (Anos), Ronnie Teaño (Malinta), Aya Mikhaela Aguinaldo (Bayog), Jomark Mesa (Bayog) and Dianne Ubaldo (San Antonio).
Another highlight of the event aside from the performances of the participants was the intermission of the duo child dancers who will compete for “Batang Pinoy National Dancespat Competition” and the “Laguna Teatro Kislap”.
The contestants were also given memberships to the “Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit” (OPM). Among the chosen participants were Nimfa Arevalo, Ricky Mendoza and Marie Fe Cao who was chosen among the three to perform for the organization’s upcoming concert.
“Sumali ako dito para mashowcase yung talent ng barangay namin at para mapprove na ang mga Los Baños ay magagaling, masaya dito kasi nakakabonding mo ang mga kalaban mo at hindi mo aakalain na yung kompetisyon ay ‘di ganoon kabigat,” shared Marie Fe Cao.
The top five performers for the said activity were Ricky Mendoza who sang “Don’t Stop Believin”, Lord Cedric Pavia who sang “Lady”, Marie Fe Almazan Cao who sang “And I am Telling You”, Aya Mikhaela Aguinaldo who sang “When you Believe” and Nimfa Arevalo who sang “Kahit Sandali”.
The winners were Nimfa Arevalo, Marie Fe Almazan Cao and Aya Mikhaela Aguinaldo respectively. They received cash prizes of P10000 for grand winner, P7000 for the first runner-up and P5000 for the second runner-up with scholarship from Informatics Institute.
“Sumali ako dito kasi gusto ko matulungan si mama, patay na kasi si papa kaya ako na lang ang inaasahan… kaya thank you po sa lahat lalo na kay God,” said Nimfa Arevalo.
It is the inaugural staging of the Los Baños Idol, which is still part of the Paskuhan sa Bagong Los Baños.
“Sa mga nanalo sobrang salamat sa pakikiisa sa programa namin at congratulations sa lahat kahit tatlo lang yung nabigyan ng OPM… lahat sila panalo dahil naipakita parin nila sa Los Baños ‘yung talent nila,” said Hon. Julius Moliñawe, event coordinator of the event.