MANILA – At the last line of the song "Ako'y Sa 'yo at Ika'y Akin Lamang," coach Bamboo Mañalac turned his chair to a 13-year-old tricycle driver's son during the blind auditions of "The Voice Kids" aired Sunday.
And at that very minute, all his father could do was jump in tears of joy backstage.
"Parang honey." This was how Mañalac described the voice of Tondo's Rommel Bautista.
He admitted that at first, he was reluctant with Bautista but the cool, soothing voice of the 13-year-old was just irresistible.
"It's those unique voices na may home sa akin. Ang lamig ng boses mo. Ang sarap pakinggan," Mañalac told Bautista.
He also compared Bautista to "The Voice" alumnus Myk Perez who recently launched his debut album.
Meanwhile, coach Lea Salonga noted that Bautista's voice has already settled, unlike that of a young child's changing voice.
"Nagse-settle na ang boses mo. It's good. Hindi na too much na nagbibinata. It's really good," she said.
Bautista is the son of a tricycle driver, Rommel Sr., who said he doesn't want his son to experience all the hardship he himself had to go to in life.
"Dalawa lang kami sa pinagdaaanan namin. Pumapasada ako mula umaga hanggang gabi. Ayoko pagdaanan ng anak ko yung mga dinaanan ko. Sana tuparin niya ang mga pangarap niya," he said.
Meanwhile, the younger Bautista, who hails from Tondo in Manila, said he joined the contest to help his dad.
"Gusto ko pong mainagat po sa buhay [ang tatay ko] kasi po medyo hirap-hirap po kami ngayon," said Bautista who also vowed to do good in his studies.