Lyca Gairanod. File Photo.
MANILA – Lyca Gairanod, the first-ever grand champion of “The Voice Kids,” could not contain her emotions as she thanked all those who voted for her on the hit talent show.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News shortly after her victory on Sunday nught, the nine-year-old Cavite native said her tears were because she realized that her family can now have a house.
“Maraming, maraming salamat po kay Jesus. Thank you po na pinanalo niyo po ako. Mama, hindi na tayo maghihirap. Nanalo na ako sa ‘The Voice Kids.’ Naiisip ko po 'yung kapatid kong naiwan at 'yung kapatid ko rin pong namatay. Bibili po kami ng bahay,” she said.
When informed that among her prizes was a house and lot, Gairanod quickly said: “Bibili na lang po kami ng kung anong gusto po ng mga kapatid ko.”
As the grand champion of “The Voice Kids,” Gairanod won a house and lot from Camella Homes, a recording contract with MCA Universal, a P1-million cash prize, a musical instrument package, and a home appliance package, among other prizes.
Clutching her trophy, Gairanod continued to cry but had to compose herself after she was asked to pose for photographers who were eager to take her pictures.
Gairanod’s parents, meanwhile, said they did not expect their daughter to win the competition.
“Hindi ko po akalain siya 'yung tinawag. Ayaw ko pong making, ayaw kong marinig kung kaninong pangalan. Tapos siya pala ang tinawag. Hindi ko po alam kung anong gagawin… Sobrang saya ko po. Pangarap niya po ito para sa amin,” her mother said.
When asked what they will do with Gairanod’s winnings, she said: “Kung ano pong gusto niya. Papag-aralin ko po siya. 'Yun lang naman po talaga ang gusto niya, na balang araw marunong daw siya mag-English at naiintindihan niya lahat. Ang gusto ko sa kanyang mangyari is makapagtapos siya ng pag-aaral.”
‘It was her night’
Meanwhile, Sarah Geronimo was a picture of a proud coach after Gairanod’s win.
“Gabi niya kasi talaga ngayon eh. Si Darren (Espanto, her other contestant) sobra talaga siya nag-shine last night with his rendition ng ‘Ngayon.’ Talagang powerful, wow. Akala ko siya na talaga. With Lyca tonight, tinanong ko siya kung alam niya na grand finals na ito. Sabi niya opo. And it was obvious sa kanyang performances,” she said.
Despite this, Geronimo maintained that any one among the Top 4 finalists deserved to win.
“Sobra talaga akong masayang masaya sa dalawa kong [alaga], sa kanilang lahat, sa kanilang apat. Katulad ng lagi kong sinasabi, deserving silang lahat. Whoever wins among the four, talagang magiging masaya ako. Pero nanggaling sa team ko. Alam mo sobrang tuliro ako sa kanilang dalawa kapag nagka-campaign ako para sa kanilang dalawa kasi pareho ko silang mahal, pareho akong naniniwala sa talento nila. Sabi ko kahit sinong manalo sa kanilang dalawa, okay na ako,” she said.
Geronimo said she was just fortunate to have been the mentor of Gairanod and Espanto, who finished first and second in the competition, respectively.