Katrina Manaog. File Photo
HOLLAND (UPDATED) – Twelve-year old Katrina Manaog is not taking any chances. The Filipina singing sensation of Netherlands has not stopped practicing in preparation for her biggest battle on Friday.
Wearing the ABS-CBN "Tulong Na, Tabang Na" shirt, there is no stopping this young petite Filipina. She is the youngest among the six finalists in the 2014 "The Voice Kids" which will be held tomorrow night, early Saturday morning in Manila.
"Hindi po ako kinakabahan, pero magaling po silang lahat kaya I'll try my best po," Manaog said.
Incidentally, Manaog is the only Asian and the shortest among the finalists that include three Dutch nationals, a Moroccan and an Iranian.
The final round will be crucial for Manaog as the grand winner will be decided by text vote.
The parents of Manaog appealed for support.
"Sana suportahan nyo po yung laban ni Katrina bilang Pilipino. Naniniwala po kaming mag asawa na, in a way, magbibigay siya ng pride sa ating mga Pilipino," said her father, Jess.
The highly-rated program will be shown on RTL channel 4 in the Netherlands.
The young Manaog learned to sing at the age of three. She learned to play the piano at age 8, and at 10 years old, earned to play the guitar.
"Happy po ako na only Filipino po ako dito kasi I will make the Filipinos in Holland proud," the girl said.
During her blind audition, Manaog received a rare standing ovation from the live audience with her rendition of "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston.
The grand winner of the talent search will receive a study grant, a recording contract and Europe concert tour.
"I hope you would vote for me on Friday kasi I would do my best po," she said.
But whatever fate awaits her, Manaog has one modest dream-- to perform before a huge Filipino audience in her home country.