Noven Belleza walked a few steps toward the cheering crowd, dropped to his knees, and positioned himself as if he was praying. He didn't need to say anything. The disbelief in his face said it all.
It was a magical moment for Belleza, a farmer from Negros Occidental. After delivering when it mattered most, he can now call himself the grand champion of the rebooted "Tawag ng Tanghalan."
His humble story of sacrifice — giving up his own chance at an education for the future of his younger siblings — matched with his soaring voice made him a deserving winner in the eyes of many Filipino viewers.
From the moment he brought to the grand finals stage his inspirational cover of "May Bukas Pa," sang with sincerity born from wanting people to believe that they can reach for their dreams no matter how cruel the circumstances, people were emotionally snared.
His string of hair-raising Air Supply covers that soon followed only cemented what everyone was already thinking: he had the trophy in the bag.
This is Belleza's shining moment and no one can fault him for giving in to his emotions. After a long journey, he can finally fulfill his promise to his family.
Asked what he plans to with his prize money, he said: "Una po, sa pamilya ko po talaga, sa mga kapatid ko para po mabago ko rin ang buhay nila. At sa magulang ko rin po kasi hindi ko na rin po gustong makita sila na naghihirap kaka-trabaho pa sa tanda nila."