How 'PGT' champ Kristel plans to spend P2-M cash prize


Posted at Apr 30 2018 08:13 PM | Updated as of Apr 30 2018 09:34 PM

'Pilipinas Got Talent' winner Kristel de Catalina shares a tearful moment with her 7-year-old son, Troy, at the conclusion of the results show Sunday night. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Spiral pole dancer Kristel de Catalina, who inspired "Pilipinas Got Talent" viewers not only with her talent, but her determination as a single mom, had a ready answer when asked how she plans to spend the grand prize as the winner of the talent search.

"Ii-invest ko po para sa pag-aaral ng anak ko. Seven years old pa lang po siya, so maraming pa pong gagastusin 'yung P2 million na 'yun," de Catalina told reporters shortly after her winning moment on Sunday night.

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The 32-year-old dancer from Antipolo took the stage with a final performance that had colorful visuals of a mother with her child -- a clear indication as to whom she was dedicating her soaring act. This, she confirmed in her post-win interview.

Asked where she drew her strength throughout her "PGT" journey, de Catalina answered: "Number one po siyempre ang anak ko, at mga mahal ko sa buhay na naniniwala sa aking talento. At siyempre ang Panginoong Diyos na nagbigay ng talentong ito."

Kristel de Catalina hold her 'Pilipinas Got Talent' shortly after the announcement of winners Sunday night. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

De Catalina was the personal bet of judge Vice Ganda to win the entire competition. She was the comedian's choice for his lone "golden buzzer," which sends acts straight to the semifinals.

"Nagagalak po ako," she said, when asked about Vice Ganda's vocal support. "Kumbaga hindi siya napahiya sa kanyang pagpili sa akin bilang golden buzzer. Napatunayan ko sa buong mundo na kaya kong higitan bawat challenge na ibigay sa akin."

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With her "PGT" win, de Catalina is poised for bigger opportunities ahead. But she isn't about to rest on her laurels. "Mas lalo ko pang paghahandaan at sasanayin ang sarili ko na mas maging magaling pa sa larangan na ito," she said.