A 12-year-old from Zamboanga Sibugay turned two chairs on the second season of "The Voice Kids."
The family of Jhoas Sumatra hails from Zamboanga Sibugay, but they are currently staying in Taguig.
Sumatra’s father, Romeo, saved his earnings from his barber shop so his family could move to Manila.
The boy sang “Help” by the Beatles for his blind audition. Coaches Lea Salonga and Bamboo Manalac turned for him.
Even though she did not turn for the contestant, Geronimo praised Sumatra for his versatility.
“Ibang-iba 'yung pinakita mo sa narinig ko kanina eh. Pero ang maganda doon, marami kang naibibigay. Versatile ka, flexible ka.”
Manalac, for his part, praised the Sumatra’s confidence on stage. “’Yung pagkanta mo, pwede nating ayusin pa ‘yan, di ba? Pero 'yung nagustuhan ko, 'yung puso. Na parang wala kang takot noong kumakanta ka,” he said.
Salonga also said she liked his confidence. “Ang maganda sa 'yo, una nga na wala kang takot sa amin. I like people like that, eh matapang na tao din ako."
Sumatra eventually chose to join the Broadway star’s team.
He joins Kiyana Bongat, Luke James Alford, Bianca Marbella, Jeomar Lazarraga, Noah Anderson, Reynan Dal-anay, Stephanie Jordan, Telesa Marie de Torres, Angel Enerio and Rovelyn Marquesa in Salonga’s team.