MANILA - Joshua Oliveros, dubbed the "Hopeful Son ng Antique," has been named grand champion of the third season of "The Voice Kids" on Sunday at Resorts World Manila.
Oliveros, who got into the finals after garnering 56.15 percent of votes in the semi-finals, edged out the competition with his rendition of Yeng Constantino's "Salamat."
"Ano man ang mangyari ngayon, nakuha mo na ang puso naming lahat," Sharon Cuneta told Oliveros.
His coach, Lea Salonga, also lauded his performance.
"Pangarap, pamilya, consistency, puso, boses. You are perfection on that stage. I am so proud to be your coach," she added.
On Saturday, Oliveros earned praises for his duet with his coach.
"My favorite part, tama ang coach mo. The smile brought the whole thing. It comes out through the song," Bamboo Mañalac said.
Oliveros got 38.07 percent of votes, followed by Antonetthe Tismo and Justin Alva at 36.69% and 25.24%, respectively.
He will take home P2 million, a house and lot, and a recording contract, among others.
"Masayang masaya po ako na ako 'yung nanalo ng bahay, ng pera at ng trophy po. Malaking tulong po ito sa amin. Napaluhod po ako kasi sobrang natuwa po ako. Maraming salamat po," Oliveros told ABS-CBN News after his win.
Journey to the grand finals
A young boy from Antique who wants to use his talent to improve his parents' relationship, first caught the attention of Broadway star Lea Salonga when he belted out "Habang May Buhay" for his blind audition. While it failed to impress Bamboo Mañalac and Sharon Cuneta, his performance was enough to earn him a spot in the next round.
"I waited for the high note in the end. You only need some adjustment. You are inspiring and we will inspire more people," Salonga told Oliveros.
And adjust Oliveros did. Salonga commended him for massively improving from his blind audition and outlasting fellow hopefuls Natalie Martinez and Maegan Frondoso in the Battle Rounds. The trio sang "Ngayon at Kailanman," but Salonga singled out Oliveros and picked him to move on to the live shows.
Oliveros then broke down after Salonga chose him to represent her team in the semifinals after impressing with his cover of Yeng Constantino's hit ballad, "Ikaw."
Salonga told Oliveros: "Parang ngayon ko lang siyang nakitang ganito. Huwag mong kalimutan na ito yung pinakamagaling mong pagkanta sa ngayon."
For the semifinals, Oliveros sang Smokey Mountain's "Mama," which he dedicated to his parents. Salonga's rival coach, rock icon Bamboo could not help but praise Joshua's song choice and performance.
"Beautifully sung. I like the song choice. Konektadong-konektado ka sa istorya. I'm sure your man and you dad are proud of you tonight," he said. "This is the best that you have sung this song. Congrats. Beautiful, beautiful singing. I am proud of you."