MANILA -- There's a reason Lea Salonga paired kids from Davao with one from Bukidnon and another from Zamboanga del Norte for the Battle Rounds of Saturday's "The Voice Kids."
According to Salonga, she and Bamboo came up with an idea to have some of the contestants who could speak Bisaya showcase the dialect through a song by Jerika Teodorico titled "Baklay."
She grouped together Jeirald Bantilan, Dexsel Plaza, Vera Jagape, and Rhed Tabar for the song, which is said to be about the carefree nature of the Visayan people.
It was the first time in the history of "The Voice Kids" that a song in Bisaya was performed.
In the end, Salonga was full of praises for the kids even if there were some mistakes. She chose Vera Jagape, a 9-year-old from Davao, to move on to the next round.