MANILA -- It was a dream come true for 24-year-old Mark Cando. Not only did he clinch a spot on the team of Coach apl.de.ap, he also got to serenade his crush, Toni Gonzaga, during the blind auditions of "The Voice of the Philippines," which aired on Sunday.
While the 24-year-old managed to impress the Black Eyed Peas member with his performance of Brenda Russell's "Get Here," Sarah Geronimo had a few pointers for him.
''Nandoon na 'yung ganda at 'yung timbre ng boses mo e. Pero hinahanap ko lang siguro 'yung tumatagos sa puso. May minor lang [na dapat ayusin],'' she said.
Coach Bamboo Mañalac echoed the comments of Geronimo but gave Cando credit for the way he presented himself onstage.
''The way you speak, the way you present yourself there... I like that,'' he said.
'Voice' coaches become love coaches
Asked who inspired him to sing the song, Cando said: "Talaga pong ina-admire ko 'yung katalinuhan at kagandahan ni Ms. Toni Gonzaga."
The coaches then called Gonzaga, who was backstage, to come out and meet her admirer.
Coach Apl gave the 24-year-old a rose and a pick-up line he can try on the "Voice" host.
Following the advice of his coach, Cando, holding a rose, told Gonzaga: ''Ice ka ba? Kasi crush kita e.''
Coach Lea Salonga also told the contestant to serenade Gonzaga with the song he just performed at the blind auditions.
Cando did not waste his chance, held Gonzaga's hands and swayed the "Voice" host while singing her a song.