MANILA - A singer from Cebu City was an instant hit among the studio audience and netizens who were tuned in to the episode of "The Voice of the Philippines," which aired Saturday.
Jose Manuel Cubil stole the hearts of many with his good looks, launching his name shortly after his performance to among the top local trends on the microblogging site Twitter.
Even coach Lea Salonga couldn't help but whisper to her fellow coaches: "Ang gwapo."
But don't mistake him for just a pretty face, Cubil managed to turn the chair of coach apl.de.ap with the first two notes of his audition piece -- Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody."
"You got me on the first two notes. It wasn't all perfect but that's what I'm looking for -- imperfections -- so that I can challenge myself to make it perfect," the Black Eyed Peas member said.
"Maganda 'yung boses mo. Natunugan ko na nga na gwapo ka," quipped coach Sarah Geronimo. "Ako baka may hinahanap lang ako, kung ano lang 'yung tatama sa puso ko. Pero nandoon naman na," she explained of her decision not to turn her chair for Cubil.
The former "Pilipinas Got Talent" contestant eventually chose to be part of the team of Lea Salonga, who also turned her chair for Cubil. The Broadway star tried to convince Geronimo to do the same, whispering, "Sabi ko sa iyo, gwapo eh."
Salonga explained that she loved Cubil's stripped down version of the song, but also noted that there is much room for improvement.
In an attempt to woo Cubil towards her team, she promised to help the singer find the 'perfect' genre for him.
"We can allow for exploration kung saan talaga tatama 'yung boses mo, kung saan talaga nabubuhay 'yung puso mo. Pero maganda kang kumanta." she said.
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