MANILA - A loving daughter, who joined the second season of "The Voice of the Philippines" to find her missing father, landed a spot on Lea Salonga's team on Saturday.
Christelle Tiquis, who hails from San Pablo, Laguna, said that her father went missing back in March, weeks after her youngest sibling suffered a stroke.
"Lahat na nilapitan namin. Wala," the 20-year-old shared.
For her blind auditions, Tiquis sang "To Make You Feel My Love," originally composed by music icon Bob Dylan.
A tearful Tiquis went on to tell other "The Voice"coaches apl.de.ap, Bamboo Mañalac, and Sarah Geronimo of her reason for joining the singing competition.
She said she dedicated her performance to her mother, who has been greatly affected by the sudden disappearance of her father.
Asked for her message to her father, she said: "If ever buhay ka pa, sana bigyan mo man lang kami ng closure in any way."
Salonga, in an attempt to woo Tiquis to her team, said: "Ang ganda ng quality ng voice. It's very emotional.
"Yung nag-iisang sakit mo lang siguro is 'yung diction. Madali lang 'yan turuan. Pero 'yung mga quality na nasa inyo na, hindi naituturo 'yun eh. 'Yung emotional connection, ang lakas," she added.
To which apl.de.ap replied: 'Yung boses mo parang nilaga. Kumpleto, may sabaw, may karne, may bone marrow pa, at tsaka gulay. So talagang ang sarap pakinggan."
His comment helped lighten the mood a bit and put a smile on Tiquis' face, but the young singer eventually picked the Broadway star.
Tiquis joins Charles Catbagan, Christopher Alejandro, Jem Cubil, Leah Patricio, Miro Valera, Philippe Go, and Timothy Pavino on Team Lea.