MANILA - The Blind Auditions are over and it's time for the remaining "The Voice of the Philippines" hopefuls to battle it out and fight for their place in the next round.
This weekend, artists from the same team will sing-off to impress their coach in a bid to advance to the Knockout Rounds. As with last season, if a competing coach finds a losing artist worth saving, he can press his button to "steal" the contestant.
If two or more coaches attempt to recruit the artist, the artist, as in the Blind Auditions, will get to choose which team he would like to join.
For this year, coach Bamboo Mañalac said he will field a colorful and diverse team, in an attempt to wrestle away the bragging rights from Broadway star Lea Salonga --the coach of season one's grand champion, Mitoy Yonting.
Here's a look at all those colorful characters who make up Kamp Kawayan:
Singer-songwriter Casper Blancaflor was the last contestant to become a member of Kamp Kawayan. A lead vocalist for a local rock band, Blancaflor was able to turn the chair of both Mañalac and Salonga with her rendition of Rivermaya's "Kisapmata." The 25-year-old, who hails from Parañaque, said she joined the competition in a bid to follow the footsteps of her musically-inclined parents.
Dang del Rosario
Despite the warning from her father not to pursue a career in singing, Dang del Rosario still braved the Blind Auditions of "The Voice of the Philippines." Performing Regine Velasquez's "Araw Gabi," she was able to turn the chairs of both Mañalac and Salonga. The 30-year-old, who lives in Bulacan, said she wants to prove her father, who was an amateur singing contest champion, wrong and be able to provide for her family through her talent.
A self-professed music addict, Joniver Robles wowed all the coaches with his powerful performance of Ray Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor." The 36-year-old, who was able to send his siblings through college with his music, said he joined the competition to learn from the coaches and take his skills to another level.
Having kept her singing talent for a time, the youngest daughter of Senator Gringo Honasan surprised everyone when she put her own spin on Katy Perry's hit, "Teenage Dream" for her Blind Audition. Kai said she joined the "The Voice of the Philippines" to prove to her father that she can write her own story.
Karlo Mojica proved that having a disability should not be a hindrance in pursuing one's dreams. For his Blind Audition, Mojica was able to turn the chairs of both Mañalac and apl.de.ap with his performance of Freddie Aguilar's "Bulag, Pipi, Bingi". The 36-year-old, who hails from Makati, has been unable to walk properly ever since he was young.
Maria Lourdes "Lougee" Basabas
Maria Lourdes Basabas, best known as the former vocalist of MojoFly and Delara, was able to catch the attention of Mañalac with her performance of Sheryl Crow's "Strong Enough." The former recording star, who has launched a total of six studio albums, was also a noontime host for three years. She sees the singing competition as an opportunity to relaunch herself as a solo artist.
Patricia Gomez is more than just a pretty face. The 21-year-old knows a thing or two about jiu-jitsu, and has a promising, suave voice according to coach Mañalac. For her Blind Audition, Gomez performed Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack." Having admitted that she normally suffers from stage fright in front of a huge audience, Gomez said she joined the competition to push herself outside of her comfort zone.
Ramonne Kristie Rodriguez
Ramonne Rodriguez did not have the best of starts to life. Her parents separated when she was only 2 years old, and her father left her with her grandmother. She was forced to grow beyond her years. She worked as a singer, dancer, and model. Along the way, she became the independent woman she is now. She joined "The Voice of the Philippines" to prove those who doubt that she has the talent to make it big in the music industry wrong.
Rencee Lee Rapanot
Having spent most of his childhood in the province of Laguna, Rencee Lee Rapanot grew up to become a hardcore OPM fan. He idolized the likes of Joey Ayala and iconic bands such as Asin. For his Blind Audition, he performed Dong Abay's "Mateo Singko." He managed to turn the chairs of all four coaches. After his performance, Rapanot said he joined the singing competition to reintroduce OPM to today's generation of Filipinos.
Growing up in a highly-conservative family, Rita Martinez found it difficult to express her sexuality. She found solace in music, which she often played and sang in her room when she wasn't allowed to go out with her friends. The now 30-year-old, who hails from Pasig, said that she joined "The Voice of the Philippines" to help pursue her dream of making a singing career/
Sean Oquendo, who hails from General Santos City, started doing tattoos on other people as a hobby, but he later decided to make money from it. Despite his "rock star" looks, Oquendo noted he is not really into rock music. For his Blind Audition, he performed Zia Quizon's "Ako Na Lang." The 25-year-old hopes to win the singing competition so can give back to his parents, whom, he said, he failed during his younger years.
Shaira Cervancia sells poultry feeds for a living. But whenever she got the chance to sing, she did. The Palawan-native said she has dreamt of becoming a singer ever since her father told her that she had talent. Her father passed away the day after they headlined a gig together. On "The Voice," Cervancia performed Zelle's "Sabihin Mo Na." Her unique voice immediately caught the attention of Mañalac, who added that he will help Cervancia hone her voice.
Dorothy Galvez has been singing as a professional back-up singer and session musician since 2011. She and her husband make a living through music. Last weekend, the 33-year-old was given her chance at the limelight, performing Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" for her Blind Audition. It was enough to catch the attention of Mañalac, who praised her "very sensual and angelic" voice.
Around 20 years ago, Tanya Diaz was listening to heavy metal bands Megadeath and Alice In Chains at the back of her brother's car. It was her first day in kindergarten. Fast forward and the 27-year-old was belting out the rock classic "What About Love" for her Blind Audition. She was the season's first four-chair turner. Diaz said she joined the competition to continue the passion she shared with her late brother.