MANILA -- Every year, local show business welcomes new faces and breakout talents, many coming from reality competitions.
As 2017 draws to a close, let's take a look back at some of the winners of Kapamilya shows and contests.
Teen housemate Maymay Entrata made history this year when she won “Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky Season 7,” which was the longest edition of the hit ABS-CBN reality show. Dubbed on the show as the “Ms. Wacky-Go-Lucky of CDO,” Entrata immediately took her comic charms to the big screen in "Loving in Tandem" with love team partner Edward Barber. She is also part of the hit primetime teleserye "La Luna Sangre."
Noven Belleza, a farmer from Negros Occidental, was named the first-ever grand champion of "Tawag ng Tanghalan" on "It's Showtime" last March. For the finale, Belleza performed a medley of Air Supply hits. He won P2 million in cash, a recording contract, and a brand new house and lot, among other prizes. Months after he won, Belleza released his debut album and is now busy appearing in shows around the country.
Child star Awra Briguela was the first winner of the kids' edition of the celebrity talent contest "Your Face Sounds Familiar." Briguela received a whopping 95.41 percent of votes for his final performance as Nicki Minaj. He took home a trophy, a medal, a house and lot, P1 million and a trip for four to Jeju, South Korea. Awra continues to be part of the long-running primetime series "Ang Probinsyano."
Comedian Wacky Kiray was named "the greatest entertainer" on the first-ever edition of the celebrity competition "I Can Do That." He received a total of 93.75 from combined judges's scores and viewers' votes. He took home P1 million for his stunning wire balancing act. Aside from movies, Wacky is also part of Kapamilya game show "I Can See Your Voice." Phtoto from instagram @icandothatph
Joana Soquite was named grand champion of the very first season of "The Voice Teens" last July. Coached by Sarah Geronimo, Soquite was determined to help lift her family out of poverty and throughout the competition, she impressed the judges and viewers with her renditions of "Sana'y Maghintay ang Walang Hanggan," "Stand Up for Love," and "Symphony." The teen singer is now busy doing shows and often appears on the Sunday variety show "ASAP."
Early this month, Donna Cariaga from Baguio won the second season "Funny One" on "It's Showtime." She took home the P1 million grand prize for her self-deprecating humor and funny hugots about a former partner. Cariaga continues to perform on "It's Showtime." Photo from instagram @showbizjeff
Moira dela Torre
"Titibo-Tibo," which was interpreted by Moira dela Torre, took the top prize at the Himig Handog 2017 songwriting competition. Composed by Libertine Amistoso, the fun track is about a girl who finds herself acting more lady-like after falling in love with a guy. Aside from "Titibo-Tibo," dela Torre also scored a hit with "Malaya." photo form instagram @moiradelatorreofficial