Cebuana diva and singing ambassadress of Operation Smile Chadleen Lacdo-o was announced as the grand winner of TV5’s singing reality show ‘Kanta Pilipinas’ last Sunday, March 24, 2013. Performing a Rico Blanco masterpiece ‘Himala’ in an unidentifiable genre, Chad, made it sure she won not by Miracle but by pure talent and true musicality.
I actually had the chance of meeting Chad and the rest of the finalists 2 weeks prior to the Grand Finals during the Rockeoke Event with Kanta Pilipinas host Rico Blanco in Alphonse Bistro. She got my attention right away that night with her powerful vocals so as Fil-Am contestant Timmy Pavino.
Based on their final performances, it was a tough battle amongst Chad, previous Star Magic Artist Thara Jordana and ‘New Born Divas’ member Jeniffer Maravilla who sang so relax with sophistication. My personal evaluation was just as close to Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and Asia’s Nightingale Ms. Lani Misalucha’s final comments and deliberation.
The other talented Kanta Pilipinas finalists were Duo Nicole and Carlo David, the girl-next-door from Davao Dea Formilleza, music wonder from Quezon City Allan Gonzales, singing hunk group 5az1, Las Piñas’ dynamic singing duo Daniel Grospe and JB Landrito, the “sweet voice of Bicol” Pia Diamante, Ilonggo rakista Ricky Deloviar and Boracay-based singer-songwriter Ferns Tosco.
Chad took home P1M and a recording contract.
Here are the photos I took during the Rockeoke Night.