I am recently recovering from a severe case of fandom. This springs from the recently concluded, first ever season of The Voice Philippines. My bet since Day One actually won and is the first Voice of the Philippines! His name is Mitoy and was in Team Lea (Salonga). I loved him not only because of his vocal prowess and how effortlessly he tackles every jukebox hit he performs, but also because I have been a fan of Lea Salonga ever since I learned how to hit a note. I believe that she truly was the best, most experienced, vocal coach in that singing competition.
However, as most of us know, if you’re in the Philippines, singing competitions are not just singing competitions. Years of colonization, and other external influences would tell us the cold hard truth: Filipinos are shallow. Yes we can recognize an ultimate performer, but in our society, beauty and appeal to the mass are still the bigger factors.
Upon the announcement, most people in social networking sites commented that the runner-up, Klarisse (from Team Sarah) would still end up with a more stellar career because of the face value. Also, Sarah Geronimo represents the Pinoy pop culture, and Lea Salonga, is already at her prime, and well… isn’t very pop to be honest.
In this day and age, amidst all actions that are being done in hopes of alleviating the concept of beauty as the basis for everything, one can only hope for all the best for Mitoy. Because vocally, he really represents what a winner should be.