Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Coach 1: Bamboo Manalac

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Francisco Manalac, more popularly known as BAMBOO, is one of the most established rock singers in the country. He used to be the lead vocalist of the legendary rock band Rivermaya and later, an equally popular band named after him, Bamboo. He is the voice behind OPM hit songs such as "214", "Kisapmata", "Elesi" and "Noypi". After his band, "Bamboo" disbanded, he went solo and is now part of the ASAP Sessionistas, a group of singers, regularly performing in the Sunday noontime show, ASAP 18.

Bamboo's long and diverse experience as a musician makes him a worthy inclusion as one of the coaches of The Voice of the Philippines. His passion for singing and music in general, which is noticeable in his every performance, would certainly help the artists who would be included in his team (Team Bamboo.) For starters, he gives an important tip to The Voice contestants. He tells them to be original! For him to easily notice a potential team member, the person should interpret a song as if it were his/her own, and not simply copy the style of the original singer.

Bamboo is interviewed by Boy Abunda on Bandila:

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Bamboo gives a "sample" of the quality of "voice" he might be looking for. This very simple performance just goes to show how deserving he is to be one of the coaches of The Voice of the Philippines. The video is taken from The Buzz where he and V reporters Robi Domingo and Alex Gonzaga were guests a week prior to the airing of the show.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

The V Reporters of The Voice of the Philippines

Aside from its host, Toni Gonzaga, The Voice of the Philippines also has its own social media correspondents or the V Reporters. They are Robi Domingo and Alex Gonzaga!

Their main job is to talk to people through the online world. They will also be giving Kapamilya viewers the latest updates and behind-the-scenes of The Voice Philippines.

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In this video, V Reporter Robi Domingo shows off keyboard skills!

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Host of The Voice of The Philippines

Who else would be the most fitting host of The Voice of the Philippines, but the talented and beautiful ... The Ultimate Multimedia Star, Toni Gonzaga!

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Toni Gonzaga for The Voice of the Philippines

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The Voice Of The Philippines - Blind Auditions Make The Difference

The Voice of the Philippines, as what its name suggests, focuses mainly on the voice of the contestant. While other competitions would consider the whole package - looks, stage presence, dance moves, attire - The Voice judges mainly on vocal ability.

How are we assured that this is going to happen? The Blind Auditions! But before that, like any other reality competition, contestants are pre-screened before they head off to the televised stage that the viewers can watch. The Voice of the Philippines calls this the On-ground and the Producers' auditions, which are actually the first stage for any "The Voice" franchise. The Abs-Cbn team of The Voice of the Philippines, headed by their regional partners nationwide and abroad held these "Unseen Auditions" where there were different judges who used the power of media to conduct three types of screening; radio auditions, online auditions and on-ground auditions. They have traveled in and out of the country to find the best of the best.

Those who passed this first stage are the ones who go to the most critical step in The Voice of the Philippines - the Blind Auditions, which is also the first televised stage. Here, auditionees sing in front of the official coaches. All coaches will be sitting on a chair that is turned back from the stage. The coaches will first judge and only judge by the power, clarity, type and uniqueness of the artists' singing prowess. If they like what they hear and want to mentor the artist for the next stage, they will push a button on their chair that would turn the chair around to face the stage for the first time. This is also the first time that they will see the artists after they have sung. The reason for this is to avoid any due bias according to characteristics and personality. If more than one coach pushed the button and turned around, the power to choose goes to the artist who will be given the chance to pick his/her desired coach. If no coach pushes the button to turn his/her chair, the auditioning artist's journey ends. At the end of this round, each of the coach will have 12 artists in his or her team who will be advancing to the next round.

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Miss Lea Salonga describes the Blind Auditions this way:
"The blind auditions are exactly that: Blind. None of the four coaches are able to see or interview the contestants before they perform. If anything, it’s an incredible equalizer. None of us know the background stories of any of the contestants, whether they are professional singers, kariton pushers, food vendors, students, parents, widowed, orphaned, rich or poor. All we have to rely on, truly, is that singer’s voice." -
Ms. Lea's article on the Inquirer was written on April 24, and she wrote there that the blind auditions are over, with 121 singers who they listened to for four days. Now, we have an idea on how many contestants to watch during the first few weeks of The Voice Of The Philippines' airing.

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