”We are very happy. We just proved that talent doesn’t come with age,” said Andrew Sanchez.
The Maasinhon Trio, who is also the oldest grand winner for PGT, garnered 22.59% of the total text and online votes to be declared winner of the “Pilipinas Got Talent” season 3. The winning group was followed by 15 year-old singer Khalil Ramos with 18.64% and the acoustic singers Bringas Brothers with 14.03%. As runners up, Khalil and the Bringas Brothers received P100,000 each.
Hailing from the humble town of Maasin City in Southern Leyte, Andrew and fellow members Bonifacio Salubre and Licinio Lolo won the grand prize of P2 million and made history as the first act from the Visayas to win the competition following season one’s Jovit Baldivino and season two’s Marcelito Pomoy, who both came from Luzon.
As early as audition week, the Maasinhon Trio already captivated the judges with their flawless blending and harmony when they sang “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika.” The trio blew everyone away come semi-finals when they sang the song “Bituing Walang Ningning.” Queen of All Media Kris Aquino even quipped “you are perfection” after their semi’s performance.
Other grand finalists include El Gamma Penumbra (8.05%), Synergy (7.27%), Sandugo (6.91%), Twin Divas (5.26%), Renagine Pepito (5.08%), Loverkada Kids (4.66%), Muriel Lomadilla (3.56%), Kiriko (2.52%), and Lucky Twins (1.43%). They all received P50,000 as consolation prize.
In a statement, ABS-CBN Corporate Communications Head Bong Osorio said, “The winners of “Pilipinas Got Talent” are determined by the number of text and online votes that they receive during the grand finals. All 12 grand finalists are talented and deserving to win, but in the end, it was the Maasinhon Trio, who got the most votes from the viewing public followed by Khalil Ramos and the Bringas Brothers. ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’ is a celebration of the many talents of Filipinos. The voting public has spoken and let us respect the decision of the viewers. We congratulate the winners and the other grand finalists.”
The live results night of “Pilipinas Got Talent” season 3 in Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City got even more exciting with superb performances from celebrity guests Gary Valenciano, Paolo Valenciano, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Nina, Vina Morales, Frenchie Dy, Ryan Bang, Jhong Hilario, Bugoy Carino, Kamikaze, and PGT season one and two grand finalists Velasco Brothers, Nielbeth, Freestylers, and Happy Feet.