After a month-long vocal battle royale, R&B charmer Mark Michael Garcia emerged as the grand champion of the All-Star Grand Resbak edition of “Tawag ng Tanghalan” at its grand finals on “It’s Showtime” last Saturday (December 21).
Mark Michael earned a total average score of 54.24% from the combined hurado scores and public votes, beating his opponent Jex de Castro’s 45.76%.
As the grand champion, Mark Michael won P300,000 (tax free), a business franchise from Potato Giant, a recording contract from TNT Records, a management contract from ABS-CBN, and a trophy created by renowned Filipino visual artist Toym Imao.
In the final round, the Malabon native earned a standing ovation from the judges and the madlang people after performing a powerful medley of Chicago’s hits “You’re the Inspiration,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” and “Glory of Love.
A Year 3 grand finalist and Year 2 semifinalist, Mark Michael beat all the returning contenders in the Grand Resbak edition, which brought together the competition’s singers from Years 1 to 3.
Meanwhile, “Tawag ng Tanghalan” will also open the New Year with a bang as it launches its fourth year in January.
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