Baña made it to the Voice
Harren Jessie Dugay Baña believes in second chances and proved it by winning the “The Voice of Nueva Vizcaya” singing competition during the Grand Ammungan Festival 2017 on May 22 at the NV Convention Center, Capitol.
Baña is the barangay secretary of Barangay Osmeña in Solano who joined during the first season of “The Voice” last year but did not make it to the top 5. Three days prior to the competition, Baña almost quit because he had bad colds and coughs. “I took warm water with apple cider vinegar and honey as medication until last night,” Baña said.
As the “The Voice of Nueva Vizcaya,” Baña hopes it will open a lot of doors for him even in the local scene. He also hopes to try auditioning in national TV. From his P20,000 cash prize, Baña will treat his family and friends, pay some bills and, will keep some for himself.
Baña thanked the provincial government for coming up with the contest as it serves as a venue for aspiring singers to showcase their talent in singing and it helps artists to hone their craft and to love music more. “We can all achieve our dreams. Keep on praying and just don’t give up,” he added.
A gospel singer from Quezon, Frank Kevin Salvador, won first runner-up. Pharmacist Mark Lester Garingan and Mica Garcia, a worship leader from Bayombong won second and third runners-up, respectively.
Jonathan Palomo of Villaverde, who earns a living as tricycle driver, was fourth runner-up. Christian Corpuz of Bayombong got the “People’s Choice” through Facebook voting. All the performers competed in with OPM songs.
Viewers were also entertained by celebrity guests Upgrade Dancers and balladeer Jed Madela, who expressed his elation of being in the province. Madela recalled his roots as the great-grandson for Don Tomas Maddela of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
To express his appreciation to the talented performers, Governor Carlos M. Padilla jacked-up the P1,500 consolation prizes to P3,000 each. #bg