The mystery music game show, “I Can See Your Voice,” hosted by Luis Manzano, has made weekend primetime nights fun, exciting and enjoyable – giving #goodvibes that often have audiences in stitches every episode.
And there were some touching moments that left us the #feels.
Randy Santiago may have failed to choose the real singer, but he made it up to Ton-ton Leonando, a construction worker, by inviting him to his shows at the Casino Filipino and Resorts World Manila.
“Kahit hindi ako nanalo, napakasaya ko pa rin dahil nakarating po ako dito sa entablado,” said Ton-ton while expressing his gratitude to Randy and host Luis Manzano. One of the Sing-vestigators, rapper Andrew E, promised to provide Ton-ton some of his outfits.
Ton-ton’s daughter, Alonica, then came up to her father and tightly embraced him on stage. In turn, Ton-ton promised his daughter that he will work hard in order to help his children finish their studies.
Then there is the talked-about #ICSYVPH episode with guest artist Jolina Magdangal, who had to choose between two real singers, Lovely Joy Corpuz (a flight attendant) and Harold Estampador (an IT support engineer who is the son of a tricycle driver) as the winner.
Lovely Joy, or LJ, who revealed that she is battling stage four cancer, shared that she joined the contest to save up for her chemotherapy treatment. Her touching story stirred the hearts of the Sing-vestigators, Jolina and Luis who have all pledged to help out in her treatment expenses.
To this, Luis remarked, “No one should fight these battles alone. Life already throws us so many curve balls...As much as possible, dapat nakangiti tayo. We only have one shot sa mundong ito.” Turning to LJ, Luis assured, “we will be praying for you.” Jolina, for her part, was thankful to be a guest in the show because it gave her an opportunity to help those in need.
Harold, for his part thanked his father for his undying love, working hard tirelessly as a tricycle driver to support his studies even if he himself had a lot of shortcomings.
To which his father responded, “Malakas pa naman ako eh. Okay yun, okay lang.” Their exchange brought the studio audience, including Jolina and Wacky Kiray, to tears.
Other contestants joined the contest in order to finance their schooling expenses. Steven Fermin, who was accompanied by his father, said that his aim was to join the “Tawag Ng Tanghalan” segment of “It’s Showtime” noon show. Having an eldest sibling who is deaf with a speech defect, Steven intimated that he and his other siblings are determined to work and study hard to have a better life.
Asked by Luis about what he will do with his prize money, Steven said that he would use it to buy a laptop for his thesis next semester. Luis then advised Steven to keep his prize money and pledged to finance the laptop.
Bayani Agbayani and Wacky Kiray waxed emotional upon hearing the life story of Lira Layron – a househelper and student – who joined “I Can See Your Voice” to save up for a school field trip. She has participated in singing contests since Grade One and won 2 trophies and 22 medals for her achievements.
Luis, for his part, exclaimed, “Namamangha kami sa liit mong iyan. Lahat kami nakatulala sa ganda ng boses na meron ka.” Later on, he declared that he will finance her school field trip expenses.
“Kapag may pinaglalaanan kayo ng tagumpay ninyo ng mahal n’yo sa buhay, sigurado lahat ng pangarap n’yo matutupad,” Bayani advised Lira, having been once a “kargador” at Divisoria while finishing his studies.
“Parang nakita ko ang sarili ko sa kanya noong bata ako...Naglako ako ng mga paninda para makapag-aral,” said Wacky Kiray. Turning to Lira, “Magpatuloy kang mangarap...magdasal ka lang. Ibibigay sa iyo ng Panginoon.”
Winner or not, the stories of Ton-ton, LJ, Harold, Steven and Lira have certainly touched our hearts because of their grit, victorious attitude against all odds and value for their families.