Third time’s definitely a charm for the inspiring young diva from Biñan, Laguna.
After losing in the two previous Kapamilya reality singing contests she competed in, namely The Voice Kids Philippines in 2015 and Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 2 in 2018, Zephanie Dimaranan finally clinched the elusive triumph she had been aiming after being hailed as the first ever Grand Winner of the Search for the Idol Philippines!
In the two-night finale show that was held over the weekend at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City, we witnessed her magnificent and enthralling performances of the OPM classic “Maghintay Ka Lamang” in Round 1 and of her first single composed by famed songwriter Jonathan Manalo, “Pangarap Kong Pangarap Mo” in Round 2. These performances both captured our hearts, earning her a perfect 100% rating of the combined scores of the judges and the viewers.
Minutes after her winning moment, Entertainment.ABS-CBN.com had the chance to have a chat with Zephanie at her dressing room, in which she was able to divulge a few things about her victorious stint.
“’Yong mga paghahanda ko po para sa final showdown ng Idol Philippines, sobrang dami po. As in araw-araw nagtra-train po ako ng voice, ng dance, ng acting, lahat po ginawa ko kasi alam ko pong kailangan ko po ‘yon para maging handa po ako sa lahat ng mga magiging challenges ngayon po sa final showdown. Sobra po akong nag-pray kay Lord [at] may mga tao pong tumutulong sa akin – may mga tao pong ginagamit si Lord para tulungan akong mag-prepare para po sa final showdown na ‘to kaya sobrang worth it po lahat,” she revealed when asked about the preparations she did.
She also imparted how grateful she is to her family, friends, fans, and other people who served as her fervent supporters and inspiration all throughout her journey in Idol Philippines, and to whom she dedicates her win as well.
“Sa lahat po ng mga sumuporta sa akin mula noon hanggang ngayon, sa mga Zephanataics at sa lahat po ng mga sumusuporta d’yan at nag-effort na bumoto at subaybayan ang Idol Philippines, maraming maraming salamat po. Para sa inyo po itong lahat. Dinala nyo po ako rito kaya dadalhin ko rin po kayo kung saan man po ako aabot sa life na ‘to. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat and mahal na mahal ko po kayong lahat. God bless [and] stay happy,” she gleefully uttered while clinging to her trophy then sending a flying kiss to everyone.
Her glorious victory automatically sealed her a recording contract from Star Music, a brand new house and lot from Camella Homes, trip for four to Taiwan, and a whopping two million pesos, which she will use to fund for their family’s needs and future, as well as in helping those who are less fortunate.
Congratulations, Zephanie! We can’t wait to see you in your highly-anticipated appearances in various programs of ABS-CBN!