TNT JOURNEY: How balladeer Reggie Tortugo soared to the Tawag Ng Tanghalan grand finals


With his handsomeness and charm, complemented by his resplendent voice, it's no-brainer why and how Tawag ng Tanghalan finalist Reggie Tortugo immediately captured our attention.


But before using this gift to swoon our hearts, he first utilized this to support his family in Ormoc City, Leyte when he began joining amateur singing contests at the age of six.


Due to his father's untimely death in 2002, his participation in amateur singing competitions became more frequent in order for him to take home cash and/or rice.


Now, he works as a home-based virtual assistant and a freelance singer for events and gigs with his band, and perceives Tawag ng Tanghalan as an easy ticket to give his own family a brighter future.


With the aid of his mentor Tito Cesar, the unwavering support of his loved ones and fans, and his magnificent singing prowess, there's a huge chance for Reggie to snag the highly-coveted Grand Winner title.



As we frantically wait for the upcoming Grand Showdown, let's take a look back to his triumphant journey as a daily winner.



Belting out Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven", the Waray crooner bested that day's slate of daily contestants.




He even dethroned defending champion Dianne Vergoza through his soulful rendition of "Take Me Out of the Dark" that garnered standing ovations from the hurados and host Vice Ganda.




Daily winner Liezl Robles tried to snatch the golden microphone from him by singing "Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin", but his version of Basil Valdez's "You" appealed more to the judges.




Talented garbage collector of Mindanao Avelino Sarigumba truly impressed everyone with his striking performance of "Unchained Melody", however, it wasn't enough to surpass Reggie's "Kahit Isang Saglit".




Continuing his fervor in OPM classics, he went for "Mula Sa Puso", which gave young kontesera Julie Ann Buenaobra a slim chance to advance to the next rounds.




On his fifth day, Reggie's take on the Regine Velasquez hit "Araw Gabi" overpowered Marvie Bulay's rendition of Celine Dion's "To Love You More".




Amateur rockstar RJ Remorosa quite fell short in his attempt to depose the six-time defending champion with his interpretation of Bryan Adam's "Everything I Do".




Reggie is already nearing to the dream he just once and never thought that will be coming true as he successfully kept his sought-after position after facing daily winner John Ray Cadorna.




On his eighth day on the throne, the unsurpassed champion imposed that he's not giving up to the race and letting go of the golden microphone yet as he hindered Michael Angelo Amabuyok's entrance to the next phase.




However, Reggie's unfaltering winning streak got marred by "MaTeenDiva of Bulacan" Adelene Rabulan, who moved the hurados with her catchy performance of Andra Ray's "Rise Up" and defeated his "Ikaw Ang Aking Pangarap".


Despite losing, Reggie didn't come home with a totally heavy heart (and empty pockets) for he already bagged more than P200,000 and earned a spot in the semi-finals round.


Good luck, Reggie!