Visayas contender Jonas Oňate’s distinctive features might make him standout, but his riveting vocal performances have truly made him outstanding. This impressive soulful singer from Calbayog City, Western Samar indeed proved his worth on Saturday, April 6, as he bagged the coveted slot in the Grand Finals of Tawag Ng Tanghalan Season 3.
Jonas’s journey is truly inspiring as the song he sang during the semifinals, an exceptional rendition of Rico J. Puno’s “Kapalaran,” mirrors the path he took—from a hard-up life making both ends meet after the death of his mother to being the toast of the Visayas in prestigious singing contest.
Let’s look back at his incredible run to the Tawag Ng Tanghalan Grand Finals.
Jonas made a big impression in his first appearance on the competition, owning the big Carpenters hit “Superstar” and further embellished the song with his incredible vocal style and range.
And copping the daily win, made him try to bring home the championship and faced defending titlist Adelle Nicole Yu with his breathtaking rendition of Whitney Houston’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”
On his first day as defending champion, Jonas faced a similarly soulful performer in Mark Ryan Tabag, but his interpretation of James Ingram’s “I Don’t Have The Heart” won over the crowd and judges.
Thus making him notch his second win as champion.
Jonas faced a formidable challenge from the soothing vocals of Reynaldo Osorio, Jr. from Davao City, but slaying yet another soul-infused hit from Peabo Bryson, “Love Will Always Find A Way,” was indeed a delight to listeners.
Again, this truly let him find a way in notching his third successful daily triumph.
Pearly Apurador from Bukidnon again gave a tremendous threat to Jonas’ title with her powerful voice, but the aural pleasure the audience and judges got from his version of Skylark’s “Wildflower” was just too much.
And Jonas became a four-day champion.
It’s the day the semifinals was at stake and Jonas could not afford a simple tonal slip against the charming Jensen Guino from Makati. And deservingly, Jonas pulled through with his soulful rendition of the timeless classic “Impossible Dream.”
And he reached the next level of competition.
With the semifinals berth already in his hands, Jonas would face his strongest challenger in Marco Adobas from Quezon City with his powerful, intense vocals. He tried to still defend his title with the Billy Ocean ballad “Suddenly.”
But at this point, it was the end of the road for Jonas, as Marco snatched the championship from him.
Jonas would soon prepare in the next few weeks for the semifinals, wherein he validated the superb soulful quality of his voice. He sang his first Tagalog song, “Kapalaran,” which he said was his tribute to his idol Rico J. Puno, and became his ticket to the Tawag Ng Tanghalan Season 3 Grand Finals.
Will he dominate the final round with his astoundingly moving and superbly wide vocal range? Let’s wait and see if Jonas beats the best of Season 3 of Tawag Ng Tanghalan in its Grand Finals soon on It’s Showtime!