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Top: de las Alas, left, and Aquino; Bottom: Flores

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Gerphil Flores is just one step away from becoming the winner in the mega-talent show, Asia’s Got Talent.  The Filipina singer gifted with a “classical” voice is among the nine finalists who could win the tough competition being held in Singapore.

But years ago, when Flores was a teenager trying her luck in the local edition of the reality show (‘Pilipinas Got Talent’), two celebrity judges ousted her from the finals because they thought she needed to sing songs that the “audience can identify with” (songs that young singers like Charice would sing). Nevermind, that the young man whom the two judges picked didn’t quite hit his high notes during his final performance.

The two celebrity judges, we all know, were talk show host Kris Aquino, and self-proclaimed comedienne Ai-Ai de las Alas. Many felt they didn’t have any business sitting in the judges chairs for a talent competition, especially when it comes to music.

Well, Flores chose not to follow the advice of Aquino and de las Alas.  Good for her.  She is not only a strong contender to be Asia’s best singing talent, but she has caught the eyes and ears of famed composer, musician and producer David Foster who has worked with talents like Barbra Streisand, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, among many others.

The success of Flores in ‘Asia’s Got Talent,’ and a very bright future that awaits her because of her voice and the songs that she chooses to sing seem to have boomeranged as far as the celebrity judges that misjudged her are concerned.

As a gesture of repentance, the producers of ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’ are planning to rename the reality singing competition judged by Aquino and de las Alas to: ‘Judges Got No Talent.’



From top left, clockwise: El Gamma Penumbra, Flores, Junior New System, Dorodo

SINGAPORE (The Adobo Chronicles) –  Who will be the winner in the grand finals of ‘Asia’s Got Talent?’

Before you start flooding the inbox of The Adobo Chronicles with angry email, read on. We’re not saying the Filipinos will not win. On the contrary, one of the Filipino acts will be the winner!

It will be up to the voters to choose their favorite act from nine finalists: dancers Gao Lin and Liu Xin (China), musicians Khusugtun (Mongolia), dancers Triqstar (Japan), young rock stars The Talento (Thailand), tap dancers Dance Thrilogy (Singapore) and the rest from the Philippines:

Ten-year-old singer Gwyneth Dorodo took her flair to the next level when she carried through a moving interpretation of Sia’s “Titanium” in her final performance.

Taking the Super Bowl to the stage, hip-hop dance group Junior New System in football-inspired costume danced along a mashup of a bevy of songs and even waved the Philippine flag proudly.

Embodying the true meaning of a “diva,” classical singer Gerphil Flores delivered a spine-chilling rendition of “The Impossible Dream” from the musical “Man of La Mancha.” Wearing a golden dress, Gerphil literally stood on a pedestal as she belted out high note after high note, leaving the audience in awe and wanting more. Judge David Foster, who pressed the Golden Buzzer for Gerphil during the auditions, was left ecstatic. “I promise you, the world is gonna know about you. That’s a promise.”

Ingenuity and inspiration were what shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra exemplified when they showcased an arresting presentation about conservation of Mother Earth.Performing to “Pocahontas” theme song “Colors of the Wind,” the group showed the ways people destroy nature like hunting, dynamite fishing and littering. But they didn’t forget to give a lesson on how to take care of the planet.

So back to how the final winner is chosen: by viewer voting.

It just makes sense that voters from China, Singapore, Japan, Mongolia and Thailand would vote for their respective candidates. And so will the Filipinos. But with four acts in the grand finals, the Filipino vote would be split, four ways or what not.

In the past, where Internet voting determined the winner of international competitions — like the Miss Universe Photogenic award, the Filipino candidate ended up winning, almost 100% of the time. Talk about Internet and text-savvy Filipinos — all 100 Million of them!

So while we predict the winner of ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ to be one of the Filipino acts, it will be determined not by the Filipino vote alone but votes from other Asian countries.

But then, miracles happen in the Philippines, so maybe, just maybe, the Filipinos will unite to vote for a single Filipino act.


We’re really torn between El Gamma Penumbra and Gerphil Flores. Both acts are teeming with talent — so impressive, so endearing.  We’d like for AGT to declare a tie but what are the odds of votes being split equally between the two?

So, we are going to predict that El Gamma Penumbra will win.  While we’ve seen similar acts in other versions of the show, like ‘America’s Got Talent’ or ‘Britain’s Got Talent,’ Penumbra’s act stands out because their artistry is consistently coupled with universal messages like peace, love, tourism and protecting the environment.

But don’t feel bad for Flores.  She is already a winner.  Expect David Foster to take her under his wing, like he did with Charice. This will not be the last time you see — and hear — Flores.

While we wait for the final results, we would like to conduct a poll on who among the Filipino acts you would like to win AGT:


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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It is common knowledge that Canadian singer Justin Bieber is a solid Floyd Mayweather fan, always standing beside the boxer during the latter’s boxing fights, including Saturday’s bout with Manny Pacquiao.

But a TMZ video showing Bieber uttering the four-letter curse word when someone in the crowd screamed Pacquiao’s name might have been the final straw for the Filipinos.

The incident happened just hours before Saturday’s fight, as Bieber partied with a group of fans and supporters at his hotel in Las Vegas.

The Adobo Chronicles learned that Bieber has been permanently banned from visiting the Philippines, let alone holding a concert in Manila as part of the singer’s planned tour of Asian countries.

The Philippine ambassadors and consuls in the U.S. and Canada received a diplomatic memorandum from the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs advising them to deny Bieber a tourist or any other non-immigrant visa to Pacquiao’s motherland.

Now Bieber knows that he can f*** Pacquiao but he cannot mess with the Filipinos.