Mitoy Yonting is The Voice of the Philippines
Oct 31,2013 0 Comments
Talent truly knows no bounds.
44-year old Michael “Mitoy” Yonting emerged as the first ever winner of The Voice of the Philippines last September 29, 2013.
Before auditioning for ABS-CBN’s “Voice” franchise, Mitoy was no amateur when it came to the music industry. Born and raised in the province of Pangasinan, he developed his passion for music at the age of 13. As he grew up, he began joining several local singing competitions. When the 90’s rolled in, he was then discovered in Eat Bulaga’s singing competition, “Ikaw at Echo”. Later on, he and brother Mylo formed a band called “The Draybers” to join another television singing contest, “Rockstar: Bakit?” He also had stints with GMA’s Vic Sotto in “Ful Haus”, “The Dabarkads”, and QTV’s “H3O: Ha Ha Ha Over”. Soon after, he went back to his band and performed in different countries to support his family. By late 2011, the band came back to Manila and became performers in Resorts World Manila.
Two years later, Yonting auditioned in the first season of The Voice of The Philippines in Manila. During the blind audition, he sang a cover of “Bakit Ako Mahihiya” where three of the four coaches turned their chairs. With the choices of Lea Salonga, Bamboo Mañalac, and apl.de.ap, Mitoy chose internationally awarded singer and Broadway star Lea Salonga, whose exact words for him during the auditions were, “Bihira lang lumalabas sa bibig ko ang ganyan. Ang galing mo, ang galing mo, naku! Kung hindi mo ako piliin, iiyak ako.”
Halfway through the competition, Mitoy already felt blessed with how far he has come in the competition. In a press conference last July 30, what he said truly showed how great Filipinos are not only talented, but also humble – “Masaya yung feeling na kahit hindi pa tapos ang ‘The Voice’, maraming naniniwala sa munting kakayahan ko sa larangan ng pag-aawit.”
The journey to the top wasn’t easy, but Mitoy found himself being supported by a legion of fans, and coach Lea, who truly believed in him. His performance of the songs “Anak”, original composition “Bulag”, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, and the Beatles’ “Help” were enough to garner more votes against finals competitor Klarisse de Guzman and coach Sarah Geronimo.
All his hard work before and during the show to hone and nurture his craft is nothing but inspiring. After decades of making it big in the music biz, Mitoy’s career skyrocketed because of the ABS-CBN show. He won a cash prize worth Php2 Million pesos, an Asian tour package for two, a new car, and most importantly a four-year recording contract with MCA Universal. Mitoy Yonting bested some of the country’s most talented people during the show’s first season, and he has clearly won over the hearts (and ears) of the Filipinos.