A merchandiser who sports a boy-next-door look from LCC Supermarket was declared grand champion of the first-ever The Voice of LCC during the grand finals on May 26, 2015 at the LCC Mall Event Center in Tabaco City.
Joseph Quiobe, who is only 11 months in his job as merchandiser of Bicol’s retail giant, got the nod of the judges with his nerve-wracking rock-star performance of the Song “HAVING YOU NEAR ME” and went home victorious with the grand prize of 10,000-peso-worth gift certificate (GC).
Quiobe, who was also the grand winner of “Sing-a-like Jovit Baldivino” in Naga City, bested six other The Voice participants to elevate himself to a rock star status.
In his profile, Quiobe said he is a veteran “kontesiro” who loves to join singing contests in the barangays since his college years. He said he also sings in beauty pageants.
On the other hand, Eleonor Coprada of the Treasury Department was 1st runner-up and pocketed the 7,500.00 GC. She also won the 2,000.00 pesos cash prize as “Facebook Idol” of the competition after garnering the highest number of FB votes among the contestants. She sang the ever popular pop hit “It’s raining man.”
Service provider coordinator Joy Buitre was 2nd runner-up with her ala-Celine Dion rendition of “It’s all coming back.”
Ms Lalyn Ignao, sales assistant at the Department Store, was 3rd runner-up to bag the 3,000.00 GC. She was so soulful in the rendition of “Holding out for a hero.”
The unexpected twist of the competition happened during the finals when Miss Analiza Nunez, who was consistent first placer of the competition during the eliminations up to the battle round, did not even made it to the top three.
Other The Voice participants who gave their best during the month-long competition were Marlon Dasalla and Elizabeth Caranzo.
LCC’s Facebook account were flooded with congratulatory messages to the winners and asked the management for more seasons of the contest.
For its maiden season, LCC chief operations officer Romeo S. Tan got the services of talented and experienced musicians, singers or composers to judge the contest in the likes of Edgar Narce, Jesse Gonzales Jr., Jubail Rodriguez, Glenn Bermillo and Jason Gonzales.