Proving that age is just a number, 13-year-old Jona Soquite emerged as first grand champion of “The Voice Teens” on Sunday, July 30.
The youngest among the four finalists, Jona was coached by Sarah Geronimo and won the competition with 44.87 percent of votes on text and online. Isabela Vinzon, the daughter of actor Roy Vinzon, belongs to Team Bamboo and received 22.42 percent; while Mica Becerro from Lea Salonga’s team and Jeremy Glinoga from Sharon Cuneta’s team got 22.42 and 15.01, respectively.
Jona impressed the coaches with her rendition of R.Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.”
“Ikaw lang ang nagbigay sa akin ng epekto na ganito. Sobra akong proud sa iyo.
Napakapursigido mong bata, lahat ng round pinagtrabahuan mo. Magaling ka pero marunong kang makinig at sumunod. Napaka-humble mo,” Sarah told Jona after her performance.
The teenager also performed Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” during the upbeat round and sang “Better Days” with Sarah as a duet. She consistently impressed the coaches throughout her “The Voice Teens” journey with her performances of “The Greatest Love Of All,” “Anak Ng Pasig,” “Stand Up For Love,” and “Symphony.”
“Discipline and humility are the traits of a true champion. I believe you possess these traits,” Sarah added.
During the finals night, Isabella performed “Rise Up,” Mica sang “Time to Say goodbye,” while Jeremy did the Tagalog ballad “Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita.”
Jona won a house and lot, P1 million and a recording contract, among others.
“Talagang nagpapasalamat po ako sa mga sumuporta sa akin. Maraming salamat po. Sobrang saya po na noon sinasabi nila na parang ayaw nila ako, pero sa nakikita ko na halos kalahati yung naniwala sa akin. Ang saya ko po na napakita ko yung totoong Jona,” she said in an interview on ABS-CBN News.
Jona is Sarah’s third champion bet on “The Voice Philippines.”
“Kitang-kita niyo naman kung gaano kagaling ang bata. Marunong makinig. Hindi kailanman nagmayabang. Hindi siya yung tipikal na biritero, napaka-versatile na bata. Kahit na kahit anong kanta, kaya niyang gawin,” Sarah said in the same interview.