“Discipline and humility are the traits of a true champion. And I believe you possess these traits.”
These were the words uttered by Coach Sarah Geronimo on Jona Soquite’s journey before the big reveal on “The Voice Teens” winner.
Jona was hailed as the Grand Champion of “The Voice Teens” Philippines last Sunday, July 30.
Under the wings of Coach Sarah, Jona soared high on the grand finals’ performance with her rendition of “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly.
Voted as the first ever winner of the teens’ edition, Jona got 44.78 percent total of viewers’ vote cast via text and various online sites.
The 14-year-old diva was followed by Isabella Vinzon from Bamboo’s team, Mica Becerro from Lea Salonga’s team and Jeremy Glinoga from Megastar Sharon Cuneta with 22.42, 17.79 and 15.01 percent, respectively.
She took home a brand new house and lot, P1 million pesos trust fund, P2 million life insurance plan, a recording and management contract, along with fashion, business, and dental packages.
Jona who’s dubbed as the “Tabing Ilog Sweetheart of Davao,” also sang Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and “Better Days” with Geronimo during the first part of the finale on Saturday, July 29.
“It’s always magic when you sing,” Sarah proudly says.
She proved her doubters wrong when she performed George Bensons’ “The Greatest Love of All” during the semi-finals.
“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.
(I am very thankful for those who supported me. Thank you so much. I was so happy when they used to say that they didn’t like me, but I saw that half of the public believed in me. It was a great feeling knowing that I showed them who the real Jona is.)
Jona was a 4-chair turner with her version of the OPM Classic “Anak ng Pasig” during the blind auditions of “The Voice Teens.”