(UPDATED) Valencia City’s Roel Manlangit wins ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’

Roel Manlangit during a charity event in Christmas 2012 in Purok 2, Valencia City | Bukidnon News photo courtesy of Mildred Torrejas of MJT Magazine and Productions

Roel Manlangit during a charity event in Christmas 2012 in Purok 2, Valencia City | Bukidnon News photo courtesy of Mildred Torrejas of MJT Magazine and Productions

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/02 June) Thirteen year old singer Roel Manlangit from Purok 2 in Valencia City won the Pilipinas Got Talent Season 4 finals competition aired live on ABS-CBN June 2 evening from the Pagcor Grand Theater in Paranaque City.

Manlangit, who performed Bamboo’s “Noypi” in the performance night on June 1, won P2 million in the much-coveted title won by singers from the first three seasons.

PGT winners are determined by the highest number of text and online votes.

He prevailed over five other finalists including black light performers Zilent Overload, MP3 Band, D’ Intensity Breakers, cyr wheel dancer Frankendal Fabroa and car drifters Lateral Drift Productions composed of Gio Rodriguez and Ralph Tan.

Manlangit’s shot to fame started when a video showing him wearing slippers
and sando outside a mall in Valencia City while singing Whitney Houston’s
“I will always love you” went viral. The video, uploaded by “migui2k” (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNBDI5-YIJY),  has generated at least two
million views since it was uploaded on August 24, 2012.

Since then, he has performed in variety shows on television until he joined PGT4.

In the semi-finals, judges Kris Aquino and Freddie M. Garcia chose Manlangit over Chaeremon Basa, 16, a flair bar tender from Bacolod City for the final entry of the first batch to the finals.

He sang Wency Cornejo’s “Habang May Buhay” Saturday for the performance night. The same act was cut short by a minute for a repeat on Sunday.

The Manlangits of Valencia City have been reported to be victims of Typhoon Pablo in December 2012, which Roel said has inspired him to perform better and win the talent competition. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News.Net)