El Gamma Penumbra From The Philippines wins ‘Asia’s Got Talent

El Gamma Penumbra was proclaimed the grand winner of the talent show’s first season. The shadow play dance troupe from Tanauan, Batangas bested eight other finalists from across the region, including three other artists from the Philippines.

Mongolian musical group Khusugtun came in second, while Filipino soprano Gerphil Flores grabbed third place. El Gamma Penumbra earned $100,000 and the opportunity to perform regularly at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. In addition, budget airline Jetstar added US$10,000 worth of flights to its network of 60 destinations across 16 countries in Asia as prizes, which were shared between the top two acts.

The group’s winning Grand Finals performance was a touching tribute to Mother Earth set to the tune of Vanessa L. Williams’ “Colors of the Wind” that conveyed the importance of conservation. It brought judge Anggun to tears and earned David Foster’s praise for being “beautifully profound”. Aside from El Gamma Penumbra and Gerphil Flores, two other Filipino acts namely 10-year old singer Gwyneth Dorado and multi-genre dance group Junior New System also made it to the Grand Finals with the latter advancing as far as the Top 6.

Filipino singing sensation Charice performed a riveting rendition of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” together with her mentor David Foster, one of the show’s judges. The result leaked online more than an hour before the result show aired on AXN at 8PM. At the “Asia’s Got Talent” Grand Finals viewing party hosted by AXN held at the Hyve in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, members of the media and other guests cheered the Filipino finalists and happily applauded when the winner was finally announced by hosts Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez.
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