QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Juvie Pelos, an alumna of the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), impressed the superstar coaches of the high-rating ABS-CBN reality singing search "The Voice of the Philippines" by singing "Uwahig", last Saturday.
Starting with an a capella, the 'kundiman' singer warbled the lyrics of the little-known folk ballad “Uwahig” (Bukidnon for ‘water’). It is an original piece from a critically acclaimed play of the same title written by Stephen Patrick Fernandez and performed by MSU-IIT’s Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) theater company, where Pelos was a resident-artist. The song was written by Geejay Arriola and the Mebuyan Peace Project, seven years ago.
It was midway through the song, when judge Bamboo Mañalac, hit the button in order to signify that he wants the shipping lines boarding officer to be on his team. He repeatedly slammed the button which drew laughs from the audience. Lea Salonga, on the other hand, was the second judge to turn her chair for the MSU-IITian singer. Sarah Geronimo and Apl.de.ap also followed on the dying seconds of the song, completing the four-chair turn – a rarity in the said show since its premiere last June 15.