By Marinel Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer, INQUIRER.net
First Posted 19:33:00 08/17/2008

MANILA, Philippines—Gretchen Espina, a 20-year-old Biliran native, bested two other hopefuls and was declared winner of GMA-7 and Fremantle Media’s “Pinoy Idol” Sunday at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.”

Espina, who gave impressive renditions of “For Your Eyes Only,” “Stand Up for Love” and “Ngayon” during the Final Performance Night Saturday, won P5.7 million in prizes, including P1 million in cash, a condominium unit, a GMA-7 talent management contract, a Sony BMG recording contract and a brand new car.

Her closest competitor was Jayann Bautista, 24, a Pampanga native and a former Viva recording artist. Rounding up the top three was Ram Chaves, 26.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. talaga lang…espina pa? Kung sa mas mahirap ngang botohan e nagawang ipa-panalo ang laban, na kahit imposible na ay nananalo pa, yan pa kayang kantahan?

    Kawawa ang iba dyan, kahit mas magaling, talunan. ‘Pano kasi, kapag may botohan, may perahan!

  2. *****************CONGRATULATION OUR FIRTS ASIAN PINOY IDOL MS.GRETCHEN ESPINA**************MAY YOU HAVE MORE BLESSING TO COME……GOD BLESS TO ALL BILIRANON’S……

  3. Wowww! U did a fantastic performance GRETCHEN! I cried when they revealed your name.Tears of joy..Thanks for bringing up BILIRAN.. I believe in u..u’ve got a powerful voice. Go on show to them …that u deserve it. Congratulation to u and your family.Good luck and God bless.

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