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.