Rising singers Princess Sevillena, Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Anne Culala, Carmela Ariola, and Ace Bartolome return to the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday (June 19) for their much-awaited “Wishful Journey” concert – their first major project as bonafide recording artists since their online singing competition stint on Wish 107.5.
The event coincides with the unveiling of their debut album as the Wishful 5, released under Star Music and is composed of 18 original and revival tracks.
The 5 belters were the top contenders of “Wishcovery: Your Road to Stardom Starts Here,” the online singing competition of Wish 107.5 that aired on the radio station’s YouTube channel from September 2017 until March 2018.
All five have secured an exclusive two-year recording contract with Star Music, and a five-year management deal with Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International, the content provider for Wish 107.5.
“Never did I imagine that all these would happen to me in just a year — winning a huge contest, having my first album, and launching it at the Big Dome. The pressure is naturally there, but I believe that people will enjoy what we’ve prepared. We just need to focus on one goal: To make them happy,” shared the “Wishcovery” grand winner Princess.
Apart from the five young artists, Pop Rock Royalty Yeng Constantino, Asia’s Phoenix Morissette, R&B Prince Kris Lawrence, R&B heartthrob Daryl Ong, and “Pilipinas Got Talent” Season 6 grand winner Kristel De Catalina will also perform as the concert’s special guests.
Days before the big show, Star Music released the Wishful 5’s collaborative single, “Patuloy Ang Pangarap,” on digital platforms. The lyric videos for Princess’ “Wishful Journey” album tracks — “Sana’y Maghintay Ang Walang Hanggan,” “Ikaw Lamang,” “Walang Kasing Ikaw,” and “Pangarap Kong Bituin” — are also now available on the record label’s YouTube channel.
Besting the thousands of singing hopefuls who auditioned for “Wishcovery,” the Wishful 5 held their final sing-off at the Big Dome last March. As grand champion, Princess won P2 million worth of cash and contract, a house and lot, a brand new car, and a round trip ticket to New York for a musical training. Kimberly was named first runner-up, while Louie Anne, Carmela, and Ace were hailed as the second, third and fourth runners-up, respectively.
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