Mitoy Yonting

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Michael “Mitoy” Yonting (born 5 January 1970) is a Filipino singer. The native of Pangasinan is hailed as The Voice of the Philippines winner.

He discovered his passion for music at an early age and he actively pursued a career in the industry. He had joined various talent searches which led to several television appearances including a slot at a noontime show where he appeared as a comedian-singer. His career, however, did not reach a full throttle.

To raise a family, he went to Japan and other countries to work as a member of a band. He went back to the Philippines where he currently works as a member of the band “The Draybers”. The band, who plays regularly at Resorts World Manila, is a nominee at this year's Aliw Awards.

Yonting admitted that he joined The Voice of the Philippines to relive youthful dreams, make a career and win the top prize. For the Blind Auditions, he sang Bakit Ako Mahihiya. Lea Salonga and Bamboo Mañalac turned their chairs. Salonga said, “Bihira lang lumalabas sa bibig ko ang ganyan. Ang galing mo, ang galing mo, naku! Kung hindi mo ako piliin, iiyak ako.” He decided to be part of Lea's team.

He bested other favorites, Radha and Daryyl Shy, during the show's battle rounds and live shows to reach the finals. The final two, Yonting and Klarisse de Guzman of team Sarah, were chosen based on the votes during the Saturday and Sunday live shows. On the Saturday live show, Yonting sang Freddie Aguilar's Anak and his original song Bulag. On the Sunday live show, he shared the stage with his coach Lea and Vice Ganda and sang Total Eclipse of the Heart. He also performed with Shane Fillan, former member of Westlife.

Yonting, who sang John Farnham's Help, won based on the votes polled during his and de Guzman's final performance. He was declared as the show's winner during the finale at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila on 29 September 2013. He won a prize package which includes PHP 2 million, a new car, an Asian tour package for two and a four-year recording contract with MCA Universal.


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