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Kumu Sing For The Stars reveals the final 3 for this season

Who will launch into first place in Kumu’s Sing For The Stars?

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Sing for the Stars reaches its exciting conclusion this week, when just a few months ago, a completely digital singing competition was unheard of. Now, it’s an ongoing reality, thanks to social app Kumu and its live-streaming capability that has turned the entertainment industry on its head.

Co-hosting features that allow for up to nine different camera views have enabled people from across the globe to connect and conduct an entire season of a show in one virtual space, signaling that the future of live performances is here. All while conquering other forms of media and covering several mainstream events, Kumu is doubling down on creating opportunities for dreamers—while never asking them or their potential audiences to step out of their homes. Instead, it gives every performer a stage, and every fan a front-row seat.

Now, from hundreds of hopefuls, Sing for the Stars and its celebrity judges Lea Salonga and Warner Music Philippines’ senior A&R Manager Kelley Mangahas have narrowed the list down to the Top 3: Archie Aguilar, Shanne Gulle, and Christian Bahaya.

Meet the top 3 finalists of Sing For The Stars:

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  • Archie Aguilar, 23, proudly hails from Quezon City, a section of the Philippine metro with a penchant for fostering talent. Archie cites Jason Mraz as his primary inspiration but learned to branch out over time. “After my first singing contest, I discovered that I should study other songs, other genres. So now, I think I’m into almost anything. Maybe not metal!” he says with a laugh. Although his career was taking root long before the pandemic—collaborations with friends, live shows, and the not-so-odd prizes from other competitions—his Kumu audience is what bolstered his determination to rise to the top. “I joined many campaigns, found friends, and improved my performances,” he recounts. He’s even won phones that he’s given to his family as a result of his presence on the app.
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  • Shane Gulle, 18, a blossoming young diva from General Santos City, one of the southernmost islands of the Philippines, Shanne Gulle looks up to the hit-churning queens that came before her: Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey. She was about 16 when she started streaming on Kumu and learned quickly that while her taste and skills as a singer might not pose a problem, her lack of confidence would: “‘Di ako marunong sumagot ng interviews, paano mag-interview, makihalubilo… Paano ako sasali sa competition if I have no confidence?” (“I didn’t know how to answer interviews, or how to network… How would I join a competition if I have no confidence?”) She says that it was through Kumu and the audience she built there, “because the community is so interactive and generous.”
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  • Rounding out our Top 3 is Christian Bahaya, 26, a Davaoeño currently living in Metro Manila. His journey to Sing for the Stars seems to have begun long before any part of the contest was conceived; he’s a big fan of Michael Bublé. “Singing has always been a part of my life but I almost gave it up when my voice changed. I got so frustrated that I didn’t even want to hold a microphone anymore. My family never gave up on me but nawalan ako ng gana,” he confesses. (“My family never gave up on me, but I lost motivation.”) “[But when I found] Michael, I learned that you don’t need [crazy high notes] to impress. And as I got older, I learned that singing is about conveying meaning. Michael’s [strength for me is clarity] so I followed him and learned how he does his songs. I make sure na clear ‘yung enunciation ko para mas maintindihan, just like him. (I make sure my enunciation is clear so I am better understood, just like him.) So the audience will know what you are trying to tell them.”

These three stars in the making will be battling it out for the title of Grand Champion, as well as a cash prize of $10,000, a one-year record deal with Warner Music Philippines, a mini-concert on Kumu, and a one-on-one coaching session with Michael Bublé himself. The first and second runners-up will receive $4,000 and $2,000 in cash, respectively.

Watch it all unfold alongside both celebrity judges, with a performance from host Shanaia Gomez together with the contestants on April 9, 2022.

One winner will achieve their dreams—but after that, who knows? Kumu is home to dozens of categories that showcase talents both niche and mainstream, so whatever it is you, love, you’ll definitely find a crowd for it. Experience your own brand of stardom on the Kumu app, available for download on the Apple App Store, Huawei Store, and Google Play.

RV Cuarto is the founder and editor-in-chief of EveryTechEver, a startup team of writers and researchers. He started in tech journalism in the early days of 2012 as the founder of the successful tech site Nokia Revolution. His belt of experience spans across the industry, from consumer electronics, data operations, and cloud computing, with several brands including Dell, Nokia, Realme, and Huawei. He is also an HIV advocate and a public speaker. He spends his free time singing, playing mobile games, and experimenting with new recipes in his kitchen. Follow him on Tiktok.

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Best OPPO deals to check out at 8.8 ShopeePay Festival

Get up to 50% off when you check out select new products from OPPO this 8.8 ShopeePay Festival!

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We search Shopee every day to discover the best offers. The online retail giant offers some of the greatest discounts on a huge selection of goods, whether you’re looking for a brand-new home appliance or the latest smartphones to satisfy your tech cravings. Shopee can provide for all of your needs.

Because it offers a variety of smartphones at various price points, OPPO is one of the brands we love this year. In the upcoming 8.8 ShopeePay Festival, enjoy more rewards and get the best value when you score the latest OPPO smartphones on Shopee.

Here are our top 3 choices that we recommend you check out:

The new OPPO A16, which has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space, is a good entry-level option that can handle your daily tasks. If you need to shoot photos and upload them right away to your social media sites, the 13MP AI Triple Camera is ideal. The huge 6.5″ HD+ display and large 5000mAh battery are very entertaining for watching your favorite K-drama series. Click here to check out the OPPO A16.

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With the Night Plus Filters, 2MP Bokeh Camera, and AI for Beautification available on the OPPO A55, you can capture every moment as vividly as possible. The Helio G35 chipset’s enormous 5000mAh battery and 18W rapid charging capabilities are ideal for your gaming needs. Click here to check out the OPPO A55.

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The quad lens and AI-assisted camera on the OPPO A94 make it easy to capture all of life’s moments. The A94 captures the journey of life in vivid, precise clarity, from macro to ultra wide-angle and zoom photos. If you consider yourself a power user, the Helio P95 chipset and 8GB+128GB of storage will more than meet your requirements. It would be a shame not to include support for high-speed 30W VOOC flash charging. Click here to check out the OPPO A94.

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Don’t miss any of the awesome deals and promos at the OPPO Official Store in Shopee and enjoy up to 50% off when you check out select new products from OPPO this 8.8 ShopeePay Festival!


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Get up to 56% off on OPPO Gadgets in the 8.8 Mega Flash Sale

From August 8 to 12, grab exciting freebies, vouchers, deals on Shopee and Lazada.

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Heads up, shoppers! OPPO will offer incredible discounts with awesome freebies, vouchers, and deals during the OPPO 8.8 Mega Flash Sale on Shopee and Lazada.

From August 8 to 12, visit and shop on OPPO’s Official Stores to enjoy up to 56% off on OPPO gadgets. You can collect a Php 200 off voucher if you reach a minimum spend of Php 9,999 and a Php 400 off for every minimum purchase of Php 14,999.

Don’t miss the chance to use your Php 50 and Php 55 shipping discount vouchers before checking out if you have a minimum spend of Php 500 on Shopee and Lazada, respectively.

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For Lazada shoppers, you can also get a Php 50 off voucher for every minimum purchase of Php 500, including a 10% cashback on your orders.

Freebies to watch out for on 8.8

If you plan to shop from 12 pm to 2 pm on August 8, take advantage of free G25 Bluetooth earphones for each smartphone order ID. Later in the day, you also can enjoy a free A8 long speaker if you order the OPPO A55 from 9 pm to 11:59 pm.

A wide array of freebies are also in store for you throughout the sale. That includes a free 32GB SD Card when you order OPPO A16 3GB, a free TG113 Bluetooth speaker for every purchase of OPPO A55, a free Neon Island desk pad for all your OPPO Reno6 Series purchases, and a free A8 long speaker with Neon Island desk pad for every OPPO Reno7 Series orders.

Flash deals, and giveaways on OPPO’s 8.8 TikTok Livestream

There’s more to look forward to on 8.8 when you check out OPPO Philippines on TikTok. Be sure to watch out for limited flash deals and giveaways during OPPO’s 8.8 TikTok Livestream on the following dates: August 7 from 2 pm to 9 pm; August 8 from 11 am to 9 pm; August 9 from 11 am to 7 pm, and August 10 from 11 am to 7 pm.

Bundle deals on Shopee, Lazada

Exciting bundle deals are also available from August 8 to 12, such as OPPO Band and OPPO Enco Buds for Php 1,999; OPPO A55 and OPPO Enco Buds for Php 9,499; OPPO A94 and OPPO Enco Buds for Php 11,999; OPPO Reno5 and OPPO Enco Buds for Php 15,999; and OPPO Reno5 5G and OPPO Enco Buds for Php 19,999.

Mark your calendars now! Don’t miss the chance to enjoy OPPO 8.8 Mega Flash Sale spectacular treats to welcome August on Shopee and Lazada, even on TikTok. Add to the cart and check out your favorite OPPO devices at great deals so you can finally take home the gadgets you have been saving up for!

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Vivo announces 8.8 Mega Sale in Shopee, Lazada and TikTok Shop

Enjoy exclusive vouchers and freebies!

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Vivo brings a surefire way to satisfy shoppers in this 8.8 Mega Sale! You can avail of vivo T1x, vivo Y1s, or vivo Y01 with vouchers, and exclusive freebies on Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop.

The vivo T1x, with an original price of PHP 8,999, will be available at a reduced price of PHP 8,897 with a P100 off voucher, FREE DITO SIMCARD, and FREE TWS Voguard. Designed for gamers, the vivo T1x comes with a high-performing Snapdragon 680 processor, 4GB RAM (1GB RAM Extended) + 64GB ROM, 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging capability, Multi-Turbo 5.0 that helps you run your favorite mobile gaming apps smoothly. It also comes with a 50MP camera that can capture life’s best moments effortlessly and get pristine clarity whether you zoom in or crop photos. The vivo T1x also supports unique and high-quality camera features like Bokeh Camera, Super Macro Camera, 8MP Super Night Selfie, and Personalized Portrait Mode. It has a beautiful 6.58“ FHD+ Incell screen display and anti-fingerprint design with unique colorways in Gravity Black and Space Blue.

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Shoppers can also get the vivo Y01 for a fun deal. From PHP 5,299, it will be available for PHP 5,247 with P50 off voucher, FREE DITO SIMCARD, and FREE Premium Tumbler. The vivo Y01 is a great all-rounder device. It is an entry-level smartphone but packs advanced features like a 6.51-inch HD+ display for an immersive viewing experience, an 8MP rear camera for everyday shooting, and a 5 MP selfie camera on a small notch. It also has a 5000mAh battery that enables longer playtime and is also capable of reverse charging. The vivo Y01 can also run mobile games without lags because of its Multi-Turbo 3.0. This smartphone comes in a 3D slim design and is available in Elegant Black and Sapphire Blue.

For those who are looking for a more affordable smartphone, the vivo Y1s is another good option to consider. From PHP 5,499, it will be available for PHP 4,847 with P50 off voucher and FREE DITO SIMCARD. The vivo Y1s features a 6.22-inch Halo FullView™ display, providing a pleasant view for both videos and games. Plus, it can filter out harmful blue light to prevent eye strain. With elegant 3D body curves, the vivo Y1s fits perfectly in the palm for a comfortable grip. Its 32GB of internal ROM gives ample freedom to store more photos, files, and applications. It can also expand to up to 256GB with an additional SD card. And at a 4,030mAh battery, supported by exclusive smart power management, keeps it going longer for a more enjoyable gaming and video experience. It comes with a 13MP Main Camera and a 5 MP Front Camera with smart beauty features. The vivo Y1s will be available in limited quantity so add to cart now!

Other than T1x, Y01 and Y1s, vivo 8.8 Mega Sale also offers amazing freebies on other select Y Series, T Series, V Series, and X Series models and accessories. Check out these special deals on Shopee and Lazada:

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