El Gamma Penumbra triumph

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Shadow play band win Asia's Got Talent

By Kristine Abante

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Published: Thu 21 May 2015, 9:04 PM

Last updated: Tue 16 Jul 2024, 10:05 AM

Filipino singers and entertainers reigned supreme at the first season of Asia’s Got Talent. The 13-man Filipino shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra won the grand prize of the pan-Asian talent search held at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The Filipino group’s final number paid tribute to Mother Nature with the song Colors of the Wind. They beat their closest rival, the Mongolian ethnic band Khugsugtun.


Filipino classical singer Gerphil Flores was the first to be eliminated from the top three finalists.

A tearful Flores was hugged on stage by judge David Foster, who earlier in the contest praised her and promised that “the world is gonna know you.”


Contestants during the season included Filipino dance crew Junior New System, 10-year-old Filipino singer Gwyneth Dorado, Thai rock group Talento, Chinese acrobats Gao Lin and Liu Xin, tap dance group Dance Thrilogy, and Japanese dance troupe Triqstar.

The hashtag AsiasGotTalentGrandFinals trended on Twitter around Asia, with Filipinos expressing pride in the winners.

The winners took home a grand prize of $100,000 and will be given a chance to perform their own show at the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore.



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