The PDA Little Dreamers Grand Dream Night was held on the night of October 5, 2008 at the Dolphy Theater. Philip Cesar Nolasco became the first ever PDA Little Dreamer Grand winner, bagging the cash prize of one million pesos, among other perks (well like that house and lot). Amy got the second prize of 500,000 pesos, while Angelo got the third spot with a cash prize of 300,000 pesos.
Cristina de Leon, first one out
My cousin, Cristina de Leon was the first one to be declined from the pursuit of achieving any of the top 3 positions. As she opened her large gift box containing an MP3 player, everyone in the house went into a brief silence. It felt like as if a breeze of sadness took over the place. I’m sure her parents and the whole supportive Cristina gang felt the same way. But of course, we are very, very proud of her. If sheer talent would be the sole basis, we know she would make it to the top spots. You can’t doubt the amazing range of her voice – the young belter and the Song Princess of the Academy. Add to that is how she voices her lyrics clearly. She is really consistent with the techniques she learned inside the academy. Her mentors can attest to that. But we too, felt happy for the winners. All kids deserve to win. You can’t break their little hearts.
What we hate about the whole thing is the show per se. What on earth were they thinking when they forced the losing kiddie candidates to sing after finding out they lost and didn’t make it? Of course, that’s a big no-no to a child’s emotional state. ABS-CBN simply played with the kids’ emotions! Didn’t they seek the counsel of child psychologists to help design the show last night?
Indeed, channel 2 simply wants to earn the ratings from showcasing the drama of defeated PDA Little Dreamers!
Who cares if the child cries and couldn’t get on with his/her song, as long as ABS-CBN gets audience ratings? Tsk tsk tsk… Kapamilya pala ha!
Cristina was just teary-eyed when she sang. Being the first one out, of course the kid is still in shock, while trying to keep her composure. THE SHOW MUST GO ON, the director dictates. What a way to handle such a sensitive situation. I pity Risie and Aubrey who had to cry while singing. Who wouldn’t? Aside from the pain of losing, you have to face the agony of having to sing despite the loss.
Pre-judged Popularity Show
ABS-CBN made a circus out of the kids. Pinoy Dream Academy, being one deceiving popularity contest, rather than an authentic, pro-talent show that everyone thinks it is, earned millions of bucks from the various telecommunications companies. Indeed, results were pre-made, contestants were pre-judged as early as Wednesday last week.
How’d I know? Why would they assign the song “May Bukas Pa” for Cristina (a song dedicated for someone defeated), and “Ako ang Nagwagi” (a song of victory) for Amy? Coincidence? Come on.
Still a Happy Ending for Cavitenos
Nevertheless, it will end with a happy celebration for Cristina here in Cavite. We will be having a family gathering in less than 2 weeks, I think. Supporters from our town will be invited, as well.
One Final Message
In any competition, there’s a winner, and a loser no doubt. That’s a fact of life that everyone is actually capable of accepting. But for kids who just got defeated, it’s kind of a double kill to let them sing while their hearts are breaking. Our only message for this giant network (and any other network out to follow their footsteps), please don’t make a fool out of your child contestants. It’s highly traumatic for people at a young age to experience such a humiliation, no matter how much your host tries to put it positively on screen. Defeat is already a heart break for the kids. Channel 2 turned it into a child’s nightmare, even more.
I think it’s time for ABS CBN to rethink their values. Are you guys really, Kapamilya?
PS: A Big Thanks
From Cristina, and the whole family: We will be forever grateful to all her supporters. Thanks to our fellow Cavitenos, friends, and family.