Maasinhon Trio became the third Grand Winner of Pilipinas Got Talent after beating 11 other Grand Finalists during the PGT Season 3 showdown last Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Ynares Stadium in Antipolo City. The Visayan trio was declared PGT Season 3 Grand Champion on Sunday, October 23, after garnering the most number of text votes among the 12 Grand Finalists.
The Visayan trio from Maasin, Southern Leyte composed of Andrew Sanchez who works as a warehouse chief, Bonifacio Salubre a Fire Officer and Licinio Lolo a supply officer, won the P2-million grand prize. Bringas Brothers of Davao del Sur and Khalil Joseph Ramos of Paranaque City both received P100,000 for being this year’s runner-up. The other nine grand finalists each received P50,000.
The Maasinhon Trio sang the Basil Valdez song “Nais Ko” during the Grand Finalists showdown last Saturday.
Breaking the tradition of the previous PGT season’s grand finals, the runners-up were not announced anymore, instead, the judges went straight in announcing the PGT Grand Winner. The PGT judges were Freddie M. Garcia, Kris Aquino and Ai ai de las Alas. PGT Season 3 was hosted by Billy Crawford and Luis Manzano.
Maasinhon Trio definitely beat the odds by winning over early netizens favorites that include El Gamma Penumbra from Tanauan City, Batangas, Synergy of Negros Occidental, and Muriel Lomadilla of Cebu City. The win by Maasinhon Trio, as expected, received mixed reactions from netizens and televiewers as expressed on messages in social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.
The rest of the grand finalists are Sandugo Band, Lucky Twins, Loverkada Kids, Twin Divas, Renagine Pepito and Kiriko.
It was a celebrity-filled night for PGT season 3 as different showbiz personalities came to grace the Finale. Among those who performed includes PGT Season 2 Grand Winner Marcelito Pomoy, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Vina Morales, Gary Valenciano, Paolo Valenciano, Jhong Hilario and Ryan Bang.