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Music Hero is a music competition for young and talented musicians who are skilled at playing musical instruments. The segment premiered on 6 August 2016 and concluded on 18 March 2017.

In a television market that is already saturated with singing reality programs, Music Hero was launched to provide a first-of-its-kind competition that gives the spotlight to the instrumentalists who make music events possible but are seldom recognized and appreciated.

After a rigorous seven-month-long instrumental battle, 17-year-old electric guitarist Blaster Silonga of Marikina City was proclaimed as the grand winner at the end of the competition. With his electric guitar, he performed a rendition of the 2004 hit single "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys.[1]

After the contest, seven of the eight grand finalists became regular performers on the noontime show and became known as the Music Hero band.[2]

A second edition titled Music Hero: The Vocal Battle began airing just three months later in June 2017. The new edition is a singing competition in search of a lead vocalist for the newly-formed band.[3]

Overview

Auditions

The talent competition was open to male and female musicians 19 years old or below who are skilled at playing musical instruments, such as keyboard, violin, clarinet, guitar, and drums. Auditions were held at the Broadway Centrum.

Alternatively, aspirants were able to submit their audition videos to an email address provided by the noontime show. Online auditionees who were selected to participate had their travel expenses covered by Eat Bulaga!.

Daily rounds

The daily rounds occurred from 6 August to 28 October 2016. Aicelle Santos, Pia Guanio, Ryan Agoncillo, and Pauleen Luna typically served as the hosts.

Each daily round featured two new musicians who were pitted against one another with their musical instruments. The round was divided into two parts. The contestants played their song choices in the first portion and then engaged in a final same-song showdown in the second portion. Originally, contestants with different instruments were randomly paired with one another in the daily rounds, which proved difficult to judge the musical skills of the contestants. Eventually, the segment began to pair musicians with the same instruments to make the judging fairer.

The panel of judges typically included a mixture of Eat Bulaga! hosts and guest celebrities, many of which are members of well-known local bands. The criteria for judging were as follows: 

  • 50% – Instrument mastery 
  • 30% – Musicality 
  • 20% – Overall performance 

Daily winners received ₱30,000 and advanced to the semifinal rounds of the competition.

Wildcard rounds

The week-long wildcard rounds took place from 31 October to 4 November 2016. Several contestants who lost in the daily rounds or the weekly semifinal rounds received the opportunity to return to the competition. The returning contestants performed the same song that they played in the daily rounds. Two contestants were pitted against one another each day for a chance to earn a spot in the daily semifinal rounds.

Wildcard winners received ₱30,000 and advanced to the semifinal rounds.

Semifinal rounds

The semifinal rounds were originally held on Saturdays right after the daily elimination rounds from August to October. After the conclusion of the daily rounds and the subsequent wildcard rounds, the semifinals transitioned into a daily event beginning in November.

The 36 semifinal winners became known as the Music Hero Squad. Each winner received ₱50,000.

Weekly semifinal rounds

Electric and acoustic guitar heroes

The early semifinal rounds occurred on Saturdays from 16 August to 8 October 2016. Three daily winners with different instruments were pitted against one another in the usual two-part round. Each musician performed their song choice in the first part before finally engaging in a one-song showdown.

Because these weekly semifinal rounds occurred prior to the wildcard rounds, several eliminated semifinalists received a second opportunity to return to the competition by winning in the wildcard rounds and then competing again in the daily edition of the semifinals.

Daily semifinal rounds

After the wildcard rounds, the semifinal rounds transitioned into a daily event from 5 November to 8 December 2016. This time, the competition pitted two musicians with the same (or similar) musical instruments against one another. The semifinalists battled in the usual two-part round.

An additional one-day wildcard round for eliminated semifinalists occurred on 9 December 2016. Three returning musicians were once again pitted against one another for a chance to advance to the next round of the competition.

Clash of Heroes

The 36 contestants were then separated into eight different categories based on their instruments: Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Woodwind, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, String, Bass Guitar, and Saxophone. The lone cello player was grouped with the six violinists in the String category, while the lone clarinet player was grouped with the three flutists in the Woodwind category.

Elimination rounds

Contestants were pitted against one another until only two or three were left within their instrument categories. The elimination round was composed of two portions. The first part was the song choice. In the second part, each contestant performed a different song from the category that a computer-generated shuffle track selected for them. To prepare for the second battle, the contestants were asked to learn and prepare a song for each category.

Because the Saxophone and Bass Guitar categories only had two or three contestants who won from the semifinal rounds, they did not need to hold an elimination round.

Steal the Spot

After the elimination rounds, the grand finalists once again faced a new threat from returning contestants in a round known as Steal the Spot. One contestant for each category returned to challenge a grand finalist for their spot in the grand finals. Challengers were able to select any one of the grand finalists whom they would like to be pitted against.

In the end, only one challenger successfully stole the spot of a grand finalist in the String category.

Grand finals

The grand finals for each instrument category was split into two rounds. The first round placed the judges inside an enclosed area in order to judge the competing musicians based solely on their pure musicality. The contestants picked their own songs for the first round. In the second round, the contestants played the same song selected by the judges while giving their own rendition and adding new flavors to the song. The contestants were judged based on their overall presence onstage and mastery of their instruments.

The panel of judges varied for each instrument category and included renowned musicians and other musical personalities. Winners took home ₱100,000 and became the delegate of their respective instrument category in the final round of the competition.

Battle of the Champions

Battle of the Champions finalists

The Battle of the Champions took place on Saturday, 18 March 2017. The panel of judges included musical arranger Mon Faustino, musical director Butch Miraflor, songwriter Raul Mitra, composer Danny Tan, and record producer Mel Villena.

In the opening production, the grand finalists provided the instrumental accompaniment for the vocal performances of Aicelle Santos, Gabbi Garcia, Hannah Romawac-Olives, and Cooky Chua. The eight winners of the instrument categories then competed in the two-round grand showdown.

In the first round, the eight grand finalists were divided into two groups of four to form Bands A and B. The first round was judged based on the grand finalists' performance as a group by examining their dynamic and style for their chosen musical pieces. Band A won the first round and its members advanced to the second round of the competition.

In the second round, the four musicians of the winning band faced against one another in a final showdown. The contestants were able to select any song for their final performances.

Blaster Silonga, the 17-year-old electric guitarist of Marikina City, was named as the Ultimate Music Hero at the end of the competition. He received the grand prize of ₱500,000.

Zild Benitez, the 19-year-old bassist of Quezon City, received the Dabarkads Choice award after garnering the most number of likes on a Facebook video poll where the grand finalists performed their own rendition of the theme song of Eat Bulaga!. He took home ₱10,000.

Hosts

The following hosts were involved in the presentation of the segment at some point in its run.


Judges

Below is a list of guest celebrities, music professionals, and Eat Bulaga! hosts who participated as judges at some point in the segment's run. Many of the celebrity judges are members of well-known Filipino bands.

Dabarkads judges

  • Pauleen Luna
  • Maine Mendoza
  • Alden Richards
  • Ruby Rodriguez

Guest judges


Contestants

A total of 120 instrumentalists competed in the first edition of Music Hero. The following table sorts them alphabetically based on their last names. Also listed are the hometowns of the contestants as well as their ages during their first appearance in the competition.

List of Contestants
Contestant Instrument Age Origin
Jonas Angelo Abadilla violin 16 Muntinlupa City
Sidney Aban acoustic guitar 18 Meycauayan, Bulacan
Princess Adan drums 19 Quezon City
Ferdinand Andes keyboard 18 Rosario, Cavite
Kyle Agbuya drums 13 Tanay, Rizal
Crissa Lain Reyes Aguilos drums 15 Guiguinto, Bulacan
Aldreen Alcantara drums 19 Las Piñas City
Zach Alcasid drums 16 Quezon City
Shammah Alegado violin 9 San Antonio, Zambales
Paolo Alejo acoustic guitar 18 Quezon City
Marcus Ambat electric guitar 16 Quezon City
Kyle Andaya acoustic guitar 15 Las Piñas City
Maydel Andayon keyboard 17 Lopez, Quezon
Glenn Aquias cello 19 Sampaloc, Manila
Vincent Garcia Argana bass guitar 17 Lipa, Batangas
AJ Ascona drums 19 Marilao, Bulacan
Juan Miguel Atal keyboard 12 Pateros
Dennvan Anrio Awa bass guitar 19 Kidapawan, North Cotabato
Dennver Lito Awa keyboard 16 Kidapawan, North Cotabato
Yani Balagtas electric guitar 17 Biñan, Laguna
Marco Balunsat keyboard 17 Apalit, Pampanga
Joash Arvhy Barcinas flute 18 Angono, Rizal
Richard Daniel "RD" Benavides keyboard 18 Davao City
Lite Benedicto drums 16 Calamba, Laguna
Daniel Zildjian "Zild" G. Benitez bass guitar 19 Quezon City
Gillian Rose Bongkingki keyboard 19 Malolos, Bulacan
Matthew Bravante drums 18 Montalban, Rizal
Ronald "Ron" Navarro Bustos saxophone 18 Tanauan, Batangas
Niño Cabusas saxophone 19 Lucban, Quezon
Jeriecko Cabuyao acoustic guitar 18 Tayabas, Quezon
John Cagape violin 16 Quezon City
Mary Anne Dominique C. Casacop violin 18 Santa Rosa, Laguna
Maha Castro keyboard/piano 18 Quezon City
EJ Chua acoustic guitar 17 Dasmariñas, Cavite
Matthew Conanan electric guitar 18 Ibajay, Aklan
Raymund Conge, Jr. flute 18 Kawit, Cavite
Andrew Constantino clarinet 19 Imus, Cavite
Jay-R Corre bass guitar 16 Montalban, Rizal
Marco Corre drums 13 Montalban, Rizal
Paul Marlon de Guzman clarinet 19 Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija
Jan dela Cruz flute 15 Las Piñas City
Gerard dela Peña keyboard 17 Antipolo, Rizal
Patrick John del Pilar acoustic guitar 19 Cabuyao, Laguna
Fender Elevazo Dimalanta electric guitar 18 Pasig City
Ivan T. Dolleson clarinet 19 San Fernando, Pampanga
Vjosh Valdrich Domingo drums 15 Navotas City
Joshua "Josh" Espinosa saxophone 17 Baras, Rizal
Karl Lenin Estoesta keyboard 13 Sampaloc, Manila
Josh Clement Eugenio violin 11 Bustos, Bulacan
Franz Feliciano flute 18 Caloocan City
John Brian H. Feliciano flute 13 Marilao, Bulacan
Raven Fernandez violin 19 Marikina City
Marvie Fojas flute 17 Tanza, Cavite
Marielle Gabriel violin 17 Dinalupihan, Bataan
Ramon Luis Galang electric guitar 16 Quezon City
Angelo Garcia electric guitar 14 Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro
Christian Keith Garcia acoustic guitar 17 General Trias, Cavite
Jamal Gullemas acoustic guitar 17 Santa Rosa, Laguna
Darylle Hernandez clarinet 17 Angono, Rizal
Rosemarie Hernandez flute 17 Tanza, Cavite
Philcob Suzuki Josol electric guitar 18 Trece Martires, Cavite
Kenneth Kabigting electric guitar 18 Arayat, Pampanga
Jino Labitigan violin 17 Tayabas, Quezon
Crismar Veloso Lampos electric guitar 17 Caloocan City
Asaph Paul Lapatha keyboard 15 Bacolod City
Radlee Laquian acoustic guitar 16 Tondo, Manila
Kalel Verbo Lipio violin 17 Parañaque City
Emman Lopez electric guitar 15 Marikina City
Raphael Lopez violin 15 Urdaneta, Pangasinan
Ryan Lopez acoustic guitar 17 Valenzuela City
Rosner Mabuti keyboard 18 Antipolo, Rizal
Israel Mipalar acoustic guitar 17 San Pedro, Laguna
Bricks Miranda violin 9 San Luis, Pampanga
Dwight Kenneth Miranda saxophone 13 Imus, Cavite
Tristan Molina acoustic guitar 18 Trece Martires, Cavite
Angeli Mari Nicolas flute 17 Santa Maria, Bulacan
Sean Nicolas drums 16 Quezon City
Renzo Nolasco drums 11 Valenzuela City
Peter Joseph "Josh" Nicolas Ocampo saxophone 19 Santa Maria, Bulacan
Joeffrey Serafin Golla Pangilinan saxophone 18 Baras, Rizal
John Micko Papilla electric guitar 18 Urdaneta, Pangasinan
Golem Parma II keyboard 18 Quezon City
John Dave Picache saxophone 15 Rizal, Laguna
Mark Chriscler Quiambao flute 18 San Rafael, Bulacan
Raisa Racelis bass guitar 15 Tayabas, Quezon
Jaysel Ramos keyboard 19 Alicia, Isabela
Ralph Dominic Ramos violin 13 Baliuag, Bulacan
Iesu Real keyboard 18 Cagayan de Oro
Isaac Biel Dorado Reodica drums 11 Magdalena, Laguna
Kenneth Reodica acoustic guitar 18 Quezon City
Exequiel Reyes electric guitar 15 Pandacan, Manila
Leo Reyes bass guitar 19 Legazpi, Albay
Sheila Reyes violin 17 Santa Maria, Bulacan
Kharl Rivera saxophone 16 Pasay City
Joaquin Abram D. Rodrigo drums 17 Tanauan, Batangas
Noel Ronquillo saxophone 19 Quezon City
Marko Rudio keyboard 18 San Nicolas, Pangasinan
Art Salcedo flute 17 Baliuag, Bulacan
Ehrl Zyrelle Santos keyboard 15 Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija
Marjorie Cadiente Saulo acoustic guitar 17 Caloocan City
Miles Serrano violin 16 Guagua, Pampanga
JR Silangcruz flute 17 Caloocan City
Blaster Mitchelle Silonga electric guitar 16 Marikina City
John Suarez keyboard 19 Balagtas, Bulacan
Jai Sumaculub electric guitar 18 Quezon City
Mark Robin Tabada keyboard 17 Santa Ana, Manila
Jim Emmanuel A. Tan keyboard 17 Atimonan, Quezon
Stephen Tan keyboard 18 Quezon City
Rico Tiangco acoustic guitar 17 Valenzuela City
Melvin Rodil Torres acoustic guitar 19 Indang, Cavite
Micha Torres violin 14 Pasay City
Rhailly Trinidad drums 8 Las Piñas City
Louise Rafael Vaflor electric guitar 17 Montalban, Rizal
Maegan Valeriano acoustic guitar 16 Malabon City
Ena Villa keyboard 18 Las Piñas City
Joshua Villador saxophone 18 Dasmariñas, Cavite
Jayvee Villanueva acoustic guitar 16 Meycauayan, Bulacan
Vanette Villanueva cello 19 Cainta, Rizal
Micah Virrey violin 19 Quezon City
Sean Cage Yauder electric guitar 17 Marikina City


Results

Daily rounds

The daily rounds took place from 6 August to 28 October 2016. Each daily round featured two new musicians who competed against one another with their musical instruments. The round was divided into two parts. Each musician played their song choices in the first portion and then engaged in a one-song showdown in the second portion. Daily winners advanced to the semifinal rounds.

Week of 6 August–12 August

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Saturday
6 August 2016
Zach Alcasid 16 drums "Don't Let Me Down" "Treasure" Advanced (tied)
Stephen Tan 18 keyboard "Rather Be" Advanced (tied)
Monday
8 August 2016
Zild Benitez 19 bass guitar "Uptown Funk" "Sugar" Advanced
Micha Torres 14 violin "Shut Up and Dance" Eliminated
Tuesday
9 August 2016
Luis Galang 16 electric guitar "Moves Like Jagger" "Firework" Advanced (tied)
Vjosh Domingo 15 drums "Bulong" Advanced (tied)
Wednesday
10 August 2016
Jayvee Villanueva 16 acoustic guitar "Billie Jean" "What Makes You Beautiful" Advanced
Marco Balunsat 17 keyboard "Ikaw" Eliminated
Thursday
11 August 2016
John Dave Picache 15 saxophone "Starting Over Again" "Bang Bang" Advanced
Jay-R Corre 16 bass guitar "Hinahanap-Hanap Kita" Eliminated
Friday
12 August 2016
Marko Rudio 18 keyboard "If I Ain't Got You" "Titanium" Advanced
Golem Parma II 19 violin "Para sa Akin" Eliminated


Week of 15 August–19 August

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
15 August 2016
Rhailly Trinidad 8 drums "Narda" "Just the Way
You Are
"
Eliminated
Brian Feliciano 13 flute "Sana Maulit Muli" Advanced
Tuesday
16 August 2016
John Suarez 19 keyboard "Forevermore" "Don't Stop Believin'" Eliminated
Radlee Laquian 16 acoustic guitar "Close to You" Advanced
Wednesday
17 August 2016
Fender Dimalanta 18 electric guitar "You Give Love a Bad Name" "Thriller" Eliminated
Josh Ocampo 19 saxophone "I'm Not the Only One" Advanced
Thursday
18 August 2016
Sheila Reyes 17 violin "Martyr Nyebera "Raise Your Glass" Advanced
Maha Castro 18 piano "Chandelier" Eliminated
Friday
19 August 2016
Israel Mipalar 17 acoustic guitar "Tuloy Pa Rin" "This Love" Advanced (tied)
Tristan Molina 18 acoustic guitar "Don't Know What To Say" Advanced (tied)


Week of 22 August–26 August

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
22 August 2016
Robin Tabada 17 keyboard "Kahit Isang Saglit" "Stronger" Eliminated
Jim Tan 17 keyboard "The Greatest Love of All" Advanced
Tuesday
23 August 2016
Renzo Nolasco 11 drums "Kisapmata" "Bitiw" Advanced
Biel Reodica 11 drums "Awit ng Kabataan" Eliminated
Wednesday
24 August 2016
Kenneth Kabigting 18 electric guitar "Sunday Morning" "It's My Life" Eliminated
Blaster Silonga 16 electric guitar "Kaleidoscope World" Advanced
Thursday
25 August 2016
Andrew Constantino 19 clarinet "Beautiful Girl" "Born this Way" Advanced (tied)
Ivan Dolleson 19 clarinet "Kailangan Kita" Advanced (tied)
Friday
26 August 2016
Micah Virrey 19 violin "Best Day of My Life" "Love Story" Advanced
Kalel Lipio 17 violin "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Eliminated


Week of 29 August–2 September

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
29 August 2016
Rosner Mabuti 18 keyboard "Out of My League" "California Gurls" Advanced
Gerard dela Peña 17 keyboard "Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin" Eliminated
Tuesday
30 August 2016
Matthew Conanan 18 electric guitar "Livin' on a Prayer" "Sweet Child
o' Mine
"
Advanced
Jai Sumaculub 18 electric guitar "Liwanag sa Dilim" Eliminated
Wednesday
31 August 2016
Chriscler Quiambao 18 flute "Araw-Gabi" "Rolling in
the Deep
"
Advanced
JR Silangcruz 17 flute "Moon River" Eliminated
Thursday
1 September 2016
Raisa Racelis 15 bass guitar "Yugyugan Na" "Hataw Na" Eliminated
Leo Reyes 19 bass guitar "Pop" Advanced
Friday
2 September 2016
Melvin Torres 19 acoustic guitar "Officially Missing You" "Stitches" Eliminated
Ryan Lopez 17 acoustic guitar "Isn't She Lovely" Advanced


Week of 5 September–9 September

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
5 September 2016
Josh Clement Eugenio 11 violin "Let It Go" "Baby" Advanced (tied)
Dominic Ramos 13 violin "Marry You" Advanced (tied)
Tuesday
6 September 2016
Ron Bustos 18 saxophone "Love on Top" "Empire State of Mind" Eliminated
Josh Espinosa 17 saxophone "Ikaw" Advanced
Wednesday
7 September 2016
Angelo Garcia 14 electric guitar "Foolish Heart" "Sandalan" Advanced
Exequiel Reyes 15 electric guitar "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Eliminated
Thursday
8 September 2016
Ehrl Santos 15 keyboard "Making Love Out of...at All" "A Thousand Miles" Eliminated
Jaysel Ramos 19 keyboard "Beauty and the Beast" Advanced
Friday
9 September 2016
Raymund Conge, Jr. 18 flute "Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka" "Geronimo" Eliminated
Franz Feliciano 18 flute "Hanggang" Advanced


Week of 12 September–16 September

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
12 September 2016
Joaquin Rodrigo 17 drums "Probinsyana" "Taralets" Advanced
Aldreen Alcantara 19 drums "Break Free" Eliminated
Tuesday
13 September 2016
Vanette Villanueva 19 cello "Stay with Me" "Viva la Vida" Eliminated
Glenn Aquias 19 cello "Closer" Advanced
Wednesday
14 September 2016
EJ Chua 17 acoustic guitar "Flashlight" "She Will Be Loved" Eliminated
Paolo Alejo 18 acoustic guitar "Bohemian Rhapsody" Advanced
Thursday
15 September 2016
Jonas Abadilla 16 violin "Bang Bang" "Time In" Eliminated
Jino Labitigan 17 violin "Toxic" Advanced
Friday
16 September 2016
Karl Estoesta 13 keyboard "Ever Since the World Began" "Best Song Ever" Advanced
Juan Miguel Atal 12 keyboard "One Call Away" Eliminated


Week of 19 September–23 September

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
19 September 2016
Kharl Rivera 16 saxophone "I Have Nothing" "This is What You Came For" Advanced
Kenneth Miranda 13 saxophone "One Last Cry" Eliminated
Tuesday
20 September 2016
Crismar Lampos 17 electric guitar "Salamat" "Sugod" Advanced
Marcus Ambat 16 electric guitar "214" Eliminated
Wednesday
21 September 2016
Kenneth Reodica 18 acoustic guitar "Man in the Mirror" "This Love" Advanced (tied)
Rico Tiangco 17 acoustic guitar "Kailan" Advanced (tied)
Thursday
22 September 2016
Jan dela Cruz 15 flute "Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin" "Rolling in
the Deep
"
Eliminated
Angeli Nicolas 17 flute "Araw-Gabi" Advanced
Friday
23 September 2016
Vincent Argana 17 bass guitar "Got to Be Real" "Sugar" Eliminated
Dennvan Awa 19 bass guitar "Uptown Funk" Advanced


Week of 26 September–30 September

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
26 September 2016
Raven Fernandez 19 violin "We Will Rock You" "Titanium" Eliminated
Raphael Lopez 15 violin "Moves Like Jagger" Advanced
Tuesday
27 September 2016
AJ Ascona 19 drums "Probinsyana" "Firework" Advanced (tied)
Lite Benedicto 16 drums "Don't Let Me Down" Advanced (tied)
Wednesday
28 September 2016
Iesu Real 18 keyboard "We Don't Talk Anymore" "What Makes You Beautiful" Eliminated
Dennver Awa 16 keyboard "Can't Feel My Face" Advanced
Thursday
29 September 2016
Yani Balagtas 17 electric guitar "Oo" "Don't Stop Believin'" Eliminated
Philcob Josol 18 electric guitar "Love Me Like You Do" Advanced
Friday
30 September 2016
Noel Ronquillo 19 saxophone "Nothing's Gonna Change..." "The Edge
of Glory
"
Advanced
Joeffrey Pangilinan 18 saxophone "How Deep Is Your Love" Eliminated


Week of 3 October–7 October

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
3 October 2016
Maegan Valeriano 16 acoustic guitar "She Will Be Loved" "Moves Like Jagger" Advanced
Marjorie Saulo 17 acoustic guitar "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Eliminated
Tuesday
4 October 2016
Princess Adan 19 drums "Martyr Nyebera" "Treasure" Advanced
Crissa Aguilos 15 drums "Mangarap Ka" Eliminated
Wednesday
5 October 2016
Maydel Andayon 17 keyboard "One Last Cry" "A Thousand Miles" Eliminated
Ena Villa 18 keyboard "Tadhana" Advanced
Thursday
6 October 2016
Dominique Casacop 18 violin "Thinking Out Loud" "Problem" Advanced
Marielle Gabriel 17 violin "Valentine" Eliminated
Friday
7 October 2016
Marvie Fojas 17 flute "Stay" "Rolling in
the Deep
"
Eliminated
Rosemarie Hernandez 17 flute "Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka" Advanced


Week of 10 October–15 October

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
10 October 2016
Emman Lopez 15 electric guitar "California King Bed" "It's My Life" Advanced
Sean Yauder 17 electric guitar "Call Me Maybe" Eliminated
Tuesday
11 October 2016
Niño Cabusas 19 saxophone "If I Ain't Got You" "Empire State of Mind" Eliminated
Joshua Villador 18 saxophone "Born for You" Advanced
Wednesday
12 October 2016
Sean Nicolas 16 drums "A Thousand Miles" "Bitiw" Eliminated
Matthew Bravante 18 drums "Bulong" Advanced
Thursday
13 October 2016
Patrick del Pilar 19 acoustic guitar "Til They Take...Heart Away" "Waka Waka" Advanced
Kyle Andaya 15 acoustic guitar "Photograph" Eliminated
Friday
14 October 2016
John Cagape 16 violin "Good Time" "Viva la Vida" Eliminated
Miles Serrano 16 violin "Rather Be" Advanced


Week of 18 October–21 October

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Tuesday
18 October 2016
John Micko Papilla 18 electric guitar "Bagsakan" "Livin' on
a Prayer
"
Advanced
Rafael Vaflor 17 electric guitar "Kisapmata" Eliminated
Wednesday
19 October 2016
Darylle Hernandez 17 clarinet "Forevermore" "Born this Way" Eliminated
Paul de Guzman 19 clarinet "Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin" Advanced
Thursday
20 October 2016
Jamal Gullemas 17 acoustic guitar "I'll Never Go" "One Thing" Advanced (tied)
Jeriecko Cabuyao 18 acoustic guitar "Isn't She Lovely" Advanced (tied)
Friday
21 October 2016
Asaph Lapatha 15 keyboard "It's All Coming Back to Me..." "Stronger" Advanced (tied)
RD Benavides 18 keyboard "25 Minutes" Advanced (tied)


Week of 24 October–28 October

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
24 October 2016
Art Salcedo 17 flute "Limang Dipang Tao" "Best Song Ever" Advanced
Joash Barcinas 18 flute "Bukas Na...Kita Mamahalin" Eliminated
Tuesday
25 October 2016
Kyle Agbuya 13 drums "Bitiw" "Treasure" Advanced
Marco Corre 13 drums "Focus" Eliminated
Wednesday
26 October 2016
Sidney Aban 18 acoustic guitar "How Deep Is Your Love" "She Will
Be Loved
"
Advanced
Keith Garcia 17 acoustic guitar "Ang Huling El Bimbo" Eliminated
Thursday
27 October 2016
Gillian Bongkingki 19 keyboard "Breakaway" "Rolling in
the Deep
"
Eliminated
Ferdinand Andes 18 keyboard "Just Once" Advanced
Friday
28 October 2016
Bricks Miranda 9 violin "Thinking Out Loud" "What Makes You Beautiful" Eliminated
Shammah Alegado 9 violin "Smooth Ciminal" Advanced



Wildcard rounds

The week-long wildcard rounds were held from 31 October to 4 November 2016. Several contestants who lost in the daily rounds or the weekly semifinal rounds received the opportunity to return to the competition. Two contestants were pitted against one another each day for a chance to earn a spot in the daily semifinal rounds.

Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
31 October 2016
Vincent Argana 17 bass guitar "Got to Be Real" "Hataw Na" Eliminated
Jay-R Corre 16 bass guitar "Hinahanap-Hanap Kita" Advanced
Tuesday
1 November 2016
John Dave Picache 15 saxophone "Starting Over Again" "The Edge
of Glory
"
Eliminated
Ron Bustos 18 saxophone "Love on Top" Advanced
Wednesday
2 November 2016
Maha Castro 18 keyboard "Chandelier" "Price Tag" Advanced
Maydel Andayon 17 keyboard "One Last Cry" Eliminated
Thursday
3 November 2016
Sheila Reyes 17 violin "Martyr Nyebera" "Raise Your Glass" Eliminated
John Cagape 16 violin "Good Time" Advanced
Friday
4 November 2016
Fender Dimalanta 18 electric guitar "You Give Love a Bad Name" "Sweet Child
o' Mine
"
Advanced
Rafael Vaflor 17 electric guitar "Kisapmata" Eliminated



Semifinal rounds

The semifinal rounds were originally held on Saturdays right after the daily elimination rounds from August to October. After the conclusion of the daily rounds and the subsequent wildcard rounds, the semifinals transitioned into a daily event beginning in November. The 36 semifinal winners became known as the Music Hero Squad.

Weekly semifinal rounds (Before the wildcard rounds)

The early semifinal rounds occurred on Saturdays from 16 August to 8 October 2016. Three daily winners with different instruments competed against each other in the usual two-part round. Because these weekly semifinal rounds occurred prior to the wildcard rounds, several eliminated semifinalists received a second opportunity to return to the competition by winning in the wildcard rounds and then competing again in the daily edition of the semifinals.

August 2016
Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Saturday
13 August 2016
Zild Benitez 19 bass guitar "Locked Out of Heaven" "Cake by
the Ocean
"
Advanced (tied)
Vjosh Domingo 15 drums "Hallelujah" Advanced (tied)
Saturday
20 August 2016
John Dave Picache 15 saxophone "Nothing's Gonna Change..." "The Edge
of Glory
"
Eliminated
Marko Rudio 18 keyboard "Secret Love Song" Eliminated
Luis Galang 16 electric guitar "Rock with You" Advanced
Saturday
27 August 2016
Stephen Tan 18 keyboard "Beauty and a Beat" "Problem" Advanced
Josh Ocampo 19 saxophone "It Might Be You" Eliminated
Jayvee Villanueva 16 acoustic guitar "Dancing Queen" Eliminated


September 2016
Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Saturday
3 September 2016
Ivan Dolleson 19 clarinet "How Dd You Know" "Trumpets" Eliminated
Sheila Reyes 17 violin "Bring Me to Life" Eliminated
Radlee Laquian 16 acoustic guitar "Somewhere Over...Rainbow" Advanced
Saturday
10 September 2016
Micah Virrey 19 violin "Smooth Criminal" "My Life Would Suck Without You" Eliminated
Chriscler Quiambao 18 flute "The Gift" Eliminated
Blaster Silonga 16 electric guitar "Through the Fire" Advanced
Saturday
17 September 2016
Zach Alcasid 16 drums "Happy" "Any Way You Want It" Advanced
Rosner Mabuti 18 keyboard "Sa'yo" Eliminated
Matthew Conanan 18 electric guitar "Smooth" Eliminated
Saturday
24 September 2016
Karl Estoesta 13 keyboard "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" "Price Tag" Eliminated
Josh Clement Eugenio 11 violin "Rude" Eliminated
Brian Feliciano 14 flute "Bukas na Lang...Mamahalin" Advanced


October 2016
Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Saturday
1 October 2016
Tristan Molina 18 acoustic guitar "Change the World" "Love on Top" Eliminated
Jino Labitigan 17 violin "Where Have You Been" Advanced
Kharl Rivera 16 saxophone "Better Days" Eliminated
Saturday
8 October 2016
Joaquin Rodrigo 17 drums "Hallelujah" "Let's Get
It Started
"
Advanced (tied)
Jim Tan 17 keyboard "Anak" Advanced (tied)
Leo Reyes 19 bass guitar "MMMBop" Eliminated



Daily semifinal rounds (After the wildcard rounds)

After the wildcard rounds, the semifinal rounds transitioned into a daily event from 5 November to 8 December 2016. This time, the competition pitted two musicians with the same (or similar) musical instruments against one another. The semifinalists battled in the usual two-part round. An additional one-day wildcard round for eliminated semifinalists occurred on 9 December 2016. Three returning musicians were once again pitted against one another for a chance to advance to the next round of the competition.

Week of 5 November–11 November
Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Saturday
5 November 2016
Israel Mipalar 17 acoustic guitar "A Very Special Love" "Roar" Eliminated
Josh Espinosa 18 saxophone "Proud Mary" Advanced
Jaysel Ramos 19 keyboard "Reflection" Eliminated
Monday
7 November 2016
Paul de Guzman 19 clarinet "I'll Never Love This Way Again" "Jai Ho" Eliminated
Miles Serrano 16 violin "Super Bass" Advanced
Tuesday
8 November 2016
Ryan Lopez 17 acoustic guitar "You Are the Sunshine of...Life" "This Love" Eliminated
Paolo Alejo 18 acoustic guitar "Hotel California" Advanced
Wednesday
9 November 2016
Ena Villa 18 keyboard "Kahit Isang Saglit" "Party in the U.S.A." Eliminated
Maha Castro 18 keyboard "Chandelier" Advanced
Thursday
10 November 2016
Kyle Agbuya 13 drums "Noypi" "Firework" Eliminated
Renzo Nolasco 11 drums "Hari ng Sablay" Advanced
Friday
11 November 2016
Angeli Nicolas 18 flute "Shake It Off" "Empire State of Mind" Eliminated
Franz Feliciano 18 flute "Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos" Advanced


Week of 14 November–18 November
Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
14 November 2016
Angelo Garcia 15 electric guitar "Always" "It's My Life" Advanced
Emman Lopez 15 electric guitar "Wrecking Ball" Eliminated
Tuesday
15 November 2016
Lite Benedicto 16 drums "Gangnam Style" "Bitiw" Eliminated
Matthew Bravante 18 drums "Narda" Advanced
Wednesday
16 November 2016
Philcob Josol 18 electric guitar "Titanium" "My Life Would Suck...You" Eliminated
Dennver Awa 16 keyboard "Crazy Little Thing Called..." Advanced
Thursday
17 November 2016
Rico Tiangco 17 acoustic guitar "Kailan" "One Thing" Eliminated
Glenn Aquias 19 cello "Problem" Advanced
Friday
18 November 2016
Dennvan Awa 19 bass guitar "24K Magic" "Hataw Na" Eliminated
Jay-R Corre 16 bass guitar "Rock Baby Rock" Advanced


Week of 22 November–25 November
Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Tuesday
22 November 2016
Art Salcedo 17 flute "Nais Ko" "Waka Waka" Advanced
Rosemarie Hernandez 17 flute "All At Once" Eliminated
Wednesday
23 November 2016
Joshua Villador 18 saxophone "It Might Be You" "Bang Bang" Eliminated
Ron Bustos 18 saxophone "Listen" Advanced
Thursday
24 November 2016
Ferdinand Andes 18 keyboard "On the Wings of Love" "Treasure" Eliminated
RD Benavides 18 keyboard "Fixing a Broken Heart" Advanced
Friday
25 November 2016
Jeriecko Cabuyao 18 acoustic guitar "When I Met You" "Moves Like Jagger" Eliminated
Patrick del Pilar 19 acoustic guitar "Payphone" Advanced


Week of 28 November–2 December
Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
28 November 2016
AJ Ascona 19 drums "Tayo'y Magsayawan" "Cake by
the Ocean
"
Advanced
Princess Adan 19 drums "Time In" Eliminated
Tuesday
29 November 2016
Dominique Casacop 18 violin "We Found Love" "Shut Up
and Dance
"
Advanced (tied)
John Cagape 16 violin "I Gotta Feeling" Advanced (tied)
Thursday
1 December 2016
Crismar Lampos 18 electric guitar "Tatsulok" "Livin' on
a Prayer
"
Eliminated
Fender Dimalanta 18 electric guitar "Don't Stop Believin'" Advanced
Friday
2 December 2016
Sidney Aban 18 acoustic guitar "Saving All My Love for You" "Price Tag" Advanced
Kenneth Reodica 18 acoustic guitar "Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko" Eliminated


Week of 5 December–9 December
Date Contestant Age Instrument Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Monday
5 December 2016
Jamal Gullemas 17 acoustic guitar "Heaven Knows" "Jingle Bell Rock" Eliminated
Maegan Valeriano 16 acoustic guitar "Beat It" Advanced
Tuesday
6 December 2016
Noel Ronquillo 19 saxophone "Till My Heartaches End" "Last Christmas" Eliminated
Andrew Constantino 19 clarinet "The Prayer" Advanced
Wednesday
7 December 2016
Dominic Ramos 13 violin "Geronimo" "All I Want for Christmas...You" Eliminated
Shammah Alegado 9 violin "Survivor" Advanced
Thursday
8 December 2016
John Micko Papilla 18 electric guitar "Bagsakan" "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree " Eliminated
Asaph Lapatha 15 keyboard "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin" Eliminated
Raphael Lopez 15 violin "Dynamite" Advanced
Friday
9 December 2016
WILDCARD
Leo Reyes 19 bass guitar "Pop" "Sugar" Advanced
Angeli Nicolas 18 flute "Araw-Gabi" Eliminated
Kharl Rivera 16 saxophone "I Have Nothing" Eliminated



Clash of Heroes

The 36 contestants were then separated into different categories based on their instruments: Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Woodwind (flute and clarinet), Keyboard, Electric Guitar, String (cello and violin), Bass Guitar, and Saxophone.

The contestants then went through elimination rounds until only two or three grand finalists remained within their instrument categories. In Steal the Spot rounds, eliminated contestants returned to challenge a grand finalist who have secured a spot in the grand finals. Grand finals for each category determined the ultimate musician who would advance to the final round of the competition.

For Steal the Spot rounds, contestants highlighted in red indicate the challenger, while contestants highlighted in blue indicate the defending grand finalist.

Drums

Six drummers competed against each other to win a spot in the championship round. The panel of judges for the grand finals included Manila Philharmonic Orchestra member Glenn Velarde, South Border drummer Otep Concepcion, Kamikazee vocalist Jay Contreras, renowned drummer Jun Regalado, Sr., and Side A co-founder Mar Dizon. In the end, 17-year-old Joaquin Rodrigo of Tanauan, Batangas was named as the Ultimate Drums Hero.

Drums Heroes
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Zach Alcasid
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AJ Ascona
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Matthew Bravante
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Vjosh Domingo
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Renzo Nolasco
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Joaquin Rodrigo
Date Contestant Age Songs Result
Song Choice Shuffle Track/Showdown
Monday
12 December 2016
Matthew Bravante 18 "Narda" "That's What You Get" Eliminated
Joaquin Rodrigo 17 "Probinsyana" "Highway Star" Advanced
Thursday
22 December 2016
AJ Ascona 19 "Tayo'y Magsayawan" "Liwanag Sa Dilim" Eliminated
Renzo Nolasco 11 "Hari ng Sablay" "Sugod" Advanced
Thursday
5 January 2017
Vjosh Domingo 15 "Bulong" "Noypi" Eliminated
Zach Alcasid 17 "Don't Let Me Down" "Tatsulok" Advanced
Monday
16 January 2017
STEAL THE SPOT
Vjosh Domingo 15 "Fantastic Baby" "Get Ur Freak On" Eliminated
Zach Alcasid 17 "Party Rock Anthem" Advanced
Saturday
25 February 2017
GRAND FINALS
Renzo Nolasco 11 "Meron Akong Ano" "Run the World (Girls)" Eliminated
Zach Alcasid 17 "Message in a Bottle" Eliminated
Joaquin Rodrigo 17 "Lose My Breath" Advanced


Acoustic Guitar

Five acoustic guitarists competed against each other to win a spot in the championship round. The panel of judges for the grand finals included UST Conservatory of Music guitar professor James Peter Namit, television musical director and guitarist Ric Mercado, Color It Red former lead guitarist Mike Villegas, composer Noel Cabangon, and renowned singer Regine Velasquez. In the end, 16-year-old Radlee Laquian of Tondo, Manila was named as the Ultimate Acoustic Guitar Hero.

Acoustic Guitar Heroes
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Sidney Aban
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Paolo Alejo
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Patrick del Pilar
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Radlee Laquian
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Maegan Valeriano
Date Contestant Age Songs Result
Song Choice Shuffle Track/Showdown
Tuesday
13 December 2016
Paolo Alejo 18 "Bohemian Rhapsody" "Everybody" Advanced
Patrick del Pilar 19 "'Til They Take My Heart Away" "Uptown Girl" Eliminated
Wednesday
21 December 2016
Sidney Aban 18 "Saving All My Love for You" "I Love You Goodbye" Eliminated
Maegan Valeriano 16 "She Will Be Loved" "Let Me Be the One" Eliminated
Radlee Laquian 16 "Close to You" "Kung Ako Na Lang Sana" Advanced
Saturday
7 January 2017
STEAL THE SPOT
Sidney Aban 18 "How Deep Is Your Love" "Can't Help Falling in Love" Eliminated
Radlee Laquian 16 "Imagine" Advanced
Saturday
18 February 2017
GRAND FINALS
Paolo Alejo 18 "One Note Samba" "Here Comes the Sun" Eliminated
Radlee Laquian 16 "What a Wonderful World" Advanced


Woodwind Instruments

Three flutists and one clarinetist competed against each other to win a spot in the championship round. The panel of judges for the grand finals included Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) principal clarinetist Randy Lopez, MSO events coordinator Ariel Perez, La Sallian Youth Orchestra resident conductor German de Ramos, Asosasyon ng Musikong Pilipino president Jong Cuenco, and award-winning theater actor Robert Seña. In the end, 14-year-old Brian Feliciano of Marilao, Bulacan was named as the Ultimate Flute Hero.

Woodwind Heroes
clarinet
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Andrew Constantino
flute
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Brian Feliciano
flute
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Franz Feliciano
flute
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Art Salcedo
Date Contestant Age Songs Result
Song Choice Shuffle Track/Showdown
Wednesday
14 December 2016
Franz Feliciano 18 "Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos" "Forevermore" Eliminated
Andrew Constantino 19 "The Prayer" "Destiny" Advanced
Wednesday
4 January 2017
Art Salcedo 17 "Limang Dipang Tao" "Emotions" Eliminated
Brian Feliciano 14 "Bukas Na...Kita Mamahalin" "And I Am Telling You I'm Not..." Advanced
Thursday
12 January 2017
STEAL THE SPOT
Art Salcedo 17 "The Voice Within" "Say That You Love Me" Eliminated
Andrew Constantino 19 "The Prayer" Advanced
Saturday
11 February 2017
GRAND FINALS
Andrew Constantino 19 "Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas" "My Heart Will Go On" Eliminated
Brian Feliciano 14 "I Believe" Advanced


Keyboard

Five keyboardists competed against each other to win a spot in the championship round. The panel of judges for the grand finals included UST Conservatory of Music piano coordinator Anthony Say, musical director Vincent de Jesus, Neocolours former keyboardist Jimmy Antiporda, Journey lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, and Eat Bulaga! host Tito Sotto. In the end, 17-year-old Jim Tan of Atimonan, Quezon was named as the Ultimate Keyboard Hero.

Keyboard Heroes
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Dennver Awa
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Jim Tan
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Stephen Tan
Date Contestant Age Songs Result
Song Choice Shuffle Track/Showdown
Thursday
15 December 2016
RD Benavides 18 "25 Minutes" "Beauty and the Beast" Eliminated
Maha Castro 18 "Chandelier" "Let It Go" Advanced (tied)
Stephen Tan 18 "Rather Be" "Go the Distance" Advanced (tied)
Friday
23 December 2016
Dennver Awa 16 "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" "Ikaw Ang Aking Mahal" Eliminated
Jim Tan 17 "Anak" "Pangako" Advanced
Friday
13 January 2017
STEAL THE SPOT
Asaph Lapatha 15 "It's All Coming Back to Me Now "On My Own" Eliminated
Maha Castro 18 "Let It Go" Advanced
Saturday
21 January 2017
GRAND FINALS
Maha Castro 18 "Bituing Walang Ningning" "I'd Do Anything for Love" Eliminated
Jim Tan 18 "Wag Ka Nang Umiyak" Advanced
Stephen Tan 18 "Lipad Ng Pangarap" Eliminated


Electric Guitar

Four electric guitarists competed against each other to win a spot in the championship round. The panel of judges for the grand finals included musical arranger Noel Mendez, jazz guitarist Johnny Alegre, Side A former guitarist Joey Generoso, The Dawn guitarist Francis Reyes, and Juan de la Cruz Band guitarist Wally Gonzales. In the end, 17-year-old Blaster Silonga of Marikina City was named as the Ultimate Electric Guitar Hero.

Electric Guitar Heroes
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Fender Dimalanta
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Luis Galang
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Angelo Garcia
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Blaster Silonga
Date Contestant Age Songs Result
Song Choice Shuffle Track/Showdown
Friday
16 December 2016
Blaster Silonga 17 "Through the Fire" "Basang-Basa Sa Ulan" Advanced (tied)
Angelo Garcia 15 "Always" "Halik" Advanced (tied)
Tuesday
20 December 2016
Luis Galang 16 "Moves Like Jagger" "Beat It" Eliminated
Fender Dimalanta 19 "Don't Stop Believin'" "Thriller" Advanced
Tuesday
10 January 2017
STEAL THE SPOT
Luis Galang 16 "Rock with You" "Kiss" Eliminated
Fender Dimalanta 19 "Thriller" Advanced
Friday
10 March 2017
GRAND FINALS
Fender Dimalanta 19 "Rosanna" "Change the World" Eliminated
Blaster Silonga 17 "Superstition" Advanced
Angelo Garcia 15 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Eliminated


Violin/String Instruments

Six violinists and one cellist competed against each other to win a spot in the championship round. The panel of judges for the grand finals included Manila Symphony Orchestra executive director Jeffrey Solares, Silent Sanctuary violinist Chino David, Asosasyon ng Musikong Pilipino founder John Lesaca, singer-songwriter Jose Mari Chan, and Eat Bulaga! host Joey de Leon. In the end, 18-year-old Dominique Casacop of Santa Rosa, Laguna was named as the Ultimate Violin Hero.

String Heroes
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Shammah Alegado
cello
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Glenn Aquias
violin
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John Cagape
violin
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Dominique Casacop
violin
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Jino Labitigan
violin
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Raphael Lopez
violin
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Miles Serrano
Date Contestant Age Songs Result
Song Choice Shuffle Track/Showdown
Monday
19 December 2016
Miles Serrano 16 "Rather Be" "Without You" Eliminated
Jino Labitigan 17 "Toxic" "Uptown Funk" Advanced
Tuesday
3 January 2017
Glenn Aquias 19 "Problem" "Wind Beneath My Wings" Eliminated
Raphael Lopez 15 "Dynamite" "Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita" Eliminated
John Cagape 16 "I Gotta Feeling" "Only Hope" Advanced
Friday
6 January 2017
Dominique Casacop 18 "We Found Love" "Lambada" Advanced
Shammah Alegado 9 "Smooth Criminal" "I Will Survive" Eliminated
Wednesday
11 January 2017
STEAL THE SPOT
Shammah Alegado 9 "Survivor" "Rolling in the Deep" Advanced
John Cagape 17 "Fighter" Eliminated
Saturday
28 January 2017
GRAND FINALS
Shammah Alegado 9 "Mission: Impossible Theme" "To Love You More" Eliminated
Jino Labitigan 17 "Bohemian Rhapsody" Eliminated
Dominique Casacop 18 "The Phantom of the Opera" Advanced


Saxophone

Two saxophonists competed against each other to win a spot in the championship round. The panel of judges for the grand finals included UP College of Music faculty member Michael Mark Guevarra, music producer Alvin Cornista, musical director Mel Villena, jazz musician Eddie Katindig, Sr., and pop singer Kuh Ledesma. In the end, 18-year-old Josh Espinosa of Baras, Rizal was named as the Ultimate Saxophone Hero.

Saxophone Heroes
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Ron Bustos
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Josh Espinosa
Date Contestant Age Songs Result
Song Choice Shuffle Track/Showdown
Monday
9 January 2017
STEAL THE SPOT
Josh Ocampo 19 "It Might Be You" "Respect" Eliminated
Josh Espinosa 18 "Kailangan Kita" Advanced
Friday
3 March 2017
GRAND FINALS
Josh Espinosa 18 "Hanggang" "All I Ask" Advanced
Ron Bustos 18 "One Night Only" Eliminated


Bass Guitar

Three bass guitarists competed against each other to win a spot in the championship round. The panel of judges for the grand finals included UST Conservatory of Music faculty member Arthur Erskine Basilio, Yosha bassist Karel Honasan, Pupil bassist Dok Sergio, Hale bassist Sheldon Gellada, and singer Lani Misalucha. In the end, 19-year-old Zild Benitez of Quezon City was named as the Ultimate Bass Guitar Hero.

Bass Guitar Heroes
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Zild Benitez
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Jay-R Corre
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Leo Reyes
Date Contestant Age Songs Result
Song Choice Showdown
Saturday
14 January 2017
STEAL THE SPOT
Raisa Racelis 15 "Love Never Felt So Good" "Lady Marmalade" Eliminated
Zild Benitez 19 "24K Magic" Advanced
Saturday
4 February 2017
GRAND FINALS
Leo Reyes 19 "September" "Play That Funky Music" Eliminated
Zild Benitez 19 "Yugyugan Na" Advanced
Jay-R Corre 16 "Let's Get Loud" Eliminated



Battle of the Champions

The Battle of the Champions occurred on Saturday, 18 March 2017. The first round was judged based on the grand finalists' performance as a group in order to examine their dynamic and style for their chosen musical pieces. Band A won the first round and advanced to the second round of the competition. In the second round, the four remaining grand finalists faced each other in a final showdown with their song choices. In the end, electric guitarist Blaster Silonga of Marikina City was named as the Ultimate Music Hero.

Round 1
Band Members Song Result
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Joaquin Rodrigo (drums)
Josh Espinosa (saxophone)
Blaster Silonga (electric guitar)
"Locked Out of Heaven" Advanced
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Dominique Casacop (violin)
Brian Feliciano (flute)
Jim Tan (keyboard)
"Kahit Isang Saglit" Eliminated


Round 2
Contestant Age Origin Instrument Song Result
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Josh Espinosa 18 Rizal saxophone "Sway" -
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Zild Benitez 19 Quezon City bass guitar "Weak" -
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Blaster Silonga 17 Marikina City electric guitar "If I Ain't Got You" Grand
winner
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Joaquin Rodrigo 17 Batangas drums "Awit ng Kabataan" -
Special Award Contestant Age Origin Instrument
Dabarkads Choice Zild Benitez 19 Quezon City bass guitar


References

  1. Teenage talent search winner has 'muisc in his soul', 29 March 2017, Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  2. ‘Eat Bulaga’ has big plans for Ultimate Music Hero, 3 April 2017, Manila Standard.
  3. Music Hero’s debut single goes viral, 19 July 2018, The Manila Times.
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