A student of the Philippine School of Doha was adjudged the grand champion of the “Talentadong Pinoy Middle East”.
Sixteen-year old Haina Uddin received a cash prize of $10,000 and a chance to compete in the Battle of the Champions in Kapatid TV5’s leading talent show.
She plans to donate part of the prize to charity institutions while keeping the rest to open a small business for her family.
“I am totally surprised, I did not expect this. I was just a wildcard entry and I am thrilled to have had this fantastic opportunity,” said Uddin, a resident of Laguna province in the Philippines.
She bested other contestants from Saudi Arabia and the Dubai-based five-member all-male dance group Watawat.
Auditions and qualifying rounds were held in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar before the grand finals in Dubai.
Many OSN Pinoy subscribers had the opportunity to meet award-winning TV host Ryan Agoncillo as well as other celebrities including Marvin Agustin, Arnel Ignacio, and Gelli de Belen after the grand finale.
The hosts praised Uddin, saying that besides being talented, she also had the “X-factor”.
Talentadong Pinoy Middle East can be watched on OSN’s Kapatid TV5 channel every Sunday from June 23.
OSN recently added four premium and leading ABS-CBN channels: TFC (The Filipino Channel), Bro, Cinema One Global, and ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel), strengthening its Pinoy offering for Middle East viewers.