MANILA, Philippines (AP) â€” Filipino shadow play performer El Gamma Penumbra won the grand prize of the first season of "Asia's Got Talent," the pan-Asian talent search in Singapore, on Thursday night.
The Filipino group' final number paid tribute to Mother Nature to the song "Colors of the Wind." They beat their closest rival 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 staged by judge David Foster, who earlier in the contest praised her & promised that "the world is gonna know you."
p>The hashtag AsiasGotTalentGrandFinals trended on Twitter around Asia, with Filipinos expressing pride in the winners.
The grand prize is $100,000 & a chance to perform at the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore.
Other contestants during the season include Filipino dance crew Junior New System, 10-year-old Filipino singer Gwyneth Dorado, Thai rock group Talento, Chinese acrobats Gao Lin & Liu Xin, tap dance group Dance Thrilogy, & Japanese dance troupe Triqstar.
Source: “Associated Press”