Pinay wins grand prize in international singing competition in Beijing

Besting 31 other contestants from 17 countries, newcomer singer Lordenn Panganiban won the Golden Prize in the recent 11th Asia New Singer Competition in Beijing, China. She sang composer Vehnee Saturno's "Within," which won Best Song.

Lordenn Panganiban sings "Within."

Saturno told 24 Oras that Panganiban wasn't supposed to enter the competition until next year. When the artist for this year, whom he did not name, backed out, Panganiban took on the challenge. "She was so lucky," Saturno said.

Vehnee Saturno wins Best Song.

Panganiban said in Filipino, "My best competitors were the ones from Sri Lanka and Bulgaria… It's a sweet victory because there were internal issues against us to the point that you'd lose focus if you let it affect you."

Panganiban took home US $5,000 while Saturno won US $2,000.

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