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How Dan Ombao’s passion for music, ambition in life fuel him in his Idol Philippines journey

Mary Ann Bardinas July 22,2019 11:57 PM

When he first stepped into the stage of Idol Philippines, avid viewers of Kapamilya singing competitions, including judge Vice Ganda, were quick to recognize him as one of the most remarkable contestants of The Voice Philippines Season 2, which was dominated by Jason Dy.



Despite not winning the competition, his unmistakable singing prowess still enabled him to score gigs, television guestings, and collaborations with other musicians even after his stint. Unfortunately, these opportunities suddenly slipped away as he got blinded by the fame and fortune he was savoring those times, which got him diverted from his path towards attaining his dream of being a renowned artist.

Luckily, his parents never left his side as they showed their unwavering support for him and helped him move on from his predicament. During his hiatus, he kept himself busy by working as a cashier in a local convenience store in order to help his family in their finances and by playing skateboard with his friends during his free time. Although he finds joy in doing these, it is still music that makes his heart beat.

Thus, when Idol Philippines began a few months ago, Dan Ombao saw this as an opportunity for him to have a second take on his unfulfilled ambition. 



It was indeed a love at first listen for the four judges (and even for us, the viewers) as his moving rendition of Join The Club’s “Nobela” during the auditions seemed to be an ode to himself and all the hardships he went through. This totally captured and left the judges’ hearts a-flutter and brought him the highly-coveted ticket to the “Idol City” after receiving four “Yes’s”.

Theater Round


Among the three other fellow hopefuls to whom he shared the stage as Voltes 4, it was his and Miguel Odron’s distinct voices that stood out the most as they performed Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Maybe” during the Theater Round.

Do-or-Die Round


As he swooned us with his take on Lady Gaga’s “I’ll Never Love Again” together with other five male hopefuls – Carlo Bautista, Kevin Hermogenes, Isaiah Tiglao, Roque Belino, and Enzo Almario – the 23-year-old crooner was able to survive the Do-or-Die Round. 

Solo Round


Moving on to the Solo Round, he showed everyone that he’s passion for music and will to win the contest continues to burn as he made us almost misty-eyed us with his soulful version of one of Ed Sheeran’s underrated songs “I See Fire”. 

Top 12


Just in time for the beginning of the rainy season, Dan was indeed successful to deliver senti vibes through his performance of “Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka” approved by its composer Mr. C himself, Ryan Cayabyab.

Top 10


As hearts were probably broken when he sang Yeng Constantino’s breakup song “Cool Off” during the second elimination round, it actually made his hope of making it to the finals full as he triumphantly got included in the Top 8.

Top 8


With the help of their mentor Asia’s Phoenix Morissette Amon and the inspiration brought to him by his ever-supportive family, the 23-year-old indeed had a great job in putting his own flavor on December Avenue and Moira Dela Torre’s phenomenal hit “Kung Di Rin Lang Ikaw”, which also saved him from being eliminated from the competitions.

Top 6


Serenading us on the Live Round with his rendition of the classic OPM lovesong “Kailangan Kita”, to which versatile veteran performer Gary Valenciano was all-praises, Dan truly proved himself worthy of being part of the Top 5 who will vie on becoming the first-ever champion of Idol Philippines.

Are Dan Ombao’s passion for music, admirable fighting spirit, amazing musical talent, and unmistakable charm enough for him to be the hailed as the first Idol Philippines? Let’s see by watching the finale this coming weekend!