Davao’s John Michael dela Cerna is ‘Tawag ng Tanghalan’ Season 3 2nd runner-up

John Michael dela Cerna of Davao almost won “Tawag ng Tanghalan” Season 3. He was declared the second runner-up of the singing competition of the variety show “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN.

Prior to the grand finals, dela Cerna shared to the audience that he once dropped out of school just to pursue a career in singing. This disappointed his parents but they have since reconciled.

It was Elaine Duran of Butuan who won “Tawag ng Tanghalan” Season 3. John Mark Saga of Bacoor, Cavite was first runner-up.

A total of 12 finalists were chosen for the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” Season 3 grand finals. They competed for a week and culminated in the final battle of the Top 6 finalists in a live finale at the Caloocan Sports Complex in Caloocan City, Metro Manila, Philippines on September 28, 2019.

In the final round, the Top 3 finalists performed medleys. Dela Cerna sang “Bed of Roses,” “Always” and “Never Say Goodbye” by Bon Jovi.


On September 24, 2019, Ranillo Enriquez of Cebu City and Charizze Arnigo of Surigao City were eliminated and declared the respective 11th and 12th placers. On the same day, Duran and Kim Nemenzo of Calatrava, Negros Occidental automatically advanced to the Top 6.

Jermaine Apil of San Pedro, Laguna was declared the 10th placer while dela Cerna advanced to the Top 6 on September 25, 2019. Violeta Bayawa of Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte was named the ninth placer while Saga advanced to the Top 6 on September 26, 2019.

On September 27,2019,  Rafaello Cañedo of Davao del Sur and Julius Cawaling of Bacoor, Cavite were declared the respective 7th and 8th placers. On the same day, Shaina Mae Allaga of Zamboanga del Sur and Jonas Oñate, Calbayog City, Samar advanced to the Top 6.

The live finale was hosted by Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Amy Perez and Jhong Hilario. The judges were Jolina Magdangal, Jed Madela, Jaya, Eric Santos, Gary Valenciano, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid, Mikoy Yonting, Randy Santiago, Billy Crawford, K Brosas, Kyla, Karylle, Karla Estrada and Rey Valera.

To choose the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” Season 3 grand champion, 50 percent of the final score will come from the judges and 50 percent will come from the combined text votes and online votes. In the first round of the live finale, Duran, Saga and dela Cerna moved to the Top 3.

In the last round of the live finale, dela Cerna earned a final score of 25.23 percent from the combined judges’ scores and audience’s votes while Saga had 33.59 percent. Duran obtained 41.18 percent.

Here is dela Cerna singing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen:

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