Noven Belleza, a rice farmer from Victorias City, Negros Occidental is the newest "Tawag ng Tanghalan" champion beating defending champion Babylyn Mauhay on Saturday, July 23.
Noven got an average score of 96 percent with performance of the Bee Gees' classic "To Love Somebody" as against Babylyn's 92.2 percent after singing Shirley Bassey's "I Who Have Nothing."
Belleza, whose family is living off a weekly income of P1,000, said he joined the singing contest to pay for home repairs. Touched by his story, comedian Vice Ganda promised Belleza that he would pay for the tuition fee of his four younger siblings next year.
As the new defending champion, Belleza will return to the "It's Showtime" stage on Monday. He will need five straight wins to secure an automatic place in the semifinals.