Some days after the deadly flash floods, Krizza Neri of Tablon Village, Cagayan de Oro topped the GMA-7 reality talent search ‘Protégé’.
But Neri’s victory was somewhat bittersweet because of the widespread devastation brought by tropical storm ‘Sendong’ on her place, whose people cheered her on throughout the competition.
Her family was all safe but a day before the Protégé grand finals, her uncle Lemuel died in a car crash at the height of the storm.
The floods came and snatched her happiness away in an instant.
Neri plans to help in the relief efforts when she comes home this week, as a volunteer for the Philippine Red Cross and GMA’s Kapuso Foundation.
Aiza Seguerra is Neri’s Protege mentor.