The next big thing? Why ‘BidaMan’ winner Jin Macapagal could be just that

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Posted at Aug 11 2019 12:45 AM

Will Jin Macapagal live up to the expectations that come with being named the first winner of 'BidaMan'? Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Jin Macapagal dreams of becoming the next big thing in showbiz; why else would he join a contest dedicated to finding that exact person? 

Like many before him who tried, Macapagal, a 24-year-old who hails from Cebu City, is a good-looking man with plenty of attributes that allow him to stand an inch above your average Juan: he can dance, act, and has an apparent gift for writing monologues. 

From the get-go of the "BidaMan" grand finals, eyes were instantly drawn to him because of the energy and high confidence he displayed while dancing to a Justin Timberlake song.

He is best suited to be included in a romantic drama, it appears, and there's little doubt that people have high hopes for him after seeing him hold his own in front of Jane Oineza, an actress who was once nominated for an international acting award. 

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The challenge for Round 2 was to play a lover trying to convince his cancer-stricken girlfriend that he would never leave her, no matter her efforts to push him away. 

Vice Ganda said he got a little teary-eyed after watching the two. 

In the final round, where they were asked to deliver a monologue they had written themselves, Macapagal also showed that he would not feel out of a place in an intense family-centric serye. 

If people were maybe to ask why he won "BidaMan", not a few might point to his trembling delivery of the lines of a son who resents his absent father. 

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Though it is worth pointing out that the other finalists in the Top 3 could have easily nabbed the title away from Macapagal. 

Top 3 finalist Eris Aragoza acts with Yassi Pressman during the second round of 'BidaMan'. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

A fun, light presence onstage, Eris Aragoza drew laughs and then praise for his composure when Yassi Pressman perhaps got carried away in their scene and slapped him in the face hard. 

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An argument could also be made for Jiro Custodio, who got the loudest round of applause when he and Maris Racal traded heartbreaking lines about a relationship falling apart. 

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This "BidaMan" contest might have been a demonstration of how the production line in ABS-CBN is showing no signs of stopping, given the plethora of talent that graced the finals. 

But take nothing away from Macapagal's performance; he clearly proved that he's gifted and a worthy winner of the title "The Ultimate BidaMan." Only time will tell if he'll live up to it. 

Check out some of the highlights from the 'BidaMan' finals below: 

Jin Macapagal won P1 million and a house and lot, as well as a management and movie contract for winning 'BidaMan.' Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

During the first round of the 'BidaMan' grand finals, Jin Macapagal dances to Justin Timberlake's 'Rock Your Body.' Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Jin Macapagal delivers an emotional monologue about a son who resents his absent father. He wrote it himself. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Jin Macapagal acts out a hospital scene with Jane Oineza. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

The top 3 of the 'BidaMan' finals: Jin Macapagal (right), Jiro Custodio (left) and Eris Aragoza (center). Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Jin Macapagal reacts to being declared the first winner of 'BidaMan.' Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

'It's Showtime' director and creator Bobet Vidanes greets Jin Macapagal after he wins 'BidaMan.' Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Jiro Custodio sings 'Macho Gwapito' in the first round of the grand finals of 'BidaMan.' Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Eris Aragoza performs in the first round of the grand finals of 'BidaMan.' Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Jiro Custodio draws the loudest applause for his breakup scene with Maris Racal. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Eris Aragoza and Yassi Pressman share a laugh. Earlier, Pressman slapped Aragoza in the face as part of the skit. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

The judges of the 'BidaMan' finals: (from left to right) Ian Veneraction, Edu Manzano, Angel Locsin, Bobet Vidanes, Nadine Lustre, and Joshua Garcia. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News