“Ako Ang Nagwagi” in an international competition in Filipino was against her manager’s will, but it turned out what made her win.
When she was sent to the 4th Asian Singing Competition, she was late. There were already singers and artists who came first, performed, and thought that one of them already one. Since the audience were not all Filipinos, her signature song “Ako Ang Nagwagi” was given an English version which was already not exactly what it meant in Filipino. She practiced the English version all throughout, but when her the time came for her to perform in stage–without the consent of her managers–she sang the original Filipino version of her song.
Her managers felt like she lost after the second prize was given to another Filipino. Nevertheless, to everybody’s surprise, her name was called for being the Grand Prize Winner. Hence, she gained international acclaim and this victory was among the primary circumstances why she is called Asia’s Diva.