(Source: Oliver Suarez, Filipino Arts & Entertainment Examiner)
A former 'Tawag ng Tanghalan Kampeon' Champion and ASAP regular, Carol Banawa was not only one of the more followed young singers in the Philippines, but one of the most accomplished as well.
She is the owner of multiple platinum albums and awards such as the 'Special Award' in the 2003 New York Music Festival and 'Record Of The Year' at the Awit Awards in 2001 for her song 'Iingatan Kita.'
However, at the peak of her career in 2003, she suddenly left showbiz as she chose to sacrifice her blossoming career for the sake of family. She left for the U.S. with her father, who had suffered a brain injury due to a carbon monoxide poisoning accident that also led to the death of her younger brother.
Since then, beside a short trip to the Philippines in 2006 and a few small concerts here in the U.S., Carol has pretty much stayed out of the limelight. Fortunately, Carol is now back in the Philippines and will stay there for a couple of months to record a new album as well as visit her father. In an article in ABS-CBN, Carol stated,
'Na miss ko kasing kumanta and mag-record ng album. So I called up Ms. Annabelle and suggested this project. Ang main reason ng paguwi ko is for my father. My parents are still here. My dad is not well matagal na and I want him to meet 'yung apo niya, my daughter. Since pwede naman akong mag stay ng one or two months, naisip ko na ring gumawang album. Natuwa naman ang Star Records.'
In addition, Carol's album will be produced by Aiza Seguerra, who is also a talented artist in her own right, and will consist of revivals along with 2 original songs. What makes the album more interesting is the fact Aiza and Carol intend to include songs that will provide her fans a glimpse of Carol's life in another country.