Carol Banawa

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Carol Banawa
Background information
Born March 4, 1981 (age 26)
Origin Flag of the Philippines Pasay City, Philippines
Genre(s) Easy Listening
Occupation(s) Singer, Actress
Years active 1994 - 2003
Label(s) Star (1997 - 2003)

Website [1]

Carol Claire Aguilar Banawa (born March 4, 1981, in Pasay City, Philippines), better known in the Philippines as Carol Banawa, is a Filipina singer and actress. She was born in Pasay City to Albino and Cirila Banawa. She has two siblings, Alexander(+) and Cherry. She was then later raised in Batangas. Self-confessed as an "ugly-duckling," Carol dreamt of having a musical career at a very young age. Having a thought that her dream would never come true, her family chose to believe in her drive for success. Carol entered a junior beauty pageant during the late 80's when she was still eight years old. It was the said competition that led her to stardom. She was eventually invited to join the new roster of ABS-CBN stars through the kiddie oriented show "Ang TV" [1] and became a famous music star in the Philippine music mainstream.


Reminiscing Carol's Early Life


Carol in a scene from Tanging Yaman

Carol started to sing when she was just a little girl when her family was still in Saudi Arabia. Having no playmates and always left at home, she was always encouraged to sing by her mom. And Carol eventually found out that she's into singing, too. When she and her family went back home to the Philippines, she was always requested to sing in social gatherings and she soon found herself immersed in the world of show-business.

She enjoys singing a lot. It's not because she wanted to become an "artista" (movie artist or celebrity). She was never really interested in becoming one. She just enjoys singing, acting and dancing, considering them all as a hobby--something she did part-time because she was prioritizing her studies. [3] Unfortunately, her brother was killed and her father critically injured by carbon monoxide poisoning (they were napping in their car, with the engine running to operate the air conditioner, while waiting at a mall), and the things which she had considered a hobby became her source of income; and she had to give up school.



In 1997, she released Carol and in 2000 its re-packaged version under Star Records, a recording company owned by ABS-CBN. Carol contains mainly easy listening music. This album reflects so much of her character--a typical teenager slowly learning the many ways of the world. [4]Carol Banawa Biography (page 2)</ref> In the re-packaged version, three other songs were included.

Track listing (original version)

  1. Bakit 'Di Totohanin
  2. Kailan Nga Ba
  3. Till It's Time
  4. With This Song
  5. Wait And Understand
  6. Kanino Ba
  7. 'Pag Puso'y Nakialam
  8. What Life Is All About
  9. Sana'y 'Di Ko Na Nakita
  10. I'll Be There

Track listing (repackaged version)

Carol (re-packaged)
  1. Iingatan Ka
  2. Saan Ka Man Naroroon
  3. Only World
  4. Bakit 'Di Totohanin
  5. Kailan Nga Ba
  6. Till It's Time
  7. With This Song
  8. Wait And Understand
  9. Kanino Ba
  10. 'Pag Puso'y Nakialam
  11. What Life Is All About
  12. Sana'y 'Di Ko Na Nakita
  13. I'll Be There



In 2001, Carol released Transition. This album remarks her musical refinement and maturity. Though some easy listening songs still remain in this album, her voice sounded a bit more mature, and is noticeable in the songs, "Bawat Pintig Ng Puso" (Every Beat of The Heart) and "Hindi Kita Malimot" (I Can't Forget You). Still, a few easy listening songs remain. For example, the song "Muntik na Kitang Minahal" (I Almost Loved You) is a typical easy listening song. But the next track, "Can Never Be Me" is more of the modern style. Its remix version sounds even more modern, and with an urban-inflected tone.

The most well-known song in this album is the song "Stay" which she performed with Jay Durias, vocalist of the band South Border. Carol dedicated the said song in loving memory of her older brother, Alexander, who died tragically in 1999 due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Track listing

  1. Muntik Na Kitang Minahal (I Almost Loved You)
  2. Can Never Be Me
  3. Sa Kandungan Mo (In Your Arms)
  4. Can't Say Goodbye
  5. I Believe
  6. Stay
  7. Sabihin Na Sana (Hoping Will Say)
  8. Bawat Pintig Ng Puso (Every Beat of The Heart)
  9. Itanong Mo Sa Puso Ko (You Ask My Heart)
  10. Hanggang Sa Muli (Until Then)
  11. Quandary
  12. Hindi Kita Malimot (I Can't Forget You)
  13. Can Never Be Me (Remix)

Follow Your Heart

In 2003, Carol released Follow Your Heart. This album features several cover songs such as Heaven Knows (Rick Price), Ocean Deep (Cliff Richard) and Get Here (Oleta Adams).

Track listing

Follow Your Heart
  1. Noon At Ngayon (soundtrack from the movie Pagsasamang Kay Ganda... Noon at Ngayon). [5]
  2. Ocean Deep
  3. Get Here (with Juddha Paolo)
  4. Together Forever (with RJ Rosales, soundtrack from the movie Forevermore). [5]
  5. Langit Na Bituin (from the TV series Bituin. [5]Carol Banawa (Artist Info)</ref> and featured in the album Teleserye TV Theme Songs) [6]
  6. Heaven Knows
  7. Hanggang May Kailanman
  8. Ikaw Lamang
  9. Dito Ka Sa Piling Ko
  10. If I Believed
  11. Stay With Me
  12. Ang Kulang Na Lang
  13. All The Years

Known Compilations and Collaborations

"Awit Kay Inay"


Soundtrack in the movie Anak (2000) starring Vilma Santos and Claudine Barretto.

"Iingatan Ka"

Tanging Yaman

Featured in the Tanging Yaman Inspirational Album and in the re-packaged version of Carol. (Star Records, 2000)

We Are One

Only Selfless Love

Featured in the inspirational album Only Selfless Love. (Star Records, 2002)

"Awit sa Ina ng Santo Rosaryo"

Mysteria Lucis

Featured in the Mysteria Lucis (Mysteries of Light) album (Star Records).

Other Songs Performed

  1. "Daddy, May Oras Ka Ba? (Daddy, Do You Have Time?) - from the Children of the Universe Album - Bantay Bata 163
  2. "Disco Araw-Araw" (Disco Everyday) - feat. Kaye Abad and Nikki Valdez from the movie, "Nagbibinata"
  3. "Hide N' Seek" - feat. Paolo Contis from Ang TV, The Movie
  4. "Keep On Grooving" - feat. Kaye Abad from Ang TV, the Homecoming
  5. "Love's Not Love Till You Give It Away" - from the Metropop 2000
  6. "Nakaraang Pasko" (The Past Christmas) - from the "Ngayong Pasko" album (Various Artists)
  7. "Oh Babe" - feat. Nikki Valdez and Kaye Abad from the movie, Hey Babe
  8. "Panunumpa" (The Promise) - also from the Tanging Yaman Inspirational Album
  9. "Tanging Yaman" (The Only Treasure) feat. Bukas Palad choir - from the Hymns of Mercy Album and the soundtrack of the movie of the same title.
  10. "We'll Follow You" - the theme song for the National Youth Day 2001

Television and Movie Appearances

  1. ASAP (ABS-CBN Sunday noontime variety show)
  2. Bituin (ABS-CBN TV Series, 2002) - which she played as Melody Sandoval alongside Nora Aunor
  3. Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN TV Series, 2001) - as Minerva
  4. Keybol: Ang Bagong TV
  5. Ang TV
  6. Tanging Yaman (2000) - in which she was one of the credited cast (as Chona in the movie)
  7. Calvento Files The Movie (1997)
  8. "Tabing Ilog" (ABS-CBN TV Series, 2000) - in which she played as Andoy, a rape victim-turned-boyish girlfriend of Badong (Paolo Contis' character). [3]
  9. American Idol, auditioned for the 5th season

Theater Performances

  • As Jewel in the Trumpets' production, The Little Mermaid (2000)
  • As Esther in Epic Entertainment's internationally acclaimed musical, Judah Ben-Hur (2001) which premiered in Singapore

    Awards and Nominations


    1. Awit Awards' record of the year - "Iingatan Ka" from the Tanging Yaman Inspirational Album
    2. Self-titled album, Carol garnered platinum award
    3. Special citation for her participation in the 1999 Asian Songfest in which she represented the Philippines
    4. People's Choice Awards 2001 - Most Promising Host Entertainer Awardee


    1. Silver winner for the Shanghai Song Festival
    2. Gold record for self-titled album, Carol
    3. Nominated Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in the 5th Katha Music Awards


  • 3rd prize winner in the Metropop Song Festival


    1. Champion for the Tanghalan ng Kampeon
    2. Finalist for Munting Mutya


    Carol took a break from the Philippine music scene in 2003 to treat her father who was injured in the carbon monoxide incident. She is now currently married to a US military man and living a happy life in the United States.

    In 2004, Pinoyvision Records released her Platinum Hits Collection album, a compilation of her hottest songs. The album also comes with a VCD of Carol's hit music videos such as Stay, Ocean Deep and Noon at Ngayon. [6]


    1. ^ The Carol Banawa Story (Entertainment Feature)
    2. ^ Carol Banawa Biography
    3. a b Carol Banawa Women Today (Feature Article)
    4. ^ Carol Banawa Biography (page 2)
    5. a b c Carol Banawa (Artist Info)
    6. a b Platinum Hits Collection Info

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