|Born||March 4, 1981|
|Origin||Pasay City, Philippines|
|Years active||1994 - 2003|
|Labels||Star (1997 - 2003)|
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 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 1980s when she was eight years old. this was the start of her path to stardom. She was eventually invited to join the new roster of ABS-CBN stars through the children oriented show "Ang TV"  and became a famous music star in the Philippine music mainstream. She is a Star Magic Batch 4 alumni.
|“||I entered the crazy world of show business because I wanted to show the world that there's still more that they don't know about Carol.||”|
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.  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 an article from Titik Pilipino, she was called the Star Diva: a genuine multimedia star who has successfully crossed over from recording to TV (Bituin), stage (Little Mermaid and the Judah Ben-Hur), movies (Tanging Yaman) to live performances. Plus, she remains to be the highest-selling recording star under Star Records' roster of artists.
Carol Banawa's crystal clear voice appeals well to the Filipino public. She interprets songs in a way that pierces through the listeners' hearts. Her voice in thin but spontaneous. She was very remarkable in singing inspirational songs in compilation albums produced by Star Records. She is considered a soprano, with C6# as the highest note registered in a live performance of "Emotion" by Destiny's Child along with singers Kyla and Anna Fegi.
She was the very first Filipino artist to perform in the Madison Square Garden in New York for her participation in the 2003 New York Music Festival for which she received a special award for her outstanding performance.
When Carol Banawa was still in the Philippines, she was hailed as the "Star Diva" being Star Record's top-selling female artist, alongside Piolo Pascual.
|1997||Carol (Self-Titled)||Star Records||Certified Gold|
|2000||Carol: Repackaged||Star Records||3x Platinum|
|2001||Transition (Album)||Star Records||Platinum|
|2003||Follow Your Heart (Album)||Star Records||Platinum|
Featured in the Tanging Yaman - Inspirational
Album and in the re-packaged version of Carol.
(Star Records, 2000)
Featured in the inspirational album Only Selfless
Love. (Star Records, 2002)
Featured in the Mysteria Lucis (Mysteries of
Light) album (Star Records).
|1996||Ang TV Movie: The Adarna Adventure||herself||Star Cinema||very first minor movie role,.|
|1997||Calvento Files The Movie||Rape Victim||Star Cinema||very first movie appearance,.|
|2000||Tanging Yaman||Chona||Star Cinema||she was one of the credited cast (as Chona in the movie).|
|1995||Keybol: Ang Bagong TV||ABS-CBN||Herself|
|2000||Tabing Ilog!||ABS-CBN||Andoy (a rape victim-turned-boyish girlfriend of Badong (Paolo Contis' character) |
|2001||Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan||ABS-CBN||Miverva|
|2005||American Idol||Fox||Herself, auditioned for the 5th season (Booted by judges for her voice being "too sweet.)"|
|2000||The Little Mermaid||Trumpets||Jewel (Lead Role)|
|2001||[[internationally acclaimed musical, Judah Ben-Hur]]||Epic Productions||Esther (Lead), premiered in Singapore http://www.judahbenhur.com|
Carol took a break from the Philippine music scene in August 2003 to treat her father who was injured in the carbon monoxide incident. She is now married to a military man, Ryan Crisostomo, and has a daughter, Chelsie Crisostomo. Carol is currently working on her nursing degree.
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.