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Trish Bonilla impresses Idol Philippines’ audience with ‘Kailan’ performance

The 16-year-old girl is the daughter of ‘kontesera’ Mau Marcelo, the first winner of Idol franchise in the country

Trish Bonilla at the Live Round of 2019 Idol Philippines

Trish Bonilla sings “Kailan” at the Live Round of Idol Philippines 2019

Manila, Philippines — Trish Bonilla has impressed the audience in her performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s hit song “Kailan” in the Live Round of ABS-CBN’s “Idol Philippines.”

Trisha Bonilla photo via ABS-CBN
Trish Bonilla photo via ABS-CBN

In a video aired in the same episode prior to her performance, Bonilla was seen having a difficulty to make her own rendition of the song who popularized by Smokey Mountain which members include Geneva Cruz, Jeffrey Hidalgo, James Coronel, and Tony Lambino.

“It’s not gonna work so sabi ko original. She’s sings it well in that manner,” Cayabyab said.

Bonilla, daughter of singing contest veteran Mau Marcelo, said she’s happy singing the song of Cayabyab.

Trish Bonilla meets Ryan Cayabyab
Trish Bonilla meets Ryan Cayabyab

“Masaya po akong kakantahin ko yung kanta niya lalo na’t isa siyang national artist,” she said.

“Kinakabahan ako kasi si Ryan Cayabyab nag-judge po siya sa isang singing competition na sinalihan po ng mother ko. Ako na po yung minementor niya ngayon,” she added.

Bonilla sang Gloc 9’s “Sirena” in her audition while she sang ‘One Night Only’ by Jennifer Hudson in the Solo Round that earned her a spot in the Top 12 of the competition.

Trish Bonilla at the Live Round of 2019 Idol Philippines
Trish Bonilla at the Live Round of 2019 Idol Philippines

Bonilla said that unlike any mothers who are singers, her mom was not really a big fan of her joining singing competitions because she has experienced the hardships of it and doesn’t want her to experience the same.

According to, Bonilla’s mother won the first franchise of Idol in the Philippines: “Philippine Idol” hosted by Ryan Agoncillo with Ryan Cayabyab as one of the judges.

She also joined the 2003 contest Star For A Night, aired on IBC-13 with Regine Velasquez as a judge. Sarah Geronimo won the competition.

Watch Trish Bonilla’s Kailan Performance Youtube Video here:

In December 2007, Mau was part of Asian Idol, held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Asian Idol gathered the winners of Idol franchises across Asia. However, she lost to Hady Mirza of Singapore Idol.

Just recently, she also joined It’s Showtime’s “Tawag ng Tanghalan.”

Hosted by Billy Crawford, “Idol Philippines” airs Saturdays after “Home Sweetie Home” and Sundays after “Wansapanataym.”

Also read: Idol Philippines Hopeful Dan Ombao’s Audition Video Goes Viral

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Written by Karl Valdez

A writer from the north who loves to spend his time thinking what dreams may come.

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