Alisah Bonaobra, a certified kontesera, shared some advice for those who aspire to become a professional singer like her.
Alisah, who has joined several singing competitions in the past including The Voice of the Philippines and X Factor UK, shared that an aspiring performer has to have courage and trust in one’s self.
“Masasabi ko lang sa kanila, yung mga nangangarap, wala talagang dapat sumuko parang ganon kasi. Siyempre maraming iba’t-ibang singing competitions and ‘yung tatag lang talaga ng loob tsaka yung tiwala sa sarili ang kailangan,” she said in an interview with the press at the VIVA CON 2019.
The new VIVA artist said it was her mom who pushed her to continue reaching for her dreams despite her past losses.
“Actually, sa 'kin kasi, parang siyempre sa dinami-dami ng competitions na sinalihan ko talagang ‘yon ang nagpu-push sa 'kin literal. Charot! Literal na push ‘yung mama ko, kasi talagang naniniwala siya na may boses ako, 'eh ipakita mo ‘yan, sayang ‘yan kung hindi.' Tama naman 'di ba? Gamitin mo, binigay sa ’yo so yun, si Mama talaga yung nagpu-push sa 'kin na sumali kang sumali kahit ano pa ‘yan,” she said.
Now signed under VIVA, she shared that she is looking forward to Sarah Geronimo someday.
“Ako po, Sarah G. talaga kasi ako. Ever since bata pa ako, Popster na talaga," Alisah said.
She added that she really wanted to choose Sarah as her coach in The Voice.
"So, yung sa The Voice, dapat siya talaga 'yung pipiliin kong coach pero napunta po ako kay Coach Apl and ayun na sobrang yung lahat ng journey ko doon is naging ano na siya naging history na siya. Sinabi ko na ‘Pwede bang maging ka duet ko si Coach Sarah?’ Eh hindi po kasi pwede, iba kasi coach ko. Yun, parang ano gustong gusto ko siyang maka-duet, makasama sa stage.”
Alisah Bonabora, on the other hand, clarified that she has no regrets about choosing Apl.De.Ap over the Popstar Royalty as her coach during her blind audition.
“Hindi. Never. Kasi siyempre kay Coach Apple ako yung reyna 'di ba? Binigyan niya ako ng korona,” she said.
Alisah Bonaobra placed runner-up in the second season of The Voice of the Philippines, losing to Jason Dy.
She went viral in 2014 after singing "Let It Go" from Frozen at a mall in Manila.