Jason Dy (second from right) is declared the winner of 'The Voice of the Philippines' as Alisah Bonaobra (in blue) looks on. ABS-CBN
MANILA - Former sidewalk vendor Alisah Bonaobra said admitted she was in a daze after losing to professional singer Jason Dy in the recently concluded second season of "The Voice of the Philippines."
Speaking with ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe, the Team Apl bet recalled the moments immediately following the announcement that Dy of Team Sarah edged her by 5.88 percentage-points in public votes, making him the third title winner of "The Voice" in the country.
"Actually po noong moment na 'yon, sa backstage, tulala po ako hanggang sa magbihis ako, hanggang sa hotel po, talagang tulala po talaga," she said on Thursday. "Iyon na, hawak ko na ta's naging bato pa. Pero okay lang po, God has better plans po."
According to Bonaobra, her family had a similar reaction.
"Honestly po, kahit po sila talagang nalungkot po kasi nakita po nila kung paano po ako lumaban," she said. "Simula po noong blind audition, talagang nag-grow po ako as a solo performer. Iyon nga po, may panhihinayang pero kailangan po namin tanggapin na meron pa pong mas magandang plan si God para sa aming lahat."
Alisah Bonaobra performs during the grand finals of 'The Voice of the Philippines.' ABS-CBN
Despite her not taking home the top prize, Bonaobra said joining "The Voice of the Philippines" has drastically changed her life. For one, people now call her by her name.
"Sobrang, sobrang laking pagbabago po sa buhay ko. Mas lalo po nila akong nakikilala. Ang sarap po ng feeling na, 'Ay, si Alisah Bonaobra!' Ang saya po ng feeling na nakikilala nila ako as Alisah Bonaobra po," she said.
Before the ABS-CBN competition, Bonaobra became a YouTube sensation after several videos of her singing at a mall went viral online.
Among the tunes she performed was "Let It Go," which she reprised in the semifinals, and "Patuloy Ang Pangarap," a champion's anthem popularized by Angeline Quinto.
"Ang dream ko po talaga sa kanila na maiahon po sila sa kahirapan," said Bonaobra, whose family has been street vendors in Paco, Manila since 1987. "Sa tulong po nitong experience ko sa 'The Voice,' alam ko pong mararating ko ang dapat ko marating na bituin para sa pamilya ko."
Bonaobra, who hopes to have her own album and act in a teleserye, said she looks up to pop superstar Sarah Geronimo and would like to emulate her career.
"Gusto ko po talaga sundan 'yung yapak ni Ms. Sarah Geronimo. Total performer po siya. Talagang sobrang galing niya sa lahat ng aspeto po. Gusto ko siyang sundan," she said.
As she tries her luck in showbiz -- with many doors opened thanks to her stint in "The Voice of the Philippines" -- Bonaobra said she is keeping in mind the advice of her her coach.
"Ni-remind po sa akin ni Coach apl na hindi dito nag-e-end lahat," she said. "Actually, ito palang po ang start ng journey ko. Kailangan ko pong i-push ang sarili ko para ipakita sa lahat ng tao kung ano talaga ako as Alisah."