Carol Claire Aguilar Banawa (born March 4, 1981),better known in the Philippines as Carol Banawa, is a US-based Filipina singer and actress. She is a Star Magic Batch 4 alumni. Banawa was born in Pasay City to parents Albino and Cirila Banawa. Raised in Batangas, she has two siblings, Alexander and Cherry. Banawa started singing when she was a little girl when her family lived in Saudi Arabia. Her family then moved back to the Philippines. There, she was invited to join the new roster of ABS-CBN stars through the children oriented show Ang TV. She has performed at the Madison Square Garden in New York at the 2003 New York Music Festival. She is currently signed to Star Records. In 2011, she made her comeback in the music industry,and starred in the hit Philippine TV series, Mara Clara, where she sang the opening song of the said TV series. Banawa took a break from the Philippine music scene in August 2003 to attend to the treatment of her father who was exposed to lethal levels of carbon monoxide. She is now married to a military man, Ryan Crisostomo, and has a daughter, Chelsea Crisostomo. Banawa is currently studying on her nursing degree. In 2004, Pinoyvision Records released her Platinum Hits Collection album, a compilation of her songs. The album also comes with a VCD of Banawa's hit music videos such as "Stay", "Ocean Deep" and "Noon at Ngayon".