It has been almost 14 years since Banawa’s father and brother were discovered in their car unconscious due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
The incident claimed the life of her brother. Her father survived, but he became paralyzed as the carbon monoxide reached his brain.
In 2003, Banawa decided to go to the United States to earn more to support her father's medication.
Her family returned to the Philippines when the singer's father passed away.
Banawa tearfully offered a song before her father was laid to rest in Batangas City. -- From a report by Joan Panopio, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog