Isa na namang Pilipino ang gumawa ng history sa ibang bansa matapos itong magbahagi ng kanyang talento sa U.S. edition ng The Voice.
Si Angel Bonilla ang kauna-unahang transgender contestant na sumali sa loob ng 14 seasons ng reality show na ito.
Sumalang ang 31-year-old na taga Cabuyao, Laguna sa stage ng The Voice noong March 6 at kinanta ang orihinal na awitin ni Sam Smith na “Lay Me Down.”
Hindi lamang ang boses ni Angel ang nakapagpamangha sa mga hurado kundi pati ang kaniyang istorya hinggil sa kaniyang kasarian.
“I was born Carlos back in the Philippines,” paglalahad ni Angel nang tanungin siya ng kaniyang pangalan.
“As early as five years old, I already knew that I am a girl trapped in a boy’s body.”
Ayon kay Angel, naging mahirap para sa kaniyang konserbatibong ama ang tanggapin siya bilang babae.
“Growing up in a very conservative family, it was very difficult for my father.
"When my dad saw me as a girl for the first time, he was puzzled. He’s not sure if I am his son, but he embraced me,” saad ng singer.
Sa huli, masayang tinanggap ng singer na si Adam Levine sa kanyang team si Angel. Sabi ng transgender contestant sa kanyang rason sa pagsali sa The Voice, “I wanted my father to be proud of me, and I’m doing this to honor him.”
Nauna nang ni-represent ni Angel ang Pilipinas noong 2016 nang siya ang mapili bilang isa sa mga 15 finalists sa Discovery International Song Competition na ginanap sa Bulgaria.
Ayon nga ka’y Angel nang makausap namin through Facebook messenger, “This time I can tell, I fulfilled my dream...confidential pa. But I promise you are one of the first persons who will know and I will take care of you.. like the way you cared for me.
“Medyo mahirap, pero gagawin ko ang makakaayanan ko para makadagdag pride sa Pilipinas."
Narito ang kaniyang official NBC biography: “At the age of 6, Angel, who was born a male, could not ignore her feminine soul and strong sense of being a girl. Coming from a conservative Catholic family in the Philippines, transitioning was not easy.
"During this difficult time, Angel discovered her love of music. By the time she was 16 years old, Angel had transitioned into a beautiful young woman, and her family moved to the United States a few years later.
"Angel currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is pursuing the often difficult dream of becoming a singer."