‘X-Factor Australia’ winner Marlisa Punzalan sings for PH fans

Alexa Villano

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‘X-Factor Australia’ winner Marlisa Punzalan sings for PH fans
Marlisa talks about her fans, advice from Ronan Keating, and life after 'X-Factor'
TEEN DUO. Marlisa Punzalan and Darren Espanto at Marlisa's Eastwood show. Darren was the special guest. Screengrab from Instagram
MANILA, Philippines – The X-Factor Australia winner Marlisa Punzalan was recently in Manila for her first time performing for a large crowd in the country. The 15-year-old singing sensation captured fans’ hearts on the popular singing competition, and now she’s set to make her mark on the music industry.
She performed songs from her self titled album Marlisa at the Eastwood Mall Open Park, Friday, February 13.

“Try,” “Yesterday,” “Hoplessly Devoted To You,” “Impossible” and her carrier single “Stand by You” were among the songs in the set list. (FULL RECAP: Marlisa Punzalan’s entire ‘X-Factor Australia’ journey to victory)



“Stand by You”


Fans of  Marlisa were also in for a treat as the The Voice Kids runner up Darren Espanto shared the stage with her for a rendition of Ed Sheeran’s ” Thinking Out Loud.” Darren also performed two songs– “In Love Ako Sa’ Yo” and “One Moment in Time.”

DARREN's MOMENT. Fans scream when Darren Espanto sang two songs from his album. Photo by Nicole Limlengco/Rappler



Before her performance, Marlisa sat down with reporters at the show and gave an update what she has been doing after winning X-Factor. (‘X Factor Australia’ winner Marlisa Punzalan on ‘incredible’ journey)

LIVING THE DREAM. Marlisa says the support of her fans has been wonderful. Photo by Nicole Limlengco/Rappler

“I was busy working on my album, my self titled album Marlisa. And we were recording it one week after I won in Melbourne,” Marlisa told reporters before her performance.

“I recorded my audition song and most of the of the songs in the X-Factor live shows and we were busy promoting my album and my single as well because it just came out,” she added.

As for her mentor Ronan Keating, Marlisa didn’t run out of great things to say about him.

“He cared for me every step of the way, even when I was sick. He was still concerned for me and he was like ‘I think you should rest. Don’t push yourself too hard. Don’t overdo it.”

During the performance, she told her supporters to go for their dreams.

“If anyone in this crowd has a dream, go for it because nothing is impossible. You can do it,” she said.

She later posted this selfie with fans:


And this clip on Instagram:


Marlisa was the show’s youngest contestant. She was 15 when she performed. From her audition to the the end, the judges consistently praised her for a job well done. –Rappler.com





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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.