The Cebu native best known for her big voice is now creating content about her other passion.
Last year, Panky Trinidad joined the It’s Showtime segment Tawag ng Tanghalan. It came almost 20 years after Trinidad rose to fame as a scholar on the now-defunct Pinoy Dream Academy. (She was on the first season alongside Yeng Constantino.)
She didn’t make it to the finals, which stung. But didn’t take long for her to move forward. She returned to her band The Twist and even started a new project. Her YouTube channel Hangry Panky is about her love for food.
How Panky Trinidad stayed sane during lockdown
When COVID-19 froze the live events industry in 2020, Trinidad turned to YouTube. “Parang mababaliw na ako nun. Naging blessing in disguise yung pandemic. Yung mommy at kapatid ko kasi, parehong masarap magluto, so I tried it.”
While she’s always loved food, Trinidad is new to cooking. Hangry Panky focuses on great places to eat. Sometimes Trinidad posts cooking videos and vlogs on the channel. Those looking for glimpses of her music can also turn to the channel. She sings there from time to time.
“It was a way for me to keep my sanity. It’s for fun, to document our adventures. We treat it like a diary,” she says of the channel.
She’s also interested in the backstories of businesses, especially food businesses. Many establishments, she says, often start as stalls before turning into full-blown restaurants.
Of all the vlogs she’s done so far, the one about Cebu staple Ding Qua Qua–a Chinese ‘eat all you can’ joint–is her favorite. “Hindi pa yata ako pinapanganak may Ding Qua Qua na!” she laughs. “Sulit, eh.”
Still into singing
Make no mistake, Trinidad is still very much into singing. Last month, she flew to Manila for gigs and says she’s open to more opportunities. Her career still has chapters left unwritten.
“I took a break after CEBALO. Then I met Kitchie Benedicto when I went to the US for the World Championships of Performing Arts. She became my manager for five years,” Trinidad shared. “I was also in another band for a while. Pero after some time, feeling ko hindi na ako nag-gu-grow. Amicable naman yung separation!”
Starting her own band after that, Trinidad says, was accidental. A friend who owned a restaurant requested an acoustic performance. She wasn’t doing that at the time, but she pulled a group together. It’s been 10 years since, and The Twist is still going strong.
Panky Trinidad does everything with love
Whether it’s food or music, the bottom line is that Trinidad does everything with love. Her personal life is as colorful as her career. She and her partner Vanessa Blanca recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. Blanca is a multi-hyphenate creative who co-created the Hangry Panky YouTube channel.
Asked for the secret to a long-lasting relationship, Trinidad chuckled. “Pag nag-aaway kami ni Vanessa, walang below the belt na salita. We’re also content with being in each other’s presence. We’d rather be there rather than anywhere else.”
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