Charice Wows the NFL!


Charice Pempengco, the teen singing sensation from the Philippines

What a treat to see Charice sing at the NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans today! I can sum up my reaction to her performance with one word: chills.

In a statement, the NFL said that the series of tribute games today aims to “unite fans to recognize those who lost their lives, honor the families who lost loved ones, and salute the American spirit, the early responders on 9/11, and other heroes that contributed to the nation’s recovery.”

Want more of Charice? You got it! Here she is later in the same game singing God Bless America to the capacity crowd!



This wasn’t the first time that Charice sang the National Anthem at a major sporting event. Here she is wowing manager Joe Torre and the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers at their home opener on April 13, 2009. Charice must have pumped up the home team because the Dodgers took the field and crushed their hated rivals, the San Francisco Giants, 11-1. Everyone was impressed, including the announcer who commented, “That was incredible. Charice can sing!”

In his sports column the next day in the Press-Enterprise, the source for news and information in Inland Southern California, Gregg Patton wrote:

First a Dodger Stadium record crowd shows up, a 16-year-old waif belts out one of the biggest national anthems you’ll ever hear, a stealth bomber flies over, and then the Dodgers annihilate their traditional enemy from San Francisco, 11-1.

The Dodgers should quit and go home now. It can’t get any better than that, can it?

“(The anthem) was better than the game,” joked catcher Russell Martin of singer Charice’s pregame home run.

(Russell Martin later told an ESPN reporter that he liked listening to Charice’s music and described her as a combination of Celine Dion and Whitney Houston.)

The following video offers higher quality visuals but no close-ups of Charice. Take your pick!

Click here to view all my posts featuring inspired performances of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Click here to view all my posts about Charice.


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4 Responses to “Charice Wows the NFL!”

  1. M.D. Senseng Says:

    The best NFL Star Spangled Banner video by Charice. Special video feed from Kurt of the Jacksonville Jaguars and emailed to Mike Platts of Charicemania.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks so much, M.D. This is awesome! I’ll replace the video I have with this one.

  3. M.D. Senseng Says:

    I always go to Charicemania’s “About” page whenever I see budding young writers, I encourage them to write and send it to Charicemania and I send its link as that fan site is indeed in need of Authors or Writers. To continue, also in that About page, you can see a new page “Meet Charice”. To my surprise, who will be writing on this fan site in Charice description page? Who else but Phil Bolsta!

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Ha! Yes, I wrote that for Charice’s official site quite a while ago, M.D. Then Time Warner took over the site and tossed out everything. ChariceMania was kind enough to post it. I actually plan to post it on my blog in the very near future as well!

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