Posts Tagged ‘Charice Pempengco’

Charice to SIng at Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball

January 11, 2009

Now that the Inauguration is over, the post below is outdated. For coverage on Charice’s Inaugural Week performances, click here.

Charice Pempengco, the sixteen-year-old singing sensation from the Philippines who I’ve written about extensively, announced the big news live on Wowowee, a Philippines noon-time variety and game show, on Saturday, January 10. She’ll be performing at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball on Sunday, January 18.


In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Charice revealed that she will be singing God Bless America and One Moment In Time at the Inaugural Ball. The two songs were chosen by Obama’s staff. (more…)

Sensational Singing Prodigies

December 15, 2008

My post about sixteen-year-old singing sensation Charice Pempengco five days ago led me to discover other young, talented singers whose abilities defy belief. Watching these youngsters perform is tremendously inspiring. They seem to be channeling a force greater than themselves. I know that you’ll enjoy their performances!

Let’s start with eleven-year-old Bianca Ryan‘s June 28, 2006 audition on the first season of America’s Got Talent. One word: Whoa!

And here is Bianca (who is now fourteen) singing I Am Changing on the finals of America’s Got Talent. She walked away with the $1 million grand prize.

And here is the announcement and presentation of the $1 million grand prize.


The Soaring Spirit of Charice Pempengco

December 10, 2008


Charice’s March 2010 music video for Pyramid, written by David Jassy and Lyrica Anderson, also features R&B singer Iyaz.

Click here to buy Charice’s debut album, which went on sale May 11, 2010, a day after her eighteenth birthday!

Here's the cover for Charice's debut album, which dropped May 11, 2010!

And here is the official music video for Pyramid.

Following Charice’s success with Pyramid, posted a three-minute interview with her on July 1, 2010.


One night, when our daughter, Erin, was seven, Kate and I tucked her into bed. Kate had rushed upstairs to say goodnight during a commercial break from a show she was watching. After a couple minutes, Kate could hear her show coming back on so when Erin asked her for a lullaby, Kate suggested, “Have Daddy sing you one instead.” With that, she hurried downstairs. Erin looked at me, eyes pleading, and said, “Please don’t sing me a lullaby, Daddy.”

Yes, I was often reminded that I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it. But I have long envied people who can sing well. I often wondered what it must be like to be singing on stage and getting so lost in the music and your performance that the experience becomes nothing short of transcendental. What an incredible feeling that must be! Indeed, friends of mine who sing professionally confirm that it’s a feeling like no other.

I know, we all have our own talents, and I feel quite blessed to have mine, but still . . .


The once-in-a-generation voice of Charice Pempengco

I just wanted to give you a little background about why I am so impressed with Filipino Charice Pempengco, who was sixteen years old when I first encountered her. What a gift to be able to express such a great talent at such a young age. I love the way she pours her entire soul into her performance and sings with such power and authenticity, such joy and abandon. Ah, if only we all could express our unique gifts so magnificently!

Charice represents the kind of world we all pray for when we close our eyes and dare to dream. That may sound like an enormous and unreasonable burden to place on the shoulders of a sixteen-year-old girl, but ultimately, it is not how she shows up in the world that matters so much, it is how her joyous spirit touches us, lifts us up, makes us believe in not only her goodness but our own. Charice is far more than just a teenage girl, she is a force of nature. Her mere presence in this world blesses us and makes us strong.

Interview magazine once said about virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell that his playing “does nothing less than tell human beings why they bother to live.” You can add Charice to that list.


Charice—My Interview With FalseVoice

December 10, 2008

Ever wonder how Charice got discovered? Here is the equation that answers that question:

FalseVoice + YouTube = Stardom for Charice!


Charice and FalseVoice

FalseVoice, a twenty-three-year-old registered nurse, whose real name is Dave,  lives in Bacoor in the Philippine province of Cavite, thirty kilometers south of Manila. I began our interview by asking Dave why he chose the name FalseVoice.

False voice is a (more…)

Charice—Her Inauguration Week Performances

December 10, 2008

Charice was thrilled to usher in 2009 by performing at three events in Washington D.C. in the days leading up to President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Here she performs a powerful rendition of God Bless America at the Realizing the Dream Awards Celebration on Sunday, January 18, 2009. It’s fun to see an audience that is unfamiliar with her start clapping and going crazy midway through her song!

Here is the Inaugural Ball Holy Grail video: Charice singing (more…)

Charice—Her Philippines Performances (2007-2008)

December 10, 2008

In April 2007, Charice performed a medley of Aegis songs at an outdoor concert with other young Filipino singers for an episode of ASAP (All-Star Sunday Afternoon Party), a weekly TV show on ABS-CBN. Aegis is a very popular band in the Philippines.

On the same show, Charice (more…)

Charice—Other Notable Performances (2009)

December 10, 2008

Charice sang three songs in Dubai Festival City on January 30, 2009 for Wowowee, a noontime variety and game show broadcast by ABS-CBN that often goes on the road to film episodes. Dubai Festival City is a large residential, business and entertainment development in the city of DubaiUnited Arab Emirates.




Charice performed for Steve Tisch‘s 60th (more…)

Charice—Other Notable Performances (2007-2008)

December 10, 2008

Charice’s first appearance on Star King, a South Korean talent show, took place on October 13, 2007. It was here that she received her very first standing ovation. An analysis of Charice’s star-making performance can be found on my primary Charice post.



Charice—The Early Years

December 10, 2008


Charice has been singing since she was four years old! Here she is in the Bulilit Star Quest competition she won as a wee sprout of ten! A clip from this performance, dated September 21, 2002, was shown on Rated K, a Sunday night magazine news show on the ABS-CBN network,when host Korina Sanchez interviewed Charice on or about May 30, 2008. 

Warning: Be prepared to overdose on cuteness!



Charice—Little Big Star

December 10, 2008

At thirteen, Charice was already an old pro! Here is the newly minted teenager on Little Big Star, a talent show loosely patterned after American Idol that premiered on ABS-CBN on Saturday, September 24, 2005. Charice ended up placing third in the competition—clearly a sign that the show needed to get better judges!

Round One. Charice lost 92-91 and was eliminated.


Translated highlights from the above video:

HOST: I’m proud of these kids, but today they will be facing a tough battle because today’s competitors are so good. Let us see the greatness of the new contestants. Let’s begin round one for the Big Division. The competitors are Charice vs. Rafael vs. Alyssa. The first one is Charice Pempengco!

CHARICE: I joined Little Big Star because I also want to be famous.

MOM: Sometimes she is the one who would say “Mommy, don’t I have a contest now? I already miss singing!” Sometimes she would suddenly burst into singing . . . “Mommy, it’s weekend today, don’t I have a contest?”

CHARICE: If I would be lucky enough to win, I’ll put it (prize money) in a bank for me and my brother’s future.

MOM (tearful): I’m glad because what her father didn’t provide for us she wants to provide, even in just a dream.

[ Charice sings ]

HOST: That was Charice! Hey, you’re so good! Now let us see your score, Charice! Here it is! Wow 91! Okay! Let us see if [other contestants score] higher or lower. Our next contestant, Rafael Canillas!

HOST: That was Rafael. Whew, you’re so good! Both of you are good! Our judges are having a tough time again. Here it is . . . 92! Hahaha! Rafael was so surprised! Hahaha! I thought the kid would faint. Congratulations, Rafael! Thank you!


Charice—Her Life Story (Told in Videos)

December 10, 2008

Charice was interviewed by Korina Sanchez on Rated K, a Sunday night magazine news show on the ABS-CBN network. This video, posted May 30, 2008, offers a nice overview of Charice’s life and career as well as an insightful interview.


And here is a six-part mini-series of Charice’s life produced for Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK), the longest running drama anthology on Philippine television. MMK (translated as Will You Ever Remember) programs are based on real-life stories.

The mini-series is hosted and narrated by actress and television executive Charo Santos, who was named president of the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation on March 3, 2008.


Charice—Her Interviews

December 10, 2008

Charice sat down for an intimate one-on-one interview on June 22, 2009 with Boy Abunda of SNN (Showbiz News Ngayon), the source for showbiz and celebrity news on ABS-CBN. The first video is the condensed, edited version that was aired the next day. The following eight videos (also complete with subtitles) comprise the full sit-down interview.



SNN INTERVIEW (2 OF 8) (more…)