Before she even turned 16, Charice Pempengco (Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, born May 10, 1992) of Cabuyao, Laguna, had conquered the world. She did so and appears destined to conquer more at such a tender age when most youngsters would still be trying to conquer their awakening hormones and passions, when they’re still grappling with the emotional angst of high school.
Her Wikipedia bio documenting her many international performances for the last 18 months [excluding those in the Philippines], says: “In 2007, a series of YouTube videos of Charice’s performances posted by a user called FalseVoice brought her to the attention of Ten Songs/Productions based in Sweden. In June 2007, she flew to Stockholm, Sweden, and recorded seven songs.” This was followed by a series of performances in South Korea, the United States, England, Italy, the Netherlands, and Canada. This teenage singing phenom already has quite a long list of memorable performances with some of the famous music stars (Alicia Keys, David Foster, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli) of the present generation and some at popular television talk shows (Ellen DeGeneres, Paul O’Grady Show in England, Oprah Winfrey, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City last year, 2008 Carousel of Hope).
Her performance with Celine Dion at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sept. 15, 2008, earned her rave reviews from the New York Times and the New York Post. “The Charice segment was the night’s brightest moment. The teen was able to blast notes with Celine-like power, but she was also able to get in touch with the song’s emotions,” the NY Post review read.
On January 15, 2009, Charice Pempengco was bestowed the Philippines’ People of the Year Award for 2008 in recognition of her exceptional talent. The prestigious roster of awardees was led by former Philippine President Corazon Aquino as special awardee.
The following video shows the vivacious, articulate and irrepressible young Charice performing live at ABC’s Good Morning America on Nov. 18, 2008 :
So she’s not iBangui, but we hope she becomes an inspiration especially for those iBangui starting to hone their yet undiscovered talent with the karaoke, YouTube, or something.
At this time, this superb young Filipina singer may look diminutive but the moment Charice opens her mouth and starts to sing, she suddenly sounds much, much bigger, and the über-voice with that Whitney Hustonesque range and shades of Mariah Carey instantly grabs your attention and awe. Charice is a knockout!
Tell us what you think about this powerhouse of a singing sensation.