FASO’s Pride – Charice Cover Story

FASO’s Pride – Charice Cover Story

The Fil-Am Symphony Orchestra is delighted and truly honored to have the privilege to perform with young Filipina singing sensation Charice in this year’s Handog ng FASO sa Pasko at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on December 6. With so many achievements at a tender age of 17, Charice’s astounding voice and God-given talent is every Filipino’s dream. The Asian Journal MDWK Magazine is just as equally honored to have Charice as its cover story this week, by Roger Lagmay Oriel.

Charice’s Christmas Offering, The Gift of Songs

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MDWK Magazine November 25, 2009

“Charice sings, are you listening?
With FASO, eyes are glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Being in this Christmas wonderland.
Gone away is the hard life,
Here to stay is a new life
She sings a love song,
As we go along,
Walking in a music wonderland.
Later on, we’ll conspire,
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid,
The plans that we’ve made
Walking in this merry wonderland.
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Join us in the
‘Handog ng FASO sa Pasko’ wonderland.”

Yes, the evening of December 6 will be a beautiful, happy night indeed during the Christmas concerto, Handog ng FASO sa Pasko. With the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) performing with majestic choirs and noted Filipino singers led by Filipina singing sensation Charice Pempengco, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium will truly be like a Christmas wonderland, especially for Filipino Americans in Los Angeles.

Charice has been on stage with some of the world’s best artists including Andrea Bocelli. Josh Groban, and Celine Dion. In January 2009, she performed at two presidential pre-inaugural events in Washington, D.C. Charice was one of the headlining acts in the recent David Foster and Friends 10-City North American Tour.

Her international debut album is slated for release in January 2010 and she will appear in the upcoming film Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel which will be out on December 23. She is also part of the official soundtrack for the movie with her rendition of  ‘No One’ by Alicia Keys.

At 17 years old, Charice has achieved so much that millions of others could never hope to achieve in a million lifetimes. With the loving support of her family, friends, and countless fans, Charice can truly face the future unafraid.

“Kababayan, maraming, maraming salamat sa suporta . Sana tuloy-tuloy lang po ang suporta. [My fellow countrymen, thank you very much for your support. I hope for your continued support.] Proud to be Filipino,” Charice said in an interview a few days ago, upon arrival in Manila from the US. She shared that while performing abroad, other nationalities notice how talented Filipinos are. “Nakakatuwa kasi di lang mga Pinoy ang nakakapansin. Pag nagko-concert kami may mga Americans, Canadians, sinasabi nila na parang ang dami palang napakatalented sa Pinas,” she said. [“It feels good that it is not only Filipinos who notice this. For instance in our concerts, there are Americans, Canadians, and they say that it is nice to know that there are a lot of talented people in the Philippines."]

Charice announced in that interview that she will not stay long in Manila as she has to go back to the States right away. Yes, to sing Christmas carols to her kababayans in LA at the Handog ng FASO sa PASKO. Don’t miss it! (AJPress)

Submitted by PhoenixSong

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Also in this issue of AsianJournal, for complete story, click below:

Pinoy named CNN ‘Hero of the Year’

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino has received international recognition for his innovative effort in educating poor children.

Efren Peñaflorida, who started the “Kariton Klassroom” to bring education to poor children, has been named CNN Hero of the Year, the cable news network announced yesterday.

Posted by Eve

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10 Responses to “FASO’s Pride – Charice Cover Story”

  1. Roja says:

    hi guys! if you have a free time this sunday, dec. 6 @ 5 pm, let’s watch our Christmas Concert in Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Charisse, Joey Albert, Kit Navarro, Isabella Ramos and Joanne Villanueva will be our Special Guest Performers. See you there!

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  3. ggg says:

    ebj..you’re beginning to become a stalker..hehe you should get a collapsible house..and move wherever charice may be..ehehe Gratz! to Efren Penaflorida…you are truly a hero for the young ones..a role model for all teachers!

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  4. rant says:
    shes opening the door to all talented pinoys in the international arena. she must be awarded the highest achievement Pinas can give to a private individual. Thanks God for His gift to us through CHARICE.gogogogo CHARICE. we support you all the way.

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  5. EBJohns11 says:
    I should move to California – cos it seems like a lot going on there when it comes to Charice . Have Fun guys!

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  6. Jessica86s says:
    Thanks for the post Eve. Hope to see you guys in Pasadena this time, God willing.

    Efren Penaflorida is truly another Filipino hero.

    I hope people now see how Charice has opened the doors of opportunity and recognition for the other deserving Filipinos in all aspects worthy of international attention.

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    • Eve says:
      You’re welcome. I love to see Charice get this kind of coverage and any exposure she can bring to our kababayan is a plus++. Soon it will be mainstream magazine coverage as well when her album drops and the movie. My hubby just recently saw the trailer for the Alvin Squeakquel and laughed so hard, he says “we’re going to watch that. I don’t care if it’s a cartoon!” Love the Chipettes, haha! And love Chariiicccceeeeee!!!!!


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    • EBjohns11 says:

      Girlfriend, where are you? Havent seen u in a while =) Why didnt u come to LA last time.

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      • jessica86s says:
        Hey, girlfriend! Did you go to the LA show? I was requested by a patient that time and it happened to be her last request on this sorry earth. I could not say no, so I went to her instead and stayed until she left. I didn’t mind it because she had no one else she felt close to. Her only relatives were coming in from Michigan and New York and were still on their way here. She couldn’t wait so I was the only one with her. Even the lawyer and the “live-in” care giver were asked to leave the room. I didn’t regret it a bit. I just missed Charice and the nice fellowhip with the chasters but instead accompanied my patient off to the after life. Just at the gate only, hehe. It’s not the first time I’ve done that and it has always been something I wouldn’t exchange for anything I know yet. I’m sure you have similar experiences like that too so you’d know what I mean.

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  7. muskrat says:
    Wow, am I first? Go Charice, soar high!

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