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International singing sensation Charice has won the approval of the hard-to-please National Historical Institute (NHI). In an interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com, Teddy Atienza, chief of NHI’s Heraldry Section, applauded Charice’s rendition of “Lupang Hinirang” during the inauguration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
“Okay na okay na. Tama lang ‘yon. At hindi nahirapan kumanta pati ang mga sumabay at pati ang audience,” [It was okay, just right. It was easy for her to sing, even the audience sang along,] Atienza noted.
Aside from Charice, Atienza also praised well-known singer-composer Ryan Cayabyab, who was the conductor. Atienza divulged that Cayabyab is a strong advocate of singing “Lupang Hinirang” in its original composition.
In a separate interview, Charice said she’s happy that the NHI gave a thumbs-up to her rendition.
By Reyma Buan-Deveza
Source: abs-cbnNEWS.com “NHI pleased with Charice’s rendition of national anthem”
Ninoy Aquino’s Inauguration Day – Charice Sings the Philippine National Anthem
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MANILA – Charice arrived in the Philippines a few hours ago in time to sing the National Anthem at the inauguration of President-elect Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino III on Wednesday, June 30th.
She was greeted at the airport by reporters where she expressed of course she is nervous about singing the national anthem. Asked about Glee, she also said she was very excited about her upcoming stint in the hit TV series.
Charice will be in the Philippines for 3 days, returning to the USA for the July 3rd Red Hot & Boom celebration in Orlando, Florida. She will start shooting for the TV series on July 28th and will also train with a Broadway vocal coach for the show.
Charice all set for Noynoy Aquino’s inauguration
International singing sensation and “Glee” season 2 cast member Charice is set to add another feather in her cap when she sings the national anthem at the historic inauguration of President-elect Benigno Aquino III Wednesday afternoon.
In a phone interview, Charice said she is “very proud” to be part of the historic event.
“Siyempre, sobrang proud [ako] na maging part ng history.” [Of course, I'm very proud to be part of history.]
Charice will sing the national anthem alongside chorale group “Madrigal Singers” at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.
“Kasama ko po ang Madrigal Singers at conductor po si Mr. Ryan Cayabyab. Original tempo po ang gagawin,” [I will be with Madrigal Singers and the conductor is Mr. Ryan Cayabyab. We will do it with the original tempo.] Charice said.
Charice and her mother, Raquel Pempengco, flew home from the United States just for the occasion. They arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on board Philippine Airlines flight PR 103 from Los Angeles, California at 7 a.m.
From the airport, Charice proceeded to the Cultural Center of the Philippines for her 2-minute practice.
The Pempengcos, who own a house in Tagaytay, will stay in Manila Hotel.
It will not be the first time for Charice to be part of such an important event. It would be recalled that the 18-year-old “Pyramid” singer also performed at one of US President Barack Obama’s pre-inauguration balls.
‘It’s an honor’
Raquel said it is an honor for her daughter to be part of Aquino’s inauguration. Charice is willing and very ecstatic to sing for the country’s 15th President, Raquel added.
It was through ABS-CBN’s “TV Patrol World” that they learned about the invitation to sing at the inauguration, the mom said.
Raquel said Wednesday’s inauguration will be their first time to meet the incoming president.
“Ang naalala namin sa kanila ay ‘yong legacy siyempre ng nanay niya, si dating pangulong Cory, na maganda naman talaga ang pamamalakad sa bansa noong panahon niya,” [What we remember from them is of course the legacy of his mother, former president Cory, who governed the country well during her time] she said.
Singing the national anthem at the inauguration was initially a toss-up between “Journey” lead vocalist Arnel Pineda and Charice.
Early last week, Kris Aquino, the President-elect’s youngest sister, announced that Charice was chosen by her family to sing the “Lupang Hinirang” on Wednesday.
“Siyempre proud si Charice noong narinig niya ‘yon. Tuwang tuwa siya na siya ang pinili ni Kris na kumanta,” [Of course Charice is proud when she heard about it. She was very happy that Kris chose her to sing] Raquel said.
Kris is one of the Filipino pint-sized singer’s godmothers.
Charice has been working non-stop for the past months.
“Nakapagod ‘yong biyahe but enjoy ‘yong radio shows na pupuntahan ko…to promote ‘Pyramid,’” [The traveling was tiring but I enjoy the radio shows that i go to...to promote Pyramid], she said.
After the inauguration, Charice will stay in Asia for a series of radio shows. By late July, she will go back to Los Angeles for “Glee.”
“Kinakabahan ako kasi first ever serious acting ko talaga… Hindi ko alam ang gagawin ko pero may rehearsals naman,” [I'm nervous because it's my first ever serious acting... I don't know what I will do but there will be rehearsals], she told ABS-CBN North America Bureau.
By: Steve Angeles
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Charice ‘nervous’ but will try to sing anthem perfectly
After singing with music heavyweights such as Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli and performing in the world’s biggest stadiums, is there still anything that makes Charice Pempengco nervous on stage?
Apparently, there is.
The pint-sized Billboard chart-topper said her scheduled singing of the Philippine National Anthem “Lupang Hinirang” during the presidential and vice presidential inauguration in Manila on Wednesday is making her nervous.
“Medyo kinakabahan po ako syempre po kasi Philippine National Anthem,” [Of course I am a bit nervous because that is the Philippine National Anthem.] Charice, who turned 18 last month, told GMA News on Tuesday after arriving at the airport.
She felt honored to be singing the national anthem for millions of Filipinos who will be witnessing President-elect Benigno Aquino III and Vice President take their oaths of office at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Charice said.
“Super, super sobrang big opportunity sa akin na maging part ng another big history sa country natin,” [This is a big opportunity for me to be part of another big history in our country.] said Charice, who herself has reached historic heights in her singing career, making a dent on the Billboard Dance Charts with her Number 1 song “Pyramid.”
She admitted not expecting to be hand picked to perform on inauguration day.
As to what she will wear on Wednesday, Charice said Noynoy’s sister and showbiz talk show host Kris Aquino-Yap has enlisted the help of designer Paul Cabral.
“Hindi po talaga totoo yung last month. Iyon nga iyong sinabi ng mommy ko sa manager ko sa States. Parang sabi niya, bakit ‘di mo i-try na pag-auditionin si Cha (her nickname) sa Glee,” [Last month’s news that I was part of Glee wasn’t really true. That is exactly what my mother told my manager in the States. She told my manager why not have Charice try out for Glee?] the singer recounted.
“So nag-try po ako. Nag-audition po ako mga two weeks or three weeks ago, basta kailan lang iyon. Tapos after days hindi ko inakala na makakapasa ako. Nag-send sila sa akin ng e-mail ng congratulations,” [So I tried to audition. I attended auditions two to three weeks ago, it was just recently. After that, I never thought that I would be accepted. They sent me a congratulatory email message.] she said.
Charice was reported to be playing the role of an exchange student at the show’s McKinley High school.
With her vocal chops, Charice is also expected to give lead character Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michelle) some serious competition.
Charice said Oprah Winfrey, who took her under her wings after naming her “The Most Talented Kid in the World,” was happy she was chosen to sing during the inauguration.
“Natutuwa po siya kasi ito naman ang gusto niya for me. Iyong lahat ng dreams ko natutupad. Lahat ng nangyayari sa akin, sa Glee, and all that,” [She was glad because this was what she wanted for me. All my dreams are coming true. Everything that happened to me, in Glee, and all that] Charice said.
Oprah and producer David Foster both became Charice’s godparents during the latter’s baptism in Pasig City, although the two were not able to attend.
Charice and her brother Carl converted from Iglesia Ni Cristo to Roman Catholic. Kris was also Charice’s godmother.
Oprah has other reasons to be proud of Charice. The international singing sensation is included in Billboard’s death anniversary tribute to the late King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Joining Charice in the tribute were 24 other artists including Christina Aguilera, Nelly, and the Jonas Brothers who each recounted in separate video footage how Jackson had influenced them in their lives and careers.
“Shinyut ko po iyon mga two weeks ago din. Halos sabay nung natanggap pagpunta ko sa Glee. Ininterview nila ako doon. Ano daw ang naging impluwensiya sa akin ni Sir Michael Jackson,” [The shooting was two weeks ago. It happened almost about the same time when I got accepted on Glee. They interviewed me there. Asked how Sir Michael Jackson influenced me.] Charice said.
“So hindi ko naman in-expect na pagsasamasamhin nila lahat iyon,” [I didn’t expect they would put the Michael Jackson tribute and Glee auditions all together.] she added.
By: MARK D. MERUEÑAS, GMANews.TV (6/29/2010)
Translated and Posted by Capofret and Eve