Charice was in New York City yesterday, making the rounds of interviews with magazine biggies. Yesterday, she visited Seventeen (circulation: monthly, 2.3 million), Rollingstone (circulation: bi-weekly, 1.4 million), and US Weekly (circulation: weekly, 1.8 million) and performed Beyonce’s “HALO,” exclusively for the staffers there.
The editorial staff was so enchanted by Charice’s sweet voice that they let the fans know via twitter:
A chaster was on hand to record what happened!!!
Quote from the video uploader: “We met Charice, her publicist, her manager, and another girl at the reception area of Wenner Media, NYC. Liz offered to take our pictures! Wow! Had a short meet and greet chat on our way to the US Weekly Dept. to meet and perform for some of the Rollingstone and Us Weekly staffers.
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“Here she covers the song Halo for the staffers. Actually she also sang Pyramid to warm up her vocals and Baby by Justin Bieber due to popular demand or staff request. But I know I will run out of space which I did during the recording of these videos. Sorry I have to skip some portions of Charice’s performances. Hope you enjoyed the show. God bless Charice! And thank you to Liz, Mark, and Charice for being so accommodating. 2 Thumbs up!”
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The Day I Met Charice
by rca45na aka krazyforyou
I apologize to the reader for my frantic style of writing. My friends here know that I am the ultimate Charice fan. Charice’s album is always playing and on replay mode during office hours on my work station computer.
There was this contest for passes to see Charice showcase her new album before the media biggies in NYC which I joined but did not win. The last time Charice visited Us Weekly Online w/ Ian Drew, which I believe was recorded in our office studio just next door to where I sit and I missed that entirely. And the hall of fame song writer’s awards where Charice honored her godfather David Foster by singing his most famous song at the awards night. The least I wanted to do there was to see Charice walking on the red carpet. Because all this happened in the city I am in made it bitter sweet not seeing Charice in person.
I was imagining I could by chance meet the mother and daughter in Times Square. Impossible! It was too hot outside! I also played the Charice trivia game and was given the title Ultimate Fan hoping to win the chance to meet Charice one weekend too.
First time I saw Charice in the flesh was riding on the Macy’s float in 2008 which I took a video of and was when I officially became a fan. Next I saw her perform at the Prudential Arena in a DFF concert tour last year. And just like you charicemanians spend hours watching Charice Youtube videos. My only wish is to meet Charice face to face and have a complete fan experience.
Then I read from the pages of Charicemania that Charice is flying to the US again to meet magazine publishers including my company’s Rollingstone magazine. That was Monday morning when she left the Philippines and will be arriving at night of the same day. So I calculated that she will be meeting these publishers starting Tuesday. She said she will work for two days making that Tuesday or Wednesday when she may come to our office building. She did not come Tuesday or Wednesday, but learned from a reliable source that Charice is scheduled to appear Thursday 2PM. So imagine me and my co workers being able to meet and greet with Ms. Charice upclose and personal with the timely help of my friends and coworkers that Thursday.
I got a sudden personal invite from one of the senior editors to sit and watch Charice perform only that day, two hours before she was to arrive and only because by a slim chance another editor called my supervisor friend about an entirely different matter and the name of Charice was inserted in the conversation. She mentioned out of context that I was dying to meet Charice.
I was prepared with my Charice cd, Pentel pen (July 6), Sony Cybershot camera (July7), even brought a white fedora hat for her as a gift just in case (July 8); things any fan should have when they meet Charice.
I was able to have pictures and video taken from the reception area to the board room also because the person in charge of security to bring Charice’s group to our floor is a friend who knew I am a big fan and called me only minutes before our idol’s arrival. I did not get that call by the way but my office mates did, so my friends went looking for me in a hurry. And this was happening while I was waiting at the end of the building where I was not aware it’s not supposed to take place. I knew that 2PM is the set time of the meet. I got suspicious that I was at the wrong area. So I decided to go to the reception area after I circled the whole 2nd floor wondering what is going on. He, the one in charge of security whispered to Charice that she has one of her biggest fan in the building dying to see her while riding the elevator.
So I learned from my friends that we have to be ready to meet Charice at the reception area and that I was the only non editorial staff allowed to be inside the board room to watch Charice perform. I pulled my camera out of my trousers and got ready to shoot.
Elevator doors opening no Charice yet. The door number one opened and I saw Ms.Charice with Liz Rosenberg and an assistant. Bloopers! I pressed the off button instead of snapping a picture of our idol. Liz Rosenberg noticed how nervous we were, but she realized we were fans. She offered to take a picture of me with Charice. Wow! But Bloopers again! I dropped my copy of Charice’s cd for my autograph request. It was captured in one shot. Clumsy me!
My face was contorted. My pen and cd and envelop spilled on the floor with a bang. I hurriedly gathered everything back to an envelope. Liz Rosenberg patiently waited and shot a perfect picture of me and Charice. Bing!
Charice was all calm. I believe this has happened before in her many meet and greet sessions. These were not captured in my video clips. Watch my 6 part videos for everything else.
After she sang Halo I approached her to request an autograph on my copy of her latest music cd. I shook her hand, smiled, looked her in the eye and said “I’ll see you at your concerts”. She gave me a big smile. They were still conversing with the editors when I left the room. I believe the big topic for this meeting is about her being in Glee. So I left quietly with a huge sense of satisfaction. And I thank the Lord for one great and unforgettable day.
Expect, the Lord willing, that Charice will appear on Us Weekly issues repeatedly come Glee season. Who knows she might even be featured in Rollingstone magazine. I only wish but it would come as the biggest surprise if she by any chance happen to land any of the covers of all these popular American magazines. The end.
Posted by Schoen
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