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Bangkok Post Interviews Charice: Internet Made the Video Star

Bangkok Post Interviews Charice: Internet Made the Video Star

Young starlet Charice set to take on the world after being noticed on Youtube.

Charice Pempengco is every bit a songstress diva. She hummed a few melodies here and there to fill the void during our interview, and upon request to sing a Happy Birthday tune for a local magazine, Pempengco, better known as Charice, had no qualms. She immediately stood up and rendered a most beautiful version of a frequently heard song with wild hand gestures and strong facial expressions.

The effect was chillingly haunting, for it was definitely ”the voice” that we have heard so often, from the time of her YouTube explosion until now, when her debut single Pyramid has reached the Billboard Top 10, making her the first Asian artist to do so.

”I still can’t believe it. My dream was always to become a famous singer in the Philippines. I never expected any of this. … It’s really an honour to represent Asia. It just feels great when I hear a lot of people saying they’re proud to be Asian,” she said.

And it was this very voice that drew a large crowd to occupy every inch of Siam Discovery last Friday. A true vocal prodigy, Charice didn’t let fans down with her easy charm and powerful-yet-sweet vocal chords. The pint-size diva exuded the same aura in person when she spoke with smiling eyes, constantly moving her hands to emphasize her points. From the shy, nervous girl captured on Oprah, Ellen, The Paul O’Grady Show and on stage with Celine Dion, the 18 year old has blossomed into a lively, chatty young lady with an almost-perfect American accent.

Charice’s recent success is taking her all over the world to promote her international self-titled debut, and her story is a true rags to riches venture. Charice grew up with little money in San Pedro, Laguna, the Philippines, raised by a single mother after her abusive father went out of the picture. Her innate talent and amazing ability to tackle big songs at a young age shone through since the age of 7 when she started joining various singing contests to help support her family. In 2005, Charice joined a TV singing contest show called Little Big Star where she came third, gaining her recognition. But her fame began to wane shortly after, and it took the intense adoration of a avid fan who kept posting her performances on YouTube in 2007 to relaunch her career.

”Now we’re friends. His user name on there is ‘FalseVoice’, and at first I thought he was another hater, but it turned out that he initially thought I was lip-syncing!”

Listed as one of the most successful YouTube stars, Charice’s path is what all hopefuls are now vying for, but the 18 year old has a little something to pass on.

”I’m just lucky to be like Justin Bieber. A lot of producers these days look for new talent on YouTube. It’s one of the best ways to get discovered. … It’s like magic, but it’s not easy. You have to be patient. I was just so lucky to get discovered quickly. The key is you have to wait, and you can’t rush everything. It can take years and years. I see a lot of talent that keeps posting every day, and that’s a good thing. You have to keep on doing it,” she said.

FalseVoice’s posts of Charice propelled her onto a global stage where the world was wooed by her young age, incredible range, untrained talent and exquisite ability to belt out hard-to-pin-down songs from the likes of Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. The internet wildfire landed her a spot on popular Korean talent show Star King, and eventually on talk shows on both sides of the Atlantic.

But it was her appearance on Oprah in 2008 that truly lifted the tiny diva to another level, for Ms Winfrey didn’t just feature her on a one off show; she went on to reel in her personal friend super producer David Foster and urged him to take her under his wing.

‘We weren’t in the Philippines at that time. We got an email from [the Oprah producers], and we didn’t believe it at first. We thought it was a joke. My mum was like, ‘Oprah who?’ since she doesn’t really watch TV. I was like, ‘Mum, she’s like one of the most powerful women in the world.’ I didn’t believe it until the producer called and asked me to be on the show. I was flipping out,” she said.

Charice’s appearance on Oprah was life changing _ needless to say the most major career move that anyone could imagine. Under David Foster, who is now her godfather, Charice made her international concert debut in his tribute show, called ”Hitman: David Foster and Friends”.

She performed a legendary medley of Whitney Houston songs, further establishing her as a vocal prodigy not to be overlooked.

With all the international recognition, the home-grown fans readily embrace Charice.

”In the Philippines, people really recognise me. It’s crazy because I can’t stay in the mall for like 10 minutes. If I am wearing a hat, for example, they will try to take it off to see if it is really me. It’s crazy! But it’s okay because it was always my dream [to become a singer].”

Given her expertise and iron lungs, many speculated that her international debut album would thrive on power ballads to highlight her unique ability and vocal prowess, but the album has a surprisingly contemporary feel to it rather than the much expected grandeur around the vocal works and dramatic renditions.

”As an 18 year old singer, it’s one of my dreams to be able to sing a pop or R&B song. I want to go with the flow with what’s popular in the US. We actually [selected that direction] because we want to reach a teenage audience. You have to accept that the teenagers now don’t really listen to power ballads. David Foster and I decided to put everything from rock to pop in my debut album and there’s ballad also, but on the top of it, it’s pop. Now, at my shows, a lot of teenagers can sing my songs. I’m happy about that,” said Charice.

But fame always has a price attached. Charice in particular finds it rather difficult to deal with all the prying eyes and the inevitable negativity. Her record company gently asked that we should avoid talking about her upcoming participation in Glee since it relates to her preparation for the recurring role, which includes the infamous Botox treatments to slim down her naturally round face.

”It’s really hard actually, especially when you have to face controversy or negative comments. That’s the hard part. The rest of it is all fun. But I’m loving it. People try to bring me down, but actually those negative comments are also my strength too because they make me feel that I have to do my best. So I have to thank them. I’m still hoping and wishing that they’d stop hating. … But you can’t please them all,” she said.

Charice admits that her schedule is packed, and she has missed out on a typical teenage life or childhood, but it doesn’t seem to bother her much.

”I mostly stay inside my hotel room or house and go online. If I want to see my friends, I’ll just call them to come over. I’m not really the hang-out-at-the-mall type. When my friends are over, we just play around and jam together. They’re really used to hearing my voice, but sometimes they go, ‘Wow’, which is quite funny,” she said.

Charice is set to come back to Bangkok in October as a major part of David Foster and Friends concert, and everything looks set for the petite star. You should get as much of Charice while you can because she doesn’t plan to stick around forever.

”I go to school online. That’s really my priority. I want to be a lawyer. I love to sing, but I don’t want to be an artist forever. I want to pursue my dream to be an [entertainment business] lawyer, have my own business, and support my family. I just want to be normal. It’s really hard sometimes because some people really want to know about my private life.

”I’m just doing this for my family and fans now,” she said.

”But really I don’t want to do it forever.”

Writer: Onsiri Pravattiyagul, Entertainment Editor, Bangkok Post

shining Bangkok Post Interviews Charice: Internet Made the Video Star

Charice is shining now

Dropping by Bangkok, the kid with the show-stopping voice talks about the dreams that all came true

Charice Pempengco is “almost” an average teenager. Nestled into a backstage armchair ahead of her show at Siam Discovery last Friday, the Filipino singer sported a frilly white top, jeans, silver nail polish and stylish accessories.

“Oh my gosh!” she exhaled when asked if she was tired. But she was laughing. She’s lapping it all up.

Her 10-decibel voice and remarkable range is making her a global star, and she’s still only 18.

Ever since arriving in Bangkok from Tokyo on a tour promoting “Charice”, her debut major-label album, she’d barely had time to breathe. Word of her formidable talent proceeds her everywhere she goes. People jostle to meet her.

Charice’s mum knew that her kid had an extraordinary gift when, at age four, she nailed a karaoke version of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”.

At age seven she hit the singing-contest circuit, coached by her mother. “The best thing she taught me was how to sing these songs and how to reach those high notes perfectly,” Charice said.

That powerful, mesmerising voice eventually earned her second place in the Philippines’ version of “American Idol” and was soon racking up viewer hits on YouTube.

The videos – and Charice’s determination to help her single-parent mother – got Oprah Winfrey’s attention. The American talk-show queen introduced her to David Foster, the record producer who’d discovered Charice’s own idol, Celine Dion.

Winfrey had picked up on Charice’s “dream journal”, a notebook in which the youngster had been writing down her hopes since age 12. Oprah started making those dreams come true.

First it was meeting – and singing with – the opera tenor Andrea Bocelli, in Italy. Then she got to actually meet Celine Dion and join her onstage for a song they dedicated to Charice’s mum.

“I was shaking!” she said of that moment. “She told me, ‘Don’t be nervous – just think that all the people here, all these 20,000 people, are your family, brothers and sisters, and think of this song you’re going to sing to your mother.’”

The lofty aspirations of the dream journal were ultimately all fulfilled. Charice partied with Whitney Houston and met Mariah Carey by chance in Las Vegas, and then, through her own hard work, she realised the big dream that was on the second last page: a house and a car for her mother and her.

“I made it come true for my family,” she said.

With David Foster now her mentor and producer, Charice began recording her first album two years ago. It has love songs – some of them about broken hearts – and inspirational songs that will reach out to a wide range of listeners.

“David’s always telling me that it has to be great, not good,” she said. “That’s why, when we were choosing the songs, he was, like, ‘We have to choose different genres.’

“Because, for me, I don’t want people to feel like they’re in the wrong place because this is just all ballads. So we actually put in different genres, but still with the pop touch.”

Her own favourites on the CD are “In the Song”, which Foster co-wrote for her, based on her life, and “Reset”, which she co-wrote.

And working with rapper Iyaz on her single “Pyramid” was a memorable experience, Charice said.

“I was thinking it was like ‘No Air’ with Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks. I thought Iyaz was perfect for it. His voice is very pop and he can do rapper too.” “When I’m with him he’s like my big brother,” she laughs. “If someone’s, like, ‘Hey, Charice, you single?’ He’s, like, ‘Over my dead body!’ He’s very protective!”

In common with many of today’s most popular singers, Charice has her good-luck ritual before every performance. She prays and thinks of the people she loves – and she exercises that voice.

“I always should hit one note, a very high note, so it makes me less nervous. But I think prayers bring the best luck.”

In the packed Grand Hall, Charice stepped onto the stage wearing big heels and smiling and laughing. The voice that had been reduced to a whisper by numerous interviews came roaring back when she wanted it.

She belted out song after song, the crowd cheering wildly.

Charice said the toughest change she’s had to deal with is her private life becoming public. “Sometimes I’m not really used to it yet. Each move they’re all watching you.”

They’re watching to see what happens next, but many in the audience are waiting to see if she’ll make their dreams come true too. And Charice rewards them with inspiration.

By Paula Ho, Special to ‘The Nation’ 

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45 Responses to “Bangkok Post Interviews Charice: Internet Made the Video Star”

  1. jun says:

    @jD; Whats happening to me….I am experiencing the same….Im a certified CHASTER now…Ive been following cha’s performance way back Little Big Star until its eating more than 3/4 of my working hours in all related sites……Help!….Go CHasters!..go charice!

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    • LoloLando says:

      It’s time you go to your medic. I recommend MAX to give you the RX prescription to cure your malady. Shall I say call him at your own risk?? heheheheh. Or maybe JP…where his intoxicating prose will transform you in a state of suspended animation while you are being baked into cookies as in Soylent Green. Ngeeee

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  2. mdsjr says:

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  3. Cancarother says:
    I would also want to commend the article writers. They really did a very very good job in this interview. Kudos to Onsiri of Bangkok Post and Paula Ho of The Nation. I love you guys!!

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  4. Cancarother says:
    I can still remember that time more than 3 yrs ago when I was posting comments on Charice’s YouTube videos like asking “Is it just me”. Now I realized that what I felt about her person at those times, I thought before were unreal, happened to so many people around the globe. It is now what they called “chaddictive”. Once you get to listen to her renditions and followed it up with more, then you are hooked. I believed there is no one who can firmly say “i liked her before but not anymore”. Moreso than this is the URGE to follow every bit of her daily life. Every Chaster (Charice’s huge fanbase) I knew, wanted to know where she is at, what she is doing, where is her next performance kind of stuffs. This girl, now a lady, is undeniably a global wunderkind who amazes and mesmerizes anyone who happen to cross her path to superstardom.

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  5. gandalf says:
    I’m looking forward to seeking legal advice from Atty. Charice! With perhaps a bit of song – pro bono. hehe. Hope that would be many many years down the road though, coz I’m enjoying every scene of her life movie (agree with @tac114) unfolding before our very eyes. Can’t wait for the next act/scene – Glee! I’m betting she’s good for AT LEAST one Grammy. That’s for sure!

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  6. nequi says:
    Thai writers are better than most coming from Filipino writers. They’re more sensitive and considerate. They don’t sensationalize something just to make money out of it. Unfortunately it’s not the same where Charice comes from. They don’t stop until they could break her spirit. I don’t understand why some people hate her so much when all she has done is give pride to her country. It’s really so frustrating knowing that some of the haters come from her own people. I admire the talents of our artists in the Philippines. Its just that i don’t follow them as much as i do with Cha. But i don’t belittle them or bash them. Sometimes i wonder why couldn’t they be happy for what she has achieved cos we have enjoyed that too.

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    • Jessica86s says:
      @nequi, there have been dissertations and numerous articles with good referrences and research materials which, in sum, talk about the origins of that “CRAB Mentality”, so prevalent in countries who, unfortunately or fortunately, have gone through colonization under some other country (in the case of the Philippines, I believe there were three). And the only way to survive and relieve their agony was to adapt to a way that was acceptable and beneficial to the colonizers. This gave birth to that famous or should I say infamous, “Crab Mentality”. It is such a horrible concept that I would rather not expound any further. Just so you may know, but it is not hopeless and I believe the Filipinos in general are beginning to change. After centuries of this, it is unrealistic to expect an overnight change. But slowly, hopefully with more personalities of the likes of Charice in the lime light and attention of the media there, the change might be accellerated. I pray that the new leaders have similar attitudes and values like Charice. I admire Charice for standing fast in her beliefs inspite of the resistance and negativity thrown at her there. Maybe if all the Filipino chasters were more conscientious in adapting similar values as modeled by Charice, the Philippines would be a better place too.

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  7. SuperCoolCritic says:

    CHARICE NOT LUCKY – Try to bring tons of luck, go to Ellen, Oprah, David F., etc. and deliver these truck loads of luck along with your not-good-enough talent, then, you’ll be at the door step just waiting for all your lucks & realizing your dream remains a dream.

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    • justcharrie says:
      I believe your message is positive it was just misunderstood. Sorry but I’ve mistakenly click the TD and I couldn’t undo it.

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    • nequi says:

      @SuperCoolCritic…….i don’t understand what u r saying. Maybe next time u would make ur position clear. After all, that’s the purpose of communication – to get our message across. What’s the purpose of communicating if u don’t want to be understood?

      i wonder if ur the same SuperCoolCritic whose comments i’ve read in some blogs? U sound like not so fond of Charice in them. And even here i have yet to sense that fondness for Charice. I just can’t see very clearly what ur up to. What gives? I was supposed to click thumbs down for ur message but clicked the other one. But it’s really thumbs down for me because i don’t understand what ur saying.

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      • SuperCoolCritic says:
        nequi – I’m sorry to be misunderstood about my comment CHARICE NOT LUCKY. Let me explain a bit, Charice don’t need any single drop of luck… it’s all her TALENT & hardwork that brought her to where she is now…(Success is 99% perspiration).. I read alot people saying she is very lucky… no she’s not… I should have added…Charice not lucky but blessed…

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    • SuperCoolCritic says:
      CHARICE NOT LUCKY BUT BLESSED… I’m sorry to be misunderstood about my previous comment. Let me explain a bit, Charice don’t need any single drop of luck… it’s all her God-given TALENT & hardwork that brought her to where she is now…(Success is 99% perspiration).. I read a lot people saying she is very lucky… no she’s not…in fact a lot of her fellow countrymen trying to pull her down… however, she’s blessed…

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      • lee says:

        Hi Chasters! I am a newbie to this great site. I became a Charice fans just last month. It only took one song, Listen, which she delivered in the Kodak Theater to get me hooked with the voice behind the Voice. It’s good to know that I am not just the only one who keeps on watching her performance in YouTube over and over again. I am normal after all. And now I found this great site just yesterday.

        Back to the topic at hand: Charice is not lucky. Personally, I believe that there are at least three necessary ingredients for anyone to reach great heights and these are (1) Talent (2) World class work ethic (3) Favorable circumstances. No. 3 is mostly what people call luck. However, I would prefer to call this divine intervention or divine plan. If we try to look at Charice life, she got all of these in great abundance. Then you throw into the mix her humility, sincerity, the desire to give her best to her ever growing fans (like me), the ‘bubbliness’, and her faith in God, then what we got is a force of nature that no one can deny. If she can manange to keep all these cards up in her sleeve and even add some more, then we, her fans, will be in for a very long and memorable dance! After all, I think God gives her to us not just to serenade our spirit with her angelic voice, but also to uplift and inspire our spirit to conquer our own personal battles in life. More power to you Charice and to all Chasters out there!

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  8. CARA says:
    thank you Thailand for the warm welcome to charice,,,you know she can do both like marie osmond shes not only a famous singer but also makes collectible dolls ,so charice can be a singer/lawyer too.

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  9. john says:

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    • henri_v says:
      you really believe its just luck where she is now? … or that she worked really hard to be where she is now? … hers is a God-given talent that she has learned to nurture properly, not by crossing her fingers (for luck) but by knowing in her heart that all these come from an infinite source other a flip of a coin… if all of what happens to her comes to an end, it would be by choice and not because she jinxed herself… sorry, just couldn’t help but voice out…

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    • justcharrie says:
      Oh john, she’s ready for everything. She’s ready if all of these ends soon but the thing is, her destiny for greatness is not ready to give her up.

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  10. Don says:
    Not many artist can say they have plans other than singing for the rest of their lives. Charice is very smart to think way ahead of it all. I am sure she will be around for a very long time, because things are going to get bigger and greater for her in the near future. Acting is going to be in her blood now, and I know she will want more of that in the future too. Grammy is in her future too.Plus singing with her idols is her dream to come. Don’ count her out just yet. She has a long, long time to go.

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  11. jn says:
    Just want to share with you all this new article from Thailand regarding Charice’s visit

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  12. jn says:
    Nice and impressive write-up from our Thai friends…Indeed very inspiring and accurate….Charice always says, singing is her life…I guess even though she spents time studying on line for 2 hours a day, it will take a long time for her to finish her academics then be a lawyer so lets “chill down”, we will all still be hearing Charice singing to all of us for a long time….(Heh!Heh!heh!) i applaud Charice conviction to be a lawyer one day, she definitely is planning her future ahead once the lights are down…(it cannot be denied that we aged and then our popularity slims down( She is just being realistic and practical….whatever you do Cha, keep it going….Good luck and God bless. I am so happy for your success…..

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  13. luvkcha09 says:
    Very nice article from Thailand. Charice has hindsight and foresight. She also has realistic expectations and is always preparing for bigger opportunities. We all can learn from her. In order to succeed one has to prepare oneself, and that is what Charice is doing, she is already preparing for her future life and has a plan B. I wish that is long into the future though because I want to hear Charice sing and perform for the next 25 years at least:) I love this girl! The biggest show in the planet right now is Charice, never a dull moment!

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  14. tinka_kuwait says:
    The writing is as crisp and evocative as reading a fine novel. Hats off to the 2 of you for a snappy write up about charice. I am a freelance writer too and inspired to create inspiring story for CHARICE as she touched a million lives on this planet. It’s weird,as i was addicted reading and following chrice update’s daily. I just confirmed : i am a fan of her too. LOL

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  15. Yobhtron says:
    The Bangkok Post article is one of the best write ups about Charice this year. I’m still at awe on the hospitality of the Thais. I tend to believe a comment of a Thai Chaster that “Thailand loves Charice more than her country”.

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  16. Princess Serena says:
    Charice is in the August 2010 issue ofReadear’s Digest. Will buyone tom.Hopefully there’s a copy alrady here in the Phils. yey!

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  17. tac114 says:
    I have never been this addicted to any celebrity before. I can relate to everyone who says they just can’t get enough of her. Her story, her voice and her personality is nothing short of inspiring. It’s like I’m watching a movie and I can’t wait to see what happens to her next. I just want her to succeed in everything she does. If she wants to be a lawyer I would still support her in her decision and wish her all the best. I think it’s a very smart move for her down the road but I really really hope that that road is still far far away because I still want to enjoy her voice and her performances and I think the rest of the world as well. Charice you are truly a gift. May you continue to shine and inspire the rest of humanity.

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    • jd says:
      I am a chaddict too. I hate Charice in a good way. haha! Before she eats half of my 8-hour job. And now, it’s almost 3/4 of my working hours. Lately , I have to render a few hours, everyday, of OT(Y) just to finish my paperworks. I really love this girl. The other day, my mum brought up the ‘B’ thing, and I came to Charice’s defense and explained my chaster mum the story behind it. Then she and my grandma said, “Si Charice na lang ang ligawan at pakasalan mo.”

      Btw, this is a good article.


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  18. Tofifiness says:
    I am SOOO IMPRESSED to the highest degree with the writers Onsiri Pravattiyagul and Paula Ho. The interview is sooo interesting and very very very informative. The entire article is like a breath of fresh air. They were able capture the essence of CHARICE and her voice and her life.

    This is the kind of article that our homeland Philippines should be writing about. Seems like Thailand loves Charice more than Philippines love her :/

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  19. ChrisJSS says:
    As an admirer of her talent and her story, I really can’t help but feel sad every time she says she doesn’t want to be an artist forever or something to that degree. I was over-filled with joy and aspirations when she said that she loves singing.. and that singing is her life. It was amazing to hear someone with that huge a talent utter those words of passion for her chosen craft. Her capabilities and story has lifted her up to be more than just a mere singer, but a source of inspiration. With her saying that she does not intend to last and be what she says she always wanted to be, makes me a little sad.

    Maybe she is just always overwhelmed by the media prying in to her life and maybe she is getting tired. But if it IS her destiny to be an icon in the music business, she will continue on. I still believe that she has the goods to reach icon status. I know she has the passion and the drive because she shows it, however it would be sweeter if she articulated it in words. When I heard Charice say “I love singing… Singing is my life…” it made me feel so inspired and I know it made a lot of people feel the same way too. But then she says I don’t want to be doing this forever. It kinda ruins my “awww…” moment.

    But, being a realist. She is correct in getting herself prepared for other things than singing.

    Whatever path you may choose, good luck to you Charice. And as long as you’re still holding and/or tossing that mic, I’ll prolly still be here with my eyes closed, a smile on my face and ears opened wide.

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  20. pinoyrock says:
    Charice is the real Truman Show. Every single day on hourly basis, people are waiting and watching in suspense what’s gonna happen next. Her life is a show watched by millions!

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  21. gunrunner says:
    lovely write up. congrats charice you always make us feel proud and happy keep soaring keep dreaming we are behind you. labyu labyu

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  22. tsuki says:
    Charice is like a reality show right before our own eyes that people keep guessing what happen next. Her dream of private life is still way beyond near future so let’s just enjoy what will happen at the end of this month & in August 2010.

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  23. tyramaid says:
    something have to be learned here.

    everybody knows that charice is a dreamer, so people tend to overlook that she’s also a realist. remember the business they put up 2years ago, because they said they are not sure how long she’s going to last in the show business. she’s smart, way too smart to a lot of people who missed to see that.

    reality check.
    among the current famous young singers, who do you think will sustain their popularity until old age? my bet is NONE.
    flashback 30 years ago, who among them are still around?
    to my knowledge, there’s only madonna.
    there are others who may be still around, but they became obscure to the current pop culture, even DF is not spared (but now he’s got charice).
    this is an illustration to jamie foster’s pronouncement that failure rate for singers is 99%.
    i believe so (but hope that charice is inside the 1% success rate), and i also believe that charice have this in mind, that is why this early on she’s already developing another career, a lasting one.
    she don’t intend to be an artist forever, because she knew her math.
    again, i applaud her, her mother, and her mentors for guiding her to the right path.

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  24. And this is a Charice write-up from The Nation, another famous English broadsheet in Thailand. It’s written by Paula Ho


    thank you… added above

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  25. May the Glee cast welcome you with open arms. The problem with BELO has nothing to do with your performances.

    I know you are a gritty one , I slight detour on your career course
    will not matter much.


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  26. johnlongbeach says:
    i kinda feel sad when she said that she does not want to be an artist forever at this early stage of her career…at one point, she also said singing is her life…i want her to be an artist forever…she’s born for that…i guess…

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    • starbuck245 says:
      Oh course her fans may be disappointed that she says she doesn’t want to be an artist forever, but I’m sure that when she earns her degree and even passing the bar exam to become a lawyer, she will always be an entertainer, whether that will become the sole focus in her life, we’ll just have to see.

      If I may indulge myself by playing amateur psychologist for a second, I’m sure that the “not be an artist my entire life” talk is simply to reassure herself that if for whatever reason her singing and entertaining career doesn’t continue to grow, that she will have something to fall back on.

      I’m not so sure it’s all that psychologically comfortable at any age to put all one’s eggs in one basket. Charice is probably still not completely believing that the whirlwind of the past two to three years is real. I’m sure that in the near future, once it becomes clear that she is here to stay and grow as an artist, the lawyer career can be put on hold. However, the entertainment business can be fickle and fame fleeting, so it’s smart of her to have a fall back plan if she feels her career is stalling or she gets to a point where it isn’t fun and enjoyable to her.

      I’m sure she will be successful in the entertainment business; how big, who knows, I’d like to say BIG, but one never knows. I can easily see Charice get into producing and developing and promoting Phil and other Asian artists, along with promoting and developing charitable organizations to give back to her community — a huge humanitarian as well as an artist.

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      • hermiemel says:
        Yes Starbuck245, I totally agree with you on your “psychological” profile on Charice creating a plan B to fall back on after her music career. I don’t think that she is thinking of going down on her career but I think this is very healthy and smart, and at 18 years old she already “figure out” things for herself. I can’t imagine many teenagers much less adults having a roadmap already plan for their life. Charice has the number one item to be succesfull in life: COURAGE.

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  27. Von Al says:
    Thank you, Thailand, for the warm welcome and support you gave to Charice. Thai audience are awesome people.

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  28. lmm says:
    It’s like reading an exciting novel that you cannot put down even for a moment.

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