Top 8 album on Billboard 200, no. 1 dance single, no. 4 on “Music’s Hottest Minors”, top TV show appearances, certified Gold album in Japan, numerous standing ovations – all these achievements are enough to blind others with fame and money, and make them forget who they were before. But Charice isn’t one of those people.
All those things listed above, she has achieved in less than a year. But the journey she had to go through took much longer. Some would rather forget their hard and painful past, but Charice made every experience, whether good or bad, a part of her. And looking back to where she came from is never a difficult task for her – it’s actually something she treasures very much.
“Little Big Star” to the “Brightest Star”
After hurdling numerous problems, like an abusive father, and poverty, Charice still kept on dreaming for a better life. She actually joined about a hundred singing contests to help provide food for her family. Staying up ‘til the wee hours of the morning must have been hard for a young girl of seven, but this didn’t stop Charice in pinching herself just to stay awake and avoid losing her voice.
Cash prizes which provide her family’s basic needs were not enough for Charice – her family’s unprivileged life did not stop her from dreaming big, and now, she wants to be a full blown singer with albums, concerts and original songs. A stepping stone to that dream was the singing competition, “Little Big Star”, but a 3rd place finish was not something she was hoping for. Charice seemed to vanish from the spotlight – until FalseVoice uploaded her videos to YouTube.
Because of those videos, Charice’s star started shining brighter. Guestings and performances on StarKing, Ellen, and the Oprah Show followed. Oprah was so amazed that she contacted David Foster to help with Charice’s music career. Various performances in the U.S., and duets with huge stars like Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, Charice received worldwide attention. And now in 2010, she has released her self-titled debut album, “Charice”. Her single, “Pyramid” rapidly topped the Billboard dance chart.
It’s as if she was on top of the world already. Then, news that she’ll be on Glee’s second season was confirmed. The Charice buzz became louder than ever, and now, she has just finished touring Asia with David Foster and Friends. With the sold out concerts and standing ovations Charice received plus the highly awaited return of her character Sunshine Corazon on Glee, Charice is certainly one of the brightest stars right now.
Dreamer to Role Model
Her success hasn’t changed Charice one bit. She’s still humble and as good-hearted and giving as she was before. She even celebrated her 18th birthday with needy kids instead of the usual big party. She also sponsored and judged a singing contest in her hometown of Barrio Gulod. And now, she gives advice to the aspiring singers of Star Power, a talent search by the Philippine’s Megastar, Sharon Cuneta. You could see by the way she greeted two of her previous rivals in singing competitions and the advice she gave that Charice hasn’t forgotten her past, and is still the same small-town girl with big dreams, and an even bigger voice.
Here’s the October 28, 2010 TV Patrol clip; you can find the English translation below it:
Reporter: Charice met with a Star Power finalist that has beaten her in a singing contest years ago.
Narration – International singing sensation, Charice, doesn’t forget to look back from where she first came from.
Proof of this is how she set aside a part of her own time just to share some advice to the 20 finalists of the reality search, Star Power, by the Megastar Sharon Cuneta.
Charice: “Hey! What’s up?”
Charice can still remember two of the Star Power Finalists, Ninay Lescano and Angeline Quinto, from the time they were still competing against each other in singing contests. Angeline has even beaten Charice in one competition.
Charice also advised the finalists that winning does not end when you bring home the trophy or prize but continues with the way you handle or use that success for the future.
Charice: “Just be yourself and, um, just be humble always, stay the same”, so that people will love you.
Charice is indeed an inspiration to many Filipinos who want to showcase their talent throughout the world.
The October 31, 2010 episode of Sharon’s Star Power showed Charice’s whole visit with the Star Power finalists. The contestants statements at the end of the video definitely shows that Charice still exudes the humbleness she had before her worldwide success. Hopefully, these aspiring pop superstars heed Charice’s advice – and reach the top, without forgetting what it felt like to be at the bottom.
Checkout the video with English subs below:
Video upload/English subs by ChariceTVcrew
By Sofia Carrera, charicemania.com