As elements of the Philippine media criticize Charice’s non-accessibility during her recent Manila concert, Mommy Raquel has spoken out in her daughter’s defense.
Charice flew back to the Philippines from the US for just two days to appear on stage in the “1@11″ event at the SM Mall of Asia on Saturday, January 8. The event, which saw her perform alongside Philippine music legend Gary Valenciano, was the official launch of new perfumes from the Oficianado Germany Perfumes range, including three “Charice” fragrances.
However, while the Filipina singing icon is normally approachable when at home, on this occasion she was heavily protected by security before, during and after the concert, and turned down requests for interviews from the press.
Her failure to make herself available has caused a press row in the Philippines, with some commentators accusing Charice of changing. One columnist with the Manila Bulletin newspaper has even suggested that success has caused Charice to “fashion herself like a Hollywood celebrity even among her countrymen.”
Metro Manila Philippine broadcaster DZMM Teleradyo reports that Mommy Raquel has now moved to quell the row by explaining that her daughter was unable to grant interview requests for health reasons and called for understanding from the media.
In the report, DZMM stated that, according to Mommy Raquel, Charice was really tired that night and so she didn’t grant any interviews and asked not to make it a big issue. Mommy Raquel apologized to the local press and asked for the matter to be closed.
According to the report, Charice’s mother also strongly denied that success has changed her daughter, insisting that Charice “never forgets to look where she came from.”
Courtesy of DZMM Teleradyo
Media reports as to the reason for heightened security at the event have ranged wildly from general concerns over security levels to the suggestion that Oprah Winfrey recommended new security measures. Mommy Raquel also clarified that neither Oprah nor a change in security protocol had anything to do with the matter.
Charice herself, has stressed that one of her aims for 2011 is to look after her health better and it now seems that she was simply sticking to her own promise.
With a schedule that can involve several transpacific and transatlantic flights, as well as grueling appearance and concert commitments each month, it seems like a wise course of action.
Meanwhile, DZMM Teleradyo host Jobert Sucaidito has called on the press to apply some common sense to the whole situation.
“Even if Charice wants to hug all of you and give interviews… she was assigned guards who were given orders,” he said during his program “Showbiz Mismo” on January 17. “They were only there for her protection, and this was also for her career. This is (her management’s) career plan, part of her packaging.
“Charice is from us, anyway,” he added. “It’s only now that there are guards watching her every movebefore dismissing the whole situation. It’s nothing, really. Goodness!”
Courtesy of DZMM Teleradyo
By Robert Sheen, Charicemania.com