Charice’s prominence in Thailand has been highlighted once again, with leading expatriate magazine EXL featuring her on the cover of their March issue.
The magazine covers everything of interest to the country’s international community, from how to deal with culture shock to developments in music and entertainment. But in its latest issue it dedicates a two-page article, titled “Charice: A STAR IS BORN” detailing the rise to prominence of a singer it describes as a “certified international pop star” and a “bonafide international singing phenomenon.”
With all of the excitement surrounding the 18-year-old sensation in the US and her hugely successful solo concert tour in Japan earlier this year, it’s worth reminding ourselves of just how big an impression the teenage diva has made in every country she has appeared in.
Thailand, of course, is one of the Asian countries that has embraced her with fervor, with her album “Charice” attaining gold status in November, and a string of TV shows featuring the Laguna-born songstress over the course of the last 12 months.
In July last year, she travelled to Bangkok for the first time to promote her album, winning plaudits after a performance in front of an estimated capacity crowd of 6,000 in the Siam Discovery mall.
In October, she returned for her second public performance as part of the David Foster and Friends Tour, singing in front of an audience of 12,000. She performed for a third time in December, though this time at a private party celebrating the centenary of the Siam Commercial Bank.
The magazine article ends by reiterating the belief that Charice has further to go and is one to keep an eye on, even if her success to date is already remarkable in it’s own right.
“That Charice created quite a stir in the international music industry is probably an understatement, given her continuing rapid zoom to success,” it states.
“It is probably still too soon to tell if this girl with the sonic boom voice with a certified large worldwide following has the lasting power that all true superstars possess. ‘I still have a long way to go,’ Charice said in an interview in Bangkok. But isn’t that all the more reason to keep watching her?”
As an added element to the feature, EXL also carries an interview with a true Thai Chaster called Jangy in a piece titled “A Thai Chaster Speaks Out.” Jangy, who is described as an entrepreneur, saw Charice both times she performed publicly in Bangkok and answers a variety of different questions.
“Charice is the most down to earth celebrity I’ve ever met. She is always nice and so humble with her fans. I’ve never seen her get tired to greet her fans or sign autographs or take pictures with them,” she says, adding that her playful side helps to make everyone at ease around her, despite her stardom.
“She always makes everyone feel like they’re all special, so this is one of the reasons why I love her so much.”
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By Robert Sheen, Charicemania.com
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