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The Gift That Is Charice

The Gift That Is Charice

On the day I joined Charicemania, I posted my first blog. I praised all the Chasters for promoting Charice. Everyone here wants to take part in helping Charice reach the top. It’s now 2011 and we’ve witnessed how Charice is now being admired and even adored by more and more people from all walks of life, from different countries.

I believe wherever Charice is so are the Chasters. I personally think she is now in another phase of her career so should the Chasters be on another phase of support. We should not only continue what we have been doing for her but also consciously promote her from a different perspective.

Before I talk about the different perspective, let’s take a look at what has transpired so far.

It’s only the second month of the year and so much has happened. Charice rendered songs for at least 70K (conservative estimate) people at MOA, gave free concert at the jam-packed Enchanted Kingdom, wowed TV critics at the Orpheum Theater, performed at the posh Mar-a-Lago Club, entertained Red Dress Awardees and guests, and belted out big notes at the FAAN event. And very recently, we were glued to the TV set or our computer screens to witness her longer than usual performances, the Valentine’s Special at GMA7. All of these excited us. We were thrilled when we learned about the positive feed-backs about her performances. We expressed our appreciation to those who believed in and cared for her at every chance we got.

On the other hand, we were angered when we read about false allegations, negative comments and unspeakable write-up about her. Anger became hatred when the truth was turned upside down. Boycott was called for when obscenities were sanitized. But when Charice spoke of forgiveness and acceptance of apologies, we calmed down. When Charice spoke of what a real Chaster is, we tried to be that.

Where are all these extreme reactions coming from?

I’ve heard and read similar comments of many Chasters regarding their experiences with Charice. A few examples are staying up late watching her videos, forgetting about their cooking because of her music but with no regrets at all, smiling or crying while watching her, saving up for concert tickets, traveling many miles to see her, being fanatic for the first time, doing Ninja acts to capture her on videos, and having goosebumps all over. It seems that there is some kind of magic spell that happens in the presence of Charice, be it in the physical or virtual realm. You may have your own special ways of answering how and why these happen. As for me, I don’t have a ready explanation.

Although I have used superlatives to describe her performances and my own experiences, I always feel the words do not match the real thing. I have recently commented on a video and on a posted article that there isn’t a word that can justify whatever it is that is Charice. When I first wrote my thoughts about her way back in October last year, I got stuck in a sentence because I could not find the appropriate adjective to suit the kind of moment I had whenever I watched her on YouTube. I was satisfied only after letting my pen spell out “charice-tic” to describe it. I have modified its spelling though — CHARICETIC!!! — with the capitalization and the three exclamation points as part of the spelling.

Let me go back to the different perspective I mentioned earlier. Please allow me to repeat the third paragraph above.

I believe wherever Charice is so are the Chasters. I personally think she is now on another phase of her career so should the Chasters be on another phase of support. We should not only continue what we have been doing for her but also consciously promote her from a different perspective.

We all have the good feeling whenever we read or hear the name CHARICE. We all rejoice when we learn a radio station plays her songs. We all appreciate somebody else’s appreciation of her. We all jump at the sight of her. We all laugh at her funny antics. We all are amazed at her signature gestures. We all smile when we see her sweet smile. We all want to console her when we see tears in her eyes, maybe because by doing so, we are also consoled. And many more similar to these happen. Don’t we want all our loved ones to experience the same? We can even extend the experience to strangers as well.

Like most, if not all, Chasters, I believe Charice is more than her voice. She’s more than the songs she sings. As described by the man from the Italian show, Charice is God’s Gift to us. Let’s help others experience that Gift, too. We Chasters have been enjoying the Gift. Being the Month of Love, now is the best time to share it. Let’s invite people to watch her Valentine’s Special at GMA7 on YouTube. I believe this is one event that we have experienced Charice to the max. In this special, a first-timer will

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know her early struggles, her inspiring relationship with her mother, her powerful voice and her ability in performing on stage, and her other entertaining talents like the Chipmunks impression. After that, let’s tell them about her solo concert in Japan so they have something to look forward to even if only through the videos. Let’s share how they can experience Charice in different websites. Let’s do this not just because we love our Princess but also because we want others to have the good feelings, I for one, never experienced before knowing Charice. Let’s help them have their own CHARICETIC!!! moments.


Watch Charice on Japan TV “Tetsuko no Heya”

Watch “Charice Home for Valentines” TV Concert

Watch Charice at Woman’s Day Event

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Who Are We to Judge Charice?

Who Are We to Judge Charice?

We would like to share the comments from some of the most loyal supporters of Charice for the past years. These Chasters we admire most because of their commitment in promoting Charice. After all the turbulences and negative comments in social networking sites these past days, including the comment section here in Charicemania, we hope to open a platform for ideas and free discussions in a civilized manner. We encourage Chasters to participate…so “fire away”.

Note: Inapproriate, rude comments will be edited and/or removed.

From Sideburnersol:
Thanks for sharing your views. I appreciate that you requested the replies to be free of name calling, character assassination and personal attacks. Please forgive me if my attempts to provide alternative views to your own may come across as overly pedantic. Despite my best efforts I have not mastered the art of writing succinctly. Also, please consider that although I have had varying degrees of personal contact with most all of the individuals I defend, I am still very much like what I believe you to be, on the outside looking in, so, I am not claiming to have absolute truth.

Concerning the first issue you brought up, “trashing family issues in the social media”, I believe we are, for the most part, in agreement. As a parent of a grown daughter, I particularly liked your comment that a parent’s role is to “encourage and nurture, but not control”. However, I disagree with your statement that “Charice needs to learn to listen to her mom”. I think that Charice knows very well how to listen to her mom. IMHO, Charice, having heard her mom, wisely chooses not to respond publicly and I trust that she is looking for the appropriate time/environment to respond privately. My prayer is that someone with strength of character, and expertise in relationship building, will intervene privately to provide counseling for all family members. It is my personal experience that when everyone agrees that they could use some help to make things right, individuals can more easily understand their roles in the conflict, accept responsibility for their actions and work toward a healthy family relationship.

Regarding your observations about the individual that Charice has chosen to be her Music Director, and whom she has repeatedly referred to as, “her brother”, Troy; I hope you will be open to reconsidering your conclusions. Although Troy sometimes uses “colorful” language, from what I have observed, it is mostly either used in jest, or, to extemporaneously add emphasis to a modern urban slogan, or, he is using it to mischievously describe an event/object. I follow Troy’s tweets regularly and my view is that he is not a hateful tweeter/person. He does not make a habit of using profanity to attack individuals. I view his language as neither “vulgar” nor “despicable”. You previously mentioned agreeing with the views of PJ. You may know that PJ previously received a phone call from Charice and his vlogs were followed by many Chasters. I’m not sure which video you are referring to, but I hope it’s not the one about Troy & Cheesa, where PJ’s suggestions were based on information he later admitted was wrong. I only bring this up because I didn’t hear you criticizing PJ for his prolific use of profanity in the majority of his videos. Where does the critiquing of those Charice may become close to end? Nobody is perfect. When will the looking for the positives in those she loves and respects become our focus? Can Chasters refrain from condemning those that Charice chooses to be in her inner circle when they exhibit some trait that we may not fully endorse? Can we choose to give them the benefit of a doubt if their actions can be viewed as questionable so that perhaps we can appreciate the heart of the person and the theme within their messages? I hope so.

Please consider some mitigating circumstances to the actions/attitudes you attribute to the individual that Charice chooses to spend lots of her free time with when she is in Los Angeles; Troy. If you are a devoted follower of Troy’s twitter, then you know that Troy’s twitter timeline is constantly bombarded with requests from Chasters for pictures of Charice and updates on her every move. As you admit, Troy is very gifted musically. He has many fans, most of which are probably also Chasters; so, it seems fine to me that Troy posts pictures of himself along with Charice. It also seems fine to me that he gives updates on his own work as well as his work with Charice. I’m not exactly sure what you meant by “BS baggard”? I’m guessing you meant something like braggadocios? Troy has a healthy ego and I know he does comment about being proud of his work. However, I don’t think that he overly puffs himself up, or that he is arrogant. On the contrary, I think Troy is rather modest concerning his critically important role in directing talented musicians, arranging music and mapping the flow of songs for Charice’s and other artist’s performances. As you may know, Charice dropped her public twitter accounts because of repeated unkind comments about her. If Chasters choose to treat Troy as they have Charice, I imagine that Chasters will also lose the privilege of viewing Troy’s pictures with Charice.

Have you considered how stress relieving it must be for Charice to have someone working for her that has a wonderfully supportive family? Have you counted the plethora of Troy’s tweets of adoration addressed to his mom and dad, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family? Have you considered the state of someone’s heart that consistently tweets messages/pictures that unquestionably shows how much their family means to them? Will you consider how openly both Troy & Cheesa commend their parents for their examples of unconditional love and family unity? If you have followed Troy & Cheesa, both on fb & Twitter, then you might see more evidence of what wonderful people they are and what a blessed family life they share. Charice has said that she feels like she is a part of their family. I hope you and other Chasters will see how that type of experience is a blessing for Charice.

I just checked the twitter account of the source for the obscured picture of Charice’s letter and as far as I know, Charice still hasn’t published the content of the letter. Whatever she may write, I hope that Chasters will look for the positives and do as you previously stated, “I hope that some sense and something good will come out from your minds and hearts out of this post”.

Best regards to my Chaster family.

From LantaoIslands:
Lantao seldom be here. Point is I’m a freaking busy guy with tons and tons of work around the clock. Yet, I’m not dumb and I’m not stupid. I do read and I do listen and I did my researches as well. Well, if I don’t say a word, I just pretend I dunno and avoid throwing stones onto the water surface to cause damaging ripples.

When Celebrity needs to write a public letter, there must be something of ultimate importance to announce. Put it this way: no news from a public figure like our international singing sensation Charice is bad news. On the contrary, ANY News for a celebrity is good news because it helps to draw attention. Good news, bad news, drama, controversies, rumors, tweet fights, FB leaks, tomboy Fotos, tattoo, long-and-short of hair, ayiee, or even news on fans … etc, etc, etc. All of these are news for a celebrity to keep their presence among us, a kind of keeping us in the loop for “Something Big to Happen” later.

Added to this picture might be the media later, gossiping on ABC & XYZ. Well, lantao always prepare for the worst news – news that might be beyond the scope we can accept. But so what! All I enjoy is our dear princess’s music and I care less for her personal life even though I also pray for her and wish her the best on everything.

A singer is also a human and any human will go through the same stages we all have been gone through before: family issues, preference in love and personal behavior, so on and so forth. Please understand that nobody is perfect on the planet earth and we SHOULD NOT demand a teenager to be perfect by all means?! Come on, please be fair to our dear little princess!

Right or wrong is subjective. To allow someone to grow stronger, you need to allow that person walk through the eye of a hurricane. From long to short, from girlish to tomboy, from obedient to rebellious as some might say, or from pure to being tattooed, and the mysterious ayie business … let’s cool our heads down and allow some room for this young lady to walk her path. Yeah, it might seemingly be wrong, but that’s how we learn and grow stronger. Or it is nothing more than a marketing strategy for her next move.

All news are good news for a celebrity as their handler can tweak all good news and bad news to their direction and to their benefit to re- brand their star. Let’s all stay tune and be united. No matter what happen, we all remain stay put! Hey, when did we forgot the slogan of “Together at da Top, Baby”!

From Mooffin:
Regarding something big. What if Cha is contractually bound not to say anything about it until a certain time? Whether whatever it is is already done or not, what if she has no control over when to say something or what to say about it? Can you imagine how frustrating that must be? You’re bursting to say something about your career but you can’t? And people saying nothing’s happening and you can’t defend yourself? What if all these changes in image point to a new direction music-wise? She’s said before she wants to be like Avril. What if all these image changes are part of packaging her new direction? If she said something big is going to happen, then something big really will. We just have to wait and see.
I can understand the frustration of chasters, but we have to keep in mind we were so spoiled before when one thing after another was happening to her, when her schedule was so punishing. No human can sustain that kind of activity. In every artist’s career there are ebbs and flows.

Some people say her career is over. I will only believe it when Cha herself says that she is retiring. It may not be the career of Beyonce or Madonna but it’s still a career. As long as she is singing, whatever genre it is, or whatever image she has, it’s still a career.

We all have our preferences and wishes for Cha, myself included, but i’ve realized it’s her life to live and i am just a fan. If i don’t like the direction she is going into, i can stop being a fan, but i will not disparage Cha nor others who choose to remain fans and I will always be grateful to Cha for years of happiness watching her, and the friends I’ve made because of her.

People think they know what is best for Cha. I am guilty of this too, in the past, I just didn’t say it. But when people realize that they really don’t know what is best for another person, especially without knowing the facts, without witnessing the behind the scenes, then there will be peace. There comes a point when you just have to let it go, it’s her life to live. We get to live our lives, why can’s she live hers?

Here’s the previous comment posted by Bing:
Allow me to re-post a previous view and say something about the mom & brother’s trashing family issues in the social media:

Wether you are a celebrity, a common person or nobody, you never go to social media to castigate your children/siblings,to extend your desire to control your child by humiliating in public with the unintended intention to isolate and keep her totally under your wraps. In the western world, this is domestic violence.

No parent has right to subject their children to any forms of abuse but they have they responsibility to teach what is right from wrong and provide guidance when needed & required and/or desired to encourage and nurture but not control. No children desired to be brought out in this world but certainly can be grateful being born.

Almost everyone is saying in various ways that Charice needs to learn or listen to her mom which I agree but, None of us has mentioned that the mum also has to learn and listen to her. Listening or learning does not mean following the same DNA of the footprints of the parent/s. Both of them were born in different generations and all the differences associated with it in the environment they grow or outgrow with.

From my previous post, please comment, I wish to see where my nonsense fall and weather somethings do matter:

I haven’t seen Cha’s letter to Chasters suggesting that she was taking a break but I hope that when she does return to perform that she will have the professional management that are to standrard of her calibre and her global audience.

Lately I have just been biting my tongue regarding the inappropriate behaviour and inappropriate language of her musical director – Troy. His language in Twitter has realy been vulgar & despicable – about up to 2/3 months ago posts.

Also, I didn’t like the idea Troy bragging about his influence over Charice… It could be well true but he didn’t have to say it. Some of it were in defence for his sister Cheesa & also Charice. Even in a number of pictures he posted with Charice – the latest one was her personal gig I think Malaysia, he is taking centre stage.

I can understand that for Chasters of which he is one but, he is an employee first. Have you ever heard of people working for any artist in the background role taking centre stage with the artist & all this BS bagging of themselves other than in the Phils.

My personal impression & friend is that he trying to grab the publicity in close association with Charice with the indirect/implied intention of promoting his sister’s career and himself.

What matters to many is Charice and she should not overstep in the limelight to self promote his interest…and at times acts as press officer for Cha. It’s like an info tease with vagueness.

Maybe this sort of behaviours sit well with Phil audience but not the global followers of Charice.

I am in the belief that Cha’s management would be best handled by people of international taste and appetite with reputation and standard sellable to her global market. At the moment, Troy comes across as her “management”???????

Don’t get me wrong, Troy is very good with the musical instruments/electronics I guess and that’s about it as far as cha’s career is concerned – this is the reflection of my Australian group following Charice.. And Troy’s actions/behaviour should reflect the standard of Cha of which he is working for – not this vulgar language and despicable outburst.

Yes he is a person too but, he is an employee first working for Charice. While he is with her, he should just tone down his language and stop the grab for the limelight, becomes annoying.

Some of you may not like of what I have to say here now but, I speak the thoughts of the many I know in our Sydney group. I must say that our interest here is simply the unbelievable talent of Charice and almost all of us in the group did not follow any particular artists until we came to know Charice.

May I also say to those haters of Charice, make sense with what you disagree with her, no name calling and not character assassination or personal attack. Focus on the talents because that is where she is for us after all and that’s how she came to us. Make your personal suggestions/views out but don’t get this notion that she will exactly do what you and I want..

She will always fall short in pleasing anyone’s expectations but she can surely transform some of those expectations in her own way and that we should credit her for doing so as well as be gratified ourselves that she somehow made those efforts to reach out to us.. If still you are not happy then abandone her and find someone else who you fell most happiest to support. Don’t make it hardest for you to be happy….go, where joys lead you!

I hope that some sense and something good will come out from your minds and hearts out of this this post. Thank you all and good afternoon from Sydney.

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A Review of Charice’s Year

A Review of Charice’s Year

Charice is a year older and is now at a new stage in her life – her 20’s! 2012 has so far been a special year with many turning points. The year is passing by so fast that Chasters might not have noticed that she is not a kid anymore – we can now call her the “Fierce Young Superstar” of her generation. Let us have a quick review of what happened since the beginning of the year. Continue Reading

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X Marks the Spot and the Spot is on Charice!

X Marks the Spot and the Spot is on Charice!

Indeed our greatest treasure ever; Charice is back again in her home country for the X Factor Philippines.

Last May 14 Charice arrived in Manila showing yet another tattoo, which reads, “I never knew true love until someone broke my heart.” Awww!! Tissue please. Oops wait; before you guys starts to cry…sorry but Charice won’t be sharing her story. Continue Reading

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Charice vs DJ Mo Twister: It’s a Joke But We’re Not Laughing

Charice vs DJ Mo Twister: It’s a Joke But We’re Not Laughing

“Are you ready to rumble?” Absolutely! Especially Chasters with their matching pitchforks and torches all armed and ready to defend Charice. Well that is a bit of an exaggeration but still “To arms!”

Anyway, by now most people must have heard or read in the news lately about the controversy involving three DJs of the radio station Magic 89.9 and Charice. Guess who the DJs are? Read on! Continue Reading

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Happy 20th Birthday Charice

Happy 20th Birthday Charice

Thank you for your comments.  Just a friendly reminder, please limit your greetings to a sentence. Add your username, location, and year when you became a fan.  Let’s give Charice a chance to read all of the greetings.  Thank you.

Oprah’s The Most Talented Girl In The World will be turning 20 this May 10th. And she’s definitely not a young girl anymore but a grown up woman.

Chasters around the world are thinking of greeting Charice but how? Through video greetings? Maybe a choreographed dance like what Tintol and team did last year? But how to include Chasters abroad?

One suggestion from Bluemax is to research the Chaster countries of the world and create a global Chaster map. What we can offer here in Charicemania is to use the site as a platform to send your birthday greetings and at the same time, collect Chasters’ whereabouts all around the world.

So just leave your comment below and for the mechanics, it’s easier to add just one greeting line, your username or name and location and since when you are following Charice’s career. Isn’t that interesting?

Maybe we could make another booklet like this:

Click “View Full Screen” icon to enlarge. Cover illustration by Andrew Mathews – “Being Happy”

Article Link: Why Do We Love Charice?

Here’s the Video from last year’s greetings:


Video uploaded by Jimroot 04

Article Link: Birthday Surprise

Thank you for your comments.  Just a friendly reminder, please limit your greetings to a sentence. Add your username, location, and year when you became a fan.  Let’s give Charice a chance to read all of the greetings.  Thank you.

Thumbnail photo courtesy of NYChaster
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Japanese Prize-Winning Book Author Reviews Charice’s Infinity Concert!

Japanese Prize-Winning Book Author Reviews Charice’s Infinity Concert!

(UPDATE: March 21 Mr. Sakaki commented below, thanking us for our comments.  Thank you Mr. Sakaki!) Today was my best birthday ever. I went to see Charice for her “Infinity Japan Tour 2012″ at the Shibuya Koukaidou! Continue Reading

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Infinity Japan Tour Videos 2012

Infinity Japan Tour Videos 2012

So we thought the solo concert in Japan last year was great already but those who witnessed this Infinity concert in Tokyo this time are swearing, this is way better than her past concerts! Even Charice’s musical director and keyboardist Troy Laureta tweeted “Love Japan! Perhaps one of the best shows we’ve done on the Infinity Tour! Thank you, Tokyo! We love you!” It was indeed an amazing, exhilarating show, with schoolgirls in uniform, teenage boys and girls, couples in their 20s, office workers in their 30s, people in their 40s, 50s and 60s rocking it! To those who have doubted Charice losing her voice, sorry to disappoint you but her voice was as strong and even better than ever. She has topped herself, if that is even possible.

Tyo 199x3002 Infinity Japan Tour Videos 2012Charice has matured so much as an artist. Her present style and image is more than fitting for this concert tour and we really have to respect her for that. To those who have criticized her new look, watching her live may be the only way to erase all doubts. She was so confident and relaxed, something that can be attributed to her being comfortable in her own skin, as she admitted in interviews that she has been wanting this look for the longest time.  The Japanese stylists even made her “Final Fantasy” inspired new look way better for her and yes, including the new tattoo! She looks fierce and sweet, tomboyish and feminine, edgy and soft, sexy and cute all at the same time. What else could you ask for?

Charice also sang a new song entitled “Everything”.  The story behind this song is that music.jp and rekochoku.jp,  two of the major music download sites for cellphones, called for song requests for Charice to cover.  The majority requested Japanese songstress Misia’s “Everything”.  So Charice ended up co-producing her own version of the song with new lyrics, different from that of Misia’s.

Charice’s “Everything” is now available via cellphone download only at rekochoku.jp and music.jp until June 30th.  It will also be available for both PC and cellphone download on another major music download site, mora.jp from March 21st.  There is still no word on its availability on Japan iTunes, nor has it been announced if it will be released worldwide.

So here’s a preview of the song as performed in Tokyo with special thanks to our ninja “Abilidades”:

“Everything”

Here’s the original version from Misia:

Video Courtesy of RhythmmediaChannel

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Reminder: This videos were taken under heavy securities and strict compliance of no video/camera recording so please bear with whatever uncomfort you’ll find watching the video but I assure you you’ll love what you gonna hear. – Justcharrie

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Intro, Lesson For Life, Faithfully:

Pyramid, In Love So Deep, One Day:

Someone Like You, Saving All My Love For You, The One That Got Away, Baby:

Tears In Heaven:

Run The World, Michael Jackson Medley, Bounce Back:

Take You Down, Before It Explodes, It Will Rain:

Moves Like Jagger, Heartbreak Surivor:

Lighthouse, Louder, I Will Always Love You :

Troy’s If I Ain’t Got You:

Videos Uploaded by our Japan Super Ninja Chaster: Abilidades (Justcharrie)

At the end of the show, Charice filmed the audience using her iPhone including herself with her back to the audience.

Another highlight was Troy! He sang “If I Ain’t Got You”, which was not sung in other countries in the Infinity tour thus far. He sounded really great, we should wait for this guy to have a concert on his own. We need a name for his fans too: Troyans from Troymania! (Ok I’m a fan really.)

A sad incident occurred after the concert though, when people were leaving Charice’s concert, the earthquake alarm went on and we heard it was a big one. We pray for the safety of Japan and all its people. Thank you Japanese Chasters, thank you Japanese audience!

Special thanks to Mooffin and Justcharrie
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The Mathematics of Chaddiction

The Mathematics of Chaddiction

No! This ain’t about differential and integral calculus that make many engineering and science students curse Newton and Leibniz in inventing them. It’s the mathematics of chaddiction and all that jazz!

It’s about obtaining the most efficient click-per-second in an online voting for Charice; the question whether hitting F5 buys more time than hitting other category and back; the calculation of time differences among all chasters to come up with the best timing to successfully trend anything about Charice on Twitter; the estimation of N/S, the ratio of number of browsers opened versus the speed of your internet connection to amplify YouTube’s view counter of Charice’s MTVs and videos and the likes. Continue Reading

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Charice’s “Bodyguard Medley” Goes Viral

Charice’s “Bodyguard Medley” Goes Viral

On February 12th, a Chaster named “Amsterdam” re-uploaded a video on Youtube where Charice was singing the so-called Bodyguard Medley (I Have Nothing and I Will Always Love You) accompanied by Mr. David Foster on the piano. Amsterdam’s video description:

No copyright infringement. This video belong to the right owner. Please visit the original uploader (CHAMU Chaster’s from Canada). Take note that Charice is crying because this is the last tour concert with her friends. This is only a fan made for Whitney Houston and Charice. Youtube link Whitney Houston [ RIP ] from 17 yo – Charice in tears , 2009 concert

Original Video from Chariceweekly:

Actually nothing unusual, Chasters have been uploading, re-uploading, editing videos of Charice, we’ve seen them all. But of course this was a very touching performance that made a big impact even to a long-time fan like me: Schoen’s Blog. Because I don’t think it’s easy to sing while trying to hold back her tears at the same time. So emotions just poured out of this very tiny body. As Amsterdam was paying tribute to Whitney using this video on Youtube, one site caught it and featured it as “Female Cover Of The Week: 17-Year-Old “Charice Pempengco” From The Philippines Does Whitney Houston Tribute & She Did That!” Site link: World Star Hip Hop. That was February 13th, so far so good, nothing special….yet…. until this:
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Source link: Perez Hilton.com Yes!! Mr. Perez Hilton featured that same video on his site on Feb. 14th and twitted it. And we know he has millions of followers right? The video went viral as “Charice’s Whitney Houston Tribute”. Different online sites followed, here`s our complilation starting with Hollywood Life’s Charice Performs Epic Tribute To Whitney Houston In Concert and they even added an Update:
(UPDATE: It turns out this video is being inaccurately sent around the internet as a new tribute video, when it was actually filmed back in 2009. But it means so much more now, so I’ll let it slide.)

Kfox95.com featured an additional video where Charice performed “I Will Always Love You” in a Japanese show:

Source Link: Amazing Charice Memorializes Whitney Houston Then Popcrush.com followed: Charice Sings Whitney Houston ‘Bodyguard’ Medley with David Foster Jackfroot.com: The Most Talented Girl in the World Pays Tribute to Whitney Then from AMP Radio.com: Charice Whitney Houston Tribute is Absolutely Stunning. From Wpix.com STUNNING Tribute To Whitney Houston By Filipino Teen Sensation. The video even
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made it to the Top 5 Whitney Houston Tributes alongside with the legendary Aretha Franklin on International Business Times Whitney Houston Death Tribute.

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And of course Glee’s Wetpaint.com site can’t miss Charice too: Charice’s Stunning Tribute to Whitney Houston: Former Glee Guest Star’s Tearful Performance. Since Chasters love to vote – there’s even a poll going on: Who Sang it Better? So Chasters if you want to vote, visit the site.
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Chasters have then started twitting and re-twitting the video and the rest is history. She was 17 years old that time way back in 2009. Judging by the positive reactions and comments to the video, it is very clear than people have been touched or amazed or even just enjoyed watching and listening to her.
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Charice could really give justice to a Whitney Houston song. Of course, Chasters need not be convinced how talented she was when she was younger and still is at this stage where she learned how to use and control her voice to her advantage. Contrary to other negative twits about Charice using Whitney’s death to push her career now, just letting them know, inform yourself first. It’s not her fault at all if news are being written about her on this.
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Note: A viral video is one that becomes popular through the process of Internet sharing, typically through video sharing websites, social media and email. Wikipedia By Schoen, Charicemania.com

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What Should People Know About Chasters

What Should People Know About Chasters

Originally defined as individuals who admire and love Charice for her extraordinary talent, her persona and for her courageous spirit who trod a difficult road that only few will risk themselves to tread the road less taken. Such courage has brought her to the top full of humility, unchanged and continuously overcoming challenges. These are just a few reasons why these individuals rooted for Charice and are called CHASTERS (Fans of Charice).

To deepen people’s awareness about the Chasters. Here are some points that are very important to remember:

1. Chasters are a combination of loose organizations and individuals from all over the globe. First, there are loose organizations of Chasters in some countries and states manage by Chasters-volunteers and operate on their own, whose expenses are coming from their own individual pockets. They drove and traveled anywhere where they could find Charice singing live either with David, with some famous stars or on her own and then ended their activity by having a dinner or lunch together full of life and love to share. The second one, are the individual Chasters who searcg for the other Chasters through the websites of some talented and skillful Chasters with Charice as the focal point of discussion. Here, the individual Chaster can connect and be updated and in the process become close friends with other Chasters or tweeter followers of Charice.

2. Chasters either a loose organization with known or famous members or simply individuals who rely on social networking, have a lot of things in common. They are united in the spirit of mutual respect, mutual support, mutual trust and love for each other. That is why you can see or read or hear Chasters calling the others as “bunso” or the youngest, Chasterclause for a particular unknown Chaster who gave her or his money to some Chasters for a mission abroad to support Charice, brother or sister Chaster, “lola” to address a grandma Chaster, “tito” or “tita” Chaster to address Chasters who are at their 40′s or 50′s, “kuya” or “ate” Chaster to address a Chaster a little bit older than them and Chaster-friend for the newly found Chasters. In short, there are no strangers in Chasters.

3. Chasters are diverse people coming from all walks of life, blessed by God as a special kind of group where the kingdom of God is very much felt by everyone because they have proven themselves as one people regardless of race, religion, language and political belief. Though they belong to the different countries or states but they are constantly connected with each other everyday through social networking, you tube, tweeter, email, chat, skype, etc.

4. Chasters are not perfect individuals, some of them become emotional and sometimes succumbed to pass harsh words against haters of Charice but pacified later by other Chasters, because Charice didn’t want Chasters to hate the haters.

5. Finally, Chaster are growing not just in numbers all over the world but as persons. Their age ranges from 4 to 76 or more and they have come to learn to love, to cry, to laugh and to accept for who you are and what you are and have.

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Written by Lito T. Abadilla
Posted by Ab.bonita, Charicemania.com

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Passing The Torch

Passing The Torch

Dedicated to all the Past, Present and new Charicemania Moderators

As hinted by one of our “eldest but respected” team member, maybe I should write about that special someone who helped a lot of people and chasters, not only Charicemania. But I haven’t been writing for a long time because for me, writing needs an inspiration. But this someone in the CM team, I know personally and have learned to appreciate and cherish as a person a lot. But how can you write about someone who does not want to be mentioned? Impossible? Not really, but a lot of time is needed to think this over. Our first joint project: PICC Valentine’s Concert with Charice, February 2010. The idea that I told MommyRaqz back then was that we have to try that every single seat on this concert would be occupied! And because I knew that many fans of Charice couldn’t afford the tickets, this would be an opportunity to distribute free tickets! But we need someone from Charicemania team that should be there before, during and after the concert to organize. Most of Charicemania’s team members are far from Manila. We need somebody: we need this “someone”! We didn’t really know each other very well back then but I knew exactly that we could rely on this person, very trustworthy (a very important factor when it comes to money matters), approachable for everyone, young and has a very strong personality. The right one indeed! The logistics alone for this project was overwhelming as we’ve ever imagined before: ordering tickets, looking for sponsors, where to send the money, paypal, bank accounts, meet and greet arrangements, venue, what if Charice wants to come, security questions, programs, IDs, banners, questionnaires for free tickets, applicants, etc., etc. Being actively involved here, made it possible to have known a lot of generous people as well but at the same time knowing some who were not honest, who just wanted to take advantage of the generosity of others. Well, nothing new. Glad these are exceptions to the rule! In the course of the countless conversations between us regarding our project, I tried to teach this person how to say NO! … unfortunately, often in vain (a person who has a very good nature, is hard to train). Always believing in the good and positive sides of others, which is neither bad nor a wrong thing, as long as it doesn’t get into the substance of one’s human being. What followed were the countless requests and ideas, when there’s something to be organized for Charice, to promote her like TV performances, concerts and Meet & Greets in Manila (we’re talking only about the ones we knew which were open to all Chasters and not the exclusive chasters’ parties which CM was not involved with). We always had the right contact person! Charice’s management in Manila could always rely on this person, that’s a fact! Charicemania’s goal is still to promote Charice worldwide! Not only to the few who were convinced already anyway. Of course it is nice and is also good to see known people and to see familiar faces again and again but we also look forward to a lot of “new faces” like new fans who come to us. We welcome them all too. Message for that someone: When you asked me months ago why I became inactive for months, not writing nor posting, if you remember my reply? “I couldn’t do anything anymore!” That was my feeling. You tried to persuade me to come back but the time was not ripe enough. When I was asked “officially” to go back in CM, it was a feeling of having to do something again when needed. We have new people in the team here in Charicemania. I really hope to pass it on, that they continue to do what we do so that we can move on and expand, that Charice becomes more popular. Only one person can’t do the work alone. We couldn’t convince all which of course was very disappointing but we can’t take it personally. Those we could convince, we hope they stay and help. Take a break, yes, take it slowly, but don’t disappear entirely, if we could still prevent that from happening (hopefully). To the team, what I can pass on to you personally is this: “take the time off that you

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need” but hopefully come back from time to time and again, Charicemania will welcome you with open arms.

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Christmas is the time to give, the time of forgiveness, the

time to move on, to look forward to something new and good, to leave all negativities behind. Charicemania and Team wishes you all a very blessed Christmas!

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The Joy of Giving: Charicemania’s Stories

The Joy of Giving: Charicemania’s Stories

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A Magical Night with Charice: No Words, Just Tears

A Magical Night with Charice: No Words, Just Tears

INFINITE POSSIBILITIES! These are the two words that come to mind when I think of Charice’s Message in her Infinity Album. This girl is living proof that dreams do come true no matter how impossible it seem to be. Last October 25,2011, another girl, a chaster named Kimmie had her dream come true as she had her surprise duet in front of the 12,000 audience in Araneta Coliseum, Manila.

Video uploaded by Bluemax This is her story: ONE MONTH before the concert, I posted something in my Facebook, Twitter, and Plurk account. ‘Dear Lord, I hope someone soponsors my ticket for the DFF Tour with Charice on Oct. 25, 2011, I do hope this wish comes true”. I was just kidding, then suddenly, “Sisa”, a gorgeous chaster in and out whom I consider as my elder sis said she will take care of it. Woah, I never expected that she would sponsor me. She was really nice to me and I was so thankful about it. Two days after, the money to be used to buy the ticket was sent to our house. A week and a half later, I lost the ticket due to my carelessness. I remember putting it under the bed but when I tried looking for it, I really can’t find it. My guess is that our maid might have thrown out the ticket when she cleaned my room. Then one day before the concert, Ate Tintol sent me a private message on Facebook. I was at school that time, that was around 7pm. She told me to send her a text message if I don’t have a ticket yet. She still has extra ticket and she said she will give me one. OMC, i was so happy to know that because I really thought I won’t be able to watch the concert anymore. THE MAIN EVENT. I arrived late at the Chaster Concert gathering where I was supposed to sing due to so much traffic. I first look for Ate Tintol to ask for my ticket. She asked me to choose between Upperbox A or B. She said that more chasters will be seated in Upperbox B than A, but UpperboxA is nearer the stage. So, I chose the ticket for Upperbox A. The concert started at around 8pm. I felt sad because I was alone in my seat, away from the group of chasters I’ve met earlier. I just kept on screaming and singing along with the performers as if nothing matters. A DREAM COME TRUE. A lot of people has been asking me if what had happened at the concert was scripted. I told them that everything was unexpected! When the concert started, I was screaming non-stop since the other chasters are far from me and I dont have anyone to talk to. I was so excited because I really want to see charice. At the mid-part of the show, there was one point when David Foster ask the audience who wanted to sing in the stage. He first picked out audiences at the VIP section. Later on, he then asked if anyone staying a little bit farther the stage also wants to sing. I started screaming my lungs out and raising my hand then, the people around began pointing at me. I was shocked when the spotlight was suddenly focused to us. David F. said i need to be at the stage in 20 seconds, Geeeez, that’s close to impossible since the section where I was seated was kinda far from the stage. The marshalls assisted me to the backstage. I thought I was gonna sing immediately. I got a little worried when I found out that I’m not going to sing yet. I thought they already forgot about me. While waiting at the backstage, the staff and the other performers are almost at my reach. I shook hands with them and kept on smiling to all. Then the moment I have long been waiting for came, I heard Charice singing on the stage. She was singing POWER OF LOVE, OMC. I couldn’t stop myself from crying that time. I felt a little shy because the people around were already looking at me. The moment charice came down the stage, she hugged me and signed the souvenir i brought from the Pre-Concert Chasters Gathering. The concert continued and when it was nearing it’s end, the staff told me that they will try their best to still be able to put me on the show and let me sing. Charice approached me and asked me if I’m just ok. She was trying to comfort me coz she might have felt that I was feeling a little down. She said sorry because David might have forgotten me coz he was really tired that time. I told her it’s ok, there’s no need to say sorry coz seeing her is really more than enough to complete my night. But deep inside, I did feel a little sad coz I really thought that Sir David Foster already forgot me. Then, one of the musicians approached me and asked me what song do I know and if I have ever hold a mic. They never thought I was really singing. I told them I know the song “I will Survive”, they said they weren’t ready for that. They asked if I know “My heart will go on”, I told them I don’t know the complete piece. How about Because you loved me? I said YES! I waited a little more, then when I heard that the performers were already singing Earth Song, I knew that the concert was about to end, I thought again that I might not be able to perform anymore. Then I suddenly remembered that I left my bag at my seat in Upperbox A. Good thing the staffs are really kind enough to take care of it. They were able to get it back from my seat. I heard Araneta Colisum roaring when David Foster played his major hits and the audience were singing along. Then after that, David called me up the stage. OMC to the highest level, I was getting so nervous. Then I saw Charice looking at me as if she was saying good luck. I was still so nervous but I know I need to overcome this feeling so I started singing. I shouted CHASTERS in the middle of the song coz i feel that I represent every Chaster there. Suddenly, the most unexpected happened, Charice came up the stage. That is something I really never expected coz the last time I saw her, she was just at the backstage looking at me and giving me the courage to go on just by looking at me. I had the most unforgettable duet of my life. I just noticed myself crying while singing with her, THANK GOD we were still able to finish the song. Charice was exceptionally nice as well as David. They continued cheering me even when I’m going down the stage.

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I received a BIG hug from Charice. After that, Ate Tintol sent me a text message, she said, “I guess losing your ticket was a blessing in disguise. You were awesome at the stage. The Chasters are proud of you! “. icon smile A Magical Night with Charice: No Words, Just Tears ~end~ Note: For everyone’s information, the sponsored ticket (which was donated by a Chaster Clause the last minute to another chaster) was an Upperbox B ticket. However, a friend of mine who was supposed to be on the Upperbox A seat had an emergency and was not able to go to the concert the last minute so I gave Kimmie a choice. Upperbox A or B? You guys know the rest of the story. As Chaster ImKarl puts it in his blog about the event:

“Life is too ironic to fully understand. It takes sadness to know what happiness is. Thinking that kimmie was upset and sad days before the concert because of her lost ticket but she was able to stand and sing in the middle of a huge crowd singing a heart-warming song with her ultimate idol for life. A magical night. To describe it NO WORDS, JUST TEARS”

Written by Kimmie and ImKarl

Translated and Posted by Tintol and Abbonita, Charicemania.com

Original Story Written in Tagalog:

DAVID FOSTER and friends concert w/ CHARICE! I WILL TREASURE THIS MAGICAL NIGHT OF MY LIFE!!! ♥ –> ONE MONTH before the concert, nagpost ako sa FB/Twitter and Plurk ko icon smile A Magical Night with Charice: No Words, Just Tears ” Dear lord, sana po may magsponsor ng ticket ko for DFF tour w/ charice on OCT 25 2011, sana magdilang anghel” oh , i was just kidding, ng biglang mag comment si ate gorgeous ko na CHASTER din ” SISANG” yun, sya na daw bahala, woah. i didnt expect na iis-sponsoran nya ko , but thank you kasi super bait naman talaga nyan ni ate sisang, 2 days after, napadala na THRU lbc sa house namin yung 5k pambili ng upperbox na ticket, yun eh di nakabili nako!!! 1 and half week after, ANG BURARA KO :’( NAWALA KO YUNG TICKET SA BAHAY NA NILA KO LANG SA ILALIM NG KAMA KO, yun , hanap ng hanap ng hanap, hindi ko na talaga makita kasi baka nga naitapon nung naglinis ung maid namin ng bahay :’( hanggang sa….. 1 day before the concert, ATE TINTOL PM me on facebook,nasa school ako nun e (OCT 24 11) around 7pm mag text daw ako sa kanya kung wala pa kong ticket, GOD! sobrang saya ko kasi, may extra pang tiket si ate, bibigyan nya daw ako !! grabe sobrang saya ko nung gabing yun kasi kala ko di na ko makakanood! –> ETO NA, OCTOBER 25 2011, na late ako sa CHASTERS GATHERING kasi 7 na ko nakarating sa sobrang traffic, dapat kakanta ako dun eh. HINANAP KO NA SI ATE TINTOL PARA HINGIN YUNG TICKET, then pinapili nya ko kung upperbox A or B. kasi sa B daw madaming chaster, sa A wala masyado, pero malapit sa stage, so PINILI ko yung A! yan mga around 8pm start na yung concert. SOBRANG LUNGKOT KASI WALA AKONG KATABI SA SIT KO, sige, sigaw ako ng sigaw, kanta, nakikisabay sa nagpeperform habang nakaupo, TUWANG TUWA YUNG MGA KATABI KO, na kahit ba di kami magkakilala, CHEER SILA NG CHEER. –> A dream come true icon smile A Magical Night with Charice: No Words, Just Tears ganto kasi yan eh, madami nagtatanong kung set up ba yung ngayari, or nakaplano, actually, ALL ARE UNEXPECTED! I WAS JUST SITTING AT UPPER BOX A icon smile A Magical Night with Charice: No Words, Just Tears ok, simula nag start ung show, i was just shouting and shouting, KASI WALA TALAGA AKONG MAKAUSAP THAT TIME, UNG MGA CHASTERS MALAYO

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SAKIN. hahaha excited eh, kasi si charice gustong gusto ko na mapanood, NUNG NAG START NA UNG SHOW, YAN MAY MGA NAGPERFORM NA, UN, BIGLANG NAGTAWAG SI DAVID FOSTER , “who wants to sing here in stage” yan ganyan ganyan, una sa harap ung pinili nya, UNG PANGALAWA, SABI NYA SA TAAS DAW, E DI UN, SIGAW AKO NG SIGAW NG SIGAW HANGGAT SA MAMAOS AKO, ung mga KATABI KO SA SIT, PATI UNG NASA BABA KO, AKO UNG TINUTURO, HEHEHE, NA SHOCK AKO KASI, sakin tinutok ung spotlight, tas bigla akong tinuro ni david sa kinauupuan ko, EH IN 20 SECONDS DAW DAPAT NANDUN NA, nung inalalayan ako ng mga marshall dun sa concert papunta sa backstage, kala ko kakanta na agad ako icon sad A Magical Night with Charice: No Words, Just Tears di pa pala, kaya nag alala ako kasi baka nakalimutan ako. YUN, ANG BABAIT NG STAFF DON, habang nag aantay ako, un inaalalayan nila ako, ung mga performers, abot kamay ko na!, ang babait nila, smile smile kamay icon smile A Magical Night with Charice: No Words, Just Tears HANGGANG sa, si CHARICE na ung kumakanta sa stage, OMG!!! (POWER OF LOVE) IYAK AKO NG IYAK sa backstage, nakakahiya, kasi nagtitinginan yung mga staff ng DFF icon smile A Magical Night with Charice: No Words, Just Tears hanggang sa PAGBABA ni charice, GOD!!!!!!!!!! NIYAKAP NIYA KO, PINIRMAHAN NYA UNG SOUVENIR NA DALA KO GALING GATHERING NG CHASTER BEFORE THE CONCERT –> theater YUN, hangang sa nag perform na ng nagperform ung ibang singers, palapit na ng palapit ung pagtatapos ng show, SABI NG MGA STAFF, ok ok, we r going to try our best, para makakanta ka, hanggang sa lumapit si CHARICE, sabi ” Uh, are you ok? SORRY I think david forget about you, kasi alam mo naman yun, napagod” parang si CHARICE tinatry nya pagaanin loob ko that time. Parang ganon, nahihiya ako, kasi nag sosorry si charice , I SAID, uh ok lang po, masaya na ko, NAKITA KO KAYO!! (GRABE, nakakanganga ako nun dahil sa sobrang pagkastarstruck), but deep inside, nanghihinayang kasi kala ko talaga nakaliutan ako ni david, hanggang sa…… LUMAPIT SAKIN UNG MUSICIAN SA TAAS NG STAGE, ANONG KANTA DAW ALAM KO, (KUNG NAKAHAWAK NA DAW BA KO NG MIC? HAHA) kasi, they didn’t expect na kumakanta ako, SABI KO, ALAM KO “I WILL SURVIVE” , sabi were not ready for that, e my heart will go on, sabi ko, di ko po alam yan, E YUNG, “BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME”!! ANTIMANO, YES AGAD AKO! , e di yan na, nag aantay padin ako sa backstage, EARTHSONG NA UNG PINEPERFORM NILA, ending na yun eh, akala ko talaga hindi na ko makakakanta, biglang nag MORE ung mga tao, habang si CHARICE nasa likod ko, un, nakatingin, TAS BIGLA KONG SINABI (nag aalala po ako, kasi ung bag ko po naiwan ko sa upper box a row c sit 19) agad agad naan nila pinasikaso kasi wala talaga akong kasama nun icon sad A Magical Night with Charice: No Words, Just Tears thank God nakuha ko naman BAG ko . HANGGANG..!! PINATUGTOG NI DAVID UNG MGA HITS NYA (ONLY CHORUS) TAS PINASABAY NYA UNG MGA AUDIENCE, hanggang sa INITRODUCE NA NYA AKO!!!!!!!!!! yun, na!! habang umaakyat ako, SOBRA AKONG KINAKABAHAN, nakita ko parin si Charice sa backstage, para bang gusto niya akong i-goodluck, HANGGANG SA, kumanta na ko, (HALONG KABA AT PAOS) pero go padin, , I SHOUTED “CHASTERS” in the middle of the song, kasi nirerepresent ko sila sa harap, BIGLANG UMAKYAT SI CHARICE sa stage, GRRRRRRRRRAAABBEE!!! di ko ineexpect yun, kasi andun lang sya sabackstage, nakatingin sakin e, eto na, nagduet na kami, naiiyak ako habang kumakanta, pero THANK GOD, natapos naman ng maayos! SOBRANG BAIT NIYA AT NI DAVID, chi-neer nila ko pagbaba ng STAGE, biglang YAKAP! ♥ ATE TINTOL TEXTED ME UP, sabi niya, BLESSING IN DISGUISE DAW YUNG PAGKAWALA NG TICKET KO icon smile A Magical Night with Charice: No Words, Just Tears – end –> A DREAM COME TRUE!!!! ♥ By: Kimberly, Charicemania.com

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Charice Bids Farewell to Dad: “Please Say You’re Proud of Me.”

Charice Bids Farewell to Dad: “Please Say You’re Proud of Me.”

I went back to my hometown on All Saints’ Day, the national holiday to honor and celebrate the memories of loved ones who have passed away, still reminiscing about my just-ended joyful ride with Charice and the Philippine Chasters. Little did I know that another chapter will be added albeit a sad one when I received a text message from abBonita that Charice’s father had just met a violent death.

Through Bluemax, I heard the next evening that Charice had returned from Jakarta and that some Chasters were already at the Divine Mercy Viewing Chapel in Muntinlupa where Ricky Pempengco was lying in repose.  Unlike in the US where visiting hours are limited to about 9:00 pm, 24-hour vigil is customary in the Philippines when relatives and friends can visit at any time.  I arrived at about 9:30 pm and found the place already encamped by the 3 major networks, TV cameras in place, looking for scoops and people to interview.  Huge bouquets of white flowers sent by Chasters from Japan, Singapore, Los Angeles and Lantao were among those that bedecked the hall. I paid my respect to Ricky and was then told that Charice was resting in a private room.  After being given permission to enter, I talked to Mommy Raqz and to Charice who was slumped in a bed being attended to. She looked tired, sad, and haggard, just like any typical teenager who lost a loved one and none of the image of a celebrity that she is.  I extended condolences to her on behalf of the entire Chaster family and told her how all Chasters really love and care for her and her well being. I even advised her to take a break,  get much needed rest and that, personally, I want her to be around for many years to entertain my grandchildren long after I’m gone. She held my hand and just said, “Salamat po (Thank you)”.

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The next day, I found the place packed with relatives, friends, and many Chasters! In fact, many Chasters were still coming past 12 midnight direct from their second shift jobs just to be with Charice in her hours of bereavement.  Little CutieSinger, one of our youngest Chasters at 12 years old was present who later tried to catch a few winks on the lap of Tita Wower.  There was a time that almost half of the room was filled with Chasters!  Charice, Mommy Racqz, and Carl were busy entertaining late-coming friends and relatives.  Charice, when in her happy mood was like a kid playing around with CutieSinger, who was so shy and starstruck that it took her awhile to approach Charice and be prodded to sing a few notes.  It was turning to be quite a happy occasion – a time of reconciliation, understanding and healing of the rifts among the Pempengco clan, and a time of more bonding and friendship.  I decided to leave at 4:00 am quite ashamed that I will not be able to sacrifice like the many but much younger Chasters (with the exception of a few of course) who were determined  to stick around for an all night, sleepless vigil. While my spirit said “Yay” to stay, my 67-year old body was not ready for the ordeal and was saying “Nay”.

I was back the following day in time to witness the family picture-taking and listen to the eulogies. Many of Ricky’s friends, sisters and other relatives reminisced about their experiences with Ricky. Mommy Racqz expressed how much she still loved him in spite of the sad past between them. Carl recalled a time of meeting a man who said to him how much he has grown, not knowing it was his father.  Then it was Charice’s turn.  Charice completely broke down, and cried like a little child, almost fainted and had to be consoled before she could even utter a word about her Dad.  And between sobs, reached out to whatever little memories she could recall – how her father wanted her to be a soldier.  She expressed how much she loved and missed him, and longed for the time  they could have had together had she learned earlier the sad state her father was living in.  Charice even mentioned a premonition while in Jakarta of seeing a security guard smile who looked like her father, just prior to hearing about his death.

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The funeral procession started a little past 2:00 pm from Muntinlupa City to Cabuyao Memorial Park with a long convoy which included 5 full sized buses. The convoy created traffic and inched along the old national highway with hundreds of people lined up along the way hoping to catch a glimpse of Charice. It took a little over 2 hours to reach the cemetery which was so packed with people that it was very difficult to get near the burial site. I stood behind Carl trying to console him while Beda and Aki were profusely fanning Charice and Racquel. White roses were handed to family members for their last respect to Ricky. As the coffin was being interred, Charice broke down again. She sat almost in stupor as the tomb was being sealed.  It was a heart-rending sight to watch our princess, so bubbly and lively on stage now crying like a little child grieving for a tremendous loss.

As her SUV backed in to fetch the family, a big crowd trying to catch a glimpse of Charice formed blocking the exit. Security guards had to form a chain to create a path for the family.  A bunch of Chasters voluntarily followed suit and joined hand-in-hand to form a secondary chain in support of security with Beda barking commands like a little general for the crowd to back off. The crowd obeyed as Charice and family hurriedly walked into the vehicle and drove away as the crowd started to disperse.

As our bus sped away along South Luzon Expressway, I cannot help but think of the events that transpired the past few days.  That we have now witnessed the other Charice – the typical teenager, the little child that’s still in her, mingling with her roots, unmindful of the pinnacle where she stands as a star of the entertainment world – the girl with the beautiful shoes still planted firmly on the ground.

After all the hugs and kisses as we bid goodbye to go our separate ways, I cannot help but think that the love for Charice by the Chaster Family has now morphed from DEDICATION to FAITHFUL AND PROFOUND DEVOTION for the welfare of OUR PRINCESS.

By Rodbelt, Charicemania.com
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