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YES! Looking Back… Part 5


YES MAGAZINE INTERVIEW NOVEMBER 2009 ISSUE

Part 5: THE UNTOLD STORY

Meanwhile, the staff of The Oprah Winfrey Show had also learned of the little girl with a big voice from the Little Big Star videos on YouTube.  They decided to invite Charice to join the show’s “World’s Smartest Kids” episode.  The show was to be aired on May 12, 2008, just two days after Charice’s 16th birthday.

Unlike Ellen, Oprah was someone Charice had seen on TV.  Raquel didn’t have a clue.  “I told her, the one that had Tom Cruise as a guest,” says Charice, referring to the controversial episode where the American actor was jumping up and down the show’s couch, proclaiming his love for the actress Katie Holmes. Read the full story

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YES! Looking Back…Part 4


YES! MAGAZINE INTERVIEW NOVEMBER 2009 ISSUE

Part 4 Next Stop: TV

After the town-fiesta singing contest in Batangas and Laguna, the next stop was television. Charice began as a contestant on Filipino local channel, Channel 9’s Bulilit Kampeon [Little Champion], a little-known singing contest hosted by Pilita Corrales. Charice won as third runner-up and eventually became one of the program’s co-hosts. After the show folded up, she joined two other TV competitions: Birit Bulilit [Little Belter] on Channel 13 (where she was first runner-up and the “MTB Popstar” segment of Magandang Tanghali BayanM [Good Afternoon People], where she won second place. Read the full story

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Yes! Looking Back…. Part 3


YES! MAGAZINE INTERVIEW NOVEMBER 2009 ISSUE

Part 3 Bato, Buhangin [Rock, Sand]

In the singing-contest circuit, there are those who are referred to as bato [rock], and those dubbed buhangin [sand]. The bato are the rocksteady veterans, while the buhangin are the newbies and the youngsters. Charice, being a powerful voice in a small package, came to be known as the buhanging nakakapuwing [sand that gets into your eye]. “Ayan na ang buhangin,” [“Here comes the sand,”] the veterans would say when they saw the little girl from Cabuyao. Read the full story

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Yes! Looking Back…. Part 2


YES! MAGAZINE INTERVIEW NOVEMBER 2009 ISSUE

Part 2 Troubled Beginnings…

The Pempengcos are originally from Laguna. Charice was born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco in the town of San Pedro. Her father, the youngest child and only son in the family, was jobless when he met Raquel Relucio, then a working student. Read the full story

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