Charice Pempengco: Conquering Boundaries With Vocal Prowess and Love

It was last year that I first heard about this little girl called Charice on the local entertainment news saying that Ellen DeGeneres personally talked to her on the phone inviting her to sing on the Ellen show. That got me curious after all this is a Fillipina we are talking about. I searched the video that Ellen saw in Youtube which made her decide to invite Charice over. It was a Korean show called Star King and Charice then 14 was singing “And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls. My jaw dropped as I heard her sing. I had goose bumps as I heard her go through the challenging notes. I heard my self say “yeah” as she used her whole body to express the intensity of the emotions of the notes. Of course she was not performing it according to the emotional requirement of the scene in the play, but her showmanship in delivering the song was exceptional. As a director it’s easy for me to spot a gifted performer and Charice is definitely one.


Ellen DeGeneres Show

Conquering the Audience on the Net

Breaking into the international scene is not an easy task for a young girl her age but Charice has conquered barriers one after another with her vocal prowess. Thanks to one called FalseVoice who posted a video comparing her voice to that of well known singers. It was this video that got Charice invited to do recording in Sweden and guest in the Korean show Star King. Her small body defies the kind of power and passion that comes out in every note of a song she sings. The word spread, her Youtube videos were getting millions of hits and people started using her name as a title to their videos that do not feature her if only to get hits. Soon her name became a keyword.

UK TV show "The Paul O'Grady Show"

Conquering International TV Shows

Her stint at the Ellen Show paved the way for other invitations to guest in other international television shows like the Paul O’Grady Show in England where she received two standing ovations -- which was a first in the show's history. The Oprah Winfrey Show  came next and it was the overwhelming response to her performance in Oprah that opened more doors for her dreams to come true. Oprah got in touch with David Foster and asked his help to give Charice a chance. In Oprah’s "Dreams Come True" episode David accompanied Charice on the piano as she sang “My Heart Will Go On”. Celine Dion made a surprise invitation after that segment.

Oprah's "Dreams Come True" Episode with Charice and Celine Dion's Duet at Madison Square Garden

Conquering the International Concert Scene

Before the second Oprah guesting Charice was introduced to the international concert arena by David as he made her part of his tribute concert called David Foster and Friends. Charice was also personally invited by one of her idols Andrea Bocelli to be a guest on his birthday concert "The Cinema Tribute,". Interestingly enough Charice had a dream book where she drew her herself singing together with her many idols including Andrea and Celine. That dream book was now coming to reality and fast.

In the opening of MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Charice was among those who performed and she holds the title of being the first ever entertainer to gain a standing ovation at this venue. The invitations kept coming in from everywhere and standing ovations were a common site whenever and wherever she performed.

Charice with David Foster in Good Morning America

Charice Sings God Bless America

Conquering All with Love

Charice has the zest for life and the confidence required of a performer. She can belt out songs with so much passion and depth for a girl her age that it makes one wonder. Where does she get her intensity? This little girl was actually traumatized at the age of three having witnessed how her father went “wild” one day by choking her mother and then pointed a gun to her mother’s head while she and her younger brother cried helplessly. Thankfully their neighbors were there to stop any further violence. She said she could not help her mother then but vowed to help her one day.

That very day, Charice’s mother Raquel, decided they had to get out of the house and was determined to raise her children on her own. Charice saw how hard her mother worked and suggested that she help out by joining contests. Raquel was reluctant about the idea but taught her some singing techniques as she herself had dreams of going to Japan to work as a singer there to help her own mother with money matters. Unfortunately she got married before she could fulfill that dream.

When Charice was ready their "singing contest hopping" days began going from one barrio to another and from one fiesta to another. There were times she won and there were times she lost. Every cash prize she received went to saving for her education and daily expenses that her mother, could not cover earning only a factory worker's wage.

There were times that Charice experienced rejection too as some television contests required a "certain look." She was not pretty enough they said. And then came a chance to join a television contest where text votes would determine the final score. She may have scored high with the judges but she did not get enough votes to get the grand prize. She came in third which saddened her but at the same time made her stronger.

Her love for her mother and her desire to use singing as a means to help her mother was the driving force that led her to conquer all disappointments and frustrations making her determined to be better at what she does best – sing. In fact, if you listen close enough to the first two videos, she sings it as “…And I am tellin’ you, I’m not goin’ You’re the best Mom, I’ve ever known…”. She does that in purpose.

Her dreams are fast coming true now and so are the dreams of her mother for her children. Charice continues to conquer hearts all over the world by giving soul to any song with the power of love. We Filipinos are proud of her.

God bless us all as you bring pride to our country, Charice Pempengco!


by Daisy Ba-ad

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Beautiful tribute dayzeebee to a Filipina :-) Yes, we are proud of her.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Yes Ripplemaker, she conquered fear with love and she deserves the tribute. Thanks:)

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Also, I am touched that dreams do come true for people and it makes me want to reach out for my dreams and believe in them too. That is a more powerful lesson for me. :-)

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hahaha how true....dreams do come true for those who believe they can. Go forth and make those dreams come true! Soar high precious one!

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I read about this golden voiced young lady. Nice write up about a deserving celebrity Daysee.

regards Zsuzsy

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mikeq107 8 years ago

Hi Daisy :0) Way to go for the Philippines!!!!!!1111111:0) Its great to see someone overcome fears and obstacles and break through with their true talent...God has gifted us all with amazing talents and as one women said recently and I quote " When I get to heaven and meet God I want to tell him I have used up all the talents he gave me.... and that is my prayer for all of us :0) Lots of blessings to you...Mike :0)

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Zsusy Bee, yes Charice has come a long way from where she started and we are happy with the way things have turned for her. We pray she continues to be surrounded by angels as she continues her journey into the big wide world of entertainment. Be blessed;)

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

What a nice little entertainer and thanks for sharing. I am always interesting in hearing about new people, and I had not heard of Charice until now.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Mike, hahaha I can feel your joy brother! I like that -- you telling God you have used up all your talents LOL. What a great line. I'm gonna follow your act and give Him a dance when I say those lines. Blessings upon blessings to you too Mike and hugs:)

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi SweetiePie, I'm glad this hub gave you the chance to see Charice in action. She is one hard act to follow. And I'm real happy she is being trained by wonderful and credible people. She deserves it. We continue to keep her in our prayers:) Be blessed:)

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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Wow what an incredible show Daisy!  I will definitely be dreaming of Angels tonight.  I sure love when dreams come true and I loved how this grateful young lady drew herself in her dreambook singing with Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion and how both of those dreams swiftly came true. 

Charice sure can give soul to any song and make her fellow Filipino family very proud of her.  I as an American was very proud of her too for her soul in God Bless America.  She certainly deserves the attention.  May she always be blessed. 

A very inspiring hub, Daisy Angel. Thank you and thumbs up.:)

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VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Isn't it wonderful, just wonderful :::little goose bumps here::::::: that God can bestow such awesome talent in a human being? Wow, this young girl can make a person cry with her talent.

I forgot to mention to you and Ripplemaker, but my older nephew who lives in Thailand now, is half Philippine, so was exposed to your culture while growing up. :)  I found the Filipinos in the USA are mostly very well educated, which I found interesting.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

A wonderful voice - I'm glad you did this Hub!

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Dottie, I hope your angels kept you well rested last night. Thanks for the thumbs up. Yes it is an inspiring story. Amusing too that without her being fully aware she was actually "drawing" the experience unto herself! What a good display of the power of visualization.LOL. A child like faith can indeed move mountains! Thanks Angel Dottie and have a beautiful life always. :)

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi VioletSun, yes she not only has a big voice she also throws all that energy and intensity whenever she performs. The moment she sings that electrifying energy bursts out and stuns everyone in the area. You feel her right away and all that she feels in that very moment you feel too. That is the power of truth. She sings from deep within her truth and throws it to you and you think it's simply the voice but it's beyond that. I know you would understan what I mean.

It's good to find you have a nephew with Filipino blood in Thailand. What an interesting combination of being half American half Filipino living in Thailand. Well education in the Philippines is important to the culture unfortunately there are not too many job opportunities to serve all the graduates. It's not surprising therefore, to find Filipinos all over the world.LOL. Thanks VioletSun and regards to your "Filipino family". Be blessed:)

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Patty English, you honor me with your presence. Yes indeed what a voice. Thank you for the appreciation. Be blessed always:)

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VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Dayzeebee: My nephew's Philippine Dad's last name is Lozada, but he doesn't use this surname; he took on his step father's Italian name when sis remarried. He is indeed a very interesting mix. LOL!

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earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

dayzeebee, you are wonderful! You filled my eyes with this one. What an amazing voice. And an inspirational life story. I know we all wish them good luck and love. This lovely child and her equally lovely mother deserve the best of both.

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PeacefulWmn9 8 years ago from Michigan

I had not heard of her, so thank you! She is a wonder in every sense.

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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

She really is amazing. I first saw her on Oprah.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi VioletSun, wow what an interesting mix indeed. Thanks for the additional information and my best to them:)

Earnesthub, aaw that is so very sweet of you. Thank you for allowing yourself to express the softness and gentleness you possess. I am honored that you constantly share your thoughts with me. Thank you too for wishing them well. They need all our prayers to keep them. Be blessed my friend:)

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi PeacefulWmn9, glad this hub got you acquainted with her. Yes she is a wonder! Thank you for commenting. Be blessed:)

Hello Univited Writer, amazing she is and I've already noticed a more diciplined voice after being trained by David Foster. I'm glad she's got connected to the right people in the industry. Thanks for commenting. Take care:)

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mikeq107 8 years ago

Morning Michelle :0) OOO Daisy :0) OOO

Its great reading all your comments and feeling the love from your hearts .We serve a great and wonderful loving God. It was fun last night playing  International Tag....Daisy I would love to be in one of your acting classes...I have never acted on stage that is and I know i would be good because I,m in-touch with my true self and I know that's a big part part of it...Boy if God told us to move to the philippines, I would be there in a heart beat, true friendship and love are more precious than Gold!!!!!!!! Hey I,m going to paste this message on Daisy`s page too Michelle.

You know people have said in the past that the age of innocence is dead I beg to differ. What we all have growing here among us is a new healthy unconditional love in its purest form that has and is being refined in Gods fire. To truly love I believe is to face our fears or the unknown but with God at the helm and his true love guiding our hearts.

 Michelle thank you for the complement last night and i quote....

You know what?  It makes me happy I can be me with you.  That is certainly an important part of friendship huh? 

That right there is what it is all about and is why Jesus came so that we could be free to love freely and be our true selves!!!!!!!!!!

Lord I pray Our friendship continues to grow brighter and stronger every moment and that you protect us all as you promised to those of us that choose life in you. Bless Daisy and Michelle this coming week with wonderfull expressions of your unfailing love!!!!!!

Ok I love you Guy`s In Jesus Mighty Name....

Mike :0) OOOOOO Cynthia`s sleeping but I know she sends her love as well...I,m so happy to know you both:0)

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Oh Mike you are simply adorable. I would love to have you in my acting class! I bet you would be great at it too because you are in touch with your feelings. Wouldn't it be a joy indeed to meet and do childlike things with the fullness of God's love together?! I would love to play games with you and Michelle and Cynthia. My we would certainly be a handful.LOL. People will think us crazy. Hahahaha.

I love your prayer and to that I say --- so let it be written so let it be done! Thank you Mike for the beautiful friendship you offer us. We value this long distance relationship so much. Keep sharing that zest and energy for life and pure love. The world needs more of that and it's an honor to be in the same road with you. Big hugs brother!:)

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ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina

Such a HUGE voice from such a TINY girl!!! Thank you for introducting her to me! Makes me miss teaching show choir... :)

Thumbs up!


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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi ProCW, thank much for the thumbs up! Wow you used to teach a show choir too? That must have been an exciting experience. I can imagine how an artist can miss mentoring budding performers. LOL. Mentoring people is a fulfilling endeavor. That's what keeps me going too --- seeing shy timid ones blooming into confident and versatile individuals. See you in the next hubmob and again great work:)

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foxility 8 years ago

Wow! She's amazing. I'm glad I got to listen to her and I will continue listening.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Foxility, yep amazing huh?! I hope you enjoyed listening to it. Thanks for commenting. Be Blessed:)

Warm 8 years ago

thank you so much dayzeebee for posting this kind of Blog about our very own charice pempengco!!

truly, i cant describe my amazement with this girl..she is truly a gifted girl! she can sing songs with emotion, passion, and soul!!

every time i heard her sing as if she blow me to the highest!!!

fantastic girl!! keep the good work charice. we are always here and we will always love you!!!!

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hello Warm thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes we are all behind her and we continue to pray that she continue to be trained by the right people in the industry. Be blessed always:)

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Taa, had to check what hebat meant... glad to know you find this a good feauture. thanks and be blessed:)

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JPSO138 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

She surely has the talent. This girl will surely reach higher grounds.

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Yes JPSO138, I agree. Thanks for dropping by:)

George 6 years ago

I am Charice's Number 1 fan in Thailand :) Very informative and inspiring article and videos. Might as well visit for an update about Charice.


willy andaluz 5 years ago

charice is unique and has a natural talent. i think she is the best singer that the philippines or even in asia has ever produced.

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dayzeebee 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Willy. Thanks for visiting. Blessings:)

benicio 5 years ago

very nice article about an amazing girl......!!!! CHARICE has now conquered the world....

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