Famous modern-day Filipino, Charice Pempengco

Charice Pempengco, aka Charice.

"When that girl opens her mouth, angels fly out."

That’s what Ryan Murphy, executive music producer of the hit US television series Glee, said of Charice. The girl has gone far after being spotted in YouTube which reportedly had 13 million hits. She is dubbed as  the Most Talented Girl in the World by Oprah Winfrey and she is the first and only Asian singer in history to land in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart.

Charice Clarice Relucio Pempengco was born in Cabuyao, Laguna on May 10, 1992. She was raised by a single mother. To help family, she joined amateur singing contests from town fiestas to competions on TV. In 2005, Charice joined Little Big Star and was eliminated after her first performance. She then came back a t the show as a wildcard contender and eventually landed third place in the finals. She had minor TV appearances but didn’t gain much recognition. In 2007, an avid fan started posting videos of her performances in YouTube. That became the start of her stardom.

June 2007. Ten Songs Productions, a music publishing company in Sweden, invited Charice to do a demo-recording.

October 13, 2007. Charice was invited in South Korea to sing in a talent show Star King.

December 19, 2007. Charice flew to United States after Ellen DeGeneres invited her to her talk show Ellen. She sang "I Will Always Love You" and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going”.

December 28, 2007. Charice made a second appearance on Star King in Korea and dubbed as the “Most Requested Foreign Act” of the show.

January 28, 2007. Charice was invited to the Malacañang Palace where she performed for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

April 8, 2007. Charice was invited and performed on The Paul O’Grady Show in London.

Her international appearances never stopped there. Charice released a self-titled album in May 2008 and it became platinum. She appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and it became series of performances after performances. Some of the artists that Charice performed with are David Foster, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Beyonce, David Archuleta, among others.

On September 7, 2010, Charice was at the premiere of Glee’s second season. On the episode, she plays an exchange student from the Philippines named Sunshine Corazon who presents serious competition against lead character Rachel Berry.

This and more. What’s next for Charice? The whole world is watching.

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