The Latest Buzz on Young Filipina Diva: Charice Pempengco
Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, better known as Charice, is an international Filipina singer and international Young Diva, and YouTube sensation, who rose to popularity through YouTube.
Charice started to sing when she was only 4 years old. At age 7, she began joining amateur singing contests, from town fiestas ain their province in Laguna to several televised competitions in her country. In 2006, Charice joined Little Big Star, a talent show in the Philippines loosely patterned after American Idol. Eliminated after her first performance, she was later called back as a wildcard contender. Charice worked her way up to finals and eventually place third.
Charice has reffered to Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, And Mariah Carey as her musical influences.
Asianbuzz: Thank you so much for accepting this interview. Your fans would like to know direction you will be heading career wise.
Charice: As of now, all I can say is that I am still continuously pursuing my passion which is singing. Of course, I would also love to penetrate the international market and be recognized outside the Philippines - that’s one of my dreams that’s why I’m still keeping my fingers crossed to achieve that goal. I would love to sing different genres too so I’d be more equipped to sing different kinds of songs.
Asianbuzz: Do you plan to develop your music career in Asia first or would you immediately branch out to the US?
Charice: I actually don’t know how I would answer that. But going international really excites me.
Asianbuzz: Gifted with such wonderful voice, who would you dream of having a duet with?
Charice: Whoah! I am dying to meet and sing with Whitney Houston. She’s like my greatest musical influence since ages ago. Hmm..who else? I also like to have a duet with Beyonce, maybe not only sing with her but also shake a booty with her. (laughs). I also would so love to sing opera with Andrea Bocelli.
Asianbuzz: If you’d have to learn another language for your career, which language would you select?
Charice: Hmm… maybe Korean. I don’t know, there’s something with they way they talk that really sounds good to my ear.
Asianbuzz: Your fans really want to know about your experience flying to Korea for Star King. Can you give us a recap from the arrival to departure? (Can you share some photos with us? :))
Charice: When I arrived at the airport, a group of Koreans approached me and asked me if I were a celebrity. Then of course, I said no and that I was from the Philippines and was only visiting their country. Then they said I looked like one and they thought I was a Korean too. Maybe because of my eyes? (laughs)… I stayed in a hotel and did some practice for the song that I sung. The next day was the performance day. It was actually fun. I got to meet a lot of Korean stars. I even saw the Kim Jung-Eun. I used to watch her before because Lovers in Paris was shown here before in the Philippines.
In November 18, 2008, she appeard in 'Good Morning America' with David Foster to promote David Foster's album, "Hitman: David Foster and friends." She performed, a
Whitney Houton's "I have nothing" and "I will always love you."