She’s A Filipina International Singer: Charice
FLASHBACK: 1993—Lea Salonga‘s self-titled debut international album peaked #44 at the Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart and stayed for 23 weeks while its highest peak at the Top Heatseekers Chart went as high as #3; 1996—Jocelyn Enriquez’ single, “Do You Miss Me” peaked #49 at the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart; 2000—Jocelyn Enriquez’ “When I Get Close To You” topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
CURRENT TIME: Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart ending June 06, 2009, Canadian Hot 100 and Billboard Top Digital Tracks, with ranks #44, #35, #23 respectively, 17-year old pure blood Filipina singer named Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, better known mononymously as Charice, a portmanteau of her first two names, is the latest & hottest Filipina singing sensation invading the world by storm with her debut single, “Note to God”, a song originally sung by JoJo in her 2006 album and penned by one of my favorite writers of all time, Diane Warren. Watch Charice’s tearful premiere performance of this song at Oprah.
For me, just to be with Celine Dion, David Foster, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres or be admired by Josh Groban (gosh!) are already considered achievements but for Charice, it’s more than that: she’s currently living in her dreams while the rest of Filipino people can only share that dream with her.
With Charice’s achievements, now I can finally rest my case (or at least for the meantime) about Manny Pacquiao and Brillante Mendoza’s issue …