Global Singing Superstar and Pinoy Pride, Charice Pempengco, was chosen by the Aquino family to sing the Philippine National Anthem for Noynoy Aquino's Inauguration as the 15th President of the Philippines (held earlier at the Quirino Grandstand).
Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco (born May 10, 1992), known to the world mononymously as Charice, rose to popularity through YouTube. Dubbed by talk-show legend, Oprah Winfrey, as the Most Talented Girl in the World, Charice became the first Asian in history to land in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Her self-titled international debut album with Reprise Records, released on May 11, 2010, sold 43,000 records in its first week and reached #8 on the Billboard 200.
In 2005, Pempengco 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 and eventually became a finalist. Although she was a consistent top scorer in the final rounds, she only finished in third place based on text voting.
Pempengco made minor appearances on local television shows and commercials, but essentially had fallen off the radar after her stint at Little Big Star. It was not until 2007 that she gained worldwide recognition after an avid supporter started posting a series of her performance videos on YouTube under the username FalseVoice. These videos received millions of hits making Pempengco an internet phenomenon.
After seeing her Star King performance on YouTube, Ellen DeGeneres extended an on-air invitation to Pempengco to guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She flew to the United States for the first time and performed two songs on the December 19, 2007 episode of the show - "I Will Always Love You" and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".
Pempengco appeared on the May 12 edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show in an episode entitled the "World's Smartest Kids", in which she performed Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing. It was through the recommendation of Oprah Winfrey that music producer David Foster took Pempengco under his wing. She performed with Foster for the first time as one of the entertainers on the May 17 opening of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut. [via Wiki]
If anything, I'd say Charice is proof that the internet indeed changes lives.
Watch Charice's soul-stirring rendition of Lupang Hinirang here:
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Now, that's near-perfect, if you ask me. Charice's rendition exudes sheer majesty and unbridled pride and follows the correct marching time signature of the anthem.
Mabuhay ka, Charice! Mabuhay ang Bagong Pilipinas!