Saturday, December 31, 2011

Two Mags Open the Year 2012 with Charice

Charice on the cover of Preview Magazine January-February 2012 issue. Photos on right are unedited raw shots:

Charice featured in Isola Magazine January-February 2012 issue:

Charice is beautiful inside and out and that's why she shines in every way.

A New Year's message to Charice and all Chasters all over the world:
Problems and pain have entered our lives this year, but if we take a closer look and count, we'll be amazed to see that the blessings have been so much more!

Here's to ending 2011 and starting 2012 with a heart bursting with thanksgiving!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Blessed Christmas to Charice and Chasters

Photo from Viken Seropian Photography's post in Facebook
Christmas eve.

In the morning I texted the one Chaster whose mobile number I have to already greet her before the networks start getting busy. I was surprised to find out that she was preparing for a Chaster activity later in the day. You see, I did some days of pre-Christmas reflection and so not only had I not been online for more than a week but I had also been out of touch with news in general.

So reading her text, I thought, wow, Chasters are a real community, celebrating Christmas eve together, just like a family! I told her to enjoy, thinking it was going to be a fun get-together. Well, I got even more surprised - and edified and proud - when she clarified that they were actually going to meet to repack some goods for the victims of the typhoon Sendong (international name, "Washi") that hit the Philippines last week. Chasters meeting on Christmas eve to reach out to those in need - it is definitely not the first time that Chasters are doing this. There are more than enough stories in for instance of "Chaster Clauses", that is, Chasters who help out other Chasters; there was also a reach out to the elderly in the Golden Acres Home by Philippine Chasters this year.

So why are Chasters as Chasters always thinking of extending that helping hand to another? I'd say that Charice simply inspires the best in people. This simple girl who gave all she could to help her family while growing up, and who is now sharing her music and her life story with the world. Grounded in faith, she constantly inspires hope and spreads love. People who admire and look up to Charice seem to naturally end up passing on the same spirit of joyfully sharing and giving what they have - it's the spirit of Christmas, lived throughout the year and especially so this season.

Charice said it so well in the last song of her Christmas concert in the Philippines:
This season may we never forget the love we have for Jesus
Let him be the one to guide us as another new year starts
And may the spirit of Christmas be always in our hearts.
Charice and Chasters, may you and your families all have a Blessed Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Full Video: Charice's Christmas Concert at Newport Resorts World

This is CHAmazing! Thank you for sharing @cheeseman346! Didn't know that one could upload such a long vid using a standard YT license :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Charice Rising To The Top With Her Own Unique Identity

Similar to other posts I had written, this started as a comment on another page, Charice on CNN, Her Best Interview So Far – Fans, after which I found myself wanting to write some more - yes, even if I had already posted something previously on the same CNN Talk Asia interview: Random thoughts on Charice: She is a wonderful inspiration.

At her young age, Charice already promotes and supports other young talents:
Charice with Arjohn Gilbert during rehearsals for the concert "Christmas With Charice", Dec 2, 2011, Resorts World Manila. Recognizing Arjohn's talent, Charice invited him to join her concert where they sang "Pyramid". "Christmas With Charice" will be shown on TV5, Dec 11, 2011.

Congratulations to Charice for all she has achieved so far. And yes, you're right, she still has got so much to offer the world - she's extremely talented and continues to grow and expand her horizons as an artist; plus, she's got such a positive, generous and sensible attitude towards life that we actually learn from what this young person says and does.

Those who want to change her looks, want her thinner, or dressed up like the rest of today's pop artists are stuck on mere appearances. People who think and aspire like this are here today, gone tomorrow. They're fleeting images.

Charice has got the two most fundamental and important things covered: talent and character. And, she's pretty too. She's climbing to the top at her own pace, with her own unique identity, and she'll be staying there for a long, long time.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Random thoughts on Charice: She is a wonderful inspiration

Cried with Cha when she talked about her dad. All her life, she was missing him and then the unexpected happened weeks after this interview... anybody else would have been crushed by the fact of never seeing happen the family reconciliation she must have been yearning for.

But Charice is incredibly brave. I guess it's the faith and love in her heart that keep her up and let her always see the beauty in her life and in the world.

She is an incredibly loving daughter. Who else would have thought of dedicating the song "You Are So Beautiful" to a dad? I love my own father dearly and I know the song but dedicating this to him never occurred to me. Now that Charice did it for her dad - and the way she sang it, looking towards heaven and so full of yearning - it was just perfect.

Charice the person is Charice the artist, and she expresses her deepest emotions in the most natural way through her singing. We are so lucky to be on the receiving end of it.

Charice, your extraordinary talent, your heart of gold, your faith in God, and your love for your family make you a wonderful inspiration. Thank you. I hope you find solace in our love and support.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Prayer for You, Charice

Accompanying you with our love and prayers, Cha.
We know that soon, God will put back the smile in your heart.
Cha, you've always been consistent about acknowledging your father, thanking him and loving him, despite the painful things that had happened in your family in the past.

You said, "...we had a really great relationship bago nangyari lahat ng gulo (before the troubles happened)... I loved him and I will still love him. He's still my Dad after all."

I admire you for that and said in a previous post that you have the sweetest, biggest heart - because despite the hurt you still feel, you find it in your heart to forgive.

You truly are an ideal daughter and God blesses you for that. I also continue to look up to your mother who has taught you not to live in bitter memories but to always look at the positive side of life.

During this difficult time for you, your mom and your brother, may you feel our love and support.

Here's a prayer for you, Cha:

May God give you strength to stand by your family and mourn by your father's side as you give your last goodbye.

May God give you peace to accept events and people that are simply beyond your power to change.

May God increase your faith in his plans for you: you have seen it before and I hope you continue seeing it - that when he allows pain to enter into your life, it's when he's closest to you and preparing you for bigger joys.

May you never forget, even when you go through your lowest and maybe even numbest moments, that God lovingly holds you and keeps you safe in the palm of his hand. Always.

And may God grant your father peace of soul.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Jim Paredes: "A Charice story - edited"

I just discovered this article by distinguished Filipino musician Jim Paredes and instead of simply posting the article link under 2010, I thought of reposting it here.

Why? It's a testimony to Charice's extraordinary talent and and a glimpse into the "forces" that she had to fight against even at such a young age.

From Ten Thousand Things by Jim Paredes on Tumblr:

A Charice story—edited
Posted on July 21, 2010
Was saving this for an article in the future. You might say, this was one of my many encounters with greatness.

Many years ago, I was asked to judge a children’s singing contest. A girl named Charice was one of the contestants. She was one of the bigger kids in the batch. Nevertheless, I was floored when she sang Whitney Houston’s ‘I wanna dance with somebody.’ In my eyes, she clearly bested all the rest by a mile. As a judge, I put her on top, of course.

When the final tallying was about to be done, someone connected with the contest came up to us (the judges) and asked if we were sure of our scores. We said we were. The guy then proceeded to say that Charice was not a ‘new talent’ anymore and had in fact come out in other contests already and he then subtly asked if would we want to review our choices.

I said no.

She won that round because we stuck to our guns. But at the grand finals, someone else took the big prize.

Sometimes true talent can stare at us in the face and we don’t see it. It has to take foreigners to praise them before we give notice.

That’s showbiz.


I didn’t expect this much reaction. A few thoughts:

Some people have commented or suggested that there was or may have been hanky-panky based on what I wrote above. For the record, I make no accusations of any manipulation or any wrong-doing especially in the final judging. I was not there. I did not even see it on TV. That night I judged was the only time I saw Charice live ever. Even on the night that I judged, we were in fact free to exercise our choice and we did despite the input given to us (which I was not comfortable with).

It’s possible that she could have had an off night on the finals and thus someone else was more deserving. I don’t know.
The reaction he referred to were the re-blogs and the comments. As Tim Cruz, the Louder music video director said, "Charice told me her fans were passionate".

Watch what impressed Jim Paredes (judges' panel, right) and how his delight showed on his face.

Alternative upload:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Crab Mentality: The "Other Side of the Bucket"

Charice at a radio interview in Japan
on October 8.
I'm reposting here excerpts of a very interesting article about "the other side of the bucket" within the crab mentality and the comment I made on the original site.

Crabs in a Bucket 

...Fast forward to this morning. As I was drinking my coffee and perusing my twitter stream, and up pops this gem from @paul0coelho (He wrote The Alchemist, one of my all time favorite books): “Only mediocrity is safe. Get ready to be attacked, and be the best.”

Maybe it was the early hour. Maybe it was my post-event mushy brain. I don’t know. But the minute I read Paul’s tweet, I thought of those crabs in a bucket. So I sent him this tweet: “I’m thinking of crabs in a bucket. They always try to pull down the one who’s figured out how to escape.”

...There will always be people who will subtly or not so subtly try to keep us from escaping. Why? Because our escape threatens their mediocre existence. Pulling us down, sabotaging our efforts, picking apart our brilliant ideas – all of that keeps them feeling safe. And living undisturbed mediocre lives.

So what if we added a new piece to the crab mentality picture? Imagine a crab, or a group of crabs on the other side of the bucket building a ladder to aid your escape. They managed to crawl out of the bucket in spite of all the energetic attempts to pull them backwards. Because they’ve tasted freedom and they know your struggle, they are putting energy into aiding and abetting your escape.

I believe that for those of us determined to get out of the bucket, such a group exists. It may take some time to find them, but they are there, ready throw a safety rope over the edge and pull us out.

Start listening for them. Start looking for them. They are there. Reach just a little further and they’ll meet you at the edge of the bucket.
Read the full article on the original site

Below is the comment I made on the original site:
Crab mentality is deeply rooted in Filipino culture and it is one factor why it's been such a struggle for our country to develop at a faster pace. It's found in all social and economic levels and areas.

Take for instance the case of Charice, the Filipino pop singer who was introduced to the world by Oprah Winfrey. Coming from a poor background, she started singing in local competitions for a living when she was 7 years old and even then already experienced being told that she wasn't good enough when in fact she was way better than the rest. As a teen joining a televised national singing competition, she continued to be talked down and pulled down, even told that she didn't have what it takes to be a star simply because her critics thought she wasn't pretty, never mind her incredible singing talent and her ethics for working hard. It took the likes of Ellen de Generes, David Foster, and Oprah Winfrey to help her climb "out of the bucket" and prove herself in the international music scene.

When the Philippines comes out in international news, it is often in connection with corruption, poverty, illnesses, political instability, etc. Now, in Charice, we have an inspiring role model for both young and older Filipinos who want to reach their dreams despite all the obstacles that may be present in their life. She's a young Filipino who's showing the world the positive side of her country and her people and yet, the more she gains success, the more the crabs find fault with anything and everything she does and publicize it. I am a Filipino and yet this crab mentality still amazes me. And this is one reason why I - and her other fans and supporters - try to promote Charice in whatever way possible because, just like what you said, there does exist another group of crabs on the other side of the bucket: her success is the success not just of all Filipinos, but of everyone who believes in working hard to reach one's dreams. Thank God for those crabs "on the other side of the bucket"!

Here's an excerpt from "The Soaring Spirit of Charice":

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Charice's Message on Her New CD, INFINITY

It is simply so Charice to see what's beautiful in life and in the world, and then, inspire the rest of us with her joy.

Image of INFINITY CD from @maricruzbelieve

Later today, Charice will officially launch her new album, Infinity. We'll be watching it here:


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Charice, keep your feet on the ground and your sights on infinity!

I've seen the photos. I've watched the videos. I've read the comments. Congratulations, Charice, for your performance in the F1 Singapore event!

I hope you get some good rest and enjoy Singapore these few days before you fly to Doha, Qatar for your solo concert on September 29 and then on to Las Vegas for the David Foster & Friends on October 1. And then by mid-October, your Asia Pacific tour with DFF!

Traveling across the world and doing what you love best - I'm so happy with how things are turning out for you, and so proud of how much you have achieved at such a young age! I read a post on Facebook by your mom and she is so right (I translated the Tagalog parts for the non-Filipino Chasters):
I cried when I saw this video. Brings back the times... it's now my baby girl's songs that they're singing. Who would have thought that this would happen? BE PATIENT, TRUST IN GOD, AND DREAM HIGH... That's the secret...
I pray you continue as you are, Cha, despite all the pressure around you to be different. Keep your feet on the ground and your sights on infinity!

Photo courtesy of Rico Hizon: Charice BBC News Interview

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Charice rehearses dance moves for "Louder" music video...

...and plays hide-and-seek with Chasters.

(Click on the pictures to see Charice's or uploader's comments.)

Checked Twitter and found a series of photos shared by Charice since September 8 but, except for one, without showing her face!

Playful as ever, she knows how much her fans would like to see her and she teased us with these cool pictures. Anyway, she gave hints of what's coming with her music video for "Louder" which, according to MagnusToday's write up, she'll be shooting next Tuesday.

Luckily too, several people shared their own photos showing Charice's lovely face and I think that made Chasters more than happy.
What a SURPRISE! Just found pics @OfficialCharice took of herself w/my camera phone! She looks GORGEOUS xxoo
(I think Charice took this pic on the day of her Acuvue live chat.)
Now what we will be waiting for will be her performance in the 9/11 tribute during the NFL match between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans. She had proven it before and she'll do so again that she need not be an American to sing the beloved "Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" with the passion and conviction that's expected to be spine-tingling, gooosebumping, phenomenal!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

INFINITY: Charice's 2nd Album, Japan Limited Edition

The news has been posted all over, starting with tweets from Japanese Chasters da1sio and twistinharry referring to the ad on Amazon Japan (google translated web page).

This second album of Charice will be historical and expected to be even more than her debut international album which was the first by an Asian to land in the Billboard 200 (Top 8).

"Infinity" will still be released on October 5, 2011 but it is already high up in Amazon Japan's lists:

Charice's "Infinity" track list includes:
Far As The Sky


New World

Before It Explodes

Lost The Best Thing

One Day

Never Always

Bounce Back


Lesson For Life

Living It Up

I say I am loving the titles - just reading them already gives a positive lift and makes me look forward to better things!

The exciting news about Charice and Japan does not end here: Charice is coming up with another One Day music video for Japan and will have a free concert in Tokyo!
"Charice to make Japan a believer with "One Day" & "Infinity" launch collab campaign"

More about Charice's INFINITY:

Charice’s 2nd Japan Album is Titled “Infinity”
Charice's new album titled INFINITY. Preorder available!
It’s Here! Cover Art and Track List for Charice’s New Album!
Charice’s New Album ‘Infinity’ Is Revealed! What Do You Think Of The Cover?

Monday, August 29, 2011

List of Charice's events / David Foster and Friends 2011

As posted by Charice in her official website and her Facebook page as well as mentioned on other sites, below is a list of her events from September to November 2011 (check for further updates):

Photo by magnustoday

Charice at the 2011 Formula 1 SINGAPORE Grand Prix
September 23, Zone 4

Charice at the 2011 Formula 1 SINGAPORE Grand Prix
September 24, Zone 1

Charice Live In Doha, QATAR
September 29, 2011
Aspire Park

Charice With David Foster & Friends
October 1 and November 25, 2011
Mandalay Bay Resort Las Vegas, NV

Charice With David Foster & Friends Asia Pacific Tour 2011 In TOKYO
October 19 & 20, 2011
Tokyo Forum

Charice With David Foster & Friends Asia Pacific Tour 2011 In KUALA LUMPUR
October 22, 2011
Putra Indoor Stadium

Charice With David Foster & Friends Asia Pacific Tour 2011 In MANILA
October 25, 2011
Araneta Coliseum

Charice With David Foster & Friends Asia Pacific Tour 2011 In JAKARTA, INDONESIA
October 28, 2011
Plenary Hall

Charice With David Foster & Friends Asia Pacific Tour 2011 In JAKARTA, INDONESIA
October 29, 2011
Ritz Carlton

Charice With David Foster & Friends Asia Pacific Tour 2011 In BANGKOK
October 31, 2011
Impact Arena

Charice With David Foster & Friends Asia Pacific Tour 2011 In SINGAPORE
November 2, 3 & 4, 2011
Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands

Oh, Charice, your last in David Foster and Friends?

Hitman Returns: David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, October 15, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (October 14, 2010 - Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

Parting is such sweet sorrow?

It really does seem so. As a Chaster, it is mainly because of all the goodness David Foster has shown Charice and the way Charice has responded and grown under his musical genius and professional (and personal) guidance.

The sweet: I believe it is something David has been preparing Charice for. I remember in one video - was it an episode of "30 days with Charice"? - David said something like the best part will be when Charice starts telling them what she wants to sing. I also just watched again David's interview at KVRC in 2009 or 2010 and there he said his goal was to help her find her niche.

So David has helped Charice to establish herself on solid ground - artistically, professionally and personally in their business so she can do what she's now about to do - fly high on her own.

The sorrow: We will be missing watching and hearing Charice perform those power ballads as only David can compose and produce. Her voice just really soars high and dives deep in the most beautiful and haunting ways singing those ballads. Like no other.

But then again, she's got decades ahead of her and I'm sure she'll go back to singing them every now and then. After all, she did say ballads are her favorite songs to sing, right?

So this is life - letting go of something really good to reach out for something greater, the way a parent lets a child go his independent way so he can grow into his fullest potential. But the parent never lets him get completely out of sight and the child knows this, knows he can always go back whenever he needs to... or simply wants to.

I'm sure David will always be a mentor to Charice even if he won't be producing songs for her and she won't be part of his concerts anymore. Theirs is a unique collaboration in the music industry that will never fail to move and inspire.

Charice's life and career move on to bigger and more exciting surprises and I hope she holds on to her success formula: pray, dream big, work hard, love her family, friends and fans, be focused (it's an intoxicating and, at the same time, cutthroat world you're in, girl), keep strong in her principles, and, as she tweeted, always be thankful for everything.

Continue sharing your beautiful gift with the world, Cha! Chasters are with you all the way!

Thanks to the following articles and thread:

Charice: After David Foster what?

Charice Fully Emerges From David Foster’s Guidance

Foster to stop producing for Charice? Is this good? Bad? What next?

David Foster and Charice through the years (photos and captions from Zimbio)

13th annual Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's Grand Slam for Children benefit concert at the Wynn Las Vegas October 11, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (October 11, 2008 - Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)
30th anniversary Carousel of Hope Ball to benefit the Barbara Davis center for childhood diabetes held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 25, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (October 25, 2008 - Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America)
1st Annual Night To Make a Difference At Mr. Chow on February 22, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California (February 22, 2009 - Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images North America)
Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XV held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
"Hit Man: David Foster and Friends" concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center May 9, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
14th annual Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's Grand Slam for Children benefit concert at the Wynn Las Vegas September 26, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event raises funds for the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which helps improve education for underprivileged youth in the Las Vegas community. (September 25, 2009 - Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)
Celebrity Fight Night XVI on March 20, 2010 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona. (March 19, 2010 - Photo by Andrew Goodman/Getty Images North America)
Click here for videos and photos of Charice in David Foster & Friends in Napa Valley, July 16, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

So proud of you, Charice!

Between work and not having immediate internet access the past nine days (oh, and getting sick), I just want to say that I am trying to catch up with what's been happening with you, Charice, or better said, catching up with the waves you've been creating lately.

To get quick news, I of course checked out Charicemania and ChariceTVCrew. Wow, it was so good to see you again, Cha, even if only in YouTube :)

You'll always be exciting to watch because your events are never only about one thing, and much less only about projecting and keeping an image. This list of links is more for me and for some others who might be a bit behind too on ChaNews:

Mentoring a teen on how to reach her dreams 

Presenting the Acuvue Inspire Award at the Teen Choice Awards

Aiming for quality for your second international album

Flying off to Japan to promote "As Far As the Sky"

Tracing a poor, talented Filipino boy's whereabouts!/OfficialCharice/status/99697845665402880

Let me just say again that what I find outstanding in all these news is that you always stood out as yourself. Can't express it so well but let me just say that I'm so proud of you because in all these you were you, living your dreams, sharing it out, happy too over other's successes, working so hard (you better get more sleep though, girl), singing live so beautifully, and converting your Chasters into online and real-time detectives to search for a poor talented boy who you want to help reach his own dreams.

As you gain more success, there will naturally also be more critics. But let those who want to mold you according to their stereotyped ideas of what a successful pop artist should look, sound and act be frustrated. I love the way you are, especially the way you hold on to your own values in the way you live your life, share your talents, and even in the way you dress. I found it so refreshing that, when you were asked in your interview with Hollywoodlife who you were wearing, you did not have a ready answer - that told me that you were not overly concerned about what designer clothes you had to be wearing. It showed an attitude of I'll-be-fashionable-but-I-won't-be-a-slave-to-fashion. By the way, you looked adorably gorgeous at the TCA and presented the Acuvue Inspire award so well.

"She's so strong and confident", was one YT comment I read about your appearance at the TCA. I agree. I hope you continue what you're doing: focusing on what's really important - honing and sharing your talents, getting exposure in different media so as to further expand your versatility, learning from the established professionals you collaborate with. Very smart on your part not to waste time and energy competing with other teens in Hollywood's love, beauty, and sexy departments. I say your being true to yourself is in fact what makes your natural beauty and extraordinary talents shine out even more. I love seeing you earn the admiration and respect of your more established colleagues in the industry and how you're gaining more popularity among teens.

So proud of you, Charice, because you are not just playing up to an image to gain a quick moment's stardom. In the world of entertainment which yields such powerful influence especially on young people but which sadly is often built on empty hype, broken images and make-believe lives, I truly believe you are a gift, setting a whole new positive and authentic culture that will inspire millions to make a better world.

Friday, July 29, 2011

10 Things I Like About Charice's One Day Music Video

There are more than a hundred things I like about Charice's One Day video but I have decided to list only ten here, and in no particular order:

1. Inspirational - The song and the video have a real uplifting effect on people's lives. Read this comment on YouTube

2. Positive - Many are sadly mistaken thinking that to be realistic one has to highlight what's negative. Charice has gone through so many negatives in her young life yet she chooses to turn those around into something positive - and that's what makes this song so authentic. (FYI: Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers co-wrote and co-produced "One Day". Great collaboration between two extremely talented young artists)

3. Fun - Makes you want to go to school! Someone posted on YouTube: "If only this could really happen in Schools :/" That's the video's point, make the positive change, make it happen!

4. It's real - One Day, the song and the music video, are about people. And it is not simply a put-on, feel-good thing. Charice here is the real Charice, the main characters are real, the message is real. Who knows better than Charice when she sings, they’re not gonna keep me down, they’re not gonna shut me out, they’re gonna do what they do, i'll do me; i’m moving against the crowd, i’m drowning out the doubt? Starting at a very early age, Charice has had more than her fair share of hardships, putdowns, poverty, and even domestic violence. And at only 19 now, look at the great things she's achieved so far.

5. It's so upbeat it makes me want to shout "YEAH!" with Charice.

6. Charice's dance moves - It's not just that she can dance. She's a dancer! Famous choreographer Gil Duldulao ("Janet's Dance Guru") said in the "Charice - One Day Behind the Scenes": Charice is a raw, natural performer so I don't really need to bring anything out of her.

7. Her angelic smile - everytime she flashes that smile, or gives even just a hint of it, it really gives a happy feeling.

8. Camera captures perfectly the look in her eyes when each of the three students feel uncertain - her eyes say it all: Don't worry, you can do it!

9. Charice is a guardian angel in the video. And she is like that in real life: always inspiring, encouraging, and guiding (even people older than her!).

10. Ok, this is a girl comment: her make-up. I just have to say that its simplicity brings out her natural beauty. Couldn't have been better :) Thanks to Dusty Starks!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Charice in 98.5 KLUC's End of Summer Block Party 2011

Charice will perform again in 98.5 KLUC's End of Summer Block Party
Update: See Charice perform Louder
She also performed Before it Explodes, Pyramid Iyaz, and One Day with Chaster Vanessa

After first reading about it in (where they also have a "radio request must-read"), I quickly searched in YouTube for her performance in the same event last year. Below is a playlist of the videos courtesy of SideburnerSol and uploaded by ChariceTVCrew.

Reading the article by LAfan posted in perfectly complements these videos.

We can expect Charice to sing "Louder" live at the event since 98.5 KLUC is promoting it on their site: New Music From GLEE Star Charice

Read the details of the End of Block Summer Party 2011 below.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Will Charice and the One Day Music Video appear at the Teen Choice Awards 2011?

Look at this news from the Teen Choice Awards site:

In this year's TCA, Charice is not among the nominees (at least the last time I checked). Earlier today on Twitter, when asked about her appearing as a performer, she replied:
No, I won't perform. hummmm....

When another Chaster asked if she will be the Acuvue Inspire awardee, she said no:
Neither.... hahahhaa

Finally, when the same Chaster just expressed her hope that Charice will come out at the event, Charice replied:
Who knows... just might appear like a mushroom (meaning, unexpectedly) again. :))

Charice really knows how to keep Chasters in suspense. Well, I think Chasters do not mind at all. We enjoy looking forward to Cha's many surprises!

In case the Teen Choice Awards page has changed content, below's a screenshot:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Updating (First) Photos & Videos of Charice in David Foster & Friends in Napa Valley

July 19: Charice had a tweet party some 12 hours ago. Chasters and even new followers had the time of their lives being replied to by Charice! As we know she's very busy, and that's great for her career, but let's also hope she's getting enough rest. Take care of yourself, Charice!

Videos with best video and audio quality I have found so far:

Other uploads:

Charice - David Foster & Friends: Napa Valley - July 16, 2011

Charice 07-16-2011 Napa, California Part 1 of 3:
Charice 07/16/2011 Napa, California Part 2 of 3:
Charice 07/16/2011 Napa, California Part 3 of 3:

Charice - The Bodyguard Medley at Robert Mondavi Winery

Playlist (by char1cemania):
Here are some of the earliest uploaded photos and videos of Charice in the David Foster & Friends concert held today in the Napa Valley Festival del Sole at the Robert Mondavi Winery.

See her standing on top of the piano?
As expected, Charice's performance was awesome, amazing, incredible, and whatever other superlatives can be thought of as shared by those who witnessed it live. See how she got the crowd up on stage!

Lovely Charice

Whether in Napa Valley or not, Chasters were all worked up just the same for Charice's live performance. At the same time, however, there have been a tweet or two of some disappointment. One is, why didn't Charice sing her new songs instead of David Foster's which are old? I think a tweet from eve marie of Charicemania explains it succinctly: It's a David Foster concert in the wine country, featuring Charice, not a solo radio promo. It's appropriate to sing his songs.

Also, I would add, DFF concert-goers love David Foster's songs and they are more than happy to hear these beautiful songs being sung live again by someone who, as David himself expressed, can do them justice.

Just before Charice got on stage
Another comment was, why the same songs as in the DFF of last year? I think it's because it's the first time for DFF with Charice in Napa Valley so it's but right to assume that for most of the audience, it was their first time to hear her sing those songs (or to hear her sing for that matter). So, don't worry, we can expect a new DFF repertoire when the concert goes back to Las Vegas and to Asia this year.

A closer look at Charice singing "I Will Survive" on top of the piano

Another key factor, I think, for the choice of songs is that DFF concert-goers are not Charice's age, to which her new songs are marketed. DFF audience is of an older age bracket and it is exactly to their music preference that her songs today have been chosen to match. For Charice, it was a matter of first winning over this audience (and did she win them) before winning them to her new songs.

Let me clarify though that those whose comments I cited above are far from crabs or haters; they are Chasters who sincerely expressed what they felt, and they felt that way because they only wanted the best for Charice. I mention it here because they are interesting points.

Last thought: Even if I have only seen a sound check of her singing "To Love You More" and a 31-second video of her "I Will Survive", it's mind-blowing how she actually sang them even better than last year which I thought was already awesome! Even if the videos are not of high quality, you can already note how her voice has grown even more beautiful - more mature and fuller. Really, Charice is an unending source of amazement!

Sound check: Charice, "To Love You More"


Charice followed by Japanese crew during rehearsals. -Seems it's the NHK Songs crew.

Charice at R Mondavi rehearsal. -Cool.

Arm wrestling while waiting to sing.
-In the Billboard Q&A last year, Charice said she prepares for a performance by playing around.

See the killer heel?

Closeup look in DFF concert at Napa Valley! =]

Charice standing ON David Foster's piano singing I will survive.
Crowd is going nuts!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Waiting for Charice's "One Day" Music Video

It's out! Charice first tweeted about it on July 28, pointing to AOL Music then she uploaded it on her official YouTube channel.

10 Things I Like About Charice's One Day Music Video

July 21: Charice had a tweet party about six hours ago and made another mention of the most-awaited One Day MV:
I'm looking for that OneDayMV. It's hiding under my bed. Tsk. Doesn't want to come out yet.

Here's Charice's latest tweet about the One Day music video:
The OneDayMv is just somewhere there hiding... lol
To calm the restlessness of waiting for Charice's music video for "One Day", this Chaster has been visiting and revisiting related news, photos and videos. Now I'm not sure if indeed the effect has been calming or it's just making me more excited to see the "One Day" official music video and watch Charice shine in her dance moves.

Charice's tweet on July 12

Charice and Nick Jonas "One Day" Behind The Scene Go Behind the Scenes with Charice and Nick Jonas?! You Don’t Have to Ask Us Twice (Video)

JustJaredJr: Nick Jonas & Charice: 'One Day' Playback Pair Charice & Nick Jonas Joke Around In The Studio While Making ‘One Day!'

Shooting the music video
@ #oneday video shoot!!!! Ready for the dance break? pic of my manager and I from yesterday rehearsal for #OneDay music video. Yep! I'm the female version of him. Ha!!

Charice's 1•DAY story, Part 1: Finding her voice

Charice's 1•DAY story, Part 2: A star on YouTube -
Charice's 1•DAY story, Part 3: My big dreams -

MTV: Nick Jonas Says Writing 'One Day' For Charice Was 'Organic'

Behind the scenes recording of "One Day" by Charice with Nick Jonas

Charice - "One Day" Official Lyric Video

Let "One Day" be today, Charice!