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 http://youtu.be/FyUwqCzCkBw
Presenting the Acuvue Inspire Award at the Teen Choice Awards http://youtu.be/CczqAdw_nb0
Aiming for quality for your second international album http://youtu.be/WIzkSU9U_tw
Flying off to Japan to promote "As Far As the Sky" http://www.charicemania.com/2011/08/03/music/charice-to-sing-far-as-the-sky-live-for-the-1st-time-on-august-9/
Tracing a poor, talented Filipino boy's whereabouts http://twitter.com/#!/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.