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.