Welcome to Best of Charice!

Why another site devoted to videos of Charice? Simply put, this blog is dedicated to the true connoisseur of Charice video and audio recordings. Each of the videos posted here has something special about it. What makes a Charice video special? I look for one or more of the following qualities:
  • Quality of performance (or perhaps better put, my favorite performances)
  • Quality of recording, both video and audio
  • Historical significance
  • Uniqueness
In some of these, I have personally edited and combined video and audio from two or more sources to create a recording that you won’t find anywhere else. If you know of any videos that you think deserve to be featured here, let me know – I’m always eager for suggestions. I also want to hear what you think about my choices. If you have any interesting information about a particular performance, please share it.

Have you ever heard of Charice Pempengco (now known simply as Charice)? If not, I guarantee you will after her first international album is released. I'm so enthusiastic about this girl that I feel that telling others about her is giving them a gift. Despite being just 4'11", she has the most powerful, amazing voice you'll ever hear. She has fans of all ages around the world and can put so much emotion into a song that she'll make you cry.

Charice, who turned 18 on May 10, has appeared four times on Oprah, sung with the famous tenor Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany, performed with Celine Dion at Madison Square Garden and, more recently, three times as the featured guest on a popular Italian TV show, Ti Lascio Una Canzone. The show got a 60% market share when she performed; the hostess ran out of superlatives to describe her, and the orchestra conductor was initially speechless but later said, "She doesn't have a gift from God, she IS a gift from God."

Charice grew up in poverty, in a barrio in the Philippines. When she was three, her father attacked her mother, so Charice, her mother, and her younger brother left him. They moved from place to place, at times even living in the street. Her mother worked in a garment factory, 16 hours a day, six days a week, to support the family. When Charice was four, her mother noticed her extraordinary singing ability and began devoting her life to nurturing her talent. Until she was nearly 17, her only vocal coaches had been her mother and her aunt! Charice began performing at age 7, eventually appearing in over 80 singing contests. She used her winnings to help support her family.

Here is Charice at age 9, singing Celine Dion's "To Love You More" on the TV show "Bulilit Starquest." Her performance placed first, giving Charice her first major contest win.



Charice at Serramonte Mall 5/7/2010

Late Thursday, May 6, Charicemania announced that Charice would be performing the following day at Serramonte Mall in Daly City (south of San Francisco). I took the day off & drove to the Bay Area to see my favorite songstress. I managed to get next to the stage, where I took a number of stills. I was right next to the person who taped the next three video clips, so what you see is exactly what I saw. After she finished her too-brief performance, Charice sat at the edge of the stage signing autographs. GM of Chariceworld had told me to say "hi" to Charice for her; before I could do so, she recognized me (!) and said GM had told her I'd be there. Believe me, that got a lot of looks from those around me. ("He knows Charice!") Sue Bee honey is one of Charice's sponsors in the PI so I gave her a Sue Bee "honey bear" with a red bow around its neck. Mommy Raqz asked "Did you give this to her?" When I said I did, she got a big smile and let me take a picture of her holding it. Before Charice had to go to this appearance's "meet 'n' greet," she signed the photo of us that was taken at the San Jose "meet 'n' greet." It's at the top of the column to the right.