Arnel Pineda defends Charice from critics

By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at May 03 2013 11:09 PM | Updated as of May 04 2013 07:09 AM

Arnel Pineda, File Photo

MANILA, Philippines – Arnel Pineda, the frontman of American rock band Journey, on Friday defended Charice against her critics, saying he understands the changes that she is going through.

“Hindi ko talaga alam exactly ang rason niya bakit niya pinalitan image niya. Pero as an artist katulad niya, naiintindihan ko ‘yung changes niya, ‘yung gusto niyang gawin sa sarili niya, iginagalang ko ‘yun,” Pineda said during the 10th anniversary of Puregold’s "Ang Tindahan ni Aling Puring."

Pineda said people need to respect Charice's style.

“Pero kung hindi naging maganda ang pagtanggap ng ibang tao sa kanya at bina-bash siya I think we should just give her kung ano ‘yung respect na due para sa kanya,” Pineda said.

“Kasi lahat naman tayo ay we went through changes, siguro sa kanya lang naging drastic kaya parang nabigla tayo. Kasi parang nabigla tayo ‘di natin natanggap agad. Tayong mga Filipino hindi tayo sanay na biglaang change eh. Gusto natin medyo matagal ‘yung change. Pero I think sa atin, it is about time na masanay tayo doon, kasi nga happy siya doon,” he added.

Pineda also gave unsolicited advice to Charice.

Pineda said Charice, dubbed as the most talented girl in the world by Oprah, should continue singing.

“Siguro I think she just has to continue singing kasi that’s what made her standout and that’s what will keep her to standout,” he said.

Charice has taken a break from her music career.