The Philippines' teen singing sensation Charice Pempengco has another feather in her cap: a gold record award for her debut album, "Charice".
The gold record plaque was awarded to 16-year-old Charice by Star Records executives last Sunday, October 5 at "ASAP (All-Star Afternoon Party) '08." An album that sells 12,500 copies gets a gold status.
In an interview, Charice, who became world famous after her music videos were posted on YouTube, thanked her mother network and the people who keep supporting her locally and abroad.
"Siyempre, gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa ABS-CBN, Star Records, sa aking ASAP family. Salamat po sa lahat ng Pinoy sa buong mundo. Salamat po sa suporta. Mahal na mahal ko kayong lahat," Charice said.
The young diva said her album's carrier single, "It Can Only Get Better", is the song she dedicated to the youth.
The song tells teens to hold on to their dreams and believe that there's always hope.
Charice's CD features six songs, including the hits she sang in her TV guestings on the Ellen deGeneres Show, Paul O'Grady Show and Oprah. She said two of the songs were composed by producers from Sweden.
In a previous interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com, Charice shared her excitement and happiness over her debut album, which was launched at "ASAP 08" last May.
"Special itong album ko kasi first album ko. Solo ko ito, pinaghandaan ko po ito. Lahat ng mga songs, covered po. Pero iniba namin iyong version para hindi magsawa ang tao," Charice said.
Charice recently returned to the country after several successful international guestings. Her last appearance abroad was in Winnipeg, Canada where she was guest star of Kapamilya's popular noontime show, "Wowowee."
She recently performed with ASAP champions, Rachelle Ann Go, Sarah Geronimo, Sheryn Reghis, Yeng Constantino, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, Vina Morales and Zsa Zsa Padilla.