International singing sensation Charice is having the time of her life over her first entertainment prize as Best New Female Artist during the 21st Aliw Awards at the Manila Hotel.
In an exclusive interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com, the singer said that she didn't even know what to say when she received the award. She said she didn't expect to win it.
"Siyempre po masaya ako first time kong manalo ng ganitong award -- Best New Female Artist -- iba po 'yung pakiramdam," Charice said.
The young diva said that aside from her family and fans, she also shares the award to two other nominees -- Ava Jugueta and KC Concepcion.
" 'Yung award ko po ay para din po kay Ms. KC at kay Ms. Ava kasi hindi ko po ini-expect. 'Yung na-nominate lang po talaga ako. Masaya na ako 'yung nakita ko 'yung pangalan ko na nas anominees parang wow! Ibig sabihin talagang kasama na ako sa kinikilala nila bilang new artist talaga," the singer said.
Charice said that when her name was called out as the winner, she shook while she had her speech on stage.
"Kasi first time ko po talaga, 'yung nahawakan ko 'yung award, nakita ko na Best New Female Artist so masaya talaga ako," she said.
Charice said that she considers the award as her first as a performer.
She said that the Aliw Awards prize given November 11 is different from what was given to her and young jazz performer Charlie Green at the Music Museum. She said that award was in recognition of her and Green's world-class talents.
" 'Yung mga awards kasama si Charlie Green parang plaque of appreciation lang po yon para sa world class performance ito po kasi 'yung talagang magsasabayan 'yung mga sikat na artist para maglaban sa isang title na lifetime mong hindi makakalimutan," Charice said.
Charice is currently in Manila while on a break from her US commitments. She is set to leave for the US again next week to record her first international album.