MANILA, Philippines – International singing sensation Charice has been named ANC’s “Newsmaker of 2009.”
The 17-year-old songstress, who received 47% votes in a poll conducted by ANC, has beaten 4 other strong contenders, namely former president Corazon Aquino, People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao, CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida and King of Pop Michael Jackson.
In the ANC poll, Aquino got 32% followed by Peñaflorida (11%), Pacquiao (5%), and Jackson (4%).
Internationally renowned for her covers of powerhouse singers such as Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, the country’s very own local superstar saw her humble beginnings in San Pedro, Laguna.
It was in San Pedro where she began competing in local singing competitions at the age of 7. In 2005, she joined the first season of ABS-CBN’s talent competition, "Little Big Star."
Charice made it all the way to the finals, but unfortunately didn't make the cut, losing the title to Sam Concepcion.
Charice also made minor appearances in local TV shows and commercials. But it wasn't until a fan started posting videos of her live performances onto YouTube that she started gaining international recognition.
Many remember Charice making her big splash into the global limelight after making a guest appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Media mogul Oprah Winfrey later invited her to her talk show.
But her first foreign guest appearance was actually on a South Korean talent show called “Star King" in 2007.
Her first performance on the international concert stage came when mega music producer David Foster invited her to perform at his tribute show in May 2008.
During the show, she belted out a medley of songs from Houston’s film, "The Bodyguard," and her standard power ballad "And I Am Not Telling You" from the Dreamgirls’ soundtrack.
Now with 2 albums under her belt, her self-titled Philippine debut and her sophomore disc "My Inspiration," the country is looking forward to what this vocal prodigy has in store for us Filipinos in 2010. -ANC