Charice returns to Vegas stage

by Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at May 05 2014 04:08 PM | Updated as of May 06 2014 01:20 AM

LAS VEGAS - Hundreds of Filipinos from southern Nevada, California and Arizona trooped to Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino to watch Charice's show.

It's been two years since Charice last performed on the Las Vegas stage, but she was happy to find that amid the controversies, her fans continued to support her.

Charice admitted that the transformation from being a sweet little girl with a big voice to the Charice she is now wasn't easy.

Charice was among the roster of entertainers with David Foster's "Hitman Show" a few years back before she came out of the closet and admitted she was a lesbian.

"It's very hard. People have no idea how hard it is... Sometimes, it's easy for them to judge me, but they have no idea how hard it is. My only way to express how I feel is music. It's mixed emotions.It feels good... For as long as I sing and share my music to everyone I don't care whatever they say. I just want to perform in front of the people who really love me," she said.

Charice said she wants to show her true self on this North America concert tour.

"Ngayon po mas nakakanta ko na yung gusto ko, unlike before they always have to tell me what to sing, what to wear. I'm proud to do this tour kasi talagang most of the ideas nanggaling sa akin. Syempre, with the help of my team. Alam niyo po yun feeling meron akong nagawa na galing sa desisyon ko," she said.

Her fans continued to show their support for Charice.

"We drove all the way from Phoenix, Arizona just to see Charice," Josie Gaudin, a fan from Arizona, said.

"I'm really impressed and very proud she is a multi-talented person. She deserves all the kudos that comes her way. I'm here because I think she is really a talent. And coming out is awesome. She is at peace with herself... It's a personal thing. She should be judged on her talent," Gloria Caoili said.