Charice clinches Guinness World Record

by Miguel Dumaual,

Posted at Sep 06 2013 07:01 PM | Updated as of Sep 07 2013 03:11 AM

MANILA -- After being dubbed "The Most Talented Girl in the World," singing sensation Charice Pempengco has earned yet another international distinction, this time for her stint as a judge on "The X Factor Philippines."

The 21-year-old singer on Friday thanked Guinness World Records on Twitter, as she posted a photo showing details of her record-setting achievement as the world's "youngest winning judge."

The blurb seen in the photo, reportedly of a page from the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records book, cites Pempengco's age when she became the winning mentor on the local version of "The X Factor."

"Charice (Philippines, b. Charmaine Pempengco, 10 May 1992) was 20 years 150 days old when she mentored KZ Tandignan (b. Kristine Tandingan) to victory in the first season of 'The X Factor Philippines' on 7 October 2012," it says.

Pempengco appeared as mentor-judge on the ABS-CBN-aired reality talent search, alongside veterans Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera and Pilita Corrales.

The young singer rose to international fame in 2007, when she made her debut on American television via "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

At the time she made her second guesting on another popular talk program, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Pempengco was dubbed by the host as "The Most Talented Girl in the World."

Pempengco went on to guest-star in the hit American TV musical "Glee" and release an album produced by renowned music veteran David Foster.

The openly gay singer's new Guinness record is the Philippines' second record-setting feat to be recognized by the organization this year.

In May, the country broke the record for the most number of sky lanterns flown simultaneously. The event held at the University of the Philippines Visayas saw 15,185 sky lanterns released, beating Romania's record of 12,740.

The Philippines also clinched nine world records in 2012, including the world's biggest fashion show with 2,000 models on the catwalk; the largest collection of Superman memorabilia; and the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles.