Charice Pempengco in Oprah Winfrey Show

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Charice Pempengco in Oprah Winfrey Show (Full version)

I’ve changed my mind. When I first heard Charice Pempengco in the Ellen Degeneres show, I wasn’t too impressed with the “birit” style. Though quite awesome, her lung-busting vocal skills are simply not my type of singing.

Today, my sister Lorna sent me the Full version of Charice Pempengco who sang “I Have Nothing” in the Oprah Winfrey’s World’s Smartest Kids and I am so bowled over. Charice literally blew them away. The audience gave her a standing ovation before the song even ended.

Her singing is so much improved. I used to get distracted with the “birit” style but this time, her tone was just simply amazing. It must have been the pain in the past that brought out all these emotions during her singing. Charice has known pain and sadness since her parents separated when she was just a little girl. It was, by her mother Raquel’s account, a parting preceded by heart-breaking incidents that Charice witnessed .

Fortunately, mother and daughter resolved to leave it all behind and move on. It was not easy, but the way things have turned out is a testament to the power of faith and the will to succeed.

If you watch the video till the end, Oprah says it sounds like Charice is pulling her voice from somewhere deep in her body. “What a blow-away moment!”

Oprah says she first heard about Charice from producer/songwriter David Foster. “He says you’re a force to be reckoned with.”

For Charice, singing on Oprah’s stage is a dream come true. “I can’t believe I’m here standing with you,” she says. “I can’t believe I’m hugging you!”

I am amazed at how YouTube (through Dave Dueñas, a.k.a. FalseVoice on the YouTube) paved the way to her dreams which brought her to Sweden then the USA, Korea, and the UK.

This girl is going places.

Go Charice. It’s good you gave yourself credit for your success with the support of your mom, friends and fans. We’re proud of you too.