Filipinos have a gifted ear for music. And as year 2008 draws to a close, ABS-CBN's variety show ASAP '08 featured four Pinoy singers who have attained worldwide fame for their singing talent: Charlie Green, Charice Pempengco, Arnel Pineda, and Lani Misalucha. Collectively, the four are known as this year's "Global Pinoy Singers."
The opening spiel of ASAP's December 28 episode began with a remake of Robbie Williams' rendition of "Let Me Entertain You." Some of ASAP's best talents jumpstarted the song number, with Gary Valenciano taking the lead. Billy Crawford, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Sarah Geronimo soon followed. For the chorus, a belt-out battle among the four Global Pinoy singers took place as they delivered the lines "Let me entertain you! Let me entertain you!" While the international singers all gave first-rate performances, YouTube singing sensation Charice was arguably the most applauded.
Other Filipino achievers were also recognized during the show. ASAP mainstay Yeng Constantino joined 6Cyclemind in singing "Saludo," a number that they dedicated to Pinoys who are internationally acclaimed in the realm of politics, art, music, and even science.
Charlie, Charice, Arnel, and Lani also appeared in ASAP's Music Room Special Edition, with individual empowerment as the chosen theme. The ensemble of singers performed "I Believe I Can Fly," inspiring more and more Pinoys to reach for the sky and soar way above their wildest imagination. Lani and Arnel deliver a stellar performance in a duet of Mariah Carey's "Open Arms." Meanwhile, Charice led the grand finale with a version of Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time." Rumors of rivalry between Sarah Geronimo and Charice were put to rest since the popstar princess herself congratulated Charice after the finale.
Charice made her appearance in the international scene as a guest in Oprah and The Ellen Degeneres Show. Arnel, the lead singer of the international rockband "Journey," has also received an invitation from Ellen. Charlie started his career when he qualified for the semi-finals of Britain's reality TV show Britain's Got Talent, where he received rave reviews from no less than Simon Cowell. Meanwhile, Asia's Nightingale Lani was recently awarded "Best Singer" in the 27th Best of Las Vegas Poll.
These four Global Pinoy singers are among the many international performers who bring honor to Filipinos with their world-class talent.