Despite her new edgy look—short blonde hairdo and a tattoo on her left forearm—Charice performed soulful ballads that made her famous.
The Manila leg of her Infinity tour took place last night, March 9, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. On March 11, she will perform anew at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel.
The group will bring the concert to Hong Kong on March 19, and will be in South Korea by March 21.
In her opening spiel, Charice told the crowd: "I'm so nervous. A few months ago, I was here with David Foster.
"I feel very proud right now. I'm performing on my own here at the Araneta Coliseum."
She later admitted: "Charice Live at the Araneta is a dream come true. I love you all, but kayo ang pinakamahirap na audience. I get nervous when I perform in front of my fellow Filipinos."
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The young singer addressed KC: "Ate KC, I'm so excited to work with you. Yes, I'm one of the judges. It's going to be amazing!"
Charice is reportedly the only female judge in X Factor Philippines, which will be hosted by KC on ABS-CBN.
Wearing a leather vest, fingerless gloves and tattered black pants, her first song was "With or Without You."
This was followed by Journey's "Faithfully" and "One Day," which was written by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.
Then Charice went backstage and gave up the floor to her bandmates. Troy Laureta, musical director of the concert, performed a medley of "Ordinary People" and "The Way You Look Tonight."
At the start of her career, Charice sang covers of Whitney Houston songs. At her major solo concert, the Filipina singer paid tribute to the music icon who passed away on February 11, 2012.
She told the crowd, "This is a tribute to the Queen of Pop," before giving a heartfelt performance of "Saving All My Love For You."
The young singer also performed Adele's "Someone Like You," as well as a ballad version of Justin Bieber's "Baby."