Charice sings from the heart for her slain father


Charice says that one of her regrets is missing the chance to buy her father the shoes that he wanted. The Filipina singer shed tears as she recalled her father, the late Ricky Pempengco, who was stabbed to death last October 2011.


Dubbed as the "most talented girl in the world" by Oprah Winfrey, international singing sensation Charice Pempengco sang for her kababayans in a special Valentine’s Day show titled Charice, One for the Heart.

The Valentine’s Day special, which aired on GMA-7 last Sunday, February 12, was interspersed with interviews from Kapuso artists.

World-class performer

Wearing a dark blue shimmering top topped with a leather jacket and exquisitely patterned pants, Charice first appeared onstage onboard a suspended platform that was lowered slowly to the stage. She then started her Valentine concert by belting several catchy tunes like "Crazy in Love," "Telephone" and "Heartbreak Survivor."

The 20-year old singer captivated audiences with her pop star glamour.

"It feels so good to be back home," she told audiences that night. "Sabi nga po nila, ’home is where the heart is.’ Kaya nga po dito ulit, dito ko pong napiling mag-spend ng Valentine’s Day. Kung saan kayo, ang kasama ko po, mga Kapuso. Maraming maraming salamat po!"

Working with international artists

Charice pointed out that in her second album Infinity, released under Warner Music, she had the chance to work with great artists like Jojo, Kara Dioguardi, Jason Derulo, Natasha Bedingfield, Nick Jonas of the Jonas brothers and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Bruno Mars.

R&B Prince JayR was then introduced to sing "Ikaw Lamang" in stylized R&B fashion that wowed the crowd.

After a quick change of outfit, Charice was seen on stage wearing an asymmetrical blouse as she heated up the stage with "No One Else Comes Close," "Just The Way You Are" and "Pyramid."

Longing for love

Just like any young woman, the petite yet powerful singer longs to find her one true love.

She wistfully remarked, "Pangarap natin lahat. Pangarap ko rin...sana, someday. Di naman ako nagpaparinig...Kayo ang makakaalam [addressing Chasters fan club] Promise." I chose this OPM song [Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin] to honor and celebrate...you know...siyempre, kung makakahanap ako [ng pag-ibig]."

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Paying tribute to her parents

In a separate interview with Charice’s mom, Raquel Pempengco, she recalled memories about her late husband, Ricky Pempengco.

"As a husband, masasabi ko na, mahal na mahal ako ni Ricky. Sa sobrang pagmamahal niya, naandoon yung selos, ’yan yung naging agwat naming dalawa. As a father naman, di ko masasabi na naging pabaya siya, dahil noong time pa nun, di pa siya nalulong sa drugs, talagang masasabi ko na mahal na mahal niya ang mga anak niya. Everytime na nakikita ko si Charice na nagMi- Michael Jackson, nakikita ko, ganyan-ganyan ang Daddy mo. Naranasan mo din na kantahan ka ng anak mo. Sana rin na magkakasama kami. Nagsasaya. Nagtatamasa ng kung anumang meron si Charice. Kung nagkita sana kami, yun din ang sasabihin ko sa kanya. Gusto kong mabuo ang pamilya namin."

Charice and Kapuso star Mark Bautista then performed duets of the two songs closest to her parents’ hearts: "Sometimes When We Touch" and "Endless Love." As they were singing, confetti made of tiny red hearts literally showered the two singers.

While singing "Endless Love," they moved toward the "suspended stage", and the stage moved upwards, adding drama to the moment. Mark also sang "This I Promise You" to further put everyone in a romantic mood.

Songs for her murdered father

Charice then became emotional as she talked about her father, the late Ricky Pempengco, who was stabbed to death in October 31, 2011. She was in the United States when she learned about her father’s untimely demise. She admitted, "Much has been said about my relationship with my dad who passed away. Pero ako po, bilang anak po niya, puwede pong makapagsabi kung paano po...



"He was a very loving father...Mahal na mahal niya kaming magkakapatid, Mommy ko. I think ako yung favorite niya. Daddy’s girl ako. Sa mga hindi po nakakaalam, mahilig po kumanta si Daddy. Yun po sa isa po sa mga bonding moments namin. Actually yung ’Faithfully’ po [which Charice sang earlier in her concert] favorite niyang song."

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"One of our relatives told me that bago po mawala ang Daddy ko, he was asking for a pair of shoes. Sabi ko, kung nalaman ko lang na, alam mo Daddy, kahit ilang pares pang sapatos, bibilhin ko para sa ’yo. Mahilig siyang mag-basketball. MVP [most valuable player] ’yan, di ko lang nakuha ang height. Ano ba ang ilang pares ng sapatos na kumpara sa buhay na binigay ninyo sa akin, sa aming magkakapatid at sa alaala...Yung masasayang alaala, yun ang lagi ko pong iisipin."

After speaking, she lit a candle to honor her father. Charice was teary-eyed as she gave a heartfelt performance of "Dance With My Father."

Asian Tour in March 2012

Before the concert ended, the international singing sensation expressed her gratitude for all the opportunities and blessings that have come her way. Charice said, "Di ko akalain na magsusunod-sunod ang mga blessings. I still can’t believe how I can be anywhere from doing TV shows like Glee to touring with my mentor, Mr. David Foster, and very soon, I’ll be doing my solo Asian tour this March...Yung tour po namin Japan, Philippines, Hawaii, Dubai...Sa lahat po ng Kapuso sa buong mundo, sa Asia lang po, Abangan, ninyo po ako..."

"Sometimes, it can be so overwhelming. It’s easy to get lost and let fame overcome you. Pero madali pong labanin, with my mentors, my family, Chasters [her loyal fan club]. Kayo po ang laging nagre-remind sa akin na ako pa rin si Charice na minahal ninyo noon, mahal na mahal ninyo pa rin ngayon. Love you. Love you. Those thoughts are in this song called ’Lighthouse.’"

Charice sang the song with gusto, followed by "Before It Explodes," one of the songs in her Infinity album that was written by Bruno Mars.

As her concert came to a close, she introduced the members of her band; Lance on bass, Leroy on drums, Chris on guitar and Troy as the director/ keyboardist.

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She ended the show with the very catchy song, "Louder," as she called on loved ones and friends to join her onstage. The Filipina singer thanked everyone profusely. "Mga Kapuso, it’s been a great, great night! Maraming salamat sa inyo, sa family ko, Chasters, mahal na mahal ko po kayong lahat. Happy Valentine’s Day! Till the next Valentine’s Day, everybody!"

Charice’s solo Asian tour begins March 9, 2012.


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