Charice recalls her chance meeting with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber

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"Hangga't naglalakad siya sa semento't lupa, pareho pa rin 'yon. Katulad pa rin dati, katulad ng pangaral ni Ms. Oprah, kahit na maganda na yung suot niyang sapatos, kailangan pa din nakatuntong ito sa lupa," says Charice's mom, Raquel, about her daughter's success.


Last May, Charice appeared again on The Oprah Winfrey Show to launch her self-titled international album. At the end of the show, Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber gave Charice a hug before both of them signed a pledge saying that they will not text while driving.

Is she willing to collaborate with the Canadian pop singer in the future?

"Siyempre naman po. Parang lahat naman po ng artista sa States talagang may 'Bieber fever.' Last na nagkita kami nung nag-guest kami pareho sa Oprah. He was so nice, siya ang unang nag-approach. Nasa backstage ako nun at siyempre, na-starstruck ako sa kanya. Siya talaga ang lumapit at nagsabi, 'Hi, I'm Justin Bieber.' Talagang napaka-gentleman niya," narrates the Filipina singer during her July 15 press conference at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel.

She added: "Ang daming chicks! Joke lang!"

SARAH & JOVIT. Charice says that she and Sarah Geronimo mutually admire each other's talent, so there is no rivalry between them.

"Si Ate Sarah nagkakabaligtaran kami niyan, e. Sasabihin ko siya ang idol ko, sasabihin niya, ikaw rin ang idol ko. Naku, mag-idol-an na lang tayong dalawa! Nag-start kaming makapag-usap mga months [ago]. Siyempre, iba ang feeling na nakapag-open na kami sa isa't isa. Yung mga tao iniisip nila na nagkakailangan kami pero wala. Nung nagkita kami sa airplane, nagkakahiyaan pa kami pero nagte-text naman kami, normal friends naman talaga."

Another singer who has expressed admiration for her is the grand winner of Pilipinas Got Talent, Jovit Baldivino. What is her reaction to this?

"Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila. Sobrang happy ako na kahit papaano, nai-inspire ko sila hindi lang sa talent pati sa courage na nabibigay ko sa kanila. Nakikita ko what's new about them at sobrang proud ako na ako ang iniidolo nila. Sana ma-meet ko rin sila at magkaroon ng chance na makilala ko talaga sila. Iba pa rin pag kapwa Pilipino mo ang katrabaho mo," says Charice.

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(CLICK HERE to watch Charice imitating the voices of Rihanna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber.)

TEEN VOGUE. Charice has been chosen to grace the cover of Teen Vogue but Mommy Raquel told PEP (Philippine Entertainment portal) that the pictorial was postponed.

"Masyadong mahaba ang time na nilagay nila para sa pictorial, kulang na. E, tatlong araw lang kami dun sa New York. Pero babalik kami dun para ituloy yun," she says.

She also said that other international magazines will feature the Filipina singer soon.


STAYING GROUNDED. When asked about the talent fee controversy facing Charice, Mommy Raquel points out: "Si Charice talaga ngayon maraming commitments. Ako talaga, walang alam sa mga presyo. Yung international management ni Charice ang nagbibigay ng price. Pero dito, I'll make sure na can afford ng mga Pilipino ang talent fee ni Charice."

She adds that her manager Marc Johnston, who was present that afternoon, is handling the affairs of her daughter outside the Philippines.

Mommy Raquel also makes sure that Charice stays humble even if her status as a singer is rising.

"Hangga't naglalakad siya sa semento't lupa, pareho pa rin 'yon. Katulad pa rin dati, katulad ng pangaral ni Ms. Oprah, kahit na maganda na yung suot niyang sapatos, kailangan pa din nakatuntong ito sa lupa," says Mommy Raquel.

The single mother also encourages her 18-year-old daughter to persevere in her studies as a B.A. Communications freshman at a Massachusetts-based online international university. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)

"Siyempre, ako din yung isa sa nagpu-push sa kanya," says Mommy Raquel. "Kahit na pagod na pagod na siya, mag-o-online pa rin siya. Ako na rin mismo ang nagpapaalala, siyempre iba pa din yung may pinag-aralan ka. Ayoko naman na matulad siya sa ibang artists na after nito, wala na. Siyempre, magkaka-pamilya siya, gusto ko after mayroon siyang ipapamana naman sa mga anak niya."

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With report from Paul Mata


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