Young world singing champions laud Charice Pempengco's TV debut in Glee

Junior World Champion Performer of 2009 Rhap Salazar (third from right) and Junior World Champion Performer of 2007 Aria Clemente (third from left), with the Cercado Sisters—(from left) Selina, Mylene, Arlene, Almira—laud the successful television debut of their friend Charice Pempengco in Glee Season 2.


At the concert hall of Cross Roads on Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to go backstage to chat with today's young and talented singers about the recent feat of their friend Charice Pempengco.

Junior World Champion Performer of 2009 Rhap Salazar related his most recent conversation with Glee's Sunshine Corazon.

He said, "Kahit po nasa States naman po siya, nakakapag-usap po kami sa Twitter. Mine-message ko, 'tapos nagre-reply naman siya. Sabi ko, congrats sa kanya...

"Dati, nagsisimba kaming dalawa, ngayon napapanood ko na siya sa Glee, kasama pa niya si Lea Michelle [who plays Rachel Berry]."

Almira of the Cercado Sisters, hailed as the synchronized all-female Junior Group Vocal Champion in 2006, recounted the first time she met Charice.

"Naalala ko po nung bata pa ako, nakalaban ko po siya sa Batang Kampeon. Dun po kami naging magkaibigan...

"Before po, makulit-kulit po dahil batang-bata pa po, e. Ngayon po, walang pinagbago, ang bait pa rin po niya. Makulit pa rin po," she said laughing.

Almira's sister Seline also had a story to tell. "Nung na-invite kami sa WCOPA [World Championships of Performing Arts] last year, nagpunta kami sa condo ni Charice.

"Naglaro po kami dun parang bata. Kumain kami dun. Ang favorite Pinoy food ni Charice, pinakbet. At mahilig siya sa Mentos!"

Aria Clemente, the voice behind Agua Bendita's Malayo Pa ang Umaga, was Charice's batchmate in Little Big Star. "Siya sa big division, ako naman sa small division," she said, then said, "I'm so proud of her nung nakita ko siya sa Glee, at sana magtuloy-tuloy pa lalo yung success niya."


Rhap—who is presently shooting a comedy film with Dolphy— chuckled, "Super proud ako nung nakita ko siya sa Glee! At saka puwede po sana ako mag-apply kahit as back-up dancer niya."

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