DENIECE OPEN TO SETTLE CASES IF VHONG SAYS SORRY   

The camp of detained commercial model Deneice Cornejo is willing to have the actor Vhong Navarro's grave coercion case against her settled. Cornejo's camp, however, will demand a public apology from Navarro, who was beaten up in January in the model's Taguig City condominium unit, before they agree to resolve the case outside court. "We're open, but we want an apology from Mr. Navarro," Sal Panelo, Deniece's counsel, said in an interview Tuesday aired over ABS-CBN. Cornejo's statement came after a closed-door judicial dispute resolution (JDR) between Navarro, Cornejo, other co-accused Cedric Lee and Zimmer Raz and Taguig Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 74 Judge Marilou Tamang. Alma Mallonga, Navarro's lawyer, had said her client does not want to settle the case he filed following the mauling incident, from which Cornejo, Lee and Raz are also detained for the non-bailable offense of serious illegal detention. "Vhong has been consistent from the very beginning. He is not open to settlement but he respects the process and he respects the law," Mallonga said. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Jaya reunites with dad in Vancouver 

As thousands of Filipino-Canadians flocked to the Plaza of Nations in Vancouver to see Jaya perform at the third Vancouver OPM Festival, two special guests drove 13 hours from Edmonton, Alberta just to see the Kapuso Soul Diva. They were Rey Kagahastian, Jaya’s father, whom she had not seen in almost 20 years, and Joshua Kagahastian, her half-brother whom she met for the first time. “My father left when I was three years old, I think,” Jaya recalls. “But I can remember seeing him again in 1980 when he met up with me in Fiesta Carnival in Cubao.” “That was also the day he bought me my first pair of eyeglasses,” Jaya fondly remembers of that meeting. Rey, who now resides in Canada, last saw his daughter in 1997 when she was on tour with Pilita Corrales. The opportunity for their long-awaited reunion came when the singer, a main host of GMA’s variety program, Sunday All-Stars, headlined the Vancouver OPM Festival last July, which was organized by GMA Pinoy TV in partnership with the Filipino Canadian Marketing Group, Inc. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Nora Aunor honored with 2014 Gawad Plaridel  

PHOTO: Movie Actress Nora Aunor in a previlege speech after receiving the University of the Philippines Gawad Plaridel Award at the UP Film Institute’s Cine Adarna in Diliiman, Quezon City on Aug. 27, 2014 (Photo by Linus Guardian Escandor II) Veteran actress Nora Aunor has earned another feather in her cap, with students of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication conferring her the Gawad Plaridel award on Wednesday. The award, given annually since 2004, honors Filipino media practitioners who have excelled in film, radio, television, print and other media, with the highest level of professional integrity in the
interest of public service. Aunor was elated with the recognition, saying, “Isang malaking karangalan at hindi ko makakalimutan. Isa ito sa pinaka-importanteng nangyari sa buhay ko.”  The actress-singer, who only finished Grade 2, added, “Sa karangalan (na binigay) ng taga-UP ay parang nakatapos na din ako.”  Aunor is the 10th recipient of the Gawad Plaridel after the likes of Jose “Pete” Lacaba, Florence “Rosa Rosal” Danon-Gayda, Eloisa “Lola Sela” Canlas, Kidlat Tahimik, Pachico Seares, Cecilia “Cheche” Lazaro, Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo, Vilma Santos and Eugenia Duran-Apostol. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Gabby Concepcion reacts to Sharon's mid-life crisis  

Gabby Concepcion on Wednesday expressed support for his ex-wife Sharon Cuneta, who recently admitted in an open letter to her fans that she is "going through one of the lowest times of my life and career." Speaking with ABS-CBN News' Gretchen Fullido, Concepcion said he is aware of Cuneta's personal struggles through her Facebook post last August 18, but has yet to speak with the entertainment industry veteran. "Nasusundan ko 'yung Facebook eh, pero hindi pa kami nagkakausap. I hope everything goes well, kung anuman 'yung dinadaanan niya," Concepcion said. He added: "I hope she figures it out. Mahirap eh, kasi it's very personal." In her letter, Cuneta apologized to her fans for being complacent and "letting herself become fat," which she said negatively affected her career and her behavior towards her peers. Explaining she was going through a mid-life crisis, Cuneta added: "Each time I rebelled, often offending other people by being inconsiderate of their time and all else that I used to respect in and about them, I just felt worse and worse about myself." Concepcion and Cuneta were first paired in the 1981 film "Dear Heart," which led to a real-life romance. They got married in 1984, but separated in 1987. Their marriage was annulled six years later. They have one child -- actress KC Concepcion. Cuneta is now married to former senator Francis "Kiko" Panglinan. Concepcion's family with current wife Genevieve Gonzales is based in the United States.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Charice gets tattoo to mark heartbreak   

International singing sensation Charice on Monday showed off her new tattoo with the intriguing quote: "I never knew to love until someone broke my heart." Charice, who returned to the country to be part of the upcoming "The X Factor Philippines," said that she got her new tattoo in Los Angeles. "Actually it's a true story but I'd rather not tell the story. I know a lot of people kapag nabasa nila 'yan makaka-relate. Again talagang kapag naglalagay ako, may meaning. When I put something like this there's a meaning," Charice said.  "It's part of me. It's part of the look and everything. Let's just say it's an accessory," she added. The singer's first tattoo on her left forearm says "love eternally."  Happy and free In the interview, Charice once again asked about her sexuality. "I don't care whatever you think. As long as my fans love me and support me forever, I'm good with that," she said. "Whoever stays with my until the end of my career or whatever, those are the people [who trust me]. The others that still have doubts, questions, who are confused... I will understand." * READ MORE...

ALSO: Charice’s new chapter  

March 21, 2014  --There is only a small group of people in the world that are worthy of the description “born to sing,” but Charice Pempengco is one of them. One of her earliest YouTube video performances has a 14-year-old Charice wearing a red Bebe tank top over a feminine white button-down blouse as she croons Christina Aguilera‘s “Reflection” into a karaoke machine microphone. She stares into the camera, commanding attention while she sings “Look at me,you may think you see who I really am, but you’ll never know me.” A deep guttural burst of sound comes out of by the time she’s reached the chorus, and it’s easy to ignore the lack of video quality or family photos perched on the desk behind her, anything that might deem this display the performance anything less than professional. Charice is a star.

Charice, now 22 in May, came out last year, but it hasn’t made her talent any less awesome. Born in the Philippines, in the city of Cabuyao, Charice (nee Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco) has been singing since she was seven, competing in local talent competitions to help supplement her single mother’s income. After a loss on the country’s American Idol equivalent Little Big Star, Charice turned to YouTube to showcase her voice, which caught the attention of American songwriter Haras Fyre. Through his help, Charice signed with a talent management agency that lined her up with her first television gig on the U.S.: a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was December of 2007 and the 14-year-old traveled west for the first time ever, performing “I Will Always Love You” and “And I Am Telling You” on the Los Angeles stage in front of Ellen and a live audience. What followed were performances on television shows in Europe, an album release in the Philippines and an eventual spot on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which proved the most fruitful as Oprah was so impressed, she called friend David Foster to see what help he could give the rising star. With his influence, Charice dueted with Celine Dion at Madison Square Garden and performed at events for both the White House and the Oscars. This was all before she hit age 17.

If the world wasn’t familiar with the young woman behind the voice by 2010, her single “Pyramid” would change that. An upbeat romantic duet with British singer Iyaz, “Pyramid” broke into the Billboard Top 100, peaking at #56 and remixes becoming a number one dance track. The song hinted at Charice’s entry into adulthood, her maturity shining through in a song about building a relationship from the bottom up. Her adorable smile and trademark long locks were catching up to her voice as she began to play up a little bit of her sex appeal during performances. * CONTINUE READING..


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Deniece open to settle case if Vhong says sorry

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 (PHILSTAR) The camp of detained commercial model Deneice Cornejo is willing to have the actor Vhong Navarro's grave coercion case against her settled.

Cornejo's camp, however, will demand a public apology from Navarro, who was beaten up in January in the model's Taguig City condominium unit, before they agree to resolve the case outside court.

"We're open, but we want an apology from Mr. Navarro," Sal Panelo, Deniece's counsel, said in an interview Tuesday aired over ABS-CBN.

Cornejo's statement came after a closed-door judicial dispute resolution (JDR) between Navarro, Cornejo, other co-accused Cedric Lee and Zimmer Raz and Taguig Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 74 Judge Marilou Tamang.

Alma Mallonga, Navarro's lawyer, had said her client does not want to settle the case he filed following the mauling incident, from which Cornejo, Lee and Raz are also detained for the non-bailable offense of serious illegal detention.

"Vhong has been consistent from the very beginning. He is not open to settlement but he respects the process and he respects the law," Mallonga said.

* Tamang prohibited the parties' lawyers to sit in the first of four judicial dispute resolution sessions on Tuesday.

Related: Vhong meets with Cedric, Deniece for dispute resolution

STAR columnist Tony Calvento said Mallonga was asked by Tamang to enter the confidential session briefly to asked her a question. She was immediately asked to step out the room afterward.

Navarro refused to answer questions from reporters following the JDR.

Cornejo, Lee and Raz are detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan. - Camille Diola with reports from Mike Frialde

Jaya reunites with dad (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 29, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

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aya with her father Rey Kagahastian (whom she had not seen in almost two decades) in Vancouver, Canada

MANILA, Philippines - As thousands of Filipino-Canadians flocked to the Plaza of Nations in Vancouver to see Jaya perform at the third Vancouver OPM Festival, two special guests drove 13 hours from Edmonton, Alberta just to see the Kapuso Soul Diva.

They were Rey Kagahastian, Jaya’s father, whom she had not seen in almost 20 years, and Joshua Kagahastian, her half-brother whom she met for the first time.

“My father left when I was three years old, I think,” Jaya recalls. “But I can remember seeing him again in 1980 when he met up with me in Fiesta Carnival in Cubao.”

“That was also the day he bought me my first pair of eyeglasses,” Jaya fondly remembers of that meeting.

Rey, who now resides in Canada, last saw his daughter in 1997 when she was on tour
with Pilita Corrales.

The opportunity for their long-awaited reunion came when the singer, a main host of GMA’s variety program, Sunday All-Stars, headlined the Vancouver OPM Festival last July, which was organized by GMA Pinoy TV in partnership with the Filipino Canadian Marketing Group, Inc.

* “My father and I talked about everything,” she shares. “From how he met my mother, to the time I was conceived and why he left. We talked about our future together.”

Meeting her half-brother was also a special moment for Jaya and she was grateful for the opportunity to visit Canada, through the efforts of GMA Pinoy TV, which led to this significant milestone. “I felt so happy and blessed to have had a chance to get to know him even for a short time,” she says. “I can’t wait to spend more time with him so I can get to know him further.”

Going beyond giving her kababayan abroad a taste of home through a night of original Filipino music, Jaya’s trip to Vancouver proved to be a memorable one as she herself was able to find a sense of home in reuniting with her family.

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Nora Aunor honored with 2014 Gawad Plaridel  by Michael Joe T. Delizo
August 28, 2014


Movie Actress Nora Aunor in a previlege speech after receiving the University of the Philippines Gawad Plaridel Award at the UP Film Institute’s Cine Adarna in Diliiman, Quezon City on Aug. 27, 2014 (Photo by Linus Guardian Escandor II)

Veteran actress Nora Aunor has earned another feather in her cap, with students of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication conferring her the Gawad Plaridel award on Wednesday.

The award, given annually since 2004, honors Filipino media practitioners who have excelled in film, radio, television, print and other media, with the highest level of professional integrity in the
interest of public service.

Aunor was elated with the recognition, saying, “Isang malaking karangalan at hindi ko makakalimutan. Isa ito sa pinaka-importanteng nangyari sa buhay ko.”

The actress-singer, who only finished Grade 2, added, “Sa karangalan (na binigay) ng taga-UP ay parang nakatapos na din ako.”

Aunor is the 10th recipient of the Gawad Plaridel after the likes of Jose “Pete” Lacaba, Florence “Rosa Rosal” Danon-Gayda, Eloisa “Lola Sela” Canlas, Kidlat Tahimik, Pachico Seares, Cecilia “Cheche” Lazaro, Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo, Vilma Santos and Eugenia Duran-Apostol.

* It is the latest of several awards bestowed on Aunor following her omission from the list of National Artist awardees some few months ago. These include the the Tunay na Alagad ng Sining award as given jointly by the Quezon City Public School Teachers Association and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers; and the Artista ng Bayan award from Gabriela and Peace for Life.

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) has announced that it is set to honor Aunor with the Pambansang Artista ng Mamamayan award on Aug. 29.

Aunor commented, “Nakakatuwa dahil sa hindi man ako na-recognize ng ibang tao, (na-recognize naman ako ng) taumbayan at mga estudyante at mga teachers.”

Meanwhile, Aunor divulged her plans to return to producing movies before the year ends. She also aims to establish her own indie production.

“Walang pagkakaiba ang pag-gawa ng indie (at mainstream) kasi nakakagawa ka ng indie na maganda na nagugustuhan sa ibang bansa at nagbibigay ng karangalan para sa Pilipinas, kagaya ng ‘Thy Womb’ at ‘Hustisya,’ umiikot din sa buong mundo at dito din sa Pilipinas,” she said.

FROM ABS-CBN

Gabby reacts to Sharon's mid-life crisis ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 08/29/2014 2:31 AM | Updated as of 08/29/2014 2:31 AM


GABBY

MANILA - Gabby Concepcion on Wednesday expressed support for his ex-wife Sharon Cuneta, who recently admitted in an open letter to her fans that she is "going through one of the lowest times of my life and career."

Speaking with ABS-CBN News' Gretchen Fullido, Concepcion said he is aware of Cuneta's personal struggles through her Facebook post last August 18, but has yet to speak with the entertainment industry veteran.

"Nasusundan ko 'yung Facebook eh, pero hindi pa kami nagkakausap. I hope everything goes well, kung anuman 'yung dinadaanan niya," Concepcion said.

He added: "I hope she figures it out. Mahirap eh, kasi it's very personal."

In her letter, Cuneta apologized to her fans for being complacent and "letting herself become fat," which she said negatively affected her career and her behavior towards her peers.

Explaining she was going through a mid-life crisis, Cuneta added: "Each time I rebelled, often offending other people by being inconsiderate of their time and all else that I used to respect in and about them, I just felt worse and worse about myself."

Concepcion and Cuneta were first paired in the 1981 film "Dear Heart," which led to a real-life romance. They got married in 1984, but separated in 1987. Their marriage was annulled six years later.

They have one child -- actress KC Concepcion.

Cuneta is now married to former senator Francis "Kiko" Panglinan. Concepcion's family with current wife Genevieve Gonzales is based in the United States.

Charice gets tattoo to mark heartbreak By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 05/14/2012 4:50 PM | Updated as of 05/15/2012 11:25 AM


CHARICE

MANILA, Philippines - International singing sensation Charice on Monday showed off her new tattoo with the intriguing quote: "I never knew to love until someone broke my heart."

Charice, who returned to the country to be part of the upcoming "The X Factor Philippines," said that she got her new tattoo in Los Angeles.

"Actually it's a true story but I'd rather not tell the story. I know a lot of people kapag nabasa nila 'yan makaka-relate. Again talagang kapag naglalagay ako, may meaning. When I put something like this there's a meaning," Charice said.

"It's part of me. It's part of the look and everything. Let's just say it's an accessory," she added.

The singer's first tattoo on her left forearm says "love eternally."

Happy and free

In the interview, Charice once again asked about her sexuality.

"I don't care whatever you think. As long as my fans love me and support me forever, I'm good with that," she said. "Whoever stays with my until the end of my career or whatever, those are the people [who trust me]. The others that still have doubts, questions, who are confused... I will understand."

* Charice stressed that she never had a change of image, and that her look now simply shows her real personalty.

"What you see right now is the real me. What you see before wasn't me. A lot of people around me like in the US, like in here, they didn't know what I really want. They were deciding for me. Like they were deciding, 'let's do this, let's gonna do that, do the curly hair.' I didn't get the chance to decide for myself," she explained.

"Now that I'm being so independent, while it's early, I really, really want to tell all the people that I don't care if you hate. I don't care if you don't like it," she added.

Charice said what is important is that she's really happy.

"I'm extremely happy. Unbelievable. Like I could cry, I could cry because I'm going out in public showing my tattoo, showing my hair, showing my outfit. I feel more free," she said.

FROM THE BLOG 'AFTERELLEN.COM

Charice’s new chapter by Trish Bendix | March 21, 2014


There is only a small group of people in the world that are worthy of the description “born to sing,” but Charice Pempengco is one of them. One of her earliest YouTube video performances has a 14-year-old Charice wearing a red Bebe tank top over a feminine white button-down blouse as she croons Christina Aguilera‘s “Reflection” into a karaoke machine microphone.

She stares into the camera, commanding attention while she sings “Look at me,you may think you see who I really am, but you’ll never know me.”

A deep guttural burst of sound comes out of by the time she’s reached the chorus, and it’s easy to ignore the lack of video quality or family photos perched on the desk behind her, anything that might deem this display the performance anything less than professional. Charice is a star.

Charice, now 22 in May, came out last year, but it hasn’t made her talent any less awesome.

Born in the Philippines, in the city of Cabuyao, Charice (nee Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco) has been singing since she was seven, competing in local talent competitions to help supplement her single mother’s income.

After a loss on the country’s American Idol equivalent Little Big Star, Charice turned to YouTube to showcase her voice, which caught the attention of American songwriter Haras Fyre.

Through his help, Charice signed with a talent management agency that lined her up with her first television gig on the U.S.: a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was December of 2007 and the 14-year-old traveled west for the first time ever, performing “I Will Always Love You” and “And I Am Telling You” on the Los Angeles stage in front of Ellen and a live audience.

What followed were performances on television shows in Europe, an album release in the Philippines and an eventual spot on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which proved the most fruitful as Oprah was so impressed, she called friend David Foster to see what help he could give the rising star.

With his influence, Charice dueted with Celine Dion at Madison Square Garden and performed at events for both the White House and the Oscars. This was all before she hit age 17.

If the world wasn’t familiar with the young woman behind the voice by 2010, her single “Pyramid” would change that. An upbeat romantic duet with British singer Iyaz, “Pyramid” broke into the Billboard Top 100, peaking at #56 and remixes becoming a number one dance track.

The song hinted at Charice’s entry into adulthood, her maturity shining through in a song about building a relationship from the bottom up. Her adorable smile and trademark long locks were catching up to her voice as she began to play up a little bit of her sex appeal during performances.

* Her notoriety in the U.S. continued in 2011, when Charice guest starred on Glee as Sunshine Corazon, a foreign exchange student hoping to audition for New Directions. This was the second season of the Fox show, when it was at the height of its popularity, and Charice’s, too.

The rest of 2011 and 2012 saw Charice touring on her new album, Infinity, which didn’t spawn any hits as big as “Pyramid.” But it was around this time, spring of 2012, that rumors began to buzz.

The singer chopped her trademark hair into a shorter bob and was ditching her usual dresses for jackets and pants while on stage.

At a press conference, she was asked about the change and said, “I know some people are more used to the old Charice, a ballad singer with the pigtails. For me, in my heart, I’ve always wanted to be more edgy, rock, more [on the] dark side. I know some people think that this is very rebellious but it’s not. It’s just me evolving. It’s me transforming into another person that is totally me.”

The transformation was just beginning. It wasn’t until one year later that Charice came out about her identifying as a butch lesbian, and that her girlfriend was another Filipino singer, Alyssa Quijano.

Reporters clamored to find out more about her sexuality from her mother and grandmother, spawning tabloid gossip and shock from fans, but in that time, Charice was more concerned about two things that she has found are mutually exclusive: Her happiness and her music.

“Seeing new people telling me ‘What you did is so good, you’re such an inspiration, we look up to you,’ those are the things I didn’t expect,” Charice said in an interview over Skype. “I want to thank all the people because now, seeing all these people, they inspire me. They inspire me to be myself. The more I am myself, I see more people coming up to me and telling me that I’ve been inspiring them and it feels so good.”

Charice exudes more self-assurance than ever. Still she understands why some fans might have a hard time adjusting to the package her talent is delivered in.

“Some people online send me messages that I’m confused; that I decided this just recently, that maybe I’m heartbroken,” she said. “I just have to laugh because there are people—sometimes they come up to me and tell me, ‘Oh no, too bad because you were so pretty!’ And I’m like, ‘What!? So now I’m ugly?’ But you can just run away from that.”

Charice said most of those kinds of comments come from fans in the Philippines, where she acknowledges there isn’t as much support for the LGBT community as there is in the U.S. or parts of Europe.

“It’s hard for them to move on because for for how many years they saw me with this long hair wearing mini-skirts and all these fitted dresses and everything,” Charice said. “But it was like triple hard for me because it wasn’t me at all. It was like a character I had to play. Deep inside, deep inside. I’m a full time butch. But I had to do that because that feeling that I had to fit in with everyone just because of the career I want. It was tough. It was really hard for me waking up every day and trying to put all this make-up and all these clothes that I didn’t want but…I just did it anyway because for me, deep inside, I’m just going to sing. I’m just going to sing and singing is what I love.”

Now on a small U.S. tour before playing shows in Canada and Australia with more dates yet to come, Charice is putting on an entirely new show.

Her concert includes covers of Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Sia, as well as some of her older songs that longtime fans are familiar with. It was a difficult process, Charice said, “because some Filipino fans are having a hard time with the songs that I want to sing so we had to make sure to mix the songs they want and what I want.” She found a delicate balance, though, in putting the dance-oriented pop songs first and moving the ballads toward the end.

Charice’s on-stage apparel is specially designed for her and she goes through several wardrobe changes that include a lot of leather (pants, vests, jackets and blazers), mostly black but also some bright reds, paired with a silver chain around her neck. Her hair is shorn close in at the sides but spiked blonde on the top.

And though she always knew how to work a stage with well-placed movements and emoting, a big change for this tour is all of her dancing.

The first part of her live show has two male dancers backing her up as she skillfully swaggers and bounces her mic from hand to hand in order to keep singing while performing her choreography.

Even when performing Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” there is a certain masculine-air to the way she performs, one she embodies and enjoys — and her fans enjoy it, too, screaming at her hip swivels and winks during innuendo-filled moves and thrusts.

“I love dancing,” Charice said. “I’m not professionally good at it but I love dancing. When we were creating the show, I was like ‘I really want to dance.’ This is my first tour that I really had to work at it.”

Charice is modest. She always thanks someone when they deliver a compliment, blushing like its the first time she’s had someone tell her she’s got an exceptional talent. Her dancing is impressive, and she says she chose male dancers because, “I want the strong hip-hop popping and locking dance. That’s why I wanted two guys on stage, because I wanted it to be strong-looking.”

Diehard Charice fans call themselves Chasters (based on the “Cha” from Charice) and the pop star acknowledges that the phenomenon is worldwide.

Chasters have only grown in number since she’s come out, especially in places like the Philippines and Thailand where Charice’s influence can be seen on the streets and in pop culture. Androgynous-presenting young gay women are part of a “tomboy” identification that has made its way into K-Pop and reality television competitions.

“In the Philippines, when I came out, all the tomboys in the Philippines had the confidence to come out, too,” Charice said. “Just recently a TV show in the Philippines, they made this competition called That’s My Tomboy and I was one of the judges in the grand finals and it feels so good to have them tell me that it was because of me that’s why they made that show, because I inspired a lot of teenagers to be free. It so great because it wasn’t easy.”

Charice said she would love to return to Glee, if Ryan Murphy and co. would have her. She thinks Sunshien Corazon would have a very similar trajectory that she has had.

“I thought about it, like maybe, because Sunshine, my role, the Glee story — basically it’s like me!” she said. “They could continue the story and really relate to my real story. I would love to go back because I would love to inspire more people, especially teenagers having a hard time coming out of the closet. The teenagers who think that they are alone in this world. Of course being on Glee is one of the biggest ways to send a message to those people so I would love to go back.”

What Charice is looking for right now, though, is a hit single.

She wants to break into the top 40 again, and she says it’s a completely different climate from when she was in the charts with “Pyramid.” She says she wants a song like “Royals” from Lorde, a song she covers on tour, an artist she admires.

“The single because it’s so hard. This is reality,” Charice said. “It’s hard for a full Asian like me to go to a top 40 song unless you have a really good top 40 song and I really want to find that perfect song for me. And that top 40 song for people to love. I’m really picky when it comes to music and the artists now, so I fell in love with Lorde’s voice and I wish I could have a song like that. That’s what we’re trying to do, find the right song for me.”

Charice has a very strong idea of who she is and what she wants for herself, a rare thing for an almost-22-year-old, but maybe not so rare for one who started working before the age of 10. She’s balancing her career with her relationship, which she acknowledges can be difficult while on tour.

“She’s going to follow me in Canada,” Charice said, smiling when talking about Alyssa. “In a few days I’m going to see her. We’ve been missing each other because it’s kind of hard for us to be away from each other because we’re so used to being together.”

The freeness Charice feels trumps anything she might have lost from her deciding to fully embody herself in both her personal and professional lives.

While sexuality and gender identity are still inconvenient concepts for some people to grasp, Charice’s voice is no less awe-inducing than it was five years ago, when it came from a tiny girl in a dress.

“The more I see telling me, ‘You’re so pretty when you’re wearing that dress,’ the more I know it didn’t make me happy,” Charice said. “It made me sad because every time I saw something online, like a lesbian couple and one is like me, I could imagine myself like that; telling myself ‘That’s me. That’s what I want.’ And it made me sad because I would think of other people around me that would be disappointed and basically I didn’t listen to my heart. So finally, I just woke up and told myself that’s it. I really want to be myself because I owe it to myself and I didn’t want to be depressed anymore.”

Any true Chaster wouldn’t want that for her either.

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