Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Celine Dion and Charice Pempengco Duet at the Madison Square Garden

Young Pinay singing sensation Charice Pempengco had her dream come true when she finally sang a duet with her idol Celine Dion at Madison Square Garden on September 15.

As announced in Oprah Winfrey Show last September 9, Charice sang the song �Because You Love Me,� with Celine during the international diva's "Taking Chances World Tour 2008". That happens to be the first song Charice' had ever learned and it was dedicated by Celine to her mom after learning about their heartwarming life story.

This is how Celine introduced Charice to the audience:

"They actually told me about an incredible young singer that she [Oprah Winfrey] discovered a while back. You know, if you watch Oprah last week, you know all about her. This young lady's name is Charice. I'm so excited. She's 16 years old and she's from the Philippines.

"Let me tell you, she has a voice that can literally blow the roof off Madison Square Garden and she just might. But the real story is how Charice and her mom escaped the terrifying experience and had to leave Charice's violent father. You know, to start a life of their own.

"Charice vowed to save her mom from a life of desperation and despair. You know, through prayers and dreams and God-given talent, an incredible voice, Charice entered every singing contest in her native country and [was] eventually noticed by such influential people.

"You know, a show in Oprah and Oprah wanted to take her and took her under her wings. Then, the David Foster joined her. I had the chance to see Charice perform one of my songs on Oprah last week. I have a little bit of difficulty to talk right now because I met Charice, and I'm so emotional... So I'm searching and looking for my words...trying to control my emotion.

"I invited her to come here tonight to sing with me. Where are you sweetheart? There she is, come down, Sweetie."

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is Charice. [To Charice] You look spectacular! Are you shaking? Are you okay? Don't be nervous and, I think, a lot of people, they understand that you are nervous.

"I'm gonna tell you one thing, the talent we're not gonna talk about, because you have. The strength, we're not gonna talk about because you have, and so the love. And I have to tell you, the family, we'll gonna talk because you have to.

"One time, my manager, my husband [Rene Angelil], told me, �Celine...' Because when I started to sing, I was 12 years old, so 12 and 16, it's the same, okay? He told me, �Celine, I know you're nervous, don't be scared. You love to sing. When you go up there, you'll be nervous. Don't be.'

"I will give you an image that you can think about. Think that all the people you see in front of you are your brothers and sisters. You're singing in your living room and these are your family. They can't can't wait to hear you sing. I think I know you want to dedicate this song to your mother. So we're gonna sing �Because You Loved Me' for your mother."

There are hundreds of Pinoys watching and cheering for the Philippine's pride. Prepare for goose bumps when you watch the video below:

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