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Charice Pempengco gets Botox

Before that big plunge into primetime American television, a Filipino teenage singing sensation has decided to undergo the latest, state-of-the-art cosmetic surgical procedure to prepare that look set to strike fear in Rachel Berry’s eyes.

Right now Charice Pempengco still looks all so bubbly and effervescent. But, with a character set to make life miserable for the leading female character in “Glee,” it is but natural that such changes would happen, particularly with that round, beaming face.

Cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo dedicated her Saturday schedule for a skin-tightening Botox procedure on the youngster to achieve a narrower, firmer face that would make her look apt for the breakthrough role in her fresh yet phenomenal career.

Charice herself said that such procedure was important since she will be appearing in a hugely popular, critically acclaimed and widely followed show: “Lahat po ng mga tao inaasahan nila, ‘Ano kaya ‘yong itsura ni Charice? Karapat-dapat ba siyang itapat kay Rachel Berry?’ So, siyempre sobrang laki ng pressure,” she tells ABS-CBN.

Belo herself injected Botox on her face in the jaw area right after a painless thermage procedure at her Tomas Morato clinic. This was necessary to take inches off her growing, naturally round face, Belo explained, to prepare her for ‘Glee’s’ second season, which starts filming by end of this month.

After a successful audition last month, Charice landed the plum role about a Filipino exchange student who’s attending McKinley High School and joining the school’s New Directions glee club. In the story, Charice’s character will rival Rachel, played by Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Lea Michele.

Certainly, it will be the role and the face that will have the whole world watching. As such, the slight facial transformation was necessary, Belo stressed. But the procedure she said was merely to check her widening face muscles, which will become more emphasized or worse bloated on high-definition cameras. But no facial enhancement was needed, she added.

“So what we did, we did thermage, pampaliit ng mukha ‘yon… ‘yong muscle [sa jaw area] na nagbu-bulge, puwedeng i-Botox para maging normal ulit. And then she will not chew gums anymore para maganda na siya sa ‘Glee,” Belo added in her ABS-CBN interview.

But are those procedures really that necessary, especially for an 18-year-old whose face has already been equated to that exceptional singer who wowed audiences around the world with her powerful voice?

After all, “Glee” is about sensational musical performances not Botox-stuffed celebrities.

Arnel And Jovit Duet

Journey Frontman Arnel Pineda does not mind being compared to newcomer Jovit Baldovino. Jovit, the winner of the recently concluded Pilipinas Got Talent, is said to have the same singing style as the Pinoy international Rock Star. “Hindi naman maiiwasan yan eh. Pareho kami ng ginagawa. They have to support us both,” Arnel told the entertainment press in a brief interview during the victory concert party for President NoyNoy Aquino held last night, June 30, at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

Arnel and Jovit performed a duet of Journey’s “Faithfully” for the audience, who were more than happy to watch the two on stage singing together. Arnel said he actually fels “honored” to be compared to 16-years old Jovit, a former siomai vendor in Batangas.

“Walang insecurity” he said. “I’m just very very happy for him. It’s great that he’s able to express himself.”

Arnel said Jovit’s talent is “getting better and better everyday.” “He need to keep it up”. he said.

Arnel Pineda apologizes to NHI

Arnel Pineda, Journey’s frontman apologized to National Historic Institute for the his “unsatisfactory” performance last weekend at the Pacquiao-Clottey figh.

“I apologize for my dissatisfactory performance dun sa fight ni Pacquiao and Clottey sa Dallas, Texas, according to their standards,” said by the singer at ABS-CBN news

As we recall, NHI is Mulling over to file a case against Arnel Pineda for singing our Nation Athem ” too slow”, chaging it’s tone & tempo as per NHI. As I post yesterday, it wasn’t the first that the institution had commented or had “unsatisfactory” comment on the singer who sang in a Pacquiao fight, but it was really different apologizing when you believe that you’ve done the right thing.

NHI objects on Arnel Pinade’s “version” of Lupang Hinirang

In the Previous Fight of Manny Pacquiao, it was Arnel Pineda who sang our National Anthem. But the Journey lead singer was now facing a complaint from National Historic Institute for allegedly changing the tone and tempo of Lupang Hinirang. Accordinh to NHI, Pineda’s version was not at a  marching pace as the law requires and he raised pitch near the end of the song, which was a clear NO-NO.

It wasn’t the first time that the artist who sang at a Pacquiao fight. Martin Nievera was one of those. It become an issue nor in the joke who will be the one to sing at Pacquiao’s fight. There were only (i guess) few (or none) singers that had made it perfect.

Nicole Scherzinger Wants to Sing in Pacquia’s Fight

Nicole Scherzinger expresses here feeling and said that she Wants to sing the PHilippine national anthem in one of Manny Pacquiao’s fights.

ANd not only that, she is also a big fan of Tony-Award winning filipina singer Lea Salonga and Nicole wants to collaborate with here too… and that’s not all.. .geezh, she was also considered to be a part of Sylvester Stallone and Manny Pacquiao’s future movie.. but is still in the casting stage..

Here’s what we read…

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Susan Boyle Final Performance on Britain’s Got Talent

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Everyone is excited to see the finale or final performance of Britain’s Got Talent’s greatest finalist, Susan Boyle… Here are some places in the internet where you can watch Susan Boyle’s performance online.

The performance finale of “Britain’s Got Talent” will air live on British TV Saturday from 3:20-4:50 p.m. EDT.. but since I am pretty sure not all readers here are in the UK, the internet is the next best thing to use in watching Susan Boyle performs.

Youtube: It’s been good enough for more than 60 million viewers thus far. Videos of Boyle’s performance will be uploaded both by the show and by users immediately afterward.

The official web site: Videos will also rapidly be posted at: http://talent.itv.com/

Hop a flight to London: It will be easy to find there. Ratings have shown that half of those watching TV at the time of “Britain’s Got Talent” in the U.K. have been tuning into the show. Last minute round-trip flights from New York to London were starting upwards of $1,000 as of Thursday night.

Rapper Dolla Shot Dead Outside LA shopping mall

We may not know who Rapper Dolla is, but he died just outside of an LA Shopping mall after apparently been shot.



David Cook and David Archuleta Concert, Tonight!

Tonight, probably as we write this post (‘borrowing’ from PEP.ph, actually) the two Davids, David Archuleta and David Cook, will be performing tonight! How will the concert will go? I am sure that it will be great.. like the report said ”

David Cook and David Archuleta overwhelmed by the support of their Filipino fans”

Here’s what we read:

All is set for the back-to-back concert of American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook and runner-up David Archuleta tonight, May 16, at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. And based on the reception that the two Davids have been getting from Filipino audiences during their live guestings and live performances, their concert is destined to become one of the biggest concerts this year.

Two nights before their concert, on May 14, Cook and Archuleta met the press at the Isla Ballroom of Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City. The two singers gladly answered all questions from the press, while the press gladly pursued its curiosity about these American idols, now also Filipino idols.

TWO DAVIDS. Months before they arrived in Manila, there was already talk that David Cook and David Archuleta would visit the country and do  concerts—but separately. So when Fearless Productions, the concert producer, announced that they would be bringing not one but two Davids to Manila in one concert, all American Idol fanatics here in the Philippines rejoiced.

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the two Davids what made them agree to do a concert here in the Philippines.

Read all here.

Singer Cassie Leaked Pictures

If you don’t know who Cassie is then let me tell you she is R&B Singer Sean Diddy’s girlfriend and she was recently in the news for her weird Britney-like haircut.

There’s this buzz on the internet that there are Cassie’s Pictures roaming around the internet that was confirmed leaked and hacked and stolen from Cassie’s own personal computer.

Cassie said that the photos are not intended for public viewing. These Pictures are hacked from here personal computer.

Here’s what she said:

She also posted a comment on her Personal Blog around 4:57 a.m. and seemed very upset about it. She said,”The recent personal pictures that have been leaked on the internet of me were hacked and stolen out of my computer. These photos were obviously never intended for the world to see and it’s sad that people would really take time to steal and post them, it’s just evil. At the end of the day breasts are breasts, mine weren’t the first you’ve seen and they won’t be the last… people need to grow up, let’s move on. Thank you. Cassie”

David Archuleta impressed by Kapuso singers

David Archuleta, American Idol 2008 1st runner-up, beams as he appears live on the noontime show ‘Sis’ at GMA Network Studio in Quezon City Thursday and exclaimed that he is impressed by Kapuso singers!

Here is what was reported… After hearing Kyla’s interpretation of his song, David Archuleta exclaimed, “Filipinos are so good and amazingly talented!” He appeared on the GMA-7 morning show SIS earlier today, May 14.

David revealed that he is a huge fan of Jason Mraz, along with his other favorite performers Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Natasha Bedingfield, Natalie Cole, Mariah Carey, and a lot more.

“These people have an impact on me. I love music!”

David is also fond of Philippine mangoes. “Yeah, I love mangoes. I ate two of them this morning.”

After hearing Kyla’s interpretation of his song, David exclaimed, “Filipinos are so good and amazingly talented!”

And after Pinoy Pop Superstar balladeer Harry Santos sang his piece, David quipped, “It’s like, I feel stupid being here now. It was like, oh my gosh, why am I here?”

He described the Kapuso singers as “perfectly harmonized.”

David then thanked the Pinoy fans who warmly welcomed him in his first visit in the country. “I’m like so amazed by, like how many fans are right here. Thank you guys so much! It’s been great so far and I’m really excited on Saturday!”

A lot of young people look up to David but the 18-year-old singer said that this was not planned. “It’s really cool. It’s not like I was trying to be a role model. You just have to be yourself!”

“Knowing that, trying to, you know, trying to be a good person even though I’m weird and stuff. It’s good to know that it helps kids and you know, to see that they are inspired to music.”

GIFTS FROM SIS. During the latter part of the show, SIS hosts Carmina Villaroel, Gelli de Belen, and Janice de Belen presented their gifts to David. When he opened one of the gift boxes, David thought it was a shirt but it turned out to be a Barong Tagalog designed by Pepsi Herrera.

Miniature Filipino symbols like a jeepney, an ice cream cart, a Juan dela Cruz figure wearing a barong Tagalog, and a tiny nipa hut and a coconut tree inside a bottle were also given to him.


David Cook and David Archuleta Live in Manila!
will be held this Saturday, May 16, (8 p.m.) at the SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds, Pasay City. Tickets are available at all Ticketworld and Ticketnet outlets.

Arnel Pineda (Journey) “Revelation” Billboard Top 5

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Here’s what we read:

“Popular American rock band Journey zooms up to the top 5 spot on the Billboard 200 with their newest album “Revelation”–and this news was relayed to abs-cbnNEWS.com by alert reader timber25homme@yahoo.com on Friday the 13th.”

Pineda said songs in the album include:

  • Never Walk Away;
  • Like A Sunshower;
  • Change For The Better;
  • Wildest Dream;
  • Faith In The Heartland;
  • After All These Years;
  • Where Did I Lose Your Love;
  • What I Needed;
  • What It Takes To Win;
  • Turn Down The World Tonight;
  • The Journey (Revelation).
  • Only The Young;
  • Don’t Stop Believin’;
  • Wheel In The Sky;
  • Faithfully;
  • Any Way You Want It;
  • Who’s Crying Now;
  • Separate Ways (Worlds Apart);
  • Lights;
  • Open Arms;
  • Be Good To Yourself;
  • Stone In Love.

Arnel Pineda is true making history for the Filipino people! The new Journey CD was recorded in two months while he was in California and now, latest news tells us that Journey is touring up Europe!

Go Arnel!

All About Charice Pempengco

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Who is Charice Pempengco?

Charice Relucio Pempengco, better known by her stage name Charice was born May 10, 1993. Just like Arnel Pineda, the new Lead vocalist of The Journey, Charice Pempengco became a singing sensation throughout the world through YouTube. She started joining singing contests at the age of thirteen but was locally when she placed third in Little Big Star.

Quick Facts

Real/Complete Name: Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco
Birth Date: May 10, 1993
Birth Location: Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines
Mother: (Filipina) Raquel Relucio

Recent Update

Charice Pempengco performed and was interviewed by Ellen Degeneres and can be seen on Utube.

taken from Wikipedia…

Taped earlier but shown on May 12, 2008, Charice Pempengco appeared in Oprah and was featured on kids with extraordinary abilities. Charice blew the audience away with her performance of Whitney Houston’s song I Have Nothing. After her fantastic performance, an emotional Charice told Oprah, “I’m always dreaming that someday I can be a part of your show. I can’t believe I’m here standing with you. This is my dream come true.”

On May 10, 2008, Charice was a special performer in the Filipino hit noon time show Wowowee which held a special show in Hawaii.

On May 17, 2008, Charice was a performer in MGM Grand @ Firewoods opening with David Foster, Alicia Keys, Jamia Simone Nash, Nick Cannon, John Mayer, Josh Groban, among others..

On May 23, 2008, Charice Pempengco was once again a performer in David Foster’s One Night Tribute Concert with Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble’, and former American Idol finalists Katharine McPhee and Michael Johns, among others. In the concert, David Foster hailed Charice and said that, ” A Star Is Born Tonight.” Josh Groban also declared that Charice is one of the most beautiful voices he has heard in a long time.

Go girl! Go pinoy!

Vanessa Carlton in Manila Live at Ayala Malls!

vanessa carltonThe soft rock/piano pop singer and songwriter, Vanessa Carlton will be visiting Manila Philippines for a series of shows at the Ayala Malls this May 2008!

Here’s her scheduled perfomances:

  • May 9 (Friday), Vanessa will be performing at the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City at 7:00 PM.
  • May 10 (Saturday) at 7:00 PM, at Glorietta Activity Center in Makati
  • May 11 (Sunday) at around 6:00 PM at the Alabang Town Center

Her performances are absolutely free for all her fans but special passes will be given away to Ayala Malls shoppers for a chance to get good seats and see Vanessa up-close.

All About Michael Buble

bubleHere’s something you must know about that very suave and very talented jazz singer, Michael Buble… Where did he come from and what is his family background before ever making it to the big scene of music.

Born, Michael Steven Buble  was born on September 9, 1975 in Burnaby, British Columbia. He is more like a Grandpa’s boy in a sensible term of the word.

He was qouted “”My grandfather (granpa Buble)was really my best friend growing up. He was the one who opened me up to a whole world of music that seemed to have been passed over by my generation”

Buble grew up listening to his grandfather’s collection of jazz records, and on his website he highlights the importance of his grandfather in encouraging his musical tastes.

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