Charismatic Charice lights up the stage

Charismatic Charice lights up the stage

The Filipino singer's concert did not disappoint her Hong Kong fans


Charice wows her fans at last Monday's concert at Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre.
Charice wows her fans at last Monday's concert at Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre.
Photo: Warner Music
A concert is something that lets you lose yourself - especially after a long arduous day in school. Every concert is unique - a "once-in-a-life-time" experience - and last Monday's concert by Charice Pempengco was no exception.

The 19-year-old Filipino singer - better known to her fans simply as Charice - balanced her powerfully impressive vocals perfectly with her music at Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre.

She wowed us with her vibrant repertoire - ranging from her own hits, such as her best-selling Pyramid, to covers like Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You.

Charice also managed to amuse fans - laughing with us despite being so exhausted.

Whenever a fan joked, telling her she was the "swag queen", or that they loved her, she didn't ignore the comments - but embraced them, laughing along with us. She talked with the audience, rather than to them - something that I found different to previous concerts that I've attended.

I was very fortunate to be standing in the front row. Seeing her up close was amazing: she didn't look nervous at all and I could see how talented this girl is.

From the start of the David Guetta song, Without You, the crowd went wild. Then came Lesson For Life and Journey 2 Gaga medley - consisting of Faithfully and Edge of Glory, two of my favourite Lady Gaga songs.

A few songs stood out above the rest, including Katy Perry's The One That Got Away, One Day, Tears in Heaven and Louder.

Charice completely revolutionised the sound of Perry's song - taking it from an upbeat song to a slow ballad - and effectively making this song her own.

The introduction to One Day was a very moving one: she dedicated it to all the teenagers out there with a dream. The way she showed her emotions through the lyrics really hit home, as though she was singing directly to me.

She dedicated Tears in Heaven to her late father. As an avid fan of its composer Eric Clapton, I immediately started joining in. The way the crowd sang along, just for one person - her father - brought tears to my eyes.

Louder was, by far, the liveliest of the four standout tracks. With people jumping around during the chorus, and singing along, it was really exhilarating. When the show had ended no one in the audience wanted her to leave.

Charice's performance is something I'll never forget. She helped me understand that dreams come true only when you have a strong passion for them.

I've been big fan since stumbling across her performance at Korea's Star King in 2007; I felt so proud seeing her light up the stage. She's truly come a long way since then. And she shows no sign of stopping.



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