Thursday, September 18, 2008

Charice Pempengco duet with Celine Dion

Here are videos of Charice Pempengco sings "Because You Loved Me" with Celine Dion in Madison Square Garden on Sept 15.

This is what exactly Celine told Charice before she called her to come up on stage...

"They actually told me about an incredible young singer that she [Oprah Winfrey] discovered awhile 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 of 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, 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."

And when Charice was already on stage...

"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 (it) because you have (it), 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."

After their performance...

"You did amazing, and the roof of the Madison (blew) up tonight," said Celine.

Celine also said that she loved Charice and that she could not wait to perform with Charice for a full concert.

"But I'll ask you Charice,when you do perform in Madison Square are you going to invite me? I love you and I can not wait to be with you to perform here for a whole concert," Celine said before she let Charice leave the concert stage.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Congratulations to Doña Hortencia Salas Benedicto National High School website

Congratulations to Doña Hortencia Salas Benedicto National High School for winning the Smart Schools Program “Community Choice Award”.

Smart Communication Philippines is hosting a Schools website under the Smart Schools Program (SSP) in coordination with Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP).

The SSP “Website of the Month” Competition is SSP website’s rewards and recognition program for the SSP-hosted websites. Nominated websites are evaluated based on the content, website design, involvement of teachers and students, and website maintenance.

A “Community Choice Award” is also given to the nominee with the most number of votes earned in the Smart Schools Online Poll. For this month, the Doña Hortencia S. Benedicto National High School website, which earned a total of 135 votes in the online poll conducted from July 15 to August 15, emerged as the most favorite school website. Moalboal National High School website got 34 votes; Catmon National High School, 6; Orion National High School, 4; Ramon Avanceña National High School, 1.

Congratulations to Doña Hortencia S. Benedicto National High School for a job well done!

(Published 19 August 2008, Smart Communications, Inc.)