Thank you to Vietman-based Roger Pe for sending me the Smartest Kids segment of the OPRAH show which featured Charice Pempengco. I had compared the vocal renditions of Charice Pempengco and Madonna Decena. My sister, Myrna, and I agreed that Madonna sang with more in-depth feeling at the “Britain’s Got Talent” auditions with sour-faced Simon Cowell (as one of the judges). Maybe it’s because Donna is 32 and Charice is still 15. This girlie-girl (looks like she might have received an Oprah hairstyle makeover, good for her!) relies on technique for her volumizing songs, I should say… Does Charice show promise? From the public relations point of view, as long as she doesn’t acquire so-called “Diva” attitudes, for instance, demanding an “all-pink” dressing room, she will do very well indeed. I look forward to the time when Charice is all grown-up and socially conscious, working those lungs to promote the devotion, hard work, and professionalism of Overseas Filipinos.
In the meantime, I’ve collected a couple of her TV appearances for you to enjoy.
From the ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW in 2007: (where she first gained her US notoriety, when Ellen declared: “You are going to be blown away! You’re going to witness something. I was there that day at that show.”)
Check out this video that was sent to me by my family about the Filipina performing artist, Madonna Decena, who left the Philippines six months ago to become a club singer/lounge singer in the UK. She certainly looked and dressed the part during the Britain’s Got Talent competition. After you view the video, I believe you will agree with me that it carries a message. Even the judges — Simon, Piers, and Amanda — were visibly moved by Madonna’s audition. I think this video provides a reality check for all of us, Overseas Filipinos, workers and professionals — especially for the families we leave behind in the Philippines.
A tip for Madonna Decena: Lose the short-short skirt! Wear something that will “lengthen” your torso during your performances. You have a beautiful face and a magnificent voice. Your pathos and your love (for your children) show through — and we know you will definitely go places!!! God speed, Donna!
Ben Menor, one of the top Filipino leaders in community development and service in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, is currently going through the final phase of proceedings on alleged charges thrown at him 2-1/2 years ago. According to court documents, an agreement between the District Attorney and defendant was reached. Out of the three charges, two counts will be dismissed — charges related to theft and embezzlement. Ben pleaded “no contest” to one count.
No statements are being sent out by Ben Menor because there is still a court hearing he needs to attend on July 24, 2008. Ben Menor said that “I’m happy that the case is coming to a close — and I can move on with my life —- and that I can get back to what I had been doing, which is my love for serving the community.”
For any media interviews regarding the case, please contact Charlie Hendrickson at 408.299.7192 at the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s office.