Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, best known as Charice Pempengco, or simply Charice (a portmanteau of her first two names), is a Filipina international singer who rose to popularity through YouTube.

In 2005, Pempengco joined ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation’s Little Big Star, a talent show in the Philippines loosely patterned after American Idol. Eliminated after her first performance, she was later called back as a wildcard contender and eventually became a finalist. Although she was a consistent top scorer in the final rounds, she only finished in third place based on text voting. she was beaten by Sam Concepcion.

Pempengco made minor appearances in local television shows and TV commercials, but essentially had fallen off the radar after her stint at Little Big Star. It was not until 2007 that Pempengco gained worldwide recognition after Dave Dueñas, an avid supporter, started posting videos of her live performances onto YouTube under the username FalseVoice. The videos garnered millions of hits making Pempengco an internet phenomenon.

Her self-titled Philippine debut album Charice was released in May 2008. The mini album, consisting of six songs and six backing tracks, was awarded gold certification in the Philippines in October 2008. The album was eventually recognized to have achieved platinum status in 2009. Pempengco appeared on the May 12 edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show in an episode entitled the “World’s Smartest Kids”, in which she performed Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”. It was through the recommendation of Oprah Winfrey that music producer David Foster took Pempengco under his wing. She performed with Foster for the first time as one of the entertainers on the May 17 opening of MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.

Pempengco appeared in her first feature film, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel, which was released in North America on December 23. She is also part of the official movie soundtrack with her rendition of ” No One” by Alicia Keys accompanied by The Chipettes.

On December 27, Pempengco appeared in Singapore Idol’s grand finale episode as a guest performer, in which she performed two of her signature songs, The Bodyguard medley and “Note to God”.

Other Information

  • Birth name : Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco
  • Also known as : Charice Pempengco, Charice
  • Born : May 10, 1992 (1992-05-10) (age 17)
  • Origin : Laguna, Philippines
  • Genres : Pop, R&B, Soul
  • Occupations : Singer
  • Instruments : Vocals
  • Years active : 2007 – present
  • Labels : 143/Reprise
  • Website : Official Website


  • 2008 : Charice
  • 2009 : My Inspiration

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