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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Music Museum honors Charice & Charlie

Music Museum honors Charice & Charlie

Music Museum honors Charice & Charlie ...

It was a great idea hatched in 24 hours.

Music Museum is turning 20 this year and Precy Florentino, its owner-manager, wanted something new to celebrate the milestone. As usual, should she invite most, if not all, of the artists who have performed in that landmark at the Greenhills Shopping Center which has to date mounted more than 3,000 shows?

It would be star-studded, a glam/glitz affair, but everybody has been doing it year in and year out, right? Nothing new.

So the other day, Precy did some brainstorming with good friend Kuh Ledesma, who originally built the Music Museum in 1988 and rebuilt it after it was gutted by fire a few years later - "And handed it to me on a silver platter," said Precy. Voila, they cooked up something very new, indeed: Giving plaques of recognition to Charice, 16, and Charlie Green, 11, for reaffirming the reputation of Filipino artists as world-class talents very early in their careers.

"What better way to mark our 20th anniversary than to celebrate Filipino talent, 'no!" said Precy. "We have had several meetings already, thinking of how to celebrate differently, and then we hit on this idea."

Yesterday, Precy and Kuh invited a few friends, among them the two icons in the industry, German "Kuya Germs" Moreno and Pilita Corrales (who, with husband Carlos Lopez, owns and manages a self-named restaurant also at Greenhills), to her own Teatrino (a stone's throw from Music Museum) to witness the awarding.

As the whole world probably knows by now, Charice (reminder again: She has dropped her surname Pempengco because her father, who is estranged from Charice's mom Raquel, "ordered" her to) has conquered the international stage, keeping entranced hosts Ellen DeGeneres, Paul O'Grady and Oprah Winfrey when she guested on their shows, and no less than iconic songwriter David Foster who is said to be preparing "something big" for Charice and who invited her to perform in two shows he mounted first at MGM Grand Hotel opening in Connecticut and then at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas where Andrea Bocelli, one of the performers, personally invited Charice to sing a duet with him (of The Prayer) at his annual birthday concert three weeks ago in Tuscany, Italy.

Charlie Green is the Filipino-British boy who landed in the semi-finals in this year's Britain's Got Talent, also a brainchild of Simon Cowell of American Idol fame. (Last year's champion, Paul Potts, is coming for a concert at the PICC on Oct. 8, produced by Concertus, Inc.) He sang two songs, Summer Wind and All I Wanna Do Is Sing. His father, Roger Green, was a member of the Black & White Minstrels. His mother, Cecilia Sumargo, is from Cebu where some of the country's finest singers come from (among them Pilita Corrales, Dulce, Sheryn Regis, Chad Borja, Manilyn Reynes and Dessa).

During the short program hosted by theater-director Freddie Santos, Precy and Kuh awarded Charice and Charlie their plaques.

"I can't believe it," said the teary-eyed Charice earlier while posing for photos with Pilita, Kuya Germs and Kuh. "I never imagined I would be standing side by side with these big stars."

Then, accompanied by Ryan "Mr. C" Cayabyab on the piano, Charice rendered two songs, I Believe (by Fantasia) and And I Am Telling You (by Jennifer Hudson); followed by Charlie also with two, Stars and Smile. The kids have such powerful voices that they sent Intensity 10 shockwaves around the whole Teatrino, with the elite audience breaking into a thunderous applause. Bravo!!!

Freddie aptly described the two hugely-talented kids as he capped the program: "They are two of today's amazing stars!"

JoKer DeTor
Showbiz Top i-News

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