Metro Manila · Charice Pempengco (* 10 May 1992)
Charice Pempengco is a Cabuyao, Laguna native who rose to fame through her YouTube videos. Her self-titled international studio album landed in Billboard 200’s Top 10 making Pempengco the first Asian solo artist to make it in the said spot.
Pempengco grew up in Laguna and was raised by her mother Raquel. Joining singing contests at a young age was Pempengco’s way of helping her mother in making ends meet. She even joined singing competitions on Philippine TV but was unsuccessful. In 2005, Pempengco joined another singing contest where she placed third. Two years after her stint in Philippine show business, an avid fan of Charice posted Pempengco’s performances.
The videos went viral and Charice became an internet sensation. Charice debuted her most successful single Pyramid with artist Iyaz in The Oprah Winfrey Shows. Her international success landed the now 20-year-old Charice Pempengco a role in TV show Glee.