MANILA, Philippines?At the age of 17, singer Charice Pempengco conquered the world, receiving standing ovations in concerts abroad as she shared the stage with music icons.
Some may attribute her success to a YouTube clip uploaded by a fan that eventually led to her guestings in popular US television shows Ellen Degeneres and Oprah. But for Charice, credits should go to her mother Raquel.
"Super po akong humahanga sa kaniya," said Charice, noting that although her mom was a single parent, she was able to send her and his brother to school.
For this, Charice lovingly dedicated her newly released second album entitled "My Inspiration" to her mom, in time for the upcoming Mother's Day.
"For Mommy po ang lahat ng ito. At pati na rin po sa lahat ng mommies sa buong mundo, lahat ng mommies na naghihirap para sa anak," Charice told the entertainment press at the launch of her new album, which features 12 revivals including "Wind Beneath My Wings" and the mother-daughter duet "You and Me Against the World."
The album, only produced and recorded in one month, also includes a minus-one compact disc.
In her album, Charice thanked famous host Oprah Winfrey whom she calls "Mommy Oprah" and popular musician "Daddy David Foster," her international mentor.
Charice said she personally picked some of the songs that would describe her relationship with her mom. In her next projects, Charice intends to include some of her compositions, also inspired by her mother.
But Charice is not yet ready for another "inspiration." She?d rather focus on her career unless the right one comes. If that happens, Charice hopes she need not choose between love and career.
"Kahit anong lahi basta't mamahalin niya ako, na kahit mawala ako sa showbiz mamahalin niya pa rin ako," said Charice.
But for now, Charice is set to do more shows abroad and to record her international album. Her voice will be included at the Alvin and the Chipmunks to be shown on December.
Charice, still euphoric about her success, said she is still surprised that people always ask for an autograph or a photo with her.
She also takes pride in having bought some properties from her earning.
Now Charice owns a seven-door apartment, a house in Royal Estate in Tagaytay, and a white Ford Expedition.
"I still want to do a lot of things. I want to be a lawyer...I also want to be called a singer-song writer," said Charice.