YouTube Star Charice Hits it Big at Home and Abroad

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Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco is most notable for the shorter version of her name, Charice.  Filipino singer-song writer and actress, who rose to fame through YouTube, she now has a net worth of $16 million. Oprah Winfrey praised her talents by calling her the most talented girl in the world.

Despite her talent, Charice and her family have struggled with poverty and violence throughout the years.  When she was three years old she saw her father point a gun at her mother during an argument. She, her mother and brother fled from her father for a better life.  Because they had very little money, Charice convince her mother to enter her into singing competitions to help support the family. They entered several competitions often winning. They were so poor that they had to borrow travel money from family and friends and pay them back with their winnings. Charice estimated that she entered between 80 and 100 competitions during that time. Life was not easy.

Charice inherited her vocal talents from her mother who was a singer in a band. Her mother discovered her talents one day when she came home to Charice standing on top of the kitchen table belting out Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On. Her mother at first thought the radio was on and Celine Dion was singing.