On January 18, 2009, Charice received a roaring applause and a standing ovation after she sang her rendition of One Moment In Time and God Bless America at Martin Luther King III "Realizing The Dream" Gala in Washington, DC. The next day, January 19, she performed at the "Pearl Presidential Inaugural" Gala where she once again left the audience teary-eyed and in awe, including Barack Obama’s sister, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng who was in attendance on behalf of President Obama.
Charice was awarded as one of the twelve most outstanding people for "People of the Year" in 2008 for People Asia magazine. The awards ceremony was held on January 15, 2009 at Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila. Charice was the youngest recipient ever for this prestigious annual award.