Teenage star Charice Pempengco was one of the many performers who appeared at a charity concert organized by David Foster on Saturday, May 9. The 17-year-old joined Cher, Clay Aiken, Donny Osmond, Brian McKnight and Paul Anka at the David Foster & Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas to raise money for the David Foster Foundation, an organization established by the legendary composer and music producer in 1986 to provide financial and emotional help to the families of children needing organ transplants.
During the show, Charice thanked Foster and Oprah Winfrey for their help in her career.
“I would like to mention these people who are very special in my life,“ she said. “First, he is my fan, my producer, my mentor. He taught me a lot of things and of course he is my hero — David Foster. And of course I want to thank Oprah for believing in my dreams and of course believing in me. Thank you so much. I love you both.“
I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to perform to you in Dubai on Thursday, March 12. The concert was unable to happen due to issues with the promoter/venue. I know there are a lot of people disappointed and let down, including myself. It’s my dream to perform to you in Dubai so I promise to come back in the future and give you the concert of a lifetime.
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.