Charice and Celine

This beautiful performance happened more than a month ago, but I still want to post it here anyway.

The extremely talented Charice Pempengco is given a star turn at Celine Dion’s concert at the Madison Square Garden.

Ms. Dion displays a very generous and humble heart in letting Charice take center stage while she stayed in the background during the high points of the song. God bless her!

A beautiful rendition of “Because You Loved Me“:

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The New York Post’s Dan Aquilante gave this very favorable review:

The Charice segment was the night’s brightest moment. The teen was able to blast notes with Celine-like power, but she was also able to get in touch with the song’s emotions.

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And Jon Caramanica of The New York Times had this to say:

They performed “Because You Loved Me,” though Ms. Dion mostly stayed out of the way as Ms. Pempengco explored the song’s heretofore unheard rougher edges, with ample gesticulations and melisma. As Ms. Pempengco brought the crowd to its feet, Ms. Dion struck poses behind her: awestruck wonder, heartfelt empathy, ambient triumph.

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16-year-old Charice Sings with Andrea Bocelli

Super Filipina Kid

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Animoto.com—Create Your Videos Online

I received an email from Web Evangelism, where they featured this neat Web app at http://animoto.com.

Animoto will create videos for you from your own pics and choice of soundtrack music. You can choose soundtracks from their library or from your own music collection. They promise that no two videos will be the same. You can use the same collection of pics and same music, but they will remix it to come up with different videos every time.

Free videos will last only 30 seconds. You’ll have to pay for longer ones.

Just to see how good they are, I tried them out with some pics from when Perry and I were in Italy. Here’s what they came up with, in less than seven minutes:

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You can then post the videos in your blog (as I did with this sample), in WordPress, MySpace, Friendster, Facebook, Multiply, etc. You can invite your friends to view them, or upload them to YouTube.

Great tool for 30-second promotional messages for your services, organization, church, etc.

Pretty cool for a free service, huh?

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Kudos To My Beautiful Wife (Perry)

Anyone Out There Need 50GB of FREE Online Storage? (Another excellent and FREE online app)

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16-year-old Charice Sings with Andrea Bocelli

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m late again 😦 .

But I’m still happy that Charice Pempengco got to sing with Andrea Bocelli. I’m sure that thousands of other Filipinos have already seen her videos on YouTube. So? I still want to post links to her videos in this blog. Hey, I’m a fan 🙂 .

In the Wikipedia article on Bocelli, the tenor is quoted as saying that he was actually looking forward to promoting Charice, whom he called a “force of nature” 🙂 . Here’s what he said, according to the Wikipedia article:

In an interview, Andrea Bocelli said that “In realtà il mondo è pieno di grandi voci e ho avuto la fortuna di cantare con tanti artisti, da Christina Aguilera a Bono. Ma, se proprio dovessi trovare una nuova interprete, punterei su Charice, una ragazza delle Filippine che a soli 15 anni è una versa forza della natura. Ne sentiremo parlare.” or “In reality, the world is full of great voices and I had the opportunity to sing with so many artists, from Christina Aguilera to Bono. But, if I would like to look for a new voice, I would push for Charice, a girl from the Philippines that only at 15 yrs old is a flush force of nature. That we shall be hearing.”

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So here they are, Charice and Bocelli, singing “The Prayer” (the video is a bit shaky, since it was just taken by an audience member, but their voices were sure and steady 🙂 ):


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For more news on this wonder kid, click here. There are also more and higher-quality videos of her various performances with different artists in other countries at this site (including her performance at the Paul O’Grady Show in England).
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The following news clip on Charice features a snippet of her fantastic performance at the tribute concert to David Foster, held last May at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. The news is in Tagalog, but the praises heaped on her by the 14-time Grammy Award winner Foster and by Josh Groban (!) are, of course, in English. She received standing ovations for her renditions of “I Will Always Love You“, “I Have Nothing“, and “And I am Telling You“.

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And here’s an interview on a Philippine entertainment show:

 

Hats off to you, Charice! Man, if you’re this good at 16, who can tell where you’ll be, even just 5 years from now? I do hope you stay humble, and that you never ever forget the Creator who gave you your gifts. God bless you!

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Charice and Celine

Super Filipina Kid

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Michael Card

Still VERY busy. And nervous: our project will launch tomorrow. God is good!

I want so much to post something about faith. I have been thinking about what faith in God means. I was stimulated not just by the reactions to my posts, but also by the post Can I Just Define “Faith” However I Please? and the reactions to it in Reclaiming the Mind, and also by the latest posts and comments in Johnshoreland such as this and this. Lord willing, I might be able to find some time to write on this next week.

In the meantime, while searching yesterday for a completely different set of videos, I came across a set of Michael Card vids on YouTube. He’s simply amazing, a truly gifted artist, excellent poet and songwriter. I’ve been a fan for more than ten years now, but yesterday was the first time I saw song videos from him, and I was really blessed.

Michael’s so good I just have to share the following, even while I still don’t have time to write down my thoughts on faith. I’m sure you’ll be blessed, too. (There are more Michael Card song videos posted on YouTube, but I just chose these three for this post.)

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Immanuel

A sign shall be given:
a virgin will conceive
a human baby bearing undiminished deity.

The glory of the nations,
a light for all to see,
a hope for all who will embrace His warm reality.

Immanuel! Our God is with us! …


So what will be your answer?
Oh, will you hear the call
of Him who did not spare His Son
but gave Him for us all?

On earth there is no power,
there is no depth or height
that will ever separate us
from the love of God in Christ!

Immanuel! Our God is with us!
And if God is with us,
who could stand against us?
Our God is with us! Immanuel!

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Why?

Why did it have to be a friend
who chose to betray the Lord? …

And why did there have to be a thorny crown pressed upon His head?
It should have been a royal one made of jewels and gold instead. …

Why did there have to be a heavy cross He was made to bear?
And why did they nail His feet and hands?
His love would have held Him there! …

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Love Crucified Arose

Long ago He blessed the earth,
born older than the years.
And in the stall across He saw
through the first of many tears.

A life of homeless wandering,
cast out on sorrow’s way.
The shepherd seeking for the lost,
His life the price He paid.

Love crucified arose!
The Risen One in splendor!
Jehovah’s sole defender
has won the victory!

Love crucified arose!
And the grave became a place of hope,
for the heart that sin and sorrow broke
is beating once again!

Throughout Your life You felt the weight
of what You’ve come to give—
to drink for us that crimson cup,
so we might really live.

At last the time to love and die,
the dark appointed day,
that one forsaken moment when
Your Father turned His face away!

Love crucified arose!
The One who lived and died for me,
was Satan’s nail-pierced casualty.
Now He’s breathing once again!

Love crucified arose!
And the grave became a place of hope,
for the heart that sin and sorrow broke
is beating once again!

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May you all have a special experience of God’s amazing love this week. God bless you!

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Super Filipina Kid

Hi, guys.

I’m late (again 😦 ) in becoming aware of these videos. They’re of Charice Pempengco, super Filipina singer, and I thought I’d plug this extraordinary talented kid on this site. She’s awesome, especially since she’s only 15 years old! For those of you who don’t know her, please watch the videos—and be amazed at her talent.

This one’s her guesting on the Ellen DeGeneres show last December:

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This one’s a copy of the video which Ellen saw, which moved her to invite Charice:

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And this one’s a previously unreleased video of Charice in a singing contest when she was just 9—amazing!

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Hats off to you, Charice! You’re one super Filipina talent! Mabuhay ka and God bless you!

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16-year old Charice Sings With Andrea Bocelli

Charice and Celine
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Beautiful Ballet Between a Man Without a Leg and a Woman Without an Arm

A good friend* sent me this link, and I just HAD to post it today. It’s so beautiful and moving!

What an inspiring tribute to the human spirit, dignity, and will!

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*Thanks, pastor Eyriche!

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Who Am I? Who Are You?

Speaking of grace (see yesterday’s post), this song is a beautiful response to the grace of God:

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(Here’s a video showing the background of the band Casting Crowns and a LIVE performance of the same beautiful song:)

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Grace and peace!

Mel
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