NAGSAMA-SAMA ANG MGA bigating pangalan sa entertainment industry to witness Charice’s baptism and confirmation kasama ang kanyang kapatid na si Carl last May 22 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Pasig City. The event was covered by local and foreign media.
There were 23 pairs of godparents including myself and Kris Aquino. Kasama rin sa mga ninong at ninang sina ABS-CBN Chairman Mr. Gabby Lopez, ABS-CBN’s President Charo Santos-Concio, Ricky Lo, Karen Davila, Julius and Tintin Babao at Jobert Sucaldito. Sino ang mag-aakalang magiging kumare ko si Oprah Winfrey at kumpare ko naman si David Foster who both sent their representatives to attend the special occasion?
Masayang-masaya si Charice at nagpasalamat siya sa lahat ng mga taong dumating that day. Gaya ng dati ay nandoon si Mommy Raquel. She has always been Charice’s source of strength and inspiration kaya marami mang bagyo ang dumating sa kanyang buhay ay nananatili pa rin siyang matatag at puno ng pag-asa because Mommy Raquel is always at her side.
Nagbigay rin ng mga pagbati ang kanyang mga ninong at ninang. Ma’am Charo said, “I wish to congratulate Charice and her brother for this special day. I hope God continues to shower her with his light and his grace so Charice would continue to be a role model hindi lang para sa kabataan dito sa Pilipinas kundi para sa lahat ng kabataan sa buong mundo.”
Julius said, “I wish them all the best in life and I hope na mas lalo silang maging mabubuting Katoliko at mas lalo nilang mapalawig ang pananampalataya ng mas maraming Pilipino sa Panginoon dahil sa kanilang bagong relihiyon.”
“I want to wish you not just the best. I want to tell you that all your success hindi lang pamilya mo ang masaya, hindi lang kami sa ABS-CBN, kundi ang buong Pilipinas ay masaya dahil anumang tagumpay mo, ikaw ang representative ‘ika nga ng buong Pilipinas,” sabi ni Karen.
Nagkaroon ng mini-concert at gift-giving si Charice after the ceremony to celebrate her 18th birthday. She sang her hit single “Pyramid” from her first international self-titled album and the song “We are the World.” Sabi nga, “When it rains, it pours.” Umaapaw ngayon ang mga blessings ni Charice. She recently launched her first international self-titled album on The Oprah Winfrey Show and her single Pyramid has reached the Number 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
I am proud of Charice. I remember my interview with Charice prior to her departure for The Ellen DeGeneres Show and after her special performance in a Korean variety show. Noon pa man, alam kong Charice was a winner. She has that energy and hunger. Sana ay magtuluy-tuloy pa ang pagbagyo ng suwerte kay Charice.
Kaibigan, usap tayo muli!
Kaibigan, usap tayo muli!
Points of Boy
by Boy Abunda