Charice to Appear on Oprah

By Joseph Pimentel/

LOS ANGELES – First, it was Ellen DeGeneres. Now, Oprah Winfrey has invited the 15-year-old Filipino singing wunderkind as a guest on her No. 1 daytime US TV show.

ABS-CBN reported that Charice Pempengco has taped an episode on the Oprah Winfrey show to air sometime in May.

Tapos na po akong kumanta para sa isa pong episode ng Oprah (I’ve just recorded a performance for Oprah),” she said in a phone interview with an ABS-CBN reporter.

Pempengco did not delve into further details as to what she will be doing on the show.

However, a 43-second teaser for the upcoming episode on Oprah is already posted on Youtube and other video sharing websites.

From the teaser, it appears that Pempengco will perform and share the stage with other music and dance child prodigies.

“They may look like ordinary kids but what they’re getting ready to do on our stage will blow you away. This you have to believe,” according to the Oprah episode clip.

Originally from Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines, Pempengco’s musical journey has been a whirlwind ride since appearing on

The Ellen De-Generes Show last December. She just finished an appearance in the Paul O’Grady Show in London. She’s also been traveling frequently to New York and Los Angeles.

Besides The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Pempengco has been featured twice in the US on the Daily Ten, a regular show on E! entertainment channel. She was first noticed when she placed third as a 12-year-old contestant on the first season of Little Big Star, a singing contest aired on ABS-CBN in the Philippines and internationally on The Filipino Channel.

Charice will have her first ever appearance before her kababayans at the 36th anniversary awards of Los Angeles Filipino American organization Search to Involve Pilipino Americans on April 26.


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