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Kuh to Charice: Pray!

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Kuh Ledesma on Charice Pempengco’s coming out: “I don’t know if that was the right thing for her to do. I don’t know if this is already acceptable, globally, in the field of music. Before you make a big step in your life—saying something like that or something like, ‘I don’t want to sing anymore’—you first have to think hard and pray for guidance. The Bible says that before making a major decision, it is best to listen to a lot of wise counsel, seek wisdom.”

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Charice’s mom: We knew

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RAQUEL said her daughter did not have to apologize. They are shown here before the storm, with Charice serenading her during her birthday celebration last year.

Raquel Pempengco, mother of international singer Charice, said she had accepted her estranged daughter “for who she is” and there was no need for the latter to apologize for being a lesbian.

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Famous pair’s project an epic failure abroad

JUDY Anne gets mad when pushed.

Pretty Star and Handsome Consort are the current toasts of Tinseltown. When they headlined a recent show abroad, however, PS and HC realized they needed to work double-time on their popularity among overseas compatriots.

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Mom to Charice: No need to apologize

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IN THIS 2009 photo, girly Charice welcomes the Inquirer to her Tagaytay home. INQSnap this page to see more photos and her TV interview! FILE PHOTO

Contrary to earlier reports, Raquel Pempengco on Friday said that she has long accepted that her daughter Charice is a lesbian.

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‘Butch type’

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DONATING school supplies to her alma mater,  Gulod Elementary School in Cabuyao.

Whenever she comes across old photos of herself—all cutesy and made-up, her hair in pigtails; or looking sassy in short skirts and high heels—Charice can’t help laughing.

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Charice takes a huge step, with huge risks

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CHEERS! Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino in “Here Lies Love”

The news outlets in print, on television and online are abuzz with singer Charice’s most recent public announcement that she is a lesbian. I laud her for her courage in taking that step, and congratulate her for being true to herself, making no apologies for the person she truly is. Indeed, that is a huge step to take with huge risks attached, as she cannot control how other people will react to this latest development.

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Charice comes out as lesbian, apologizes to family

In this earlier photo Charice, a cast member in "Glee," arrives at the television show's second season premiere in Los Angeles. AP

Charice Pempengco, a Filipino singer who played an exchange student in “Glee,” says she’s a lesbian and has apologized to her family in an emotional TV interview.

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Charice admits she’s lesbian

Charice Pempengco file photo

International singing sensation Charice Pempengco admitted in a taped interview on “The Buzz” Sunday that she is a lesbian.

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Charice defends her tough-girl look

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CHARICE: “My new hair and tattoo don’t define me. I’m still the same person.”FILE PHOTO

Early this year, singer-actress Charice shed her sweet, wholesome image and emerged with an edgier look. Her hair was dyed blonde and cut short to resemble Japanese anime characters. She had a tattoo inked on her left forearm, and her personal style screamed rock and roll. The 20-year-old international artist’s unexpected transformation shocked not a [...]

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Charice vs Jessica

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CHARICE (left) and Jessica should step in and hold their respective loyalists at bay.

How sad to read and hear that supporters of Charice on the one hand and Jessica Sanchez on the other are snittily criticizing each other’s idol over their so-called “Pinoy-hood” cred. Jessica and Charice are the two top young female entertainers of Filipino descent making waves internationally, so you would think that their supporters would focus on that commonality, instead of what sets each of them apart.

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Grace Mendoza under pressure

CHARICE’S personal assistant, Courtney Blooding (left), now her “new point of contact”; at right, the singer with her original Philippine manager, Grace Mendoza, in 2010.

On July 31 we received a phone call from Grace Mendoza who, at that time, was still the Philippine manager of international pop singer Charice.   “This is not about Charice,” clarified Grace, who usually contacts the Inquirer whenever her ward was due to arrive from abroad for an engagement or an event in Manila. [...]

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Grown kids abandon ailing entertainer

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SARAH Lahbati

An appeal to aid Ailing Entertainer has been making the rounds online. Apparently AE’s loved ones are not willing to help in settling mounting medical bills.

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