Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, better known by her screen name Charice (born May 10, 1992), is a Filipina singer who became a singing sensation throughout the world through Youtube. She started joining singing contests at the age of seven but became widely known in her native Philippines when she placed third in Little Big Star.
At the tender age of two, Charice’s mother discovered that Charice had a high voice when singing “Happy Birthday”. At the age of four, her mother and aunt began teaching Charice vocal techniques and at seven years old, Charice began her journey with singing contests in the Philippines in the hopes of helping her mother with the hardship life they had as her number one priority. She joined Little Big Star singing contest in 2005, when she was only 13 years old. She was eliminated right away but was later picked in a wild card round to re-enter the competition. She worked her way up to become a finalist. She was a consistent top scorer during the early rounds. But during the finals, she only finished third place, while Sam Concepcion got first place. However, she signed a contract under ABS-CBN, the Philippines largest television network. Even though she was awarded third place on Little Big Star, Charice earned many TV guestings, performing and astounding the people of the Philippines through her big, powerful voice.