Where I Belong


Freedom and Life – “…Nitong mga nakaraang araw, pinilit kong manahimik kaysa sagutin ang tanong ng ilan kung totoo nga bang nag-tangka ako ng suicide dahil wala na akong pera. Ngayon, pabubulaanan ko ang mga bintang, (This last few day, I tried to be quiet instead of replying to all question that they said I committed suicide because they said I don’t have money anymore, now I will say to all of that, that’s all wrong), ” Pempengco said. “Mahal ko po ang buhay ko, lalo pa nga’t malaya ko nang naipapahayag ang totoong ako. At mayroon pa rin po akong naitatagong pera, (I love my life, specially now that I have my freedom to be who I am and I still have money saved.)” she said. Pempengco was referring to her decision to go public with her sexual preference in June, which she has since credited in interviews for being happy. She is also openly in a relationship with Alyssa Quijano, a former rival in singing competitions with whom she now shares a home. On the subject of her alleged financial woes and her estrangement from her family, Pempengco added: “Patuloy pa rin po akong nag-tatrabaho dahil mahal ko ang pamilya ko. Maaring hindi maayos ang sitwasyon namin ngayon, pero umaasa po akong magiging okay kami sa nalalapit na panahon (I continuing to work because I love family, the situation right now may not be good but in due time, I still hoping it will be)….” – ABS-CBN News, 10 Dec 2013 (READ MORE)

Right Where I Belong – “…Pempengco lent her singing voice for the film’s theme song “Right Where I Belong.” The singer, however, said she almost lost the project after she revealed she was a lesbian. “I came out…I almost lost it but they didn’t give up on me. They were scared, siyempre kasi ‘di ba ang audience is mga kids, ganyan, but they realized na the story of being who you are is very beautiful and that’s why they chose me,” she told ANC. News that Charice was working on a US animated film first surfaced in June 2013, shortly after Pempengco revealed she was a lesbian. Pempenco did not announce the film’s title, but hinted at the project…” – Rappler (READ MORE)

Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco (born May 10, 1992), popularly known by the mononym Charice, is a Filipina singer who rose to popularity through YouTube. Dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as “the most talented girl in the world”, she released her first international studio album Charice in 2010. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number-eight, making Charice the first Asian solo singer in history to land in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. She released the single “Pyramid” which featured singer Iyaz. It is her most successful single to-date, charting within the top 40 in a number of countries, and debuting on The Oprah Winfrey Show where she sang live vocals. Crossing over to acting on television, she joined the cast of TV series Glee as Sunshine Corazon. She has released a new lead single, “Before It Explodes”, written by Bruno Mars, from her international sophomore studio album, Infinity. In March 2012, she signed on to be one of the four judges of the Philippine version of The X Factor, which began to air on ABS-CBN in June. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

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endured poverty and rejection

The Star: – “…My mom is so excited I can’t even explain it to you,” the Calgary native says on the phone from the Los Angeles set of Glee last week. “She’s just freaking out.” Here’s the real shocker: not that long ago, before he became known to millions as Finn Hudson, there was very little glee in Monteith’s life. He was, in fact, at genuine risk of being homeless in Vancouver. That came out in a conversation about a cause he backs: the push to create a National Youth Homelessness Awareness Day in Canada on Nov. 17. Monteith is a very committed spokesman for the cause, which is backed by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite “Re*Generation Canada” movement. Monteith points out that there are more than 65,000 homeless youth on the streets of Canada, and, yes, he was close to being one of them. After his parents split when he was seven, Monteith dropped out of school in Grade 9 and never went to university. For a while, he took odd jobs as a Wal-Mart greeter, roofer, even working at a car wash. His pursuit of an acting career took him to Vancouver, but he endured poverty and rejection. “I definitely experienced a marginalized situation. I was not homeless but I was definitely at risk.” Monteith was around 20 when things were at their low point. He says it was acting teacher Andrew McIlroy, who mentored him, gave him direction and got him passionate about an acting career. He also credits his “Vancouver acting collectives,” the other young hopefuls who provided family-like support. “That’s pretty much where I grew up, where I moved from one period to another, from treading water dangerously to really getting excited about something…” (Cory Monteith: I was on the verge of homelessness)

Cory Allan Monteith (born May 11, 1982) is a Canadian actor and musician best known for his role as Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee. In April 2010, Monteith was cast in the upcoming romantic comedy movie Monte Carlo. In May 2010, the cast of Glee went on a two week live tour with stops in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago and New York City. The cast performed many hits from the show and had several skits between songs. On August 8, 2010, he co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards. Monteith hosted the Gemini Awards in Toronto on November 13, 2010. In January 2011, he shot the movie Sisters and Brothers with Dustin Milligan, and it was announced that Monteith is at the center of a new untitled workplace comedy, starring and co-producing (Wikipedia).