YouTube singing sensation turned international star Charice Pempengco returns to Manila for a one-night concert for Filipino fans. An up-and-coming international artist, Pempengco has performed with foreign artists like David Foster, Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli. She has appeared in popular television shows including Oprah. In this video, INQUIRER.net multimedia reporter Anna Valmero talks to Pempengco about her plans.
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Marjorie Gorospe INQUIRER.net MANILA CITY, Philippines -- Most kids at the age of eight are probably busy playing their favorite toys or the computer. Julian Duque, 8, is unlike those kids. He loves to play but using his little fingers on the violin. Duque was six years old when he started playing the violin. None of his parents were interested in music. But that didn’t stop him from learning the instrument. At his current age, he can already play classical music from Mozart, among others. He can also play music medleys that can give comfort on a stressful day. Duque’s talent was discovered when he was chosen to portray the role of a boy named "Onyok" in the film "Boses" by Ellen Marfil. Boses is a finalist in the 2008 Cinemalaya. Through the film, the young lad showed that he also had a knack for acting, as he took on the role of a mute child battered by his father. So it was through music that he finds healing and solace. Ian Keneth Duque, Julian’s father, admits that it takes greater responsibility to take care of a gifted child. He says it is a blessing to have a gifted child. But it is also important that the young Duque enjoys his childhood. The young lad dreams of becoming a pilot someday. But at the moment, the young Duque is preparing for his upcoming competition in National Musical Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in 2009. “Someday, when he can choose which career he wants to pursue, we will let him. But for the meantime, I will guide him as his father,” Duque says.