Charice leads tree lighting ceremony in US

Posted at 11/22/2010 2:28 PM | Updated as of 11/23/2010 8:06 AM

CALIFORNIA - Fans braved the rain to watch international singing sensation Charice kick off the Holiday shopping season at The Citadel outlet mall just outside of Los Angeles last Saturday.

Charice joined teen pop star Cody Simpson as they lit the Christmas tree and launched this year's toys for tots program.

“Pareho kaming busy. We still have time to help other people by sharing our music by singing for them, and by calling the people to help them. Talagang gusto ko ganoon,” she said.

That music is expected to rack up awards as well. Last week, producer and Charice's mentor, David Foster, predicted that she would eventually win a Grammy award.

When asked to react, she said: "Pressure. I mean I'm waiting for that, that's like one of my dreams. So, kung mangyari ‘yon, siyempre sobra, one of the best moments talaga sa life ko."

While Foster builds her up for Grammy stardom, he's also trying to protect her young image.

Last week, Gin Blossoms front man Robin Wilson called Charice extremely hot and that he can't wait to see her in Maxim magazine. When reporters at a “David Foster and Friends” show tried to ask if Charice would do a Maxim, Foster ended the press conference.

“Hindi ko alam kung serious sila sa sinabi nila, pero kung serious sila salamat, Kung insulto ‘yong ginagawa nila, it's fine for me. But I think ang cute naman ni Sir David. It's cute because I think he doesn't want any people to say that kind of words to me,” Charice said.

For now, Charice remains busy. This was one of her scheduled 3 tree lighting ceremonies.

She also performed at the Grove in Los Angeles on Sunday, and will do another one at the Rockefeller in New York next week.

As of now, she's not scheduled to appear at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and she looks forward to a quiet thanksgiving this year.

Fans are speculating that Charice may appear on hit American TV series “Glee” on November 30 after pictures of cast members linked to Charice's character, Sunshine Corazon, surfaced.

However, Charice said she herself has not filmed her scenes and is unsure of when her next appearance will be. -Report by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau