Charice: 'I'm still the same person'

Posted at 12/02/2012 6:59 PM | Updated as of 12/03/2012 11:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Even with her blonde hair, tattoos and American accent, Charice maintains that she is still the same person that Filipinos used to know.

The Filipino singer, who rose to fame through YouTube and eventually appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Oprah”, made the statement after being criticized over her new image.

In an interview with Boy Abunda on “The Buzz” on Sunday, Charice said she is disappointed that several people were quick to judge her, with others even turning to social media sites to make fun of her.

“I think ‘yung pinakamasakit ‘yung dyina-judge ako ng mga tao na hindi naman ako kilala. Pati ‘yung mga tao na kilala na nga ako, dyina-judge pa ako. Kasi para po sa akin, parang ‘hoy, kilala niyo naman ako eh, hindi naman porket nagpalit ako ng buhok, ‘di naman porket may tattoo ako sa katawan ko eh iba na ako. ‘Di naman ganoon ‘yun,” she explained.

“Ilang months din po akong ‘di nakapag-Twitter kasi ang hirap na ‘yung gusto kong mag-enjoy sa Twitter with my fans tapos marami kang makikitang masasakit na mga words na parang kung sabihan ka nila parang kilala ka nila,” she added. “But these past few weeks, talagang active na po ako. Masaya ako kasi nabawasan na ‘yung mga bashers. Meron pa rin pero at least nabawasan na.”

Charice also expressed her disappointment toward some members of the media who were “disrespectful” to her.

“I’d rather na ‘wag na lang marinig ‘yung mga questions nila, mga batikos nila. Naiintindihan ko po ‘yung mga iniisip nila na suplada po ako dahil ‘di ko sinasagot ‘yung mga interviews po nila. Pero siyempre, alam naman na rin po natin na ‘yung mga ibang media, some of them medyo disrespectful po ang dating. Medyo na-feel bad po ako ako siyempre that time, masakit for me,” she said.

New image

Charice

So what is the idea behind Charice’s new image?

“Ang hirap mag-explain dahil noong unang lumabas po ‘yung issue sa haircut ko, sabi ko ‘ano ba ‘yan, haircut lang eh.’ Naiintindihan ko po ‘yung mga reaction nila pero at the same time, I don’t think na kailangan ko pang ipaliwanang kasi alam ko po lilipas din ito, na sinanay ko lang sila sa mahaba kong buhok,” said the singer, who was initially known for her long black hair.

“’Di rin po ako sanay kaya ‘di ko alam kung anong ie-explain ko sa kanila,” she added. “Para sa akin po, ito na po ‘yung normal na ako. Masaya po ako eh.”

When asked about people who think that she is trying too hard to have an American accent, Charice told Abunda: “Alam mo, hindi ko na po maintindihan kasi po noong una, noong wala po akong accent, kung batikusin po ako, ganoon din.

“Tapos noong nagta-try na ako nang best ko na kung paano sila magsalita, bumabatikos pa rin. So para po sa akin, ginagawa ko lang po ang trabaho ko kasi may points din ‘yun eh.

“’Di naman perfect eh, inaamin ko naman po. Siyempre ‘di naman ako magaling pa rin sa English pero masaya pa rin ako na may mga nakakapansin na ‘uy, may accent na pala ako.’ Natutuwa rin ako pero sana naman, ‘wag naman nilang batikusin kasi hindi ko rin naman po sinasadya ‘yun. Kung baga, parang siyempre tinuturo rin po sa akin ‘yun.”

Charice then assured viewers of “The Buzz” that she still embraces her original Filipino accent.

“’Di naman po porket may accent na eh maarte na. At saka hindi naman po totally na may accent ako, kahit papaano po naman maririnig niyo pa rin ‘to kasi napapagod din naman po ako,” she said, laughing. “Preferred ko pa rin po ‘yung may Tagalog accent. Minsan kailangan ko lang po talaga [ng American accent].”

The singer also took the opportunity to thank all of the Filipinos who have supported her since day one.

“Kahit na minsan ‘di nila ‘yun nafee-feel from me, sa puso ko, I owe you guys,” she said.