False advertising, fake news, fake election results, and guess what’s trending next… Below is an open letter to the former diva Charice (Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, 26) who now goes by the name Jake Zyrus, a transgender “male”. This is in response to her coming out in the recent interview at the Tonight with Boy Abunda show (ABS-CBN) to voice her reaction on the GRP article I wrote entitled: …
For those of you who missed the interview, below is a clip:
with the earlier part of the interview [HERE].
Dear Charice / Jake Zyrus,
First of all, I would like to express my appreciation for the amazing musical talent you have so willingly shared to so many people across the world, and most especially to your kababayans. You have made a lot of people smile, and even took them with you on your awesome journey/adventure with the greatest names in today’s tough music industry, where only the most gifted can really make it to the top.
Let me use this channel here at GRP to air my response to the things you expressed during the interview, matters which take us to the depths of the heart and soul of arguably the greatest Filipino singer of our time.
Jake’s response to the critical article:
Andun yung kurot na parang hindi niyo kasi alam yung mga pinagdadaanan ko… It’s sad because sanay ka na… Kailangan ba tanggapin lang? Of course I’m not a hypocrite. I’m not going to accept that because you don’t know who I am. You don’t know kung ano yung pinagdaanan ko… This person you see right now is not a one night decision. But thank you for showing this to all the people… Hindi dapat hinahayaan na sinasaktan lang yung mga tao kahit na alam natin na ang trabaho nila is pasayahin lang kayo.
I’d like to apologize if the words pierced deeper than it should have. I hope you’ll understand that criticisms are not necessarily meant to destroy (it’s wrong to label anything that’s against LGBT as hate speech). The article was really aimed at getting things back into perspective. If you really read the article, and not just the title (as most people do) – you will realize that it punches hard on a lot of valid points. It’s likely that it hurts because it’s TRUE. The truth hurts. And as they say… “No pain, no gain.” So I would like to invite you to just read the original article again with a sense of detachment, as someone outside of YOU – free from the deep-seated hurts/wounds. Sometimes being too deep in the thick of the drama/action, we can no longer think straight and our judgment gets hazy and clouded. Detach yourself with a passive third person point of view, and the article will make a lot more sense.
Zyrus to Zaxx:
So instead of saying hurtful things to you, I will say na You will get better, kung ano man yung pinagdadaanan mo. Hindi man kita kilala… I know how you feel.
Well you took it like a man, este… strong woman, there. Thanks for the good vibes, for keeping your cool and just reaching out with a positive parting note despite the tough/strong language you had to absorb.
It’s not that your admirers are really so depressed about your decision to go transgender, that they can’t sleep, eat or work anymore. Many after saying “Sayang ka” have simply moved on with an attitude of indifference. Besides there are many fresh new talented singers out there (J-Nissi for one), with some on the verge of filling up the void you just created with your withdrawal from the greater international spotlight. Nevertheless, thanks for your concern. It just goes to show that you care about how other people feel, which really speaks volumes about your big heart.
Yes, you don’t know me, and you may be right about knowing how I feel – which represents the feelings of all those who got disappointed with your dropping that bomb of a revelation. Like a sudden suicide of a seemingly happy person, most of us really didn’t see it coming, despite some signs that there was something else going on behind the adorable charming façade.
Maybe you know how I feel, but I doubt you know how I think. So here’s the deal: I’ll tell you more about how I see your situation and how it can be improved/rectified. All you have to do is sit down, relax and open the ears of your soul.
This follow-up article touches on “False Voice”. If you recall, this was the YouTube channel/admirer/fan (Dave in real life) that ushered you into the international scene and catapulted your career on a laser-beam trajectory to the peak of your eventual worldwide stardom (with no less than David Foster as your mentor). False voice or falsetto is also the musical term for that amazing technique used by singers like you to hit incredibly high notes beyond your natural vocal range, as in your [duet with Aegis]. This is likely the technique that got you on the stage in the first place.
Somehow, in some ironic twist of fate – your short high-flying career takes a sudden nosedive (which I detailed in my original article). How exactly is it ending? By your decision to sell us Jake’s Fake Voice.
You said ang trabaho ninyo (artists/entertainers) is pasayahin lang kami. If you really want to make us (the audience) happy, then I strongly suggest you get your original voice back. I hope you still remember Sam Milby’s (your crush’s) kind advice/admonition many years ago: “Don’t change. Stay as you are.” (@8:05; 8:15 of video link).
Please stop the voice-altering testosterone nonsense – akin to “demonic possession”! Stop before it (like your breast removal) eventually causes irreversible damage on you. Honestly speaking, people will not line up and go on a standing ovation for a voice that sounds like a croaking “ribbit” frog and with you sporting those Kim Jong-un looks. Sorry, but it sounds just too flat-out ordinary, mediocre and uninspiring – even quite pathetic in trying hard (TH) to mimic the vocal depth and richness of the likes of true men like Martin Nievera, when you can never TRULY attain it being a fake half-baked testosterone-adulterated transgender.
If you don’t stop altering your voice, people will start calling you “Fake Jake”, for your fake voice and fake manhood, or “Zyrus Virus”, for spreading the dysfunction of altering one’s body (voice/skin/sexual organs) in the name of being “true to yourself”. Do you want that to happen? Can’t you see the signs? Market forces dictate what people want. Gone are the standing ovations and the glamorous concert halls. Instead you get these thinning crowds, cancelled concerts, missed opportunities (Celine Dion veering away from a possible duet), and just the cheers of only a handful of mostly LGBT supporters left on the boat. The general public is no longer interested in what you have to offer.
In the world of sports, athletes who are found to have been doped with drugs and illegal steroids are eventually booted out of the game or disqualified for cheating. The same is true for people in your industry. Altering one’s natural self (like what Michael Jackson did to his face) eventually brings them down. As they say “Natural is No.1”. If you want to be true to yourself, first be true to your body – just be the natural physical you.
Fortunately, it’s your lucky day. I’ll tell you a few secrets that might help you change your course. Are you ready?
- The 40 Percent Rule. The Navy SEALs (America’s elite special combat force) have this rule for training their men to go beyond their apparent limits. It’s their secret to mental toughness. The 40% rule is simple: “When your mind is telling you that you’re done, that you’re exhausted, that you cannot possibly go any further, you’re only actually 40% done.” If you think you’ve already given your all, they say that at that point – you can actually push yourself to go 60% more. [Thanks Jesse for this great illustration.] So how does that relate to you? A lot of people think you did not really take it all the way being “Charice”. You could have gone much further – to greater heights if you only held yourself a bit longer as the charming cute little diva you once were. That means if you hypothetically performed in 40 international shows with 4M USD in earnings, you could have gone 60 / 6M USD more. You simply gave up and ditched your hot-selling brand too soon – a brand that was promoted by David Foster the Hitman himself and the greatest talk show hosts (Ellen, Oprah) in the American continent. You simply don’t ditch a strong brand at the height of its glory. It’s basic marketing common sense. Think of the possibility: What if you held a come-back concert “The Return of Charice”? Man (I mean woman!), there won’t be enough tickets/seats to meet the demand.
- Good influence. Let’s admit you really went through a lot of “shit”. We all know the drama you went through esp. within your family. Who doesn’t have drama and inner struggles in life? You also said what you are now (breast-free testosterone-doped Jake Zyrus) was not an overnight decision. Sometimes the key to getting through these difficult/confusion-laden times is being with the right kind of people. So let me introduce someone who can likely understand you in the fullest extent of the word. Here is a video of a former transgender. Please try to get in touch with him – yes he’s a HE now: [Mark Estephen Oblero] [Ex-Super Sireyna Queen]. His testimony starts with the all too familiar lines for those with gender issues: “I grew up in a poor and broken family and without my biological father…”
- Filipino Mind Revolution. Finally, this should be like the cherry that tops the icing on the cake. There’s a belief system / mindset that I live by, which I also am in a way marketing and peddling around to all my beloved Filipino countrymen. Because you see, I went through some “shit” in life myself – and I was at the brink of giving up (throwing in the towel in pursuing a rich fulfilling career in my field). But a significant key to getting me back on track was what I’m going to reveal to you next. It’s called the Zaxxun Creed, with the name standing for “RiZAl mind revolution for the double-X-termination of corruption and incompetence – the UNited movement”. It’s a tried and tested set of mottos/slogans that will totally revolutionize anyone’s life like dynamite. As if overnight, anyone who suffers from chronic failure and dysfunction can become virtually bulletproof like Iron Man (thus my look-alike avatar). And it’s my hope fellow Filipinos will begin to adopt it in their personal lives and institutions, to finally rid themselves of pervasive, protracted and relentless cycles of ill-advised decisions and defeat.
I guess that was a mouthful; so I’ll hit the brakes now. It’s been quite an honor to have my article featured on national TV (thanks to GRP, TWBA/ABS-CBN), and finally getting a direct response from you Charice. One last thing I want to say is that Asians love their staple Cha (tea) + Rice, they don’t want Charred Rice. If your job is to really make people happy, I trust you know what to do.
PS 1: The same interview was featured by an article at this LINK, with a bit of analysis and loads of Jake Z pictures
PS 2: To all who miss the original Charice, here she is (the raw non-testosterone-spoiled killer voice) with a vengeance
[Charice Pempengco “You’ll never walk alone]
[Charice — ‘To Love You More’ & ‘All By Myself’, Hit Man Returns: David Foster & Friends]
[Charice at Oscar Party (Listen and I will survive)]
[Charice My Heart Will Go On]
PS 3: Compare with Jake’s fake voice
[Charice VS Jake Zyrus IN SAME SONGS! Vocal comparison]
[PYRAMID performance: Jake Zyrus VS Charice. WHICH VOICE IS THE BEST?]
Charice, please read the comments under these 2 YouTube videos to know the truth about what people really think.
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