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Charito - the Jazz Vocalist That Echoes the Values of the Philippines!
(Published: July 19, 2017)

Charito was born in Manila, Philippines. She recalls a childhood full of fun in a nice, happy neigbourhood. Children gathered together as she was a natural leader and her voice an inspiration. Since she was young, she would organize games that ended in live performances. Needless to say Charito was the star of these childhood memories.

She used to sing at school, church events and family gatherings. Charito has been singing since she was a girl, as if fate was preparing her for the glamorous future: to be an outstanding vocalist jazz singer and teacher in Japan and, later on, a worldwide acclaimed jazz icon.

When did you start singing professionally?
"At 17; due to a family crisis I started singing early to help my family pay for my college fees. Moreover, it was a difficult time in my country."

Tell us about your parents?
"They both loved music, I grew up listening to records they played from a very young age - the music of Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, among others."

Inspired by love and nature, she interprets every song with her special tone and tenderness. It is no surprise that she was influenced by Steve Wonder, whose song "Sir Duke" makes her thrive . She also admires Leon Russell and his classic, " A Song For You".

What kind of music do you listen to?
"All kinds, from jazz to pop, Latin..."

When was your first gig and where? What did you feel after the show?
"At a hotel in Manila, a small gig. I felt happy and excited. "

Although she is a renowned jazz artist she insists and ratifies that the feeling of wellness and joy still prevails after each show. "Music makes my heart sing. That has never changed," she exclaims.

Where did you get the idea of starting a school? Does it make you happy?
"It was not my original idea," she continues, "I was asked at a very early age to share my talent to influence singers here in Tokyo (where singing in English is a hurdle).
And Yes, I always like to be able to help, support and nurture talent."

What are your inner wishes?
"To make jazz a household word."

This amazing woman almost whispers with true passion that cruelty makes her sad. Thanks to her lively spirit, Charito fights the latter when her soul is filled with joy at the time young people enjoy her music.

Her family is built on love she learned with the lessons she received from her loved ones and definitively from life experiences; some of her own and some shared with her close relatives.

What do you like doing apart from singing?
"Traveling, exploring places and their culture."

What are your views on the world nowadays?
"It is going through a collective consciousness...a clearing up?
With so much information available now, we can make more choices."

Charito is a positive thinker, a dreamer though a realistic individual. She is convinced that death is the "next stage" and that life is "a gift of the present".

"It is a gift given to us by God, what we do with it is our gift back to God," she replies.

Clever, witted, gifted, beautiful and an positive influencer, Charito continues to embellish this world every day, remaining humble as if she were not aware of the amazing qualities she has and, moreover, of the valuable contribution she is making to all mankind.

Do you rehearse daily? Is it hard to be such a magnificent singer?
"No I don't. Magnificent is such a big word...I just love to sing and relate to my audience, that is not hard."

A perfect day is....
"Blue skies, a cafe latte with a croissant, with my beloved."

She likes pets: she has a dog who is like family to her. She has few close friends but she appreciates their honesty, empathy and funny character.

A typical day in her life starts with a hot lemon drink, then she meditates. Afterwards she has breakfast and checks emails, Facebook, cleans, gets dressed, goes to work at her music school... At the end of the day, she has dinner, checks her email inbox again and goes to sleep.

She made it clear to me that this is her routine not only depending on the schedule but also if she is not on a tour so I wonder how would it be like: when she is touring: Gosh! Charito is unstoppable and can be unpredictable.

Would you like to sing with somebody in particular?
"Stevie Wonder : ) , I love duets."

It is sometimes hard to round up an interview, but this time it seems that all has been said so I will take the opportunity to genuinely honor my interviewee with a proverb from her hometown that reads:

Kung may tinanim, may aanihin
(If you plant, you harvest).

And she surely did!


Maria Cabeza
Certified Translator-Internationally Published Writer

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