In the small Filipino village where Charice lived as a child, there wasn't much to sing about. When Charice was 3 years old, she says she remembers seeing her father fly into a fit of rage and take out his anger on her mother. She says she watched as he choked and attacked her.
Charice says the argument escalated, and her dad grabbed a shotgun and pointed it at her mom. "My dad was about to shoot my mom, and I couldn't do anything," she says.
Neighbors heard screams and broke down the door just in time. Fraternidad, a former neighbor, remembers it clearly. "The gun [was] pointed to the mother and then the children are crying," she says.
Charice and her mother escaped with their lives. "We left my dad, and after that, I never saw him and I don't want to see him," she says. "I'm just singing now for my mom. I didn't help her before. That's why I want to help her now."