Charice Sings the Star Spangled Banner on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium

April 15, 2009 · Posted in Events, General, Music, sports 

by A Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude


(Disclaimer: Here at Pinoylife, we may be a bit L.A.-biased when it comes to pro sports teams, so I’m afraid you’re gonna have to deal with it.)

I got a chance to ditch work on Monday and go to Dodger Stadium to see the Dodgers home opener vs. the hated Frisco Giants. I know a lot of Frisco fans have cum in their pants (pun intended) lately due to a certain half-Pinoy pitcher, but us Dodger fans have our perks too. For Opening Day the sellout record crowd of 57,099 were treated to none other than 16-year old singing sensation (wait, wasn’t she the 15-year old singing sensation last year?) Charice Pempengco, singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” as the big-ass American flag was unfurled.

There was also an international theme as flags of 30 nations (including the Philippine flag) of which the Dodgers have had some relationship with were carried into the infield.

Missed it? My infamous video camera caught the performance!


Okay yeah, she’s not even a U.S. citizen, but you gotta admit, she can rock the anthem better than most citizens could.  Speaking of which, she’s spent an awful lot of time here in the States lately. And one of the songs played before the game was AC/DC’s “T.N.T.” Coincidence?
After her performance, a B2-stealth bomber flew overhead, hundreds of doves were released, Vin Scully threw out the ceremonial first pitch to open up a game which had Dodger outfielder Andrew Either hit two homeruns, pitcher Chad Billingsley throw 11 strikeouts, and new infielder Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle with a homerun, a single, a double and a triple all in the same game – a rare feat not accomplished since 1970!

Oh yeah, the Dodgers won 11-1. Sorry Frisco fans. Tsk, tsk.

At this rate, we should have Charice sing the national anthem every day.

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39 Responses to “Charice Sings the Star Spangled Banner on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium”

  1. Arnold on April 15th, 2009 12:45 am

    Is that a monitor pack attached to her back or does Charice have some junk in the trunk?

    And I love the Celine/diva exclamation point move she pulls after she finishes that last note.

  2. A Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude on April 15th, 2009 1:03 am

    Dude, she’s 16…that’s so wrong!

    It’s the battery pack to her wireless headset. You need to hear yourself through headphones when singing in a stadium or else you’ll just hear the echo and it throws you off.

    If you all get a chance, LOOK AT THE STATS on the YouTube page…crazy! That’s like more people than a million Pinoyfests!

  3. Arnold on April 15th, 2009 1:29 am

    Wait…can’t a 16-year-old have junk in the trunk without it being all weird? But if it was the battery back then it could easily have been mistaken for one of Square Butts from the new Burger King SpongeBob BK Kids Meal.

    And like Sir Mix-A-Lot says.. “booty is booty.”


  4. A Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude on April 15th, 2009 1:37 am

    “Wait…can’t a 16-year-old have junk in the trunk without it being all weird? ”

    Oh definitely…if you’re 17.

  5. Arnold on April 15th, 2009 1:54 am

    What about Charice’s huge head? She’s got some junk up there too.

  6. Valleypinoy on April 15th, 2009 7:14 am

    Don’t forget the Philippine Chorale at a 2006 Lakers game.

  7. A Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude on April 15th, 2009 8:15 am

    But the chorale’s never been on Oprah or Ellen, has it? :)

  8. A Very Creepy Pinoy Dude on April 15th, 2009 8:35 am

    17? Tooooooo old.

  9. A Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude on April 15th, 2009 9:34 am

    Uncle Dong, please stay away from here!

  10. Herbert from Quahog on April 15th, 2009 1:10 pm

    does charice like popsicles? she could come down to my basement. i gotta freezer fulla popsicles! Mmmm!

  11. Moonie on April 15th, 2009 10:06 pm

    I’m not sure about popsicles, but I heard she likes fishsticks.

  12. Fishman on April 16th, 2009 4:15 pm

    Hello everybody.

    I am pleased to know that Charice likes fish.

    It is good to like fish.

    She is very talented.

    p.s. I like fish.

  13. Kanye West on April 17th, 2009 10:22 am

    Does she like Fishsticks in her mouth?

  14. Joe on April 22nd, 2009 2:28 am

    It’s okay, you guys got Charice.

    We got the Manny Pacquiao for our ballgame.

    Pacman > Charice anyday.

  15. Pinoy Didger Fan on April 24th, 2009 2:30 am


    LOL, you know what’s funny about Manny Pacquiao throwing out the first pitch at the Giants game?



    BTW, speaking of Manny, we got a Manny on the Dodgers and he can kick Giant ass in his sleep, thank you.

    Dodgers > Giants anyday.

  16. Peter Mamons on April 24th, 2009 11:57 am

    On the field, the Dodgers have dominated their northern division rivals in recent years and with the opening season’s home sweep, that trend looks to continue in the near future.

    From a purely Fil Am community perspective however, it’s a complete polar opposite. As referenced in the above two posts, the Giants recently hosted Filipino American Heritage Night — their first of two(!) this year and their third overall(!) — and began the festivities with a 3 p.m. pre-game show featuring a range of quality Filipino and Fil Am cultural acts including Serada Escrima, the Mango Kingz and DJ E-Rock. But that was merely a prelude to a “Giant” coup featuring the historic first pitch exchange between the current two best athletes of Filipino heritage in pound-for-pound best Manny Pacquiao and Giants Ace, Tim Lincecum — the first Asian and Asian American to win the Cy Young Award. Now THAT’s a special moment. And on top that, limited edition Manny Pacquiao bobbleheads were given away, never mind the fact that facially they closer resembled actor Ossie Davis than the boxing champ. Most importantly, the game was a near-immediate sellout which again prompted the Giants to schedule a second such event … in September. That’s two Giants-Pinoy events in the same year for the second consecutive year.

    The Dodgers? Their Filipino-American Community Night last year was organized by a gentleman named Bobby Reyes, featured a ceremonial first pitch by Philippines’ US Ambassador Willie Gaa, cultural group Sining Kambayoka performing the Singkil and the national anthem performed by a Fil Am singer named Chelsea Emata. The event raised money for an organization called ANCOP USA which seeks to build Gawad Kalinga villages. Having Charice perform her kick-ass version (Vin Scully, Joe Torre, Russell Martin and Tommy Lasorda all went on the record and called it “among the best,” “my favorite” and “Best ever.”) on Opening Day was a definite coup but, one singer does not a community tribute make.

    No folks, as a dyed-in-the-wool Dodger diehard, it tortures me to say this but, the Giants win! The Giants win this pennant.

  17. Valleypinoy on April 26th, 2009 2:52 pm

    The only reason why the Giants have to coordinate two Filipino Heritage Nights is because they will do anything to sell tickets to their god-awful team. “Community Nights”?? C’mon people…it’s just marketing.

  18. Pinoy Media Whats?! on April 27th, 2009 8:44 am

    “Just marketing?” Hey, at least the Giants actually recognize that there is a significant enough Filipino populace to address and placate. When has an LA team ever done that??

  19. Valleypinoy on April 27th, 2009 8:59 am

    The Dodgers don’t need to. They have the highest attendance in MLB almost every year.

  20. A Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude on May 2nd, 2009 1:01 am

    Tim Lincecum walks into a restaurant in Swamphole, Mississippi.

    Would anyone there consider him to be a “foreigner?”

    I don’t think so.

    You do the same. Would you get the same treatment?

    I don’t think so.

    Not questioning the recognition of his roots or anything, but some people have the luxury of being in Column A or Column B. Most of you here DON’T.

    Just sayin.

    Now if he was Tim Manglapus or something, we’d be talking.

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