Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Nearly a decade ago, Ms. Eve Clamor, the Administrative Officer of the Facility Security Department of the now defunct U.S. Facility in Subic Bay, and whom we fondly called “Mother”, arrived from the U.S. for a brief visit and dropped by our office.

A very warm and accommodating person, Mother gave me her address and telephone number and even offered her residence in Los Angeles to me in case I decide to avail of the Special Immigrant Program, a privilege given to Filipino civilian U.S. Government employees who have rendered 15 or more years of service outside of the U.S.

Mother was accompanied by her daughter who was then wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Having graduated Valedictorian both from Columban College in Olongapo and from the school she attended in Los Angeles, I knew Mother’s daughter to be very intelligent. But I never realized she could sing amazingly well.

Her name is Charmaine Clamor, another Filipina who has made a name for herself and found a place in the international music scene.

Charmaine coined the term “Jazzipino”, a newly-developed musical genre that results from melding traditional Filipino melodies, languages, and instruments with the soul and swing of American jazz.

She has recorded several songs and released a number of albums. Her song “My Funny Brown Pinay” is one I appreciated much because it takes pride in the unique attributes of an indigenous Filipino woman who has flat nose, black hair, and dark skin. It conveys the message that the Filipino is not inferior to any race.

Charmaine has received awards and recognition for her extraordinary talent and has evidently joined the likes of Charice. Lea Salonga, and Vincent Bueno (of course!) in giving honor to her native country, the Philippines, and its people.

Among the awards Charmaine reportedly received were the 6th Annual Asian Heritage Award in the Performing Arts in July 2009 in San Diego, California, and the 12th Annual FILIPINAS Magazine Achievement Award in Entertainment, in October 2009. She was also honored with a special FAMAS Award for her "cultural trailblazing".

Lately, I learned from her Facebook page that she was having concerts for the benefit of Filipinos who were victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.

I embedded one of her video clips uploaded by
abegabe on YouTube. Watch her sing Lahat ng Araw, a Filipino kundiman, in the said video below.


Chronicler said...

Wow Goddy, I have become a fan. I love the quality of her voice.

Goddy said...

Me, too, Joel! Beautiful voice! I believe you'll meet her in one of her performances there. I hope to see her perform in person, too. Thanks, friend, for visiting my page!

Aria Coach said...

She's got a beautiful voice Goddy, thanks for sharing!

Goddy said...

Thanks, Aria Coach, for dropping by my page and for appreciating my post. Maybe you'll get a chance to see Charmaine in one of her concerts there. God bless!