"Friendship is not defined by the length of time two people share together. One defining moment is all it takes for two individuals to call each other friends. I was a tad emotional when the clock struck 12 midnight—not because I was tired, but because May 10 was my birthday. And I, a girl from the barrio of Gulod in the far-flung Philippines, was alone in America. Cory came to the rescue, just in time, with his sweet greeting: 'Happy birthday, Charice!' A big smile crossed his handsome face. There was sincerity in his tone as he gave me a tight hug. He became family to me at that moment."