The Second Coming Of Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

  • January 5, 2019

With a 32-year career marked by tons of milestones such as sold-out concerts, platinum albums, entertainment awards, blockbuster movies, and hit shows, what more could Regine Velasquez-Alcasid ask for? The Asia’s Songbird is not one to brag her countless achievements although she admits that at one point, she felt that she has already reached her peak.

“Alam mo hindi ko alam na meron pa pala akong puwedeng gawin. Akala ko nagawa ko na lahat but since coming back here in ABS-CBN, parang nagkaroon ako ng second wind so ngayon ang dami kong naiisip na gustong gawin na possible pala ngayon,” she discloses to Inside Showbiz Weekly. “Like itong February I’m doing a concert with Vice Ganda na otherwise hindi ko maisip. Ang daming possibilities na hindi ko naiisip na sige, gawin ko ito ngayon. Parang dati tinamad na lang ako parang okay lang iyan, ganun. Ngayon, parang ang dami kong puwedeng gawin.”

The highest-selling Filipino artist of all time wants to do concerts with Sarah Geronimo and Sharon Cuneta. She would also like to work with KZ Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, Kyla, Angeline Quinto, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, and her husband, Ogie Alcasid. “Ang dami-dami nila so parang nakakatuwa na puwede pa palang meron akong gawin.”

Since transferring to ABS-CBN last October 2018, Regine has been back to doing what she does best. “I’ve been very busy. I’ve been singing nonstop for like three months. I think kasi nasabay din siya sa concert so it’s very exciting for me. I’m also very overwhelmed with the amount of attention I’ve been getting- but it’s wonderful. At saka napaka-warm naman ng pag-welcome sa akin so it’s wonderful.”

Regine Velasquez

Going back to musical variety

Regine’s first show in the Kapamilya Network is the Sunday musical variety program ASAP. “Ang tagal ko na kasing hindi gumagawa ng musical variety show and I’ve missed it so much,” she says with much longing. “And parang nagkaroon ulit ako ng drive, parang na-challenge ulit ako kasi every week I have to perform, I have to learn new songs. Parang na-cha-challenge ulit ako and plus I’m enjoying the fashion side of it kasi kasama ‘yun eh: dressing up every week.”

It has been a long time since Regine took part in a weekly musical variety show. “Na-enjoy ko ‘yung wala akong ginagawa ‘pag Sunday kasi I get to see my family. We have dinner, I’m with [my son] Nate. Pero dumadating ka pala dun sa punto na kasi it’s been a while eh na parang na-mi-miss mo rin pala talaga and kasi like ngayon, hindi na ako nag-co-concentrate na kagaya ng dati na at least once every three months may something or once a month may something. It’s not like that anymore eh.”

She continues, “I have a major concert once a year and then the other things that I do siguro mga corporate, hindi naman ‘yun laging mayroon. So iba rin ‘yung may every week alam mo na kakanta ka so you prepare. And it’s also exciting kasi naiisip ko ‘yung mga possibilities that I can do in ASAP, to sing with different artists na hindi ko pa nakatrabaho. Hindi ko ‘yun magagawa if I didn’t do this big move.”

Regine Velasquez

Raring to judge and mentor

The second project in the bag for Regine, which she is enthusiastic about, is Idol Philippines. “First time ko magiging judge. I’ve never been a judge before because I’m not a judgmental person. Wow,” she kids. “The way I see it, hindi lang ako basta mag-ju-judge. I’m also mentoring them and I’m excited about that part na I’ll be able to share what I’ve learned through the years. And that’s a lot of years. That’s 32 years. Medyo marami akong tips na puwedeng ibigay.”

She cites what makes the Idol franchise unique. “First time nating makakita ng walang winner. It’s elimination. Remember our singing contests here in the Philippines, there’s always a winner, there’s a champion, and then you try to beat the champion.” She adds, “It’s not just a singing contest kasi it’s a reality show di ba? It’s the story of the people, why they’ve decided to join, what happened to them, and finally here they are. Tapos ma-eliminate ka lang. So it’s a reality show basically na singing contest din.”

Being the winner of the 1984 Ang Bagong Kampeon and 1986 Asia-Pacific Song Contest, Regine shares her fondest singing competition memories. “My father was always with me. It was always the two of us, going everywhere, riding the tricycle,” she giggles. “‘Yun bang kahit na a lot of times we would lose but it’s okay. He was so good at handling defeat that I don’t feel I’m defeated and I won’t feel insecure. Kaya never akong naging insecure eh because he was so good at boosting my morale but at the same time letting me know which part I’m supposed to improve on or still practice on, he was so good at that.”

She also shares the number one advice she got from her late father, Gerardo “Mang Gerry” Velasquez: “Practice, practice, practice.” She details her training which involves water. “The water is up to my neck lang and then he’ll make me sing kasi di ba there’s pressure when you’re in the water? Up to now I still do it and it’s funny because the one who’s always making me kulit to go to swim and do my training is my husband. He’s now become my Mang Gerry. Ang kulit-kulit pero nakakatuwa naman. Hindi naman niya pinalitan, ni-re-represent pa rin niya si Mang Gerry sa buhay ko.”

Regine Velasquez

More to come this year

Another television project slated to be shown this year is making Regine all the more thrilled. “I’ve never done a sitcom before and then I’m gonna be working with my husband so first time namin mag-si-sitcom together. So exciting ‘yun.” The show might be aired in the second quarter of the year, she notes. “We’re still trying to figure out kung saang schedule ilalagay. Apparently, busy ako.”

She also gives an update on her possible movie comeback. “Nandiyan din si Star Cinema, parang meron din pero ayaw ko muna isipin yun dahil nag-co-concentrate muna ako sa ASAP kasi ‘yun ang aking unang show and then merong Idol and then sunod na diyan ‘yung sitcom. So parang hindi ko pa muna iniisip ‘yung movies pero kinausap na nila si Cacai [Regine’s sister and business manager]. Tapos okay din ako gumawa ng soap opera.”

She may be busy juggling so many commitments but Regine comments, “Happy ako. Tapos gusto ko ‘yung na-cha-challenge ako. Kasi nung bata ako, bago ko pa matapos ang concert, nag-co-conceptualize na ako ng bago. Ngayon, ang dami ko na namang ideas in my head. Eh nawala na ‘yun eh,” she relates. “When you’re an artist pala sometimes you think you know the artistry left your body. Hindi pala. You just needed a little bit of push, I guess. A little bit of excitement. Bumabalik pala ‘yung artistry so natutuwa ako.”

Accepting changes and gaining strength

Since joining the entertainment industry in 1986, Regine has been receiving massive support from her fans. “I’m very grateful and whenever I see them in my concerts or constantly tweeting about me or whatever, I feel very humbled kasi parang ‘Talaga ba? All these years?’” The 48-year-old singer, host, actress, and record producer goes on, “Hindi lang sila pumupunta sa concert to see me, to listen to me, or to watch my movies. May pag-aabalang nagaganap eh, ‘yung love eh.”

Regine Velasquez

Regine adds, “Dun ako na-to-touch sa may kasamang love kasi ipagtatanggol pa ako like recently, ang dami kong siyempreng bashers so sila talaga ‘yung magtatanggol. Sila magsasabi ng, ‘Don’t mind them, kami na bahala sa kanila.’ So doon ako natutuwa. I think that’s why I appreciate them more because I see the intention. The intention is just to love me without really asking for anything in return.”

She also has a different name for her supporters. “Kahit dati pa nung bata pa ako, nahihiya akong tawagin silang fans. Hindi ko alam kung bakit. I would call the supporters as friends. Bata pa ako, nahihiya talaga ako. Kasi feeling ko the amount of support that I’m getting from them, pang-friendship level so kaya ang tawag ko sa kanila ay friends.”

Having loyal supporters has truly motivated Regine to persevere in her craft. “Siguro there was a point in my life in my career na medyo tinamad ako. I’ve taken my voice for granted. Kasi when I was younger, kahit anong kundisyon ng katawan ko, puyat ako, may sakit, nakatulog, kahit anong kundisyon ng katawan ko talaga, I open my mouth and I have a voice. It’s not like that anymore. So it’s one of the things that I have to work on, to accept the way I am now. But at least the passion is still there. Okay na ako doon.”

Forever a singer

Regine states that she won’t rest on her laurels as she vows to continue working on her voice. “Would you believe I still have voice lessons even up to now? When I was younger, I didn’t do that but now that I’m older, siyempre your body goes through a lot of changes.” She shares that her voice has changed after giving birth. “It became rounder. Parang mas bumaba pa and then nagkaroon ng texture.”

She reveals, “Now, I’m trying to accept the changes. I’m trying to accept the sound that I’m producing kasi it’s hard eh, I’m not used to it. I’m used to the clean voice, the crystal clear voice but it’s not like that anymore. And I’m not gonna be able to bring that back. But as long as my passion is there, I’ll be okay. I think I’ll still be singing basta hindi lang mawala ‘yung passion kasi importante iyan eh, ‘yung passion mo. ‘Pag wala na ‘yun, what’s the use di ba? Mag-resign ka nalang.”

It’s all about moving forward for the Asia’s Songbird. “Before doing ASAP, I really was having problems with my voice. I’m having a hard time singing kasi nga I don’t use it. Hindi nagagamit. It’s a muscle so para siyang nalantay na gulay diyan. You need to use it and parang nanghihinayang ako, I’m given this incredible gift and I’m not using it. I’m meant to share it and I still can. Kasi lagi kong iniisip siguro baka hindi na rin time kasi majonders na ako pero sabi ng asawa ko sa akin, walang ganun. Hangga’t merong lumalabas na boses, you’re supposed to share it and now, I’ve become even more passionate about music.”

Regine Velasquez

Photography by Jerick Sanchez of New Monarq Creativx | Art Direction by Jann Pascua | Fashion Direction & Styling by Jeb Fronda & Lyn Alumno | Beauty Direction by Trina Epilepsia-Boutain | Makeup by Regine Velasquez-Alcasid using BYS Cosmetics | Hair by Katch Mejias | Shoot Coordination by Thea Martin | Associate Publisher Walter de Jesus | Publisher Archie Carrasco






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