Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez will be very visible in
GMA-7, at least for the next two years after signing an exclusive contract
with the Kapuso Network.
Aside from her regular musical-variety show SOP, Regine has
already started taping for her second primetime series with the Kapuso Network,
the Pinoy version of the hit Koreanovela My Name is Kim Sam Soon. Her first was
Forever in My Heart. But before Kim Sam Soon, Regine will mesmerize late-night viewers
with her amazing vocal prowess through her own musical show aptly titled
Songbird is a weekly musical show where Regine will sing
some of the most popular songs and compositions of some of the world's best
singers and composers. This will start airing on May 15, Thursday, after the
Telebabad block of GMA-7.
"I'm very thankful to GMA for trusting me, for giving me the
opportunity to do what I love to do most, which is singing. I've always dreamed
of having a show like this and I feel very, very blessed na ibinigay po ng GMA
sa akin itong napakagandang show na talaga naman pong pinagkakaabalahan ng
aming buong staff and crew," Regine began during the press conference of
Songbird held last night, May 9, at Melo's restaurant on Bohol Ave., Quezon
Regine told the entertainment press about the concept of her
"Nakakatuwa po siya, kasi thematic po siya," she said.
"Every week, there's a different theme, we feature different artists,
songwriters, genre; we even do movie themes. So every week is different. We also
have different guests for each week depending on what theme ang meron sa week
na ‘yon. Ibinabagay rin po namin ang aming guests."
REGINE'S STAGE. Aside from the unique concept of Songbird, Regine is also
very proud of her show's stage design.
"Well, napakaganda ng stage! Pinagkaabalahan ang stage,
hi-tech ang stage. Pangmayaman!" she said laughing. "Nagulat nga ako, e. Hindi,
natuwa nga ako, e, kasi when we were meeting for this show, in-explain nila sa
akin na this is what's going to happen, na ito yung magiging hitsura ng stage...
Actually nung nag-taping na kami, nung first taping day, naiiyak ako kasi
parang, ‘Ah, may budget ang show, pinagkaabalahan. Hindi napunta lahat sa talent
fee ko!'" Regine laughed again.
"No, like I said," she continued, "it's been my dream to
have a musical show. Maipagmamalaki, kasi nga it's been a long time na rin
since walang musical show. Hindi siya variety show talaga, it's a straight
"Tapos yung kine-cater pa namin siyempreng market, medyo
late na, so siyempre yung music na maririnig mo, hindi naman yung
pumapalahaw-palahaw ako na magigising ka. Hindi naman ganun. So magagandang
kanta lang talaga ang madidinig mo... Mga [Barbra] Streisand, we will feature
[Barry] Manilow. We're going to feature siyempre mga OPM [Original Pilipino
Music] din, mga OPM songs, writers, and composers.
"Ako, sa akin, having a show like this is something to be
proud of. Kasi siyempre, bihira na itong naibibigay sa mga singers na katulad
ko. And GMA actually picked me to have this kind of special every week. I am very,
very proud to be given this opportunity."
So does this mean viewers won't be hearing Regine belting
"Meron ding konti, meron din," she clarified. "Kasi
tinawagan na ako ni Mariah [Carrey], e, umaapila na siya. Sabi niya, ‘Songbird,
it can't be,' sabi niyang ganun. Sabi ko, ‘Don't worry, you'll be there.'
Sinabi ko, ‘Friend, next season ka pa,'" Regine said in jest.
SONGBIRD'S CHOICE. Each week, Regine will also get the chance to sing a song
only a few are familiar with.
"Kasi ‘pag nag-feature ka ng isang artist, like Barbra
Streisand, yung mga alam ng tao. Understandable naman kasi yun ang ini-expect
ng mga manonood. But I also requested na may isang kanta na hindi masyadong
kilala ng mga tao. Ako lang ang may alam!" she joked before adding, "Pero
maganda. Something that they would appreciate also. Like yung naririnig n'yo
kanina, yung ‘Who Needs To Dream,' that was a Manilow song, that was included
in the soundtrack of Copacobana. Not everybody happens to know that song, and I
happen to love that song very much."