Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez pays tribute to her awe-inspiring love for Nathaniel James (or simply Nate) through her new album Hulog Ka Ng Langit.
Its carrier single of the same title speaks of how long the 43-year-old singer-actress waited to have her own child with husband Ogie Alcasid.
The album is even filled with lots of happy family photos of the Alcasids.
“I’ve included a lot of love songs. Pero yung love songs dedicated pa rin kay Nate kasi pwede naman. Pero kung ‘di ka mommy, wala kang anak, makaka-relate ka pa rin.”
Other notable tracks in the 17-cut album are "Rainbow Connection," "My Child," "Pag-ibig," "Happiness," "Someone’s Waiting For You," and "God Gave Me You."
NATE’S APPRECIATION FOR MUSIC. When asked about her experiences while recording the album, Regine admitted that what she loves most about the project is that her son actually appreciates the songs she dedicated to him.
Apparently, Regine’s beautiful singing voice is what lulls Nate to sleep at night.
“He would really listen to music. This album is his favorite kasi nung ginagawa ko, pag nagpo-produce ako ng album I have to listen over and over.
“Nagkakataon na nandun siya lagi. So, pag gusto niya matulog, sasabihin niya, ‘Mom, sing!’ Tapos patutugtugin na namin. Minsan five songs or kahit tatlo lang, borlogey [tulog] si bagets.”
As early as now, Regine is amazed by how fast her son is growing up and discovering things on his own.
“He's only two pero I can see na mas may appreciation siya ngayon sa laruan, sa food, even sa mga colors. Dun naman nagstart, siyempre sa music. Yun ang nakakatuwa kasi baby pa lang siya meron na siyang gano’n.”
Whether or not Nate would choose to become a singer just like his parents is still far down the road.
But what’s evident now is Nate’s keen interest towards the weather channel.
“Hindi ko alam. He can be whatever he wants to be. Right now, he's so fascinated with the weather channel. Ang tawag niya, widor.
“Ewan ko, pero gustong-gusto niya yung weather channel. And he's always there. Pag nanonood kami papalitan niya. Sasabihin niya, ‘Widor! Widor!’ Ewan ko sa kanya,” Regine cheerfully relates.
YOLANDA VICTIMS. Aside from Nate, Regine has also dedicated Hulog Ka Ng Langit to victims of super typhoon Yolanda (international code name: Haiyan).
Part of the proceeds of the album will be donated as typhoon aid via Philippine Red Cross.
Regine notes that it’s quite ironic that Nate’s birthday fell on the same day Yolanda made landfall in Central Visayas last November 8.
As a mom, Regine emphatizes with parents who were separated from their children at the peak of the calamity.
“Kasi pag may ganitong trahedya, laging naa-affect yung mga bata.
“Sila yung maliliit. Pag nagkakagulo na, sila yung nahihiwalay sa 'yo.
“Since I’m a mom, parang yung anak ko nga pawisan lang yung ulo, lagnatin lang ng konti, natataranta na ako.
“Ang hirap to be a mommy and be separated with your kids. I’m sure sa mga daddy rin.
“Hindi nga ako nakakapanood ng footages na mayroong mga bata na nahihiwalay sa magulang. Hindi ko kinakaya.”
CALL FOR HELP. As previously reported on PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Regine engaged in various outreach events in order to raise funds for Yolanda relief and rehabilitation efforts.
Apart from her online charity auction, Regine is also planning to visit Villamor Air Base at Pasay City to personally extend aid to displaced residents from Leyte and other typhoon-hit areas.
“Yung mga nasa Villamor airbase, meron silang parang ‘Adopt A Day’ program. Anybody can do that. You feed them three times a day.
“My sisters and I are planning to do that, tapos konting pagpasaya sa kids, kasi they’re traumatized.
“So I wanna get toys. Kung may kakilala kayong may lumang toys, you can bring it there.
“It doesn’t have to be me. You can go there and set up a soup kitchen kasi continuous ang pagdating ng tao.
“Meron atang 10 tents na nadun [para sa mga typhoon victims] pinapakain everyday. Maraming food. But I also need volunteers.”
Regine adds that she plans to go there as soon as she gets a free schedule since she’s busy with promo tours for her album.
“Definitely one of these days, pupunta kami dun. Yung sister ko bumili ng coloring books sa Divisoria para maaliw yung mga bata.”