Regine Velasquez cried when she was honored at the MOR Pinoy Music Awards 2019 held at the Araneta Coliseum last July 16.
Regine received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the Philippine music industry.
The last part of the event served as a tribute to Asia's Songbird as ABS-CBN singers Jona, Klarisse de Guzman, Katrina Velarde, Bugoy Drilon, Daryl Ong, and Michael Pangilinan performed some of her hits.
When it was Regine's turn to sing her hit "Dadalhin," the singer suddenly broke into tears and she paused until she regained her composure.
MOR then presented her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Regine said that she is dedicating her award to her husband, Ogie Alcasid.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters backstage at the Araneta Coliseum, Regine said that she was surprised by her emotional outburst on stage.
"Oo nga, hindi ko nga ine-expect kasi the kids were singing my songs and I was trying not to cry. Ang pangit tuloy ng kanta ko! Pero okay lang.
"I got a little emotional. It's not everyday that you get to be awarded lifetime achievement and kanina, I was asking nga bakit ako may lifetime achievement.
"But thank you very much for the honor. Like I said, it's not everyday that you get this kind of award."
Asia's Songbird said there was another reason why she suddenly cried when she was given tribute this 2019.
She told PEP.ph and other reporters, "Nabigyan na rin naman ako noong pumasok ako sa ASAP, pero kasi ito may award, e. It's a nice feeling.
"The reason why I got a little emotional because you know when you accept mga ganitong award, you kind of go back to where you started."
Regine then started crying again.
She admitted that she remembered her late father Gerardo Velasquez, more popularly known as Mang Gerry in showbiz.
"Naalala ko yung tatay ko. Kaya nga di ako makakanta ng matino, e, kasi I was trying not to cry.
"I guess it's also wonderful, it's a wonderful feeling being recognized for what I love to do, just singing, so it's wonderful."
MOR PINOY MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS
Apart from Regine, here are the other winners of the MOR Pinoy Music Awards 2019:
Phenomenal Artist of the Year: Alex Gonzaga
Female Artist of the Year: Moira dela Torre
Best Collaboration of the Year: "Kung 'Di Rin Lang Ikaw" by Moira dela Torre and December Avenue
Male Artist of the Year: Sam Mangubat
LSS Song of the Year: "Bituin" by Maymay Entrata
Best New Artist: Shanti Dope
OPM Revival Song of the Year: "Di Na Muli" by Janine Tenoso
Digital Artist of the Year: This Band
Band of the Year: Ben&Ben
Regional Song of the Year: "Nag-iisang Muli" by Cup of Joe
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS AND PERFORMERS
Alex Gonzaga was joined by her boyfriend, Mikee Morada, during the MOR Pinoy Music Awards 2019.
Alex was surprised that she received the Phenomenal Artist of the Year award, since she was just asked by MOR to perform her hit song "Chambe."
Before they left the Araneta Coliseum, Mikee was photographed with Alex as they both held up her trophy.
Edward Barber and Maymay Entrata arrived together that night. Both came from a meeting for their upcoming concert.
Edward was nominated in the same category that Maymay won. His song "BMG" was nominated for LSS Song of the Year. Even though he lost to Maymay, Edward said that he is very proud of her.
Maris Racal was nominated for Female Arist of the Year. However, she lost to Moira dela Torre.
Still, Maris takes pride in being nominated in the same category as Moira, Yeng Constantino, and Morissette Amon.
Darren Espanto was nominated in two categories: Male Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration of the Year. However, he was not able to bring home both awards.
He is excited for the comeback of The Voice Kids, the reality-singing competition that kickstarted his career.
Love team partners Vivoree Esclito and Charles Kieron a.k.a. Hashtag CK performed at the opening number of the 2019 MOR Pinoy Music Awards.
Hitmakers Randy Santiago and Jaya posed for a photo before their performance at the MOR Pinoy Music Awards.
JM de Guzman, who was nominated for Male Artist of the Year, attended the awards night as a presenter.
Kira Balinger also performed at the opening number.
Pinoy Big Brother Otso twins Kim and Kin Franco were present at the event. They now work as DJs in the MOR 101.9 radio station.
Singer Daryl Ong was one of the performers that night.
Jay-R also performed at the MOR Pinoy Music Awards 2019.
Miko Manguba, a former member of GMA-7's Top One Project band or T.O.P., attended his first major Kapamilya event. He now uses the screen name JMKO, derived from his real name Jamiko.
Hashtags member Rayt Carreon also performed at the opening number. He performed his song titled "Ano Bang Meron."