Aicelle Santos did not expect the strong response generated by her performance at Regine Velasquez's 30th anniversary concert titled R3.0.
“I am surprised and overwhelmed with the reactions,” the 32-year-old singer said when asked about her duet with Asia's Songbird.
Aside from Aicelle, her fellow singers Angeline Quinto, Julie Anne San Jose, Jona, and Morissette Amon also did a duet with Regine on the first night of her R3.0 concert.
Unlike these four singers, Aicelle does not consider herself as a biritera.
She recalled her performance, “As I've been saying, that note I hit, anyone could hit that really. As far as people know, I am an alto.
“Siguro parang nagkaroon lang ng, 'Uy, kaya palang abutin.'
“Parang, thank you, nakakatuwa po yung reactions.”
Performing at the Mall of Asia Arena brought her back memories of joining singing contests.
The Pinoy Pop Superstar alumna admitted, “Yung feeling ko, para akong nasa singing contest kasi ang laki-laki ng MOA, 'tapos ang laki-laki ng stage.
“They're all biriteras and you know that you're not, so sabi ko, 'Sige, enjoy na lang natin 'to.'”
Although she appreciates all the compliments she received for her performance, Aicelle seemed to downplay the outcome.
She reiterated, “I'm a stronger alto than a stronger biritera, that I know for a fact.
“Kung nakakaabot man ako sa range na yun, tsamba!”
Is there a chance for her to do another duet with Regine during her Awit na Aicelle concert?
“Marami pong nagtatanong niyan,” she said.
“Honestly, before pa po namin mapuno ang lineup, alam ko na medyo puno na ang schedule ni Ate, so on my part, medyo hesitant.
“Pero malay natin, mayroon pang ilang linggo.”
Regine is currently in the U.S. with her husband Ogie Alcasid for their Mr. and Mrs A concert tour.
FINDING A PURPOSE. Aicelle said she's preparing different surprises during her November 24 concert at the Music Museum.
“We'll give you variety. You'll see a fusion of different Aicelles that you've seen for the past 11 years.”
For past the decade, Aicelle admitted that a lot has changed in her singing talent.
“Siguro yung Aicelle ngayon mas may depth kasi matanda na ako ngayon,” she said.
Aicelle added that more than performing she now finds purpose of her talent.
Until when will she remain as a performer?
The Kapuso singer replied, “Well, this is a gift na I'm blessed with, so I'm going to sing 'til I can.
“To share stories, kasi yung music, nagkaroon ka ng mga pinagdaanan sa buhay mo na you asked yourself why you're singing.
“It's a miracle after miracle sa personal life ko.
“Kaya sabi ko, siguro yung gift ng singing ay binigay ni Lord kasi gusto niyang i-share ko yung miracles niya, yung love niya through music.
“It has a purpose now than just kumukulot [sa pagkanta].”
Aicelle is hoping to show that purpose through her Awit na Aicelle concert on November 24 at the Music Museum.
Joining Aicelle are The CompanY, Bullet Dumas, Quest, Myke Solomon, and Gary Valenciano.
Awit na Aicelle is produced by Stages Productions and GMA Artist Center.