Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez reveals that she was supposed to do an episode for Maalaala Mo Kaya.
This was Regine's answer when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked her about doing an MMK episode during the October 10 press conference at Novotel for her and Sharon Cuneta's upcoming concert titled Iconic.
Last Saturday, October 5, Regine's husband Ogie Alcasid top-billed an MMK episode alongside Vina Morales.
However, for Regine, she said that the producers have yet to find a perfect episode for her, which is why she has not yet appeared in the drama anthology show.
She explained, "I was supposed to do one for MMK talaga, kaya lang kasi parang they're trying to find the right role.
"Kasi, kung ako rin, kung feeling ko hindi ko magagampanan ng maayos, hindi ko din tatanggapin.
"Kasi tatanungin muna nila ako, e, kung gusto ko yung role."
Regine was able to top-bill two episodes of Maalala Mo Kaya while she was still with GMA-7.
The first was in 2002, where she was paired with Piolo Pascual. Titled "Lobo," it was the highest-rated episode of MMK, which registered a rating of 47.9% in Metro Manila.
The second was in 2008, where she was paired with Albert Martinez. Regine's MMK appearance fueled speculations of her supposed transfer to ABS-CBN, since it happened a week after she cried in an episode of SOP. However, her network transfer did not happen and instead, she signed an exclusive contract with GMA-7.
SITCOM WITH OGIE ALCASID
During Regine's contract signing with ABS-CBN on October 17, 2018, it was announced that Regine will do a sitcom with Ian Veneracion and husband Ogie Alcasid.
Regine is set to mark her first year as a Kapamilya next week, but her sitcom has not aired yet.
During the presscon, PEP.ph contributor Rose Garcia asked for an update about the sitcom.
Regine answered with a smile, "Hindi ko din alam. Actually kasi, ayaw pa naming kulitin si ABS kasi busy pa ako. Huwag kayong maingay!
"E, kasi baka mamaya maganap, e, di na ako makakaraket!"
Regine then explained that she and Ogie are set to do concert tours until next year, which is why they might not be able to do acting gigs in the coming months.
She was able to squeeze in a two-week shooting schedule for her 2019 Cinema One Originals movie, Yours Truly, Shirley.
"Both my husband and I, feeling ko, hindi namin kayang gawin ngayong mga time na ito pa, kasi next year, may mga tour, puro concerts.
"Ito lang Yours Truly, Shirley lang yung ginawa ko na I did for two weeks.
"But actually, I've been very very busy, ang dami kong raket, e. Maganda yun, di ba?"
Regine then quipped, "So, huwag muna kayo maingay kay ABS! Kasi nga ayaw din namin kulitin."
Regarding the sitcom, Regine said that the Kapamilya network might still be in the process of developing the show.
"I think they're still fixing it, I think, them, ang ano nila, they don't want to come out with something na medyo hindi sila sure.
"Kung medyo parang feeling nila, hindi talaga ito papatok, they're not gonna do it, then thta's fine with me.
"Kasi, siyempre, gusto mo naman, when you come out with something, sigurado and naniniwala ako sa kanila.
"Not necessarily about us, it's the production, mix ng artists, script, maraming reasons na kailangan nilang plantsahin muna bago mag-shoot.
"Minsan nga ginagawa nila, I heard, magsu-shoot sila ng pilot tapos papanuorin pero kung feeling nila hindi masyadong click, they won't do it. But that's how it is."