At 42, Ogie Alcasid thinks of himself as a complete man. In fact, he no longer finds the need to make a birthday wish.
"Wala na," he told the few media and press people who were invited to his birthday bash, which was held at the clubhouse of Ayala Hillside Estates last August 27.
He added, "Ano lang, better health sana for my parents."
Instead of wishing and asking, Ogie said he finds it more apt to thank God.
The famous songwriter noted, "God has been very good to me. [Sa] singing, in terms of work, I feel very blessed. Nagpasalamat ako sa 'binigay ng Diyos. It's the gift of life. You know, I'm 42 years old, and my health is good, my family is intact, my children are, you know, growing up to be beautiful kids. Wala na akong mahihiling pa."
On the morning of his birthday, he was roused from sleep by an overseas call from his two daughters, Leila and Sarah. "Usually yung mga yun, pagka-birthday ko, kumakanta yun ng 'Happy Birthday.' So sila yung gumising sa akin. And then nakausap ko uli sila ng mga 4 p.m., tumawag ako to say thanks."
Even Michelle van Eimeren, the mother of his children, also got to talk to him.
"I talked to her. I talked to Mark [Michelle's fiancé]," related the host-comedian-singer. "Ayun, sabi nila matanda na daw ako."
Since he mentioned Michelle, we took the opportunity to ask him about her upcoming wedding.
It was announced in PEP Alerts [click here] last August 25 that Ogie revealed something that was supposed to be a secret: Michelle tying the knot this December.
Ogie just shook his head, "Ay, hindi ko alam... Wala akong alam sa mga wedding-wedding, di ko alam. Basta pupuntahan ko yung mga anak ko."
After his concert tour with Janno Gibbs in the US, he'll fly to Australia. "I will be there this December," he confirmed.
REGINE'S BIRTHDAY GIFT. And how did his girlfriend, Regine Velasquez, greet him?
Ogie answered, "Yesterday, nag-drive kami to Tagaytay, to Nasugbu, kaming dalawa lang. [One of the] rare times na kaming dalawa lang, na nag-drive kami. I had the best time! 'Tagal na rin ako hindi nagda-drive. Nagpunta kaming Tagaytay, you know, parang mga teenager, kaming dalawa lang, so I enjoyed."
Gorgy Rulla of Startalk inquired: "Habang nagda-drive kayo, ano naman yung mga pinag-usapan niyo?"
"Wala, kumanta lang kami nang kumanta. 'Dala siya ng i-Pod niya, 'dala din ako ng i-Pod ko... Alam mo, ganun kami kababaw, e."
Aside from the quality time they had, Asia's Songbird gave him a very useful gift. "Binigyan niya ako ng pre-amp, yung may mic, ano na pag nagre-recording na..."
(According to a music website, a pre-amp or preamplifier is a device typically used along with sound equipment to help improve the overall quality of sound.)
The birthday party was also Regine's idea. "Siya ang punong-abala," Ogie related.
WEDDING PLANS? When asked if saying "I do" with his ladylove already figures in his plans, Ogie replied, "Lahat naman gusto nating gawing tama. Yun pa sinabi ng pari, maganda na sa tamang panahon, sa tamang paraan."
Before his party, tittle-tattle about their plan to have a secret wedding circulated. Ogie Alcasid made no direct reference to it, but he gave an assurance, "para namang papunta na doon e," he said. Except that, given the annulment proceedings, he couldn't talk about it.
He continued, "Mahirap din naman na aasam-asamin mo 'tapos, e... Mahirap pangunahan yung mga pangyayari. But when it comes, in that time, wow! Masarap yun."
Will it happen next year?
"Sana," was his hopeful reply. "Pero kahit hindi, okay naman. Alam mo, sa mga nangyari sa aming dalawa sa buhay namin, kung anuman yung meron kami ngayon, thankful na thankful kami."
For now, he wants to enjoy life with Regine. This December, they are tentatively scheduled to have a concert tour in Europe, and Ogie will put a "one-week stay in Paris" in their itinerary.
He related, "Kinausap ko nga si KC [Concepcion] nun, e, kasi siya yung medyo may alam sa magagandang lugar sa Paris."
When we told him that Paris is also famous as a bag shopping destination, he joked, "Ang daming bag? Huwag na kaya doon."
Kidding aside, he said, "Well, I've been all over Europe kasi but I've never been to Paris. I've never been to France."
And how does a baby made in Paris appeal to him?
"Sana... sana. Alam ko namang wish niyo 'yan e," was his brief reply before singing a line from the theme song of a GMA-7 service-oriented show, "Wish ko lang..."
But while wedding and baby plans are still up in the air, all he can do is wait and pray.
"I just want my kids to grow up, [be] proud of themselves, proud of their heritage... And, of course, to Regine, I wish her... She's such a beautiful person talaga, I hope that she remains the way she is even when she gets older and older."
Upon uttering the last line, his facial expression turned solemn, then he added, "Muntik na ako umiyak dun, a."