Add singer-actress Nikki Gil, actor Ahron Villena, and singer-actor Ronnie Liang to the still growing list of Regal Babies.
The three stars signed their respective contracts last September 30 at the Imperial Palace Suites on Tomas Morato in Quezon City.
Present during the signing were Regal Entertainment founder Mother Lily Monteverde and daughter Roselle Monteverde-Teo. Talent manager Arnold Vegafria was also in attendance to sign the contracts together with his proud talents.
"We welcome them to the family and we're looking forward to work with them," said a beaming Mother Lily after the intimate event.
Being a Regal Baby is a culmination of a childhood dream for Nikki, who recalled watching old films produced by the company during her growing-up years. The 23-year-old singer-actress and host singled out the movies done by her idol in the '80s as her favorites.
"If there's one actress na I want to work with ulit sana and hopefully dito sa Regal, it's no other than Ms. Maricel Soriano. Although we've worked na together before sa [ABS-CBN's] Florinda, it will definitely be nice to work with her again, this time in a movie," said Nikki.
Not one to set high expectations, Ahron Villena was still struggling to grasp the moment when PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with him.
"Masaya siyempre and at the same time parang hindi pa nagsi-sink in sa 'kin," smiled the hunky Survivor Philippines castaway. "I'm just happy na mabigyan ng ganitong pagkakataon kasi hindi naman lahat napagbibigyan. We'll see kung anong mangyayari sa movie career ko after four years."
Singer turned actor Ronnie Liang is still getting his feet wet in the field of acting, that's why he is grateful for being trusted by Mother Lily to appear on future film projects together with more experienced stars.
"It's a big challenge," admitted Ronnie. "But I'm more excited than nervous. As an artist kailangan ko rin mag-branch out and broaden my horizons. I'm open kahit anong movie project ang ibigay. But if you ask me, priority pa rin siyempre 'yong singing career ko."
Nikki, Ahron, and Ronnie automatically joined an elite list of past Regal Babies, like Dina Bonnevie, Gabby Concepcion, Snooky Serna, Albert Martinez, and Maricel Soriano, and many others.
Mother Lily capped off the rainy afternoon festivity by offering a toast of red wine.
"For good luck!" the influential film producer said as she raised her glass. Mother Lily hopes for more success, not just for Regal, but for the stars, and the entire entertainment industry.