Ogie Alcasid: "Regine [Velasquez] is really one of our living treasures."

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"Regine's talent is world-class," Ogie Alcasid says about his wife, Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez. (Inset) Ogie tenderly wipes tears from Regine's eyes during the 2011 MYX Music Awards at the Music Museum.


Ogie Alcasid was there when Regine Velasquez accepted her award as this year's recipient of the Magna Award at the recently concluded MYX Music Awards held at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)

The Magna Award is given annually by MYX to recognize and commend the contributions of Filipino artists in the music scene.

Past winners of the honor are Sharon Cuneta (2006), the Apo Hiking Society (2007), Gary Valenciano (2008), the Eraserheads (2009), and Jose Mari Chan (2010).

The magnitude of the moment caught up with Asia's Songbird, who shed tears while watching young singers Yeng Constantino, Frencheska Farr, Julie Ann San Jose, Kyla, Mark Bautista, Christian Bautista, and Rachelle Ann Go sing some of her hit songs on stage.

"I know why she's crying," said Ogie about his wife's emotional moment.

"Kasi ginagawa lang niya 'yong alam niya, which is to sing, but she didn't realize that she was touching a lot of people's lives through her music. I think naantig yung puso niya and maybe she was going through—you know all those years when she was just starting kasi kinakanta 'yong ibang kanta niya."

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment reporters had the chance to talk to Ogie last week during the press launching of Celebrity Ukay-Ukay at the Executive Lounge of GMA Network Center in Quezon City. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)

The singer-songwriter and comedian endearingly called his wife as one of the country's "living treasures" because of her huge contribution to the Philippine entertainment scene.

"I'm not saying that because I'm her husband. But that's the truth, her contribution not just to the music industry but to the film industry na rin and sa telebisyon. Nakikita ninyo naman na she goes out on a limb, talagang she thinks out of the box," said Ogie.

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"Paghuhusayan niya yong characterization niya, whether she's portraying a gay role, or whether she's supposed to play a fat chef, or 'yong sa Diva na isang pangit ang hitsura—nabibigyan niya ng buhay and I'm very, very proud of her."

It is not rare for Ogie to meet someone from both here and abroad and be told of Regine's huge impact on their lives.

One recent example of this is American Idol Season 10 finalist Thia Megia, who mentioned Regine as one of her favorite singers in a profile interview.

"I'm not surprised!" said Ogie. "Regine's talent is world-class... to be appreciated by many, maraming mga kabataan ang humahanga sa kanya."


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