Is there anything else that a Regine Velasquez would still want to do?
A pause before the Asia’s Songbird answered, “singing.”
Yes, after holding a number of sold-out concerts and releasing best-selling albums, all she wants to do is that.
“Like, after giving birth, yun yung talagang unang-unang sumagi sa ulo ko, yung kumanta.
“Kasi parang… bago ako ako nabuntis, ang dami-dami kong ginagawa, e.
“Iba-iba yung mga ginagawa ko na hindi ako masyadong… somehow, hindi ako masyadong kumakanta.
“So, after giving birth, dun ko na-realize how much I love singing talaga.”
And given her stature, her goal is simply, to sing more songs. Nothing more…
Regine explained, “Masyado na akong blessed. I mean, the fact that I’m still here and I still have work, you know, people are still parang excited naman to see me, I feel very blessed.”
SILVER. So her upcoming concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on November 16 is more than just celebrating her 25th year in showbiz. It’s reliving the milestones of her career through songs.
The 42-year-old star underlined during the press conference held last week, “I’m singing. I’m excited about singing. Again.
“And I’m going to sing the songs na matagal niyo nang hindi naririnig yung sa akin na kinakanta ko— “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”— yung mga hindi ko na masyadong kinakanta lately.
“And I am singing the songs na naging malaking parte ng buhay ko.”
What about her husband Ogie Alcasid’s participation?
“Wala masyado. Kakanta lang siya,” she said with a laugh.
“Kasi yung feeling niya, mas artistic ako sa kanya, e. Magsa-suggest siya so, I also… ia-ano ko rin yung suggestion niya.
“Pero most of the time, hindi masyadong [nakikialam], unless, concert namin.”
REGRETS? Despite shunning some opportunities that could have brought her international fame, the Songbird is happy right where she is.
Regrets do not seem to figure in her vocabulary.
She remarked, “You know I’ve made a lot of mistakes, both personal and careerwise, But I don’t regret any of them.
“Wala akong naaalala ngayon. Kasi, kasama yun sa growth mo as an artist and as a person…
“Saka ako naman nag-decide nun, e, so ba’t ko kailangan i-regret?”
With a career spanning almost three decades, she’s seen singers come and go. At some point, did she ever feel threatened by new singers?
Regine’s reply: “You know, feeling insecure and feeling down, I think, is very normal for the kind of business we are all in.
“Ganun yung nature ng business natin, e, na once in a while, you really feel na hindi ako masyadong kagalingan ngayon.”
But her insecurity, she says, is never caused by other singers.
“Hindi ka nai-insecure dahil meron kang nakitang mas magaling [kundi] dahil feeling mo lang, hindi ka enough.
“Parang may igagaling ka pa kaya nararamdaman mo yung insecurity. So normal lang din yun.”
But instead of wallowing, “I deal with it.”
Now that's what makes her so admirable. The Songbird, indeed, has a way of looking at things.
Regine elaborated, “Kung ano yung feeling ko, kahinaan ko, pag-aaralan ko. Aaralin ko kung bakit ako mahina sa area na yun.
“Tapos kung talagang hindi ko kaya, I’ll just accept na…
“Kunwari, example, dancing… It’s not like I didn’t try it before. Parang sumayaw-sayaw din naman ako [sa] mga concerts ko before.
“Nag-aral din akong… nag-dance lessons din ako.
“But, you just really come to a point na mare-realize mong kaliwa talaga pareho yung paa ko, e. Hindi talaga, e.
“You just really don’t give up. You just accept na hindi iyon part ng talent mo, di ba, so, hayaan mo na sa iba. Kumuha ka na lang ng dancers at huwag ka nang mag-pretend.”
But for this concert, she will try to “dance a little.”
Smiling, she said, “I’m sure meron namang mga ipapagawa sa akin, may mga movements na ipapagawa din sa akin.”
But she warned her fans not to expect too much.
“Parang hindi na rin masyadong bagay sa aking mag-tumbling pa akong… 42 years old. Huwag na.”
Lastly, has she ever thought of slowing down?
She nodded, “before, kapag nag-asawa na ako…” But things seem to have changed.
“Nag-asawa na ako, parang okay pa rin naman. Siguro hangga’t nai-enjoy ko pa yung work, hangga’t ang mga tao interesado pang makinig, manood, bakit hindi.
“Pero ayokong ipilit… mararamdaman mo naman, e, kung hanggang saan ka na lang, e.”