Who do you think will be the next Asia's Songbird?
Regine Velasquez herself answered this question during the recent press conference for Royals, her upcoming Valentine concert with Martin Nievera, Erik Santos, and Angeline Quinto.
Instead of naming a younger singer, Regine told the entertainment reporters, "I believe, wala naman talagang pumapalit.
"Wala namang pumalit kay Sharon Cuneta. Si Sharon Cuneta pa rin naman siya.
"Or si Kuh Ledesma, si Kuh Ledesma pa rin naman siya.
“Kumbaga, we make our own mark in the business.
“You know, if we ever decide to leave the business, nandun na yung mark mo na ikaw ang gumawa.
“I believe that Angeline and Erik will do the same.”
Does it bother her when people say Angeline sometimes sings like her?
Regine quickly said, “We're good friends. Nagte-text 'yan sa akin just to say, 'I love you, Miss Reg.'
“Natutuwa nga ako sa kanila kasi, nakikita niyo naman, very genuine ang pagmamahal nila sa akin.
“It's very flattering. I don't know what I did to deserve that.
“But I'm certainly very happy. I love her.
“She's a wonderful girl, she's very hardworking. I'm so happy that we'll be working together.”
INSPIRATION. With her established name in showbiz, Regine certainly has no reason to feel insecure about the new breed of singers, who usually sing her hits when performing in public.
Instead, she's glad to be an inspiration to them, "Nakakatuwa, nakakataba ng puso.”
But when younger singers tell her they look up to her and she's their idol, she's usually at a loss for words.
“Kapag nga ganun, kasi I'm not very good with compliments, hindi ko alam kung paano i-handle kapag na-compliment ako, naa-uncomfortable ako,” Regine explained.
“But it's a nice feeling na ganun ang tingin nila, like sina Angeline at Erik, sa amin.
"Ang taas ng pagtingin nila sa amin."
Regine, however, is not the type who imposes seniority on younger singers. She prefers setting a good example.
"Nakaka-pressure din kasi, siyempre, we're only humans, we also make mistakes.
“Siyempre, we want to be positive role models to these kids, so medyo nag-iingat ka rin talaga on how you conduct yourself especially when you're working together.
"Medyo mag-iingat siguro ako sa disposisyon ko pagdating sa trabaho kasi ang gusto ko nga ay maging positive role model sa kanilang dalawa,” referring to Erik and Angeline.
Lastly, Regine enunciated how she feels each time a younger singer lauds or idolizes her.
"Nakakatuwa na nakakataba ng puso na they look at us like this, ganun kataas ang tingin nila sa amin."