Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez has three wishes for her 38th birthday on Tuesday, April 22. "I wanted to go shopping, I wanted to cook, and I want to do something else pa," said Regine.
In a taped interview with StarTalk shown yesterday, April 19, Regine said that she has no idea what her boyfriend Ogie Alcasid is cooking up for her birthday. She said, "On the 22nd, may mga plano si Ogie na hindi ko alam. Ayaw niyang sabihin sa akin and my family is in it, so I don't know. I have no idea."
In a separate taped interview, Ogie vaguely described his plans for his girlfriend's birthday. His short description about it was: "I've planned something also, but hindi naman ganun ka-bonggacious."
Then, he revealed Regine's secret plan for her birthday, which is about giving help to needy people.
"Alam ko na ayaw na ayaw niyang ipagsabi ito at baka magalit siya sa akin, pero sasabihin ko na rin," said Ogie. "On her birthday, the morning of her birthday, wer're going around Quezon City at sa iba't ibang lugar na nakausap na namin. Well, tutulong lang kami, she's giving rice to people."
He added, "Ganung klase ng tao si Regine, e. Naaalala ko noong araw—saan ba ito, sa Bicol, pati doon sa Quezon [Province]—she would go there and no one knows it."
REGINE ON SETTLING DOWN. StarTalk also asked Regine if her birthday wish includes settling down with boyfriend Ogie.
Regine answered, "Sana one day talagang maging magkasama na kami. Siyempre, di ba, lahat naman ng relationship yun ang aim, di ba, to be together? So yun, yun lang siguro."
How about having a baby?
"You know, if it's going to happen then it will happen," she replied. "Kasi kung para sa akin, matanda na ako, e. At saka para sa akin, kung mangyayari yun, it will be a blessing."
Regine is aware of the age factor regarding the chances of getting pregnant.
She said, "Siyempre, kasi babae ako, e, at talagang mayroon kaming biological clock na kailangang intindihin. Although nowadays, because of modern medicines, madami na tayong puwedeng gawin to get pregnant or whatever. Thank God for that.
"But still, you know, as much as possible, siyempre we wanna do it in a normal way, di ba? Kung kunwari mabigyan kami ng pagkakataon to be together na talaga, 'tapos hindi kami ma-bless to have our own children, it's okay with me. It's also a reality that I also have to face."
Ogie, on the other hand, refused to talk about it since his annulment case with former wife Michelle Van Eimerren is still on going. "To be honest, I really can't discuss those matters at this time," Ogie politely said.
Regine seconded, "Hindi pa natin puwedeng pag-usapan [ang kasal]."
StarTalk also asked Regine about the anticipated visit of Michelle and her two daughters with Ogie in September. Regine said, "I'm excited for her kasi she hasn't been here for four years. So, we wanna take her out kasi maraming nabago sa atin, e.
FAMILY DAY. Regine told StarTalk that despite her busy schedule, she always finds time with her family, especially during Sunday. Her family gets together every Sunday, sometimes including her boyfriend Ogie.
"I cook for them, the boys would play basketball, 'tapos nagkakagulo ang mga pamangkin doon," described Regine.
Ogie seconded Regine's fondness for cooking. He said, "Parang kinahihiligan niya 'yang pagluluto na 'yan na hindi namin alam, e. Actually, gusto nga niya maglutu-luto sila ni Juday [Judy Ann Santos], e. She does cook for us. Alam mo, 'yan yung mga times na we treasure, e, kasi it's private moments with the family, e. Sunday is a family time, so it's very, very nice."
Indeed, a gathering like this is something that Regine and Ogie will treasure because of their hectic schedules in showbiz. Ogie is busy preparing for his anniversary concert titled 20/20. He also has regular shows, SOP and Pinoy Idol, plus Da Big Show which will premiere tomorrow, April 21.
Regine, on the other hand, is about to start taping for the Filipino adaptation of the Koreanovela My Name is Kim Sam Soon.
GMA Network also prepared a birthday special gift for Regine titled The Best of Me, Regine Velasquez, which will be shown on April 27. "It's also special kasi ginawa siya sa bahay ko. For the first time, people will see it, hindi naman sa pinagyayabang ko, parang I wanted to share it with everybody," said Regine about her TV special.