Ogie Alcasid is nostranger when it comes to music projects. Aside from being a singer andcomposer of his own songs, Ogie also writes for fellow artists.Throughout the years, he also gained a reputation as a prolific songsmith formovies and television shows.
But there's something about the animated film Urdujathat filled the singer-comedian with dread the moment he was commissioned byTAPE, Inc. top honcho Tony Tuviera to produce the film's music and officialsoundtrack.
The country's first full-length digitalanimation film Urduja is the brainchild of Mr. Tuviera. "Eleven years inthe making," he proudly enthused about his dream project.
The breakthrough filmfeatures the voices of Cesar Montano, Eddie Garcia, Jay Manalo, Johnny Delgado,Alla K, Ruby Rodriguez, Michael V., and Epi Quizon.
Playing the lead role of Urduja is Asia's Songbird andOgie's girlfriend, Regine Velasquez.
ELATION TO FEAR. At the press conference of Urduja lastSaturday, June 7, at the Imperial Palace Suites in Quezon City, Ogie narratedhow he learned about the "secret" project.
"Tinawagan po ako ni Mr. Tuviera na pangalawang ama niRegine, so itinuring ko na rin siyang pangalawang ama," he smiled.
Regine had said previously that she endearingly treats Mr. Tuviera as her second father.
Because of the project's secrecy, Ogieand Mr. Tuviera met like military officials about to discuss top-secret strategies.
"Noong nag-meet kami, parang napaka-private. Parang meronkaming sasalakayin, parang ganoon," recalled Ogie, chuckling . "Sabi ko, ‘Anoba ‘tong gagawin natin?' Tapos ipinakita niya sa ‘kin 'yong proyekto."
Being entrustedto produce the soundtrack was exciting and "very flattering," said Ogie. But as he learnedmore about the details and his role, Ogie became apprehensive when Joey de Leon's name came up.
Explained Ogie, "Natakot ako kasi parang ang laki-laki nggagawin ko. Gagawin ko 'yong music na nilapatan na ni Joey de Leon ng lyrics."
Considered as an honorary member of the legendary ‘70sdisco-pop group VST & Co., Joey wrote some of the band's well-loved hitssuch as "Ipagpatawad Mo," "Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko," among others. Joey alsopenned the Cinderella classic "Ang Boyfriend Kong Baduy."
Despite his own achievements as a songwriter,Ogie was honest enough to admit that he felt intimidated by the idea oflaying his hands on a Joey de Leon creation.
"Pero dahil siya[Tony] po ay pangalawang ama namin, hindi na po ako nag-atubili.""I challenged myself," said Ogie, "that's my job in thisproject, I wrote the music, some of it, nilapatan ko ng music ‘yong lyrics niGinoong Joey de Leon."
Ogie gamely revealed that because of theproject, Tony Tuviera was able to confirm the then long-standing rumor linkingOgie and Regine. As it turned out, the secret was unlocked by the belovedproducer months before Ogie confirmed his romantic relationship with Regine to YES!magazine.
"Nung una kong ibinigay'yong first draft o ‘yong unang demo, ipinarinig ko kay Mr. Tuviera. ‘Yon, nabukoako kasi si Regine 'yong kumakanta, e, hindi pa kami nag-a-out nun, so nabuko kami. 'Yon talagang na-legitimized 'yong pagiging ama niya," confided Ogie with alaugh.