Some changes are bound to happen in the Alcasid household.
Come August, Regine Velasquez will start leaving the house more often to fulfill television and movie commitments. While her husband Ogie Alcasid will be found more often in their new restaurant.
But Regine vows that her slipping out of the house is not going to be daily.
Asia’s Songbird tells the media, “Ayokong every day kasi hindi ko maalagaan si Nathan. At least may one day na andun ako.”
Besides, she says, “Parang nasanay na ‘ko na hinihintay ko siya,” referring to Ogie Alcasid, the father of her baby.
Regine adds, “Saka, parang I kind of like the idea na I’m home and I’m just waiting for my husband.”
So when she started shooting her upcoming movie with Aga Muhlach, she had this “weird feeling” on the first day.
The singer-actress relates, “Yun yung normal, di ba? Parang na-weirduhan ako… Buti na lang thrice a week muna siya.
“Naka-three days na kami. One week na yun talaga na three days dire-diretso, ‘tapos next week, meron ulit.
“So dire-diretso naman na yung shoot kasi para mas… Wala din lang akong ginagawa. Yun din lang ginagawa ko. So, mas magaan.
“’Tapos yun nga, every other day lang yung shooting ko.
“Meron pa rin naman akong time para sa asawa ko at para sa anak ko.”
On Ogie’s part, the past few months have already been hectic.
On TV, he had Daldalita, plus the still-ongoing My Daddy Dearest and Pare & Pare.
In addition, he’s regularly on Party Pilipinas and Bubble Gang.
On the big screen, after Boy Pick Up The Movie, his next film, I Do Bidoo Bidoo, with Eugene Domingo, will soon hit the theaters.
“Sunod-sunod!” remarks GMA-7’s Nelson Canlas and TV5’s Laila Chikadora.
The man who has come to be known as the country’s Songwriter says, “Alam mo kasi, yung pangyayari sa buhay natin, hindi naman tayo gumagawa niyan.
“Whatever comes our way, we just accept it.”
SETTING PRIORITIES. But the schedules should be managed properly, according to Regine, who plans to take things “hinay-hinay lang, konti-konti” when she officially makes her comeback.
She elaborates, “Actually, pinag-uusapan namin.
"Kasi, yung soap yung medyo pamatay, e. Ang hirap ng soap coz that’s every day, and you shoot or tape three or four times a week.
“Medyo mahirap. So pinag-uusapan namin, na kung sino sa ‘min may soap, dapat may isa na maiiwan sa bahay.
“Kakatapos lang niya. Parang dapat ako, ako naman."
But, mindful of their son Nathan, she says, “Pero I’m hoping na sana next year pa nila ako i-offer ng soap, kasi para maka-one year muna siya…”
Meanwhile, as far as Regine’s career is concerned, Ogie states: “Kung ano yung gusto niya, dun ako.”
Being Mrs. Ogie Alcasid, the comedian says, doesn’t entail any form of restriction on his wife’s career.
The 44-year-old Kapuso star explains, “No, I’m not that kind of husband. My wife… I… I don’t have any limitation on her or her career.
“And… she’s responsible enough to know what her limitations are.”
Regine continues, “Yun yung isa sa mga magandang ugali ng asawa ko. Kasi ever since, talagang hindi niya ako binigyan ng, ‘O, dapat mag-asawa na tayo, ganito ka na…’ He never did that…”
Laughing, Ogie cuts in, “Basta’t sa akin, okay rin siya. Kailangan, wala ring limitation.”
Back to the Songbird, she says, “Hindi! Pero talaga parang… kasi alam din naman niya nga, na alam ko rin sa sarili ko kung hanggang saan ako.
“Hindi naman niya kailangang mag-ask, plus, kasi sa kanya, hindi din naman ako ganun.
“Wala din akong… although, ayaw din niyang gumagawa ng mga bagay na medyo ikakataas ng kilay ng marami dahil yun, alam na nila na asawa ko siya…
“Hindi, mabait talaga yung asawa ko. Wala siyang ganun.”
REGINE-AGA MOVIE. So, even for her movie with Aga, no limitations were set.
Taking on a mock-serious tone, Ogie says, “Kasi, pag si Aga, parang ako na rin yung kasama niya. Kasi hindi naman kaiba yung hitsura.”
The comment elicits chuckles from reporters and camera men.
He resumes, “Sa pangalan lang kami medyo hawig—Aga, Ogie…”
Kidding aside, Regine describes her Joyce Bernal film as “nakakatuwa.”
She relates, “Akala ko yung movie, konti pa lang yung na-shoot namin. Parang feeling ko baka outdated na.
“But we watched the… yung some of the scenes… Kasi, na-edit na ni Joyce, ang cute pala!
“So ngayon, puwede ko na ma-tweet na… puwede ko nang sabihin, ‘Maganda yung movie…’ Kasi cute talaga siya. Maganda talaga siya. So, abangan nila.”
REGINE AS HOST. The topic shifts to Regine’s upcoming talk show Hot TV, which will replace Showbiz Central.
When asked if Ogie gave his wife some tips, the former replies, “Hindi kailangan ng pointers dahil a… likas na madaldal ang aking asawa.
“But you know, one thing about my wife, meron siyang objective, e— to have that person, whoever she’s interviewing, lumabas yung katotohanan. Kung anuman yung gusto niyang [interviewee] ilabas dun.”
Regine’s side comment: “Naks!”
Smiling, Ogie adds, “Kumbaga, hindi naman siya yung interviewer na gustong lang niyang paiyakin yung tao. She’s not the type.
“And because artista rin siya, yung sentiment niya, nandun din sa iinterbyuhin.”
OGIE’S BUSINESS. The couple’s PEP interview takes place on July 22, at Ryu Ramen & Curry restaurant of Ogie.
“Restaurant yung pag-usapan natin,” the co-owner jokes.
Then, he goes on to reveal why he chose to put up a Japanese restaurant on Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City.
“Mahilig kami sa ramen. Yung mga partners ko, ganun din. Masarap kumain. Maganda rin yung meron kang tambayan…”
Regine picks gyoza as her favorite.
She adds, “Talagang masarap. ‘Tapos hindi siya mahal, so tamang-tamang lang siya. May ramen, may miki…
Ogie personally prefers Tan Tan Ramen, which he describes as “medyo spicy and hot siya.”
Since Mr. A is the one who’s going to look after the business, he’ll be leaving their house more often as well... just like his wife.
“I’ll be here a lot,” he says about their new venture.