Pagkatapos ng sampung taon ay muling magkakaroon ng show sa U.S. ang vocal group na The CompanY.
Ang The CompanY ay binubuo nina Moy Ortiz (bass), Annie Quintos (soprano 2), Cecile Bautista (alto), Sweet Plantado (soprano 1), at Jay Marquez (tenor).
Dadalhin ng grupo sa Amerika ang I Heart Manila series, na unang ginawa nila sa Music Museum this year. Makakasama nila rito sina Jon Santos at Bo Cerrudo.
Sabi ni Sweet tungkol sa kanilang concert, “Eto, extra special para sa amin kasi excited kami to go back.
“I’m sure, ang mga kababayan natin dung makakapanood ay talagang maiiyak at matutuwa at the same time.
"Mahu-homesick, pero matutuwa sila."
Makaka-back-to-back ng The CompanY ang U.S. tour ng Silver concert ni Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez.
Magaganap ang shows ng The CompanY at ni Regine sa October 26 (Orange County Fair and Events Center, Orange County, California), October 27 (Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo, California), at November 3 (Mohegan Sun, Connecticut).
Sabi pa ni Sweet, "Double treat ito para sa mga kababayan natin doon.
“And yun, excited din kami as a group on a personal note, because we’re seeing most of our family members and friends na ang tagal na naming hindi nakikita.”
REGINE VELASQUEZ. Halos kasabay raw ng The CompanY si Regine Velasquez nang magsimula sila sa music industry.
Ilang shows at proyekto na rin ang pinagsamahan nila, pero ito ang unang beses na magkakasama sila sa isang show abroad.
Sabi ni Moy tungkol sa Asia’s Songbird, “Regine just recently celebrated her 25th anniversary, so we were, like, three years ahead of her.
“But ever since she entered the industry, we’ve always admired her and respected her.
“And we’ve always worked with her through the decades—the ’80s, the ’90s, and the new millennium.
“Aside from that, the nice thing about the thing that we have with Regine is, when we’re together, we don’t talk shop. We don’t talk work.
“We don’t treat her like this A-lister superstar. ’Cause we’ve known her since she was a teener.
“So, to us, she’s Regine who’s now a mom.
"And we talk about grounded things, everyday life, how she is as a mom...
“So there is a personal connection, and it doesn’t come across like everyone is so starstruck and so showbizy with her.
"So, that’s a nice thing to have.”
REGINE’S TWEET TO BASHERS. Dahil si Regine na lang din ang pinag-usapan, tinanong ang mga miyembro ng The CompanY kung ano ang masasabi nila sa posts ni Regine sa Twitter noong October 4.
Ito ay may kaugnayan sa pagkukumpara ng fans kina Regine at Sarah Geronimo.
Idinadamay rin kasi ng ilang fans ang ama ni Regine na si Mang Gerry, na kasalukuyang maysakit.
Sabi ni Regine sa kanyang Twitter account (@reginevalcasid):
“Hi guys alam ko po na hindi po ako masyadong active sa tweeter but this is still my acc.
“May sakit po si papa ko we have been praying na sana po gumaling na sya, salamat din po sa lahat ng nag darasal para gumaling si papa.
“I’ve always been supportive and so proud of Sarah [Geronimo] sa lahat ng tagumpay nya I’m proud of her
“For 27 years not once i said ’im the best im the most popular’ and I will never say that because it’s not true.........
“I am very aware that times are deferent now and that my sound (or me) is longer needed in this industry.........
“I’m still here because of my love for music this is my first love after all. Also because I still want to work........
“Laos na nga po ako alam ko po yun, actually hindi ko nga sure kung sumikat nga ako
“I’m tweeting because I’m hurting mahal na mahal ko po ang tatay ko......
“so please if your going to wish him ill, kung pwede lang po sana wag nyo na ako itag. God Bless you guys.”
THE COMPANY DEFENDS REGINE. Nagbigay ng kanilang opinyon ang The CompanyY sa sinabi ng singer-actress na "laos" na siya.
Sabi ni Moy, “Well, I felt that was more self-deprecating.
"I mean, I don’t think that she meant it as false modesty but…
“Because, you know, if you are constantly attacked online, anonymously, it hurts—no matter who you are, whether international or local.
“I think it was really more self-deprecating than false modesty.
“Because we all know that aside from Sharon Cuneta, Regine was, ang peg nila was like Barbra Streisand, because they’re successful in music, in film, and television.
“So we know what she has achieved.
"I think she was just downplaying what she has achieved.
“Because no matter who comes into the industry, and who’s on top right now, you and I know that every success and every failure is temporary.
"And Regine knows that."
A MORE SPIRITUAL REGINE. Dadgag pa ni Moy, "And natutuwa nga rin po ako, kasi after what happened to her after the Silver concert, I have noticed that her posts on FB [Facebook] have been more spiritual.”
Ang tinutukoy ni Moy ay nang mawalan ng boses si Regine sa kalagitnaan ng kanyang Silver concert noong nakaraang taon.
Patuloy niya, “I think it grounded her, and it brought her back to the center. She’s more spiritual.
“So, I honestly think she doesn’t believe that, because I know in her mind if you’re being straight and honest…
“She and Ogie and all of these people, like Martin [Nievera], who have survived the test of time and the many changes of the guard in showbiz…
“And there are... it’s kind of strange, CompanY and I, we were talking, yung pagpalit ng... changing of the guards, especially recently, ang bilis na ng pagpalit.
“Unlike before, when we started in the ’80s, ang tagal, you know. The A-listers would keep their throne for a very long [time].
“But now, I think it’s the nature of the industry. I think it’s the natural pace, ang bilis ng palit.
“But the reason why I’m telling you this is that no matter what the people say, or what the perceptions of the other bashers are, you can not trivialize or minimize or deny what Regine has achieved.”
Dagdag naman ni Sweet, “Parang knowing her, napaka-casual niya kasing tao.
“Sasabihin niya talaga yung ano niya, na parang mula nung naging mommy siya, nagbago talaga yung buhay niya.
“Yung sabi niya, hindi na siya masyadong gumagawa ng shows.
"Sabi ko, ‘Because you can choose. Because you don’t have to prove anything, Reg.
“‘You’ve done everything. And what you’ve done, talagang nag-contribute ka sa industry, hindi lang sa music.’
THE HUMBLE SONGBIRD. Ikinuwento rin ni Sweet kung ano ang pagkakakilala niya kay Regine.
Aniya, “Sa teatro kasi kami nagkakilala.
"So, iba siya, ayaw niya talaga to be treated like a star.
“Ayaw niyang nagpapapirma ng [autograph sa kaibigan]. ‘Ano ka, fan?’
"Nag-backup ako sa kanya, kami ni Jay [Marquez], before I became part of Company.
“I was her backup singer. Mine-makeup-an niya ’ko. Ganun siya kaano talaga… very humble.
“So, siguro ’yang ‘laos na ko,’ hindi ’yan. Ano lang ’yan, nagpapaka-casual lang ’yang babaeng ’yan.
“Pero alam niya na she doesn’t have to prove anything, and people love her.
"Walang ibang Regine. Siya lang talaga.”
Pagpapatunay ni Moy sa pagiging mapagkumbaba ng Songbird: “And she’s even humble, as I shared with you, we talk about real things, even finances.
“And I would tell her, ‘Well, you’re at a point in time where you don’t have to accept every single job that goes your way.
“‘You have the luxury of saying no, because you can afford… nasa estado ka na.’
“And she was honest, and she was humble enough to say, ‘Actually, no.’
“Of course, we know that she made it financially, but for her to even say that what I said was not true, it’s very… natutuwa ako ’cause it’s so easy…
"She’s very humble.
“It’s very easy to say, ‘Well, yes, yeah, I don’t need to work ’cause I’m set for life.’
"But she said ‘No, I still need to work.’”
Pahayag naman ni Cecile, “Well, for sure, I would say na she still has a very big place, andiyan pa rin siya sa taas, sa industry.
“But even if it happens in the future, na talagang mag-lie low na siya, I don’t think it will crush her.
"Because, mag-iiba yung priorities niya, e.
“So it wouldn’t be the end-all and be-all of Regine Velasquez.
"She’s more than Regine Velasquez, the star, now. She’s a mom.”