Malaking bahagi raw sa pag-a-adjust ni Leila Alcasid sa Pilipinas ang kanyang stepmother na si Regine Velasquez.
Si Leila ay ang panganay sa dalawang anak ni Ogie Alcasid sa una nitong asawa, ang Australian beauty queen na si Michelle Van Eimeren.
Nagdesisyong umuwi ng Pilipinas si Leila, mula Australia, para makasama ang pamilya niya rito at subukan ang showbiz.
Kumusta ang relasyon ni Leila sa kanyang stepmom na si Regine?
Pahayag niya, “She’s wonderful! You know, she’s family to me.
“I’ve known her since I was young.
"And in my moving here, she’s been a very vital part of making me feel welcome, making me feel at home.
“Helping me adjust to the pressure of living in another country, trying to get in showbiz, et cetera.
“She’s been very supportive, and definitely mother-figure when I’m not able to be with my own mom.
"So I’m very lucky, I’m very blessed."
Masaya rin si Leila dahil nagkakaroon siya ng pagkakataong makasama at maka-bonding ang bunsong kapatid na si Nate, ang anak nina Ogie at Regine.
Malapit nga raw sila sa isa’t isa.
“Yes, I love Nate,” sambit ni Leila.
“I’m really happy that we got this chance to bond.
“I’m really happy that I get to live with them, I have the chance to spend with them.
“I love Nate, and we’re very close.”
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Leila sa "NakakaLokal" mall show ni Ogie sa Robinsons Magnolia, noong Sabado, July 22.
STRICT DAD. Kinumpirma naman ni Leila kung gaano kaistrikto at kakonserbatibo ang kanyang ama.
“Very!” natawang pag-amin niya.
Pero bawi ni Leila, “No, he’s a very good dad.
“He’s very understanding and he tries to think like a millennial, I guess, and understands me when he doesn’t quite think like a fifty–year-old-man.
“So yeah, he’s very understanding.
"Very strict, but he still let me be myself."
Istrikto rin ba ang ama pagdating sa mga manliligaw niya?
“Even worse!" natatawang sagot ni Leila.
“He’s okay, he’s okay... he just say, you know, as long as they make an effort to get to know my family. He’s fine.
“He’s how you would want any dad today.”
LEARNING THE ROPES. Bagamat nakakaintindi na siya ng Tagalog, patuloy siyang nag-aaral ng wikang Filipino at nagwu-workshop sa Star Magic.
Ayon kay Leila, “I enjoy acting, but I’m still in the process of learning Tagalog.”
Masaya raw siya sa pananatili sa bansa, lalo pa at isa na siya sa endorsers ng Bench.
Magtatagal kaya siya sa Pilipinas?
“I want to, I want to,” mabilis niyang sagot.
“We still don’t know what will gonna happen in the future.
“But, I’m enjoying it here. I want to spend more time here.”
Bukod sa pagiging guest ni Leila sa concert ni Ogie para sa 50th birthday ng singer-songwriter, posible rin kayang magkaroon sila ng duet sa album?
"I would love to!" bulalas ni Leila.
"I'll be honored one day to have a song with him. I love that!
“I love watching my dad! He’s very nice. Every time I watch him, I get very emotional.
“I’m just proud to be able to say that he’s my dad, and I was really, really excited for this album to come out.