Regine Velasquez admits she cannot always protect son Nate from cyberbullies

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Regine Velasquez on protecting her son Nate from cyberbullies: "You know, he'll grow up and he knows how to read everything. I won't be able to protect him. Hindi ko siya masi-shield dun. But siguro, I just equip him with proper reminders."


Regine Velasquez has deliberately limited her posts about six-year-old son Nate because she wants to give him privacy.

In an interview with entertainment reporters and bloggers at Sweet-Sarap Moment with Jollibee, Thursday afternoon, April 12, the Asia's Songbird recalled how she used to be excited about sharing photos of Nate to her fans and social media followers.

“When I started with Instagram, if you noticed or if you have been following me, it was really all of him.

“Siguro in a day, I would post, like, five pictures, kasi tuwang-tuwa ako, cute na cute ako.

“I was so happy to be a mom, yun talaga yun.

“I just wanted to share my happiness with everyone, so I was taking pictures of him and sharing it online.”

But things have changed, said Regine.

“Now that he's getting older, if you noticed, I kind of rarely post his picture, kasi I wanna give him his privacy.

“Magpu-post lang ako kapag okay lang sa kanya.

“Sometime I would ask him or minsan siya mismo ang magsasabi na, 'Can you video me and you post it?'

“Minsan magpapa-video siya but only for personal use, so we honor his requests.

“If he says no, then we won't post kasi makikita rin naman niya 'yan.

“So ngayon, medyo nag-lay low na ako nang kaunti sa pagpu-post ng mga pictures, kasi nga I want to give him his privacy.”

ON CYBERBULLYING. Since the public already know about her son Nate through her social media posts, the celebrity mom admitted that she cannot protect him from cyberbullying all the time.

“Alam mo, I think I won't be able to protect him from cyberbullying.

“Kasi, you know, he'll grow up and he knows how to read everything.

“I won't be able to protect him. Hindi ko siya masi-shield dun.

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“But siguro I just equip him with proper reminders.

“Ganun na lang siguro, kakausapin ko na lang siguro talaga para hindi na siya maa-affect.

“I think naman, kung maganda ang values ng anak mo, hindi naman sila magpapa-affect doon, e.”

If there's one thing that worries Regine about cyberbullying is its effect to her stepdaughter, Leila Alcasid.

Leila is the eldest of Ogie's two daughters with his first wife, Michelle Van Eimeren.

Leila was recently introduced as one of the new talents of Star Magic.

Regine related, “Actually, ang medyo inaanuhan ko is si Ate Leila.

“Si Ate Leila kasi, siyempre she's grown up na. She's 20 years old.

“There was this time when she got bullied, inis na inis ako talaga ako. Inaway ko, actually.

"Doon kami medyo ano...

“Si Ate Leila, siya yung mas maa-affect.

“But, you know, she's been with us for over a year now, she's okay na.

“Hindi na siya masyadong nagpapaniwala sa mga sinasabi ng mga bullies sa social media.

"Minsan ang hirap talaga."

Sweet-Sarap afternoon with @reginevalcasid and her son Nate.

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PATOLA. Talking about responding to cyberbullies, Regine was asked, “Okay lang ba maging patola?”

She seemed unaware that the name of this vegetable is now being used to describe those who answer back to negative comments.

“Ang iniisip ko, magiging vegetable ako!” Regine laughed.

Then, she seriously replied, “May mga instance na kailangan akong... hindi naman pumatol but to correct.

“Like, one time, when he [Nate] was just baby pa, I took a picture of him.

“Wala pa siyang ngipin, pero ang laki-laki ng pagka-smile niya. I took a picture and then I posted it.

“Then somebody was, like, 'Your son looks like a mongoloid.'

“Na-hurt talaga ako, so kinorek ko siya, 'My son is not. But for your information, the correct term is Down syndrome. My son is not. But if he was, I'd love him anyways because he is a gift from God.'”

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Regine further explained that she only does this when she needed to act as a mother.

“Yung mga ganung instance, I feel, as a mom, I have to correct.

“Hindi ako nakikipag-away. Kailangan ko lang i-correct kasi ang pangit, e.

“Gusto ko lang naman ipagtanggol ang anak ko then, after that, ire-report ko na and delete ko.”

Regine also noted, “Actually, I don't understand why there's like that, e.

"Especially kung baby ang nasa picture, I really don't understand.”

@reginevalcasid, nagulat sa pagsabay sa birit ni Nate! ????

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