Kahit na isa sa pinakasikat na singer sa buong Pilipinas at sa buong Asia, hindi raw ang pagiging "Asia's Songbird" ang itinuturing ni Regine Velasquez na kanyang biggest achievement.
"Well, my biggest achievement is still being able to help my family, that's still the biggest achievement that I have, and that I'm very proud of.”
Ito ang pahayag ni Regine nang makausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang miyembro ng media noong January 26, 2021 sa mediacon para sa kanyang na-postpone na digital concert, Freedom.
"And as far as yung kinakatakutan, parang lagi namang nandiyan iyon.
"Siguro ang mas ano sa akin since I know that meron nang insecurities, meron nang mga kinakatakutan, meron nang mga isyu-isyu here and there, is to just accept who I am now and what I've become now.
"And actually proud naman ako sa lahat ng mga na-experience ko, it made me who I am today, so iyon lang.
"Pa-insecure ang lola pero okey lang, kaya pa naman," at tumawa si Regine.
WHAT ELSE TO ACHIEVE?
Sa dami na ng achievements ni Regine sa movies at music, mga awards at kung anu-ano pa, meron pa bang nais niyang ma-achieve?
Meron pa ba siyang pinapangarap na hindi pa niya nakakamit o nararating?
"You know, I have been so blessed that everything that I have ever prayed for, I was able to get, it was given to me.
"Although yung mga ibang pinag-pray ko, I had to wait lang, alam mo iyon? Medyo hindi kaagad sinasagot, pero eventually, binibigay din sa akin.
"So there really is nothing, nothing that... wala na talaga akong mahihiling pa."
Malaki ang pagpapasalamat ni Regine sa Diyos para sa kanyang angking talento.
"Siguro, I'm more thankful, I am grateful to our Lord Jesus Christ for, you know, giving me this wonderful talent, this wonderful voice.
"I was able to help my family, I was able to entertain people and be an inspiration even to a lot of young singers.
"For me that's the best thing that I have ever experienced in my life, yung maging inspirasyon ka ng ibang mga kabataan.
"Importante iyon, e, di ba? So natutuwa ako dun, isa iyon sa, bukod sa natulungan ko yung pamilya ko, isa iyon sa napakagandang achievement na proud ako."
DEALING WITH INSECURITIES
May fear ba si Regine na habang nagkakaedad siya ay mawala ang boses niya o ang kanyang career bilang singer-actress?
"Kanina I said that as you get older pala, you develop your insecurities that you never had before," at tumawa si Regine, "But you just have to fight it, I guess, and accept who you are now and then just keep doing whatever it is that you wanna do.
"Kasi if you're passionate with, like, ako I'm so passionate with my singing. So even if I'm afraid, I'm gonna sing anyway, I'm gonna continue singing anyway.
"Even if I am insecure with, you know, what's coming out of my mouth, I'm gonna sing anyway because I know meron akong nai-inspire, merong nae-entertain.
"So inspiration din iyon sa akin and marami kang, as you get older there's so many things that puwedeng you'll be scared of, like even with our health, you know and all that.
"But what will that do to you if you... di ba? Parang I'm still here pa naman, I'm okay, so just continue moving, continue with doing concerts, continue recording albums, kasi nandiyan pa naman, e.”