Regine Singing for a New
The Phil. Star Week
December 26, 1999
by Monjie Lustre
Shortly before the clock strikes
the final hour of this millennium, a live TV audience across the globe (67
countries) will watch Regine sing the Philippine Millennium anthem. Surprisingly,
the singer (one of the busiest performers during this season as in past
Yuletides) didn't have a clue that this was destined to be a huge production.
"I didn't think it was such
a big deal until I was there," she gushes the morning after. The taping
of her performance atop The Manila Peninsula Hotel foundation had been announced
weeeks before over the radio. Traffic had to be re-routed to allow the closure
of Ayala and Makati Avenues. Even that didn'' seem out of the ordinary to
It was only when she was in the
midst of 2,000 school kids, 50 jeepneys and seven cameras rolling at the
same time that the magnitude struck her. The truth is that she was told
only two weeks before the Millennium Day Broadcast, a BBC and WGBH consortium,
allots ten minutes for every country's countdown on New Year's Eve. For
the Philippines, five of those precious ten minutes will be given to Regine's
song. Written in the Sand, composed by Danny Tan (music) and Agnes Sicam
Caballa (lyrics), is a song of hope. No doom's day predictions here. Instead,
you hear over two thousand voices representing the future of mankind. One
of those distinct voices belongs to Christian Louis. Gerard Lanzar, a seriously
ill 11-year old whose wish it is to sing a song to the world.
Make a Wish Foundation sought the
help of GMA-7, which is co-producing the telecast, in letting Christian
join the chorus. The other school children were chosen based on recommendations
by the DECS.
"No, it wasn't logistically
a nightmare," denies Darling de Jesus, executive producer of the GMA
broadcast. "Our information campaign (done weeks before we closed off
Ayala and Makati Avenues) made things easier. Although it took the production
team an entire day to put up the set, they were ready for the shoot by the
time Regine arrived. We were lucky to have Al Quinn as director because
this is his forte.
"Mind you, this is not a simple
music video. We consider this a major musical production number." And
GMA couldn't have picked a better singer. Regine, a GMA talent, breezed
throughout the take. The only delay was caused by the weather (rain always
having the worst timing)."
"What I noticed about this
production that they used so many cameras," says Regine. "They
didn't just take shots of me but the kids as well. Actually, the entire
experience was relatively stress-free for me. I started singing at about
7 to 7:30 p.m. By 11, we were done. That's not bad at all."
Preparation for the broadcast started
two years ago when GMA signed a contract to join the extensive coverage
of millennium celebrations. Darling reports that other countries have put
together elaborate productions. The Philippines, of course, won't pale in
comparison. The truth is that Regine and the 2,000 school children only
comprise a portion of that musical number. More than a hundred performers
will begin singing Written in the Sand. Regine's part will come just before
the countdown. The final hour will be met with fireworks, a laser show,
sky dancers and confetti.
Aside from presenting an extravaganza,
GMA did not forget to showcase the culture and beauty of the Philippines.
A music video has been prepared to highlight that which is uniquely Filipino.
In the meantime, Regine is milking
the Millennium fever for all it's worth. She has staged a three-night performance
to promote her album R2K - the revival album to (hopefully) end all revival
albums. Just recently, she had a special engangement at the Shangri-La Makati.
New Year's Eve will predictably be one of her busiest nights all century.
After all, doesn't everyone want to party?
But should we forget what the celebration
is about, Regine will sing us a reminder that the future belongs specifically
to the next generation. Forget those Y2K alarmists. There is hope for mankind
in the 21st century. That's the message of Written in the Sand. The lyricist
found great wisdom in the essay A Tale of the Sands from Tales of Dervishes
by Indries Shah (1967). That written work (which Agnes clarifies was only
her jump-off point since it actually talks about reincarnation - a subject
not discussed by her song) suggests that sand is a silent witness to the
passing of time. "People ask me why the millennium song carries the
words, 'written in the sand' when anything that is written in sand gets
erased. When one says 'written in the stars' we think of destiny. But when
you say written in the sand, we think of history. Because the sand has been
around this planet since time immemorial," she explains. "We ask
ourselves now where the new millennium will lead us to-well, the answer
I guess, is written in the sand. The new millennium offers us a chance to
look back and find meaning in our past and, with that, help create a better
future for all."
It's written in the sand where the
past has all begun, that tomorrow is here within your hands...
Regine 2000 Experience
by Lynette So
Dec. 4, 1999
Here is my "Regine 2000"
concert experience last December 4, 1999. As soon as I took my gingerly
steps to the Music Museum, the first person I spotted was Mang Gerry. He
was sitting with someone I couldn't identify. Nevertheless, it gave me a
reassurance that indeed I was awake from my afternoon sleep and I was certainly
seeing a Regine concert!
The show started around 9 p.m. as
I expected. I came in quite late since I knew I have reserved seats. The
set was simple and classy. There's a center spotlight which highlighted
a small round table where Regine's cue cards were, a couple of stem white
flowers as a decor and drinking water was on top.
The crowd was packed with yuppies.
It made me quite uncomfortable in the beginning, but somehow I got used
to it. There was a foreigner sitting on my left and a couple sitting on
The Regine 2000 concert started
with a brief video of Regine's different looks. It looks millenniuish and
the make up in the brief video was superb.
Regine came out singing a latin
dance beat song which I forgot what the title was. She looked really pretty
and really unique with her black see thru dress and the jeans shredded on
top. She even made fun of her jeans when she said, "Nalalaglag and
pantalon ko." One of the highlights in the concert is her hair. It's
very innovative, the way it's done. It looks really different and pretty
on her, of course. She sang "For The Love of You" and a rap by
Gabby Eigenmann, Fallen, Sometimes by Britney Spears, On The Wings of Love,
One Love - was so soothe sounding, so sweet sounding because Regine interpreted
it with so much emotion and love. This is one of my favorite. She also sang
"I'll Never Love Like This Again" (forgive me if the title is
wrong. I'm not very particular with the title), "Waiting for Tonight"
by Jennifer Lopez and many more.
I should also tell you she's a good
comedienne. I like the way she tell jokes and the way she sometimes makes
fun of herself. You really see her first hand as the simple and funny person.
No matter what type of clothes she wear, she's still the same person deep
In the beginning of the show, I
was so shy to take out my camera for some shoot. My camera started to itch
when she finished her third song and nobody dared to take some shots as
well, so I initiated myself in taking shots and other people started to
flash their cameras here and there.
Gabby Eigenmann took over the show
while Regine was busy changing her next costume. She came out with the blue
and flowery strapless glittery short tube skirt which looked cute on her!
With that dress on, she belted out songs so greatly that everyone can't
help but applaud on her songbird talent. "I know I'll never love this
way again so I keep holding on..."
The next costume change is a long
white glittery on top dress which showed her cleavage. She even made fun
of it. She made everyone see her perform at nearer sight when she passed
by singing in all the isles of the seats. That's how I got the close shot,
unfortunately, her eyes were not looking at my camera. She even danced with
a guy and ate squid ball from somebody else's plate and drank at somebody
else's mineral water. She's so fun as a concert artist!
She even fooled us when after singing
a song she waved and said "Good night everybody." Good thing though,
she went back and told us, "joke lang."
It really felt great to be one of
her audience because she's funny, she's sexy, she's certainly one of a kind
and she makes sure we all have fun on her show.
The songs she chose were not the
usual songs she usually would sing on her previous concert. That's why I'm
glad that she veered away from it. I love the show so much. I was supposed
to buy tickets for the 11th unfortunately when I called up to inquire the
lady at the music museum told me it's SOLD OUT! I was disappointed but anyhow
I'm still glad that somehow I got to watch her concert. All I can say is
the show is really wonderful...I may not be able to put every thing I thought
wonderful in words, but it's in my memory and the feeling as well.
The Other Side of Regine
by Ricardo Lo
Philippine Star, December 7, 1999
After conversations put
out the "sexy back" of Regine Velasquez two Sundays ago (November
21 issue), there was tremendous and enthusiastic response not only from
local fans but also from readers (Internet) abroad, most of them "beginning"
Fun fare to show the "sexy front" of Regine (the reverse of the
photo published in Conversations).
So here it is, Regine Velasquez
ready to welcome the new millenium with the derring-do, loosening up a bit
and showing all the sundry a good singing voice is not all the asset she
can boast of.
Maan Maccay Bigalbal e-mailed
a letter from Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands, requesting for the complete
list of the 17 songs in Regine's R2K album, her second from Viva Records
and her last for this millennium, containing all revivals. "Thanks
for the wonderful interview with my ever-favorite songbird," wrote
Maan. Ï can't wait for her CD to be sold here in Saipan. Keep it up,
Here's the complete list
(and those who collaborated with Regine):
One Love and Dancing Queen
(Cezar Aguas), On The Wings of Love and I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing (Marc
Lopez), Fallin and Music and Me (Marvin Querido), Lost Without Your Love
and Love Songs Medley ( Ric Mercado), For the Love of You (Mon Faustino),
Holiday and If Ever You're in My Arms (Lorie Ilustre, Music of Goodbye (Raul
Mitra), Hello Again (Mel Villena), The Long and Winding Road and I'll Never
Love This Way Again (Homer Flores) and Marc-Arthur's Park ( Jimmy Antiporda).
As Regine said in the Conversations,
her favorite among the 17 songs (chosen from the results of a survey on
fans' requested songs) is On The Wings of Love even if she's not in love
again but looking forward to finally finding her "millennium man"
Another unidentified reader
pointed out an error in the article. Ït should be rags to riches, not
rügs to riches." (Thanks for the correction).
Angelo DiMaggio wrote: Ï'm
looking forward to the telecast of S.O.P. (where Regine's album was launched)
here in California where I live. Can you give me Regine's e-mail address?"(Paging
Another e-mail came from
Philip dela Cruz of Albuquerque, USA: "Hi, Regine! Kumusta? I've been
living here in the States for quite sometime now and I miss the Philippines
so much. I love you, Regine. I don't know if you remember but way back then,
you went to La Union for a provincial concert and I gave you a silver cross
necklace. I wonder if you still have it. I'd love to see you again. I'm
in the US Air Force and other Filipino servicemen here would love to watch
you in concert here. When are you coming? Salamat at Mabuhay! I love you,
by Leah Salterio Gatdula
PDI, December 3, 1999
Regine Velasquez was not
worried that the first night of her concert series at the Music Museum would
clash with the show of Ariel Rivera, her former boyfriend whose concert
was moved to a later date because of his sore eyes.
Regine explains that their
simultaneous shows were never intentionally scheduled. "We were really
planning a December concert in time for the release of my new album. Nagkataon
lang na sumabay 'yung date sa show ni Ariel."
However, now that Ariel's
show has been moved to a later date because of his sore eyes, Regine will
no longer have undivided audience attention. Tonight, tomorrow night and
on Dec. 11, she mounts the Music Museum stage for "Regine 2000,"
a showcase of the songs in her newest album, "R2K," under Viva
The concert series is produced
by Maxi-Media International. Joining Regine as special guests are Hotlegs,
Gabby Eigenmann, and KC Montero.
On Dec. 18, she will headline
a special show, "Regine on High" at the Captain's Bar of Mandarin
"R2K" is generously
loaded with 17 retro tunes, mostly requested by Regine's fans through a
Regine pays tribute to artists
who have made a big impact in the music industry such as George Benson ("In
Your Eyes"), Michael Jackson ("Music and Me"), Whitney Houston
("For The Love of You), David Gates (Lost Without Your Love), Jeffrey
Osborne (On The Wings of Love), Donna Summer ("MacArthur's Park), Neil
Diamond ("Hello Again"), Teri Desario ("Fallin"), Peabo
Bryson ("If Ever You're In My Arms Again"), Dionne Warwick ("I'll
Never Love Like Way Again"), Abba ("Dancing Queen"), Scorpions
("Holiday"), Aerosmith ("I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing), Beatles
("The Long and Winding Road"), and The Carpenters ("One Love").
She produced the new album
w/c is her second outing for Viva after "Drawn."
"I want to share the
old songs to a new generation of listeners," Regine says of the selections
"This a concept album
and I got very involved in it, from choosing the songs down to the arrangement.
I know it was too much work for me, but sometimes, I really get too critical
of myself. At times nga I forget na ako rin pala ang singer.
Regine admits that she initially
felt the jitters of her new album. But her fears proved to be unfounded
when "R2K" shot to the top of the Tower Records charts after only
a day of release.
"My recording company
has high expectations from me, that's why I feel the pressure," she
This Christmas, Regine has
no special someone to share the occasion with, but she makes no big fuss
about it. She is set to spend the holidays with her family.
After nearly 15 years in
the business, the young diva certainly shows no signs of slowing down.
"I don't want to stop
working and I am never complacent about my status," Regine says. "I
constantly get excited about new things. I try to do anything and everything.
"I direct my concert,
my MTVs and produce my albums so I'm not stuck in singing and my mind will
not be idle. I also enjoy TV hosting. That way, I'm not burned out from
A relaxing day for Regine
means having a great massage, manicure, pedicure and facial treatment at
"I like it better when
I'm at home than when I'm in the parlor and I have to dress up," she
says. "Sa bahay, I don't have to look good. Even if I'm in y duster,
no one will mind."
Regine 2000 at the Museum
Manila Bulletin, November 21, 1999
Before the year ends, a
new sound will be heard all over the metro courtesy of Asia's only Songbird
Regine Velasquez. A Y2K ready Regine sings at the Music Museum on Dec. 3,
4, and 11 in a fabulous concert series to welcome the millenium "Regine
Regine will be singing cuts
from her millenium album under Viva Records called R2K with Marc Lopez as
musical director. "Regine 2000" is presented by Maxi Media International
in cooperation with Green Cross Alcohol, Ponds Facial Scrub and Clairol
Ticket are now available
at Maxi Media, TicketWorld and at the Music Museum Ticketron, 88.3 Citylite,
89.9 Magic, Joey@92.3 Rhythms, 100.3 The Hive, 103.5 Klite and 105.1 Crossover
are "Regine 2000's" official radio stations.
Regine Velasquez's new music video is a breeze
by Jocelyn Valle
Phil. Daily Inquirer, November 20, 1999
record company regard music videos simply as a marketing tool in selling
an album, what do artists think about these filmed versions of their songs?
do more than help sell the album," replies Regine Velasquez when we
visit her at RS Video in Paranaque City, where she's shooting the video
for "On The Wings of Love," a cut in her forthcoming album under
Viva Records, "R2K." In fact, she adds, a limited edition VCD
containing six music videos will complement her millennial recording.
from "On The Wings of Love," the songbird has visual interpretations
for "For the Love of You," (which was shown last Sunday on Channel
7's "SOP," where she's one of the hosts), "In Your Eyes,"
"One Love" and "Lost Without Your Love."
music video is also artistic expression," Regine points out, adding
that with the help of the director, the artist is able to make a narrative
out of a song. "But most of the time, it's the director's vision. I
only give suggestions and I make it a point to meet with him a few times
before we shoot the video," she says.
artist has a hand in choosing the director, says Regine, who is also "R2K's"
producer. Her choice is Louie Ignacio , an ad megman and "SOP's"
director, who's also known for his glossy music videos (Check out Jaya's
"Honesty" Jaya and Janno Gibbs, and Janno Gibbs' "Ikaw Lamang,"
and Gary Valenciano's "Everybody Get Down").
is at the helm of all of the music videos for "R2K," except for
"Fallen," which Regine directs herself.
"On The Wings of Love," Louie focused on friendly winged creatures
that make flying akin to loving.
music video begins with Regine dreaming of a man-angel dressed in blue jeans
visiting her in her room. Then she becomes a butterfly, a dragonfly, an
angel, a giant flower whose petals look like overlapping wings, a big green
leaf that floats on air, and a fairy dancing in mid-air with the same man-angel,
who becomes something like an elemental deity.
a fantasy," justifies Louie. And that's why the pervading atmosphere
in the studio is dreamy, surreal, and at the same time romantic fun. The
production design, which is also done by Louie, is largely responsible for
this. He uses fog machine, a lot of flowers, and in one scene, pink feathers.
of white flowers
the scene where Regine becomes an angel, for instance, she is made to lie
on the floor with outlined wings. She wears a white slip dress and a crown
of white flowers over her two layers of wavy wigs that cascade sown her
almost bare shoulders.
mo ang music para may inspiration," direk Louie tells the technician,
and as he yells, "Action!" the opening strains of "On the
Wings of love" is heard. Regine starts emoting before the camera, her
hands gracefully sway like an angel gently flapping her wings.
the song's final refrain, Louie says, "Cut!" and right away, his
assistant gives direction to the two boys and two girls who will join Regine
in the next shot. Apparently satisfied with what the monitor has played
back, the director moves on. He reminds the kids of their blocking and they're
ready to shoot.
song is played from the top once more, and as direk Louie says, "Go,
mga bagets," the youngsters, armed with a bucket of paint and a paintbrush
each, enter the picture and surround Regine. They then color the pre-drawn
circles on the floor, emitting vibrant green, red, yellow and blue colors
on the screen that the director is closely monitoring. He beams and, as
the song ends, applauds his performers. The adults then join the children
in finishing the coloring chore as direk Louie paints more circles around
Regine's head. Perfect for her close-up shots, he grin.
a music video, we observe, is akin to making a TV commercial, but with a
few touches of cinema. There is much attention and detail, and to budgetary
limitations. Roll of film is limited, for instance, so retakes are avoided
as much as possible.
for the first scene, "On the Wings Of Love" is filmed chronologically.
During takes, complete silence isn't a requirement, unlike shooting for
a movie or taping for a TV show. This is beneficial to the artist, who can
clearly hear the director's instructions and the production staff's comments.
She can then make adjustments in her "acting" on the spot.
has no problem with his star. When Regine emerges from her dressing room,
she's completely ready for the take. She has the right costumes (a pale
colored ball gown for the flower scene, a green long dress with matching
yellow) false eyelashes for the leaf shot, a white cloth used a blanket
wrapped around her for the bedroom setting and the fairy outfit) and gives
the right performance in every one of her scenes.
there's nary a complaint heard from her, even in the final scene that is
similar to the ethereal scenario in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Here, Regine and her love interest, the man-angel-deity played by model
Ariel Atendido, are suspended in mid-air with harnesses (obscured by vines
and leaves made of foam) attached to their bodies. While Ariel is visibly
pained by the set-up, Regine doesn't show any sign of discomfort. She even
jokes about how the stunt has made her legs bowed, eliciting giggles from
the production staff.
director gives Regine a hearty response before telling her that she has
to go back into the harness because they have to shoot the scene again.
It's 3 a.m. and the unfinished "In Your Eyes" video is next inline,
but nobody's complaining. Regine's sense of humor and Louie's genial directorial
style make shooting the videos a breeze.
9, 1999. PDI by Leah Salterio-Gatdula
Title: "Funnier the second time around"
a review on the concert of Ai Ai de las Alas last November 5, 1999 where
Regine guested. The concert's title is "Seduct Me" held at the
Folk Arts Theater (FAT).
Velasquez made the audience clamor for more when she belted out her orginial
ditty, "Come On In Out of the Rain" a cut from her album, "Drawn."
(wink, the creator of this site comments on this one: "There is no
such title of song in Regine's "Drawn" album!"). Regine
politely declined the request for an encore by saying: "Hindi ko
ho ito show (This isn't my show)".
made an attempt to outshine Regine by wearing a glittering, spaghetti strapped
gray overall when they did the prodcution number "Enough is Enough."
But Regine looked every inch sophisticated in her black long gown which
revealed her tattooed lower back.
8, 1999. PDI by Leah Salterio-Gatdula
Title: "Support for a friend"
Velasquez supports someone, she supports her all the way.
year, Regine was said to have agreed to guest in the Folk Arts Theater concert
of Ai-Ai de las Alas but failed to do so because of a prior commitment (she
did a concert series with The Company at Music Museum).
when Ai-Ai asked Regine to guest this year, the latter gaver her full commitment.
Never mind it Regine had to turn down an offer to perform in Las Vegas when
Ai-Ai's show was moved a day earlier, from Nov. 6 (Saturday) to Nov. 5 (Friday).
top it all, Regine returned the PHp50,000 talent fee which JLF Productions,
the concert producer, budgeted for her.
by Shirley Matias-Pizzaro
Bulletin, Sept. 12, 1999
Velasquez will be guesting in Ai Ai Delas Alas' concert at FAT on November
5, 1999. It's Ai Ai's long-time dream to have Regine as her guest. Regine
has also confirmed to us prior that she had to say no to a US concert invitation
to give way to Ai Ai's show. "May production number kami at saka
may spot number siya. Ayaw kasi ni Floy (Quintos) na gayahin ko si Regine,
nagawa ko na raw yon," Ai Ai told us. ("We have a production
number & Regine has a spot number. Floy doesn't want me to mimic/make
a spoof of Regine since I've done that before.")
TWO FOR THE SHOW
Regine continues to draw raves on the concert scene
By Mary Ann A. Bautista and Ricky Gallardo
PDI, Sept. 4, 1999
First-rate songbird Regine
Velasquez has proven once more that she's the true concert queen. We caught
her show, "The Very Best of Regine Velasquez," at the Westin Phil.
Plaza Hotel last weekend, and found that it lived up to its title.
Aside from scoring high
terms of musicality and vocal range, Regine should be credited for her careful
choice of songs. We thoroughly enjoyed her rendition of "You Were There,"
and her Barbara Streisand class-act medley. She also reminded everyone of
the songs that made her a star, specifically "Narito Ako," which
propelled her to the top.
One thing Regine has to
remember, though is that doing spiels is part of the complete packaging
of the real diva. No question that she sounds and looks world-class, but
the moment she starts to speak, people see a different Regine. We overheard
a socialite commenting that night, "Parang taga-province pa rin siya
kung magsalita. Sayang." We guess that refinement can be learned, and
Regine doesn't have to become a different person to do that.
Regine has mastered the
art of connecting with her audience, and specially during fast and upbeat
numbers like Donna Summer's "McArthur's Park" and Cher's "Believe,"
we can feel that she's enjoying every minute of what she's doing.
Quite simply, she's the
best - because she's got magic.
Regine still gets the jitters
By Leah Salterio Gatdula
PDI, August 30, 1999
I managed to cap a dull
and dreary week by watching Regine Velasquez's concert at The Bigstage of
Westin Philippine Plaza Friday night.
It has been a long time
since we saw Regine perform live. The last one was at the Captain Bar of
Mandarin Oriental Hotel last year.
Regine has been away from
the Manila concert for quite a spell. The first half of the year saw her
recording and doing concert tours out of the country. The Westin show was
her first major act this year.
In fact, she admitted having
jitters before the performance. "Matagal ho akong hindi nagshow sa Manila," Regine told a full-house crowd at the Westin Ballroom.
"Akala ko ayaw niyo sa
akin, but tonight, I'm the happiest girl in the world dahil nandito kayong
lahat para panoorin ako."
(I didn't hold a show in Manila for a long time. I thought you didn't like
me anymore. But u're all here.")
Drumbeaters of the concert
announced that Regine would sing most of her hits in the show. Hence, the
lineup consisted of her own songs.
With musical director Homer
Flores, Regine came up with a repertoire of "something old, something
new, something borrowed, something blue." Then she sang her version
of "Bluer Than Blue," a track included in her best-selling "Retro"
She opened the show with
"You Are My Song," and followed it with an upbeat number, "Shake
Your Groove Thing," with the "SOP" dancers.
One couldn't help but be
emotional as Regine rendered one love song after another. She rendered a
beautiful and newly arranged acoustic version of "Sana Maulit Muli,"
which left many concert-goers misty eyed.
Then she did a medley of
her Tagalog hits -"Narito Ako," "Babalikang Muli," and
"Buhay ng Buhay Ko" in her inimitable belting style.
When Regine sang "Just
the Way You Look Tonight," she led a foreign guy onstage and slow-danced
She did her other recordings like the bouncy "Follow The Sun,"
She later brought the house
down with her disco medley - "McArthur's Park," "Dancing
Queen," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "I Love You More
Today Than Yesterday," and "Can't Help."
And what is a Regine concert
without the songs of her favorite singer, Barbara Streisand? Regine gave
her audience a medley of Streisand hits -"People," "Evergreen,"
"All I Ask Of You" and "Memory."
For the "old tunes,"
Regine dished out a medley of "Sunny Side of the Street" and "On
the Street Where You Live" - songs learned from her mom, she said.
And for the "new hits,"
Regine did Jennifer Lopez's "If You Had My Love" and Cher's "Believe."
Still from the "Retro"
album, Regine sang "You Were There," one of her favorite songs.
In the audience that night
were Kris Aquino and Carmina Villaroel who came together,
Viva Films' big boss Vic del Rosario, MMDA chair Jojo Binay,
teen star Paula Peralejo and film director Joyce Bernal, who
worked with Regine and Aga Mulach in the recent blockbuster, "Dahil
May Isang Ikaw."
The crowd couldn't have
enough of Regine that they clamored for more after her final number.
Regine graciously did an
encore of "What Kind of Fool," which earned her a standing ovation.
She didn't get to sing all
her hits like "You Made Me Stronger" and her debut single, "Urong-Sulong."
A tow-hour performance cannot definitely squeeze in Regine's multiple hit
The crowd did not stop Regine
from being "intimate." Every now and then, she would go down from
the stage to reach out to her audience. She gamely posed for those with
instamatic cameras even while singing and also talked to some guests.
Her screaming fans didn't
mind the semiformal atmosphere. They still shrieked when Regine belted those
high notes which have become her trademark.
Simply Regine Velasquez
by Crispina Martinez-Belen and Shirley Matias Pizzaro
Manila Bulletin, Entertainment Section, August 22, 1999
Did you know that Regine Velasquez
finds immense comfort at stargazing? A hobby she has adopted even as a young
girl. Regine says that her most favorite time of the day is during dusk,
5:47 pm, she jokingly says "because that's when light suddenly changes
the dark. I just love watching day turn into night. And I do that very often,
I climb the roof of our house in Bulacan, settle, wait for the great transition,
and then wait again for the first star to appear."
Regine says she only stops when the heavens go alight with stars, more stars.
Then, she'll happily go down to have her supper.
At first blush, that could
be an anecdote to describe a simple barrio lass, not a songbird who has
charted incredible achievements in the field of music. But both statements
are true. That's how Regine has managed to be even after 14 years of sweet
success in her chosen profession.
From the looks of it, she
remains to be unfaffected by the pomp and pageantry attached to the status
that she rightfully occupies now. Her joys are still simple, her dreams
still reachable and her feet still firmly planted on the ground.
Alright she dreams bigger
dreams now but she's also fairly realistic. While she's been trying to hit
the international market, Regine also know that she has a long way to go,
still. But then again, it doesn't do any harm at all, when a certain David
Massey, the right-hand man of Tommy Motola had to come all the way to L.A.
California to watch Regine perform during her rehearsals of her show with
Kuh Ledesma just last month.
Regine says Massey had positive
reactions after seeing her perform, but since she doesn't have a true blue
manager to handle this side of her career, she still figuring out what her
next steps would be. But Regine says she plans to go back, in the meantime,
to her old turf -Asia, the region where she had made quite an impact with
when she did a duet with superstar Jacky Cheung a few years back, "Nakafirst
base na nga ako doon kaya gusto ko ulit i-try mag-release ng album ko doon.
And Viva Records is very, very, supportive of this plan. In fact, they already
have talked to a company that will hanlde the distribution of my albums
there. And I am very, very thankful to Boss Vic for all his help,"
We got together with Regine
again (after a long, long time) for one-on one interview last Friday at
Dulcinea in Quezon City. When she arrived, casually garbed in white shirt
and black pedal pushers, hair tied in a pony tail, carefully madeup (because
there was supposed to have a TV interview but unfortumately didn't push
through), instantly apologizing for being late, we knew that we both have
our right foot forward. Following is an easygoing banter that will tell
us more about what the songbird is busy with right now and what's she's
been up to lately.
Question: When did u come
back from the States? How long have u been away?
Answer: We arrived July12,
I had three shows with Kuh Ledesma, the "Power of Two" part 2
in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, California. Luckily, all shows
were successful, since the last hsows we had there were about two years
ago pa. I have been away for a month and a half, the other half I spent
vacationing, nagpahinga ako, konting shopping.
Q: You were supposed to
meet Tommy Motola there for the possibility of an international album, what
A: Hindi natuloy (it didn't push through) but I was able to meet David Massey
from Sony International, they say he is the right-hand man of Tommy Motola.
He's a very busy man but I met him. He saw me perform during the rehearsals
and my dad and Patty said he liked what he saw. It's just that I don't know
how to go about it. I didn't want to call him after, I find it inappropriate.
Hopefully, that's why I'm asking for Viva's help, plus my lawyer in the
States so we can explore any possibility.
Q: I thought you were being
represented by Mark Feist for your international dealings?
A: My contract with Mark
has already expired so I am now being repreented by a lawyer who is based
in the States. I was told by someone to get a producer first, kasi tie-up
daw yon with recording company there. So right now, tinutulungan ako ng
Viva at saka nong lawyer ko, pero as of now, talagang wala pa.
Q: Have you decided already
on now you're going to call the company that you're setting up with your
A: Not yet. Siguro mga next
year pa. I really plan to set up a company because I wanted to help some
people who are close to me who know production a lot. Hindi ko naman sila
talaga matulungan ng husto kung halimbawa sa booking lang, maliit lang ang
naibibigay ko unlike kapag involved sila sa production, mas nabibigay ko
lang sila talaga ng chance na kumita kapag ganon. Gusto ko lang talaga silang
tulungan. Much as I would like to hire them as my booking officers, I can't
kasi mahirap, I can't afford it kasi ako lang ang artist. At saka kailangan
din ang company because of the tax. Lhat nagre-reflect sa akin eh hindi
naman talaga sa akin napupunta ang lahat. At saka iyon di naman talaga ang
gusto namin, makapagdevelop ng sarili naming production, although I admit
that I am not yet very well-versed in it. But I am learning. Siguro hopefully
next year, we could set it up. But then again kahit may company ako. I am
not going to force my production to any producer who would get me. If they
will get me only as a talent, I will work for them as a talent. Hindi magiging
part of the contract ko yan, to get my production team evertime they would
get me. My company will hopefully get other shows, like for Cacai, she's
coming home soon. Most of them came from Ronnie, so they are now doing free
Q: How about talent management
a part of your agenda?
A: Right now kasi maraming
lumalapit sa tatay ko regarding management. So if ever we'll set up a company,
I will not handle that talent management aspect. Tatay ko nalang yan. Even
my own career, he handles it, too. I basically decide on my carer but it
doesn't mean that I can do everything totally. I still have to consult my
father, sometimes I still talk to Ronnie, if I have concerns, still. Alam
naman nila nangangapa pa rin ako. I'm still much of an artist, I don't like
hanling the business side of my career.
Q: Can you talk about your
upcoming show on Aug. 2 at the ballroom of Westin Philippine Plaza?
A: For the first time, I'm
going to have a show featuring all songs that I have recorded. This will
be some form of a teaser for a major concert which will happen next year
to celebrate my 15th year in the business. This is really the idea of Maxi-media,
kasi napansin nila na I've been doing concerts all th time but none that
features me singing only my osngs. Hindi ko naman narealize yon, before
naisuggest na rin ni Ronnie ang ganoon but hindi ako masyadong sold sa idea
na yon. Ang feeling ko kasi baka hindi mag-enjoy ang mga tao. Hindi kasi
ako confident and I am not aware na ganoon na rin karami ang songs ko na
naging hit na rin namin. But this concert, marami pa kaming kantang nakabangko.
We are planning something bigger than this, an all-hit concert probably
at the Araneta Coliseum kasi hindi pa ako nakakapagconcert doon. Probably
in April, my birthday also. Remember during my 10th sa UP naman. For this
15th year concert, buhos na talaga yon. For this show kasi, may 15 percent
pa na hindi ko kanta, teaser talaga ito. We chose songs from all the different
albums. I will still sing songs that they expect me to sing, but hose that
are so much identified with me, ibubuhos namin sa susunod na lang. Kasi
dapat naman we will present something new for them on my 15th year.
Q: Who directs the Philippine
A: Si Rico Mortel of Maximedia,
but the musical director is Homer Flores.
Q: Do you still suffer from
stage fright even after 15 years in the business?
A: Oo naman. Alam mo ganito
ako. Kapag may concert excited ako kasi may show ako.. Pero kapag three
days na lang before the day, sinasabunutan ko na ang sarili ko sa tensyon
and I ask myself, why do I do this myself. Dapat gumigimik na lang sa tabi
tabi, hindi lang major concert. Pero bakit ko ba ginagawa ito sa sarili
ko? Lalo na kapag mahirap ang mga songs, tapos kailangan mag-rehearse ka,
palagi hirap na hirap ako. Mataas madalas kasi kapag rehearsal , wala ka
sa mood, iba kasi kapag performance na talaga ma adrenaline ka na non diba?
Q: How do you diffuse the
tension within you?
A: Hindi ko alam usually
nagtatatalon ako (jumping) bago umakyat sa stage. Dati what I do, kuwento
ako ng kuwento kaya lang nauubos ang boses ko, by the time kakanta na ako,
wala na akong boses. Kasi ang speaking voice mas madaling makamalat kesa
pag kumakanta ka na. Masyadong kasing throaty ang speaking voice ko ko whereas
pag kanta alam mo kung saan huhugutin di ba? Usually first three songs ko,
kabado pa rin ako. Pero on the fourth song, okay na. Pero ngayon may bago
akong sakit, and it happened to me twice na, napansin ko lang noong "Retro"
concert ko, firt three songs, malat ako, wala akong boses, kasi siguro sa
tension. Bumalik noong sixth song ko na. First time it happened sa Mandarin.
First song wala akong boses. Pero tension lang kasi kalagitnaan ng show
balik na ang boses ko kasi relaxed na rin ako. At saka ako, kapag palapit
ang show, naglulugas din ang buhok ko. Ganon ak matense. Meron din naman
akong security blanket, like iyong mga lyric sheet s ko, itinatago ko sa
ilalim ng unan ko. Di ba katulad noong high school sabi ng matatanda, kapag
gusto mong magmemorize for an exam, ilagay mo ang book sa ulo mo. Ginagawa
ko parin yon, and I think it works for me. Di ba ganda?
Q: What for u is the hardest
part of a live performance?
A: The hardest for me is
to get the audience attention. Ang hirap hirap non. Sumisigaw ako talaga
lalo na when I was just starting because the audience were never used to
see me singing mellow songs, so I scream a lot to get their attention. And
when I say my spiels. naguusap usap din sila. So ang ginawa namin, nagmellow
ako sa repertoire ko. But now I found a way to catch their attention. I
talk to them like I'm not onstage. I don't have any script anymore because
it doesn't work for me. Mas nakikinig ang audience at nagiinteract with
me, mas may attachment ang audience that way diba? Dati kasi ang uso, may
script pero hindi bagay sa akin lalo na kapag may mga English na spiels.
Kaya ginawa namin sa akin, Taglish ang spiels ko, mas effective.
Minsan nga komedyante na ang dating ko pero it was not conscious effort
on my own part. It just happens that way kasi kinakausap ko lang ang isang
audience. Kapag big venue naman, I have discovered na dapat, opening number
pa lang, dapt kuha mo na ang attention ng tao. Kasi, iyong iba, inaayos
pa ang upuan, may mga late dumating. And usually, nakikinig lang sila on
the third song na. As much as possible I do good opening numbers na, otherwise,
it will just pass them.
Q: What do you think is
the hardest part of your career?
A: To please everybody.
Although, I know that it is not bad to want to please everybody , it somehow
works on a positive light because that way, you always want to give your
best shot. But then again, people will always find something to say about
you. I think minsan nga, they just look for a hole to criticize me. Like
when I was just starting, they say that I scream all the time, that I don't
speak well, that I'm like this. As an artist, I also welcome those criticisms
because that is also a way to improve myself. You always have to have that
big space to learn new things. I'm basically a stubborn person, Taurus ako,
but when it comes to my craft, my career, ayokong maging stubborn, I try
to flexible, like a sponge that will absorb lessons from different people.
Pero ngayon, napapansin ko wala nang ganong material. It's either mataba
ako, ayaw nila ang make-up ko, ang gown ko, happy naman ako don. Ayaw ko
rin namang masabi ng tao na ang feeling ko, sobrang galing ko na na hindi
na ako puwedeng i-criticize.
Q: Is there something that
you would still want to do?
A: Maging bold star (laughs)
Hindi believable, pangit, hindi magandang pangitain, masagwa. Wala na akong
maisip. Halos lahat nagawa ko na, mga concepts na lang sa concets. Sa singing
okay na ko. Right now, I want to achieve something in the international
scene. Kung meron pa sigurong dapat gawin at matutuhan, sa movies yon.
Q: What if you will be made
to choose between sacrificing your values in exchange for fame in the international
scene, say you become a mistress of Tommy Motola, how would you react?
A: Huwag na lang. I won't
ever compromise my values. Kung papaipiliin ako, between my career here
now and that , dito na lang ako. Siguro for love I will do it anytime of
the day, pero kung para lang sa career ko. Huwag na lang.
Q: What's next after your
movie with Aga? I heard Aga would like to do a movie with u again?
A: Wala pa silang sinasabi
sa akin. But that's because the movie that we did together was really cute.
And we've been told that he's never been that involved in his movies before.
Sobrang excited siya sa movie na yon. I would love to, I will be honored
if he really wants to team-up again.
Q: And there were so many
kissing scenes in that movie?
A: Ang natatatandaan ko
nga tatlong kissing scenes lang, pero napanood ko, oh my gosh ang dami nga.
Binilang niya more than 20 plus nga. Nakakatawa noong premiere night, noong
pinapaanood namin, ang Mommy ko nasa harap. Noong mga early part ng movie,
okay lang siya, kahit na kissing scene, pero noong tumagal, medyo passionate
na ang mga kiss, hindi na siya tumatawa. Tapos kinakausap niya si Aga sa
screen, tapos humaharap sa amin at sinita si Aga.
Q: Did you see him in the
A: No. What happened was
he called up in LA and he wanted to meet up with us to have dinner. We would
have wanted but I got busy, and I didn't know where to get in touch with
him so we ended up not seeing each other at all. We haven't seen each other
until now, hindi ko nga siya na-greet noong b-day niya. Anyway, my follow-up
movie will pair me with Cesar Montano and Boss Vic told me that Cesar has
already said yes. That movie was supposed to start shooting in October but
I have to start with my next album with Viva kaya net year nalang. Probably
January or February.
The next album, I'm sort of producing it but it will be a product of a collaboration
between me and the new A&R in Viva Records, Rene Salta who's very magaan
katrabaho/ Si Mr. C (Ryan Cayabyab) ang magpo-produce. Puro retro ulit ito,
kasi uso di ba. Kasi if you remember, iyong "Retro" album ko was
the first of its kind to be released during that time bago naglabasan ang
iba ng ganong formula. Now, naman medyo pawala na ang uso, I'll be coming
up with the last one. Parang to close the season, sort of.
Q: What's the status of
your contract with Viva?
A: I've just signed up a
new contract with Viva recently, this time it's a five year contract. The
first contract was shorter. This is because I'm very happy with them. That
is to dispel rumors that I'm leaving Viva dahil daw hindi ako masaya sa
dami dami nami don.
Q: What is about your job
which makes you feel that all the hard work, the difficulties, the controversies
and intrigues, are worth it?
A: When I perform before
and I see my audience enjoying themselves. Kahit anong intriga ang dumating
sa akin, kapag nakita ko ang audience na nag-enjoy , sumaya at nag-connect
sa akin, tumawa sila sa joke ko, sumayaw sa awitin ko, bawi. Nakakalimutan
ko lahat kung anumang intrigues meron.
by Shirley Matias Pizzaro
Mla. Bulletin, August 15, 1999
So, plans to stage the concert
of the decade, "The Divas" featuring the country's legitimate
divas in the persons of Kuh Ledesma, (who incidentally is the newest "diva"
to join the Viva Records stable of talents), Zsa Zsa Padilla, Regine Velasquez,
Pops Fernandez and Jaya won't be pushing through after all. A reliable source
told us that even before anybody could really buckle down to work and organize
the said concert, there were already squabbles in the issue of billing.
But then again, this kind
of problem is already expected because there is absolutely nothing simple
about gathering five singing superstars in one dream concert.
The mole said that while
all of them (talents and their managers) were amenable to Kuh Ledesma getting
the highest billing (for reasons of seniority), Pops' camp was said to be
rooting for the second rank or "and" part. The mole said this
was where the conflict began since Zsa Zsa's camp had already suggested
that seniority be followed in the billing scheme, which means, Zsa Zsa had
to take the second lead.
In Regine's camp, the mole
continued, the feeling was for her to rightfully occupy the "and"
position. But then again, if the seniority ruling should be followed, the
mole said that Regine was willing to rank third.
And while all of them were
reeling within the midst of the billing issue, the mole said that Jaya was
not at all making demands nor fussing about her billing. The real diva,
Jaya, was quoted saying, "Kahit saan ako ilagay. Just to be part of
this concert is more than enough honor for me."
It's only from Jaya where
one can find an uncommon and rare humility from someone who's achievements
Regine misses her hosting
chores at 'SOP'
PDI, Sat. July 17, 1999
Regine Velasquez is currently
in the United States performing with Kuh Ledesma, a repeat of their highly
successful "The Power of Two" shows last year. Quietly, Regine
and her father, Mang Gerry are meeting with top executives of two foreign
labels who invited the singer for exploratory talks. Hopefully, she'll be
able to ink any one of these contracts that have fallen on her lap and pursue
her dream of going international.
Regine has, in some way,
penetrated the foreign market, with successful duets in Taiwan, one of which
she did with Jacky Cheung. That one hit the top charts for several weeks.
She also has an MTV with David Hasselhoff, shot in Los Angeles last year.
Regine is again featured as a cheongsam wearing singer in Hasselhoff's latest
We talked to Regine recently
and she says she misses the Philippines and the entertainment circuit. Specifically,
she mentioned her hosting job at "SOP," where she feels that her
public relations and speaking skills are being honed. "Alam mo naman
ako, medyo pumapalpak pa rin pagdating sa spiels, kaya itong 'SOP,' magandang
training yan." ("You know I still have my unsuccessful spiels,
so 'SOP' is a good training")
She told us that her sister
Cacai, who has since gone back to Stuttgart, Germany, has serious plans
to come home for good. "She'll come ahead with their baby, then Raul
Roxas will follow, who will be done with his stint in 'Ms. Saigon' soon.
Regine Velasquez plays the
by Mary Ann A. Bautista and Ricky T. Gallardo
PDI, June 5, 1999
Observers point out that
Regine Velasquez has developed a very daring fashion style everytime she
appears as a host on "SOP" on GMA-7. How does she feel when she
hears unsavory comments about her outfits?
Regine shrugs, "They
are entitled to their opinion. I change the way I look because I like to
experiment. I think I'm a very complex person. I hate it when people assume
that they already know me because there are different sides to my personality.
I'm a bundle of contradictions!
"Sometimes, I am surprised
at myself. I'm cocky. I don't like it when people I don't know will suddenly
become close to me. I want to have space. When we were living in Bulacan,
my sister Cacai and I would talk until 4 a.m. But now that she's married,
of course her priorities have changed.
Regine feels that her biggest
investment is sending her brother, Jojo and her sisters to school. And she
also wishes to go back to school someday.
"I have fun planning
- where to study, and what course. But my busy schedule prevents me from
doing it. I don't regret being a singer, but I do regret the fact that I
had to stop schooling. But I had to sacrifice to be successful. Sometimes
it's a shame I didn't finish my studies. I'll probably take up Fine Arts,"
Though she has directed
herself in a concert, directing Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera is another
dream. Conquering the international scene and finding the right husband
"I'm still young. It's
the 90s women are getting married in their 30s because they're more career
oriented, which is good. I've talked to married women and they tell me that
I'm so lucky because I have a career. I want to marry someone who will love
me for what I am and I'll wait until he finds me," Regine shares
Regine's dad approves of
by Leah Salterio Gatdula
PDI, May 31, 1999
It has been nearly five
years now since Regine Velasquez fell in love. No matter how short-lived
it was, it definitely became unforgettable episode in her adult life, as
Regine learned how it was to love and be loved by someone.
Up to this day, however,
another man has yet to conquer the heart of Regine. It may be unfair to
say that the singer has become jaded about relationships, but Regine probably
wants to be more careful this time around before plunging into another serious
In her recent movie for
Viva Films, "Dahil May Isang Ikaw," Regine probably felt her heart
flutter anew when she was given a chance to be paired with Aga Mulach for
the first time.
Aga has been vocal about
his crush on Regine and not a few on the set of the movie saw how the two
stars have become even more closer now.
If ever Aga courts Regine,
the singer's dad, Mang Gerry, who's known to be a formidable presence everywhere
Regine goes to, says he will not be against the romance.
"Aga is okay,"
Mang Gerry told us, "He's kind. I'm not the one choosing or deciding
when it comes to those things. Wherever Regine is happy, it's okay with
Aga, however, was careful not to make his special feelings for his costar
get in the way of their working relationship.
Will he still pursue Regine
even after the movie is shown?
"It's very hard to pursue Regine at this point because she's so busy
and I know she has a dream to conquer," Aga said. "She is bent
on making it in the international music scene. I only wish for her success."
"Dahil May Isang Ikaw"
will premiere at 7:30 p.m. at SM Megamall Cinema 9. Of course, Regine and
Aga will be there, as well as the other love-team in the movie - Dino Guevarra
and Kim de los Santos.
Aga, in fact, is said to
be cooking up a gimmick for the premiere, unknown to even to his costars.
Regine gets to record the
theme song, "Ikaw," which, incidentally, was also the movie of
All Because of Aga
By Crispina Martinez-Belen & Shirley Matias-Pizarro
Mla. Bulletin, May 30, 1999
"Dahil May Isang Ikaw"
teams up Aga for the first time with Asia's songbird, Regine Velasquez.
He's never been involved in this movie before as some people observe. From
the tips he gives to his costars on how to attack a certain scene or to
suggest beautiful scenes to director, Joyce Bernal, to the dubbing, to the
musical scoring and even to the conduct of the premiere night. Aga is just
brimming with excitement.
"I call Regine anytime
in her house, one time nga, 5:30 in the morning pa nga. Kasi galing ako
sa dubbing and I really couldn't help but fall in love with the movie. After
that I called her because I wanted to share my excitement, kaya lang tulog
pa siya. Si Dad (that's how he calls Mang Gerry, ed.) ang kausap ko and
I just asked him to tell Regine that the movie is so beautiful."
We, ourselves, had reservations
about the team-up when we first heard of the news, but honestly, when we
saw the trailer during the press conference, we felt that the chemistry
exuded onscreen could easily translate to a box-office success.
The movie is a light-romance-drama
and it is a love story that tells of two people coming from such different
worlds falling in love and breaking rules. Aga admits to being successful
in "falling in love" with Regine while doing the movie. But to
say that I'm in love with Regine right now is not really accurately putting
it. I like her very much, and I've always had this big crush on her eversince.
We're friends now, and we're both willing to keep it that way, lest we destroy
something that is quite beautiful. Hayaan muna nating ganyan. In the meantime,
we will both move on with out respective lives, pursue our respective careers.
If something will come out of it someday, soon, then so be it."
By Shirley Matias Pizarro
Mla. Bulletin, May 23, 1999
Aga Mulach says he intends
to see much more of Regine Velasquez in the coming days, even when the promotions
for their movie together, "Dahil May Isang Ikaw" is over and done
with. Apparently, our lover boys has let his heart loose again for his leading
lady but the better part is that he will probably be in for a different
treat because definitely, Regine, our Bulacan lass is totally different
from the other showbiz girls Aga has dated in the past. For one, Regine
says she doesn't go out on dates, which means, Aga has to go conventional
and traditional going through that getting to know period in courtship.
It would be interesting to see Aga Mulach making "akyat ng ligaw"
("courting") to Regine in either in Bulacan home or Teacher's
Both are unattached. Aga
confirmed that he and Dayanarra have broken up which goes to prove that
he is free to get "entangled" again with another woman. Regine,
for her part, is also "single" and that the rumor between Regine
and Mark Feist is not true, according to Mang Gerry.
If Aga would run consistent
to his avowal of "love" for Regine during the press conference,
we don't see any reason why Regine should not accept him. After all, they
have admittedly grown closer to each other during the times that they spent
together shooting the movie. "We had a very long talk, a good talk
when we were in Batangas. We were under the sun for such a long time. I
hope that every day is pretty much that way," Aga reminisced, even
adding that his new song for Regine is "Didn't Know I Was Looking For
Love 'til I Found You."
All things considered, Aga
and Regine are somehow perfect for each other. And there are no impediments,
whatsoever, for them to be together since Mang Gerry approves of Aga for
Regine, and Tita Ethel (Ramos), Aga's manager, seems to have nothing against
Regine. In fact, she even describes her as a nice and good person having
handled her in the past in several projects.
We just hope he wouldn't
make her cry. And we hope, too, that Aga would find in her what he has continually
failing to find in the other girls that he went out with.
Could it be possible that
the outstanding chemistry shown by them on the big screen could spill over
in real life? They sure look good together when we watched the trailer of
the movie and we can't help but feel "kilig" ("excited")
for them. Let's just see when all these promo blitz are over.
When we talked to Mang Gerry,
Regine's father that same day, he confirmed to us that yes, they have plans
of putting up a company that would deal with talent development, management
and even production sometime within the year. "As of now, we are still
preparing for a lot of paper works needed to set-up the firm," he says,
"this part is the most difficult, that's why it's taking so long."
He said Regine will be part of the managerial board, along with him and
his wife. Needless to say, the premiere artists, of course, of the company
whose name is still being decided upon, will be Regine and sister Cacai
For a long time now, Mang
Gerry said, they only have booking arrangements with Ronnie Henares. "At
this point, Regine feels she is already mature and knowledgeable enough
to handle her own affairs and decide on her career. And we also want to
correct the impression that it is hard to deal with Regine. We are aware
that the contract of Ronnie asks so much indeed. And the repercussion is
bad for Regine, because the people think it is Regine who asks for it But
in truth, it's not. But don't get me wrong, we know also of the fact that
what Ronnie is asking are the best interest of Regine. But the setting up
of the company is just an inevitable step to move forward," Mang Gerry
Mang Gerry said they will
be leaving for the US again early next month and they will be staying there
for a good two months. Regine will be holding shows in New York, San Francisco
and Los Angeles. But Mang Gerry said the more important business that they
have to deal with in the US has a lot to do with Regine's international
recording. "We are set to meet with Tommy Motola of Sony Music and
Freddie Demann, the manager of Madonna," Mang Gerry announces.
Well good luck. If plans
don't miscarry, looks like we're in for another international artist in
PDI, May 1999
Last May 22, 1999, Metropop Song
Festival Finals go onstage at the AFP Theater with Regine Velasquez doing
a medley of 12 songs that made it to the finals.
Regine's job was one of
the toughest one since she has to study all 12 songs and sing the snippets
of it in the opening show.
Two For The Show
Aga Mulach controls his romantic feelings for Regine
by Mary Ann A. Bautista
and Ricky T. Gallardo
PDI, May 22, 1999
Aga Mulach blushes when
he admits that doing the passionate kissing scene in his new movie with
Regine Velasquez made him nervous. Why did he feel that way when he kissed
his other leading ladies before?
Aga smiles, "Regine
is my crush, my idol because she sings very well. So it was natural that
I would get nervous and would shy away around her. But when we shot that
scene, it was a nice day. We even had background music while we were shooting
Regine shares, "It's
my first time to do a passionate scene on-screen, but I agreed because I
knew that Aga wouldn't take advantage. He's a real gentleman! When we were
about to do that scene, I was so tense. Doing a kissing scene can be uncomfortable
but I wasn't nervous.
"Aga's hands were cold.
He even asked me, 'How am I going to kiss you?' And I said, 'No tongue,
please.' When you're doing the movie, a lot of people are on the set and
they watch, so even if I wanted to enjoy it, I couldn't ! I guess, it's
better to kiss in private, when you're in love."
Aga discloses that he fell
for Regine but he had to control his feelings because he wanted to get to
know her first and follow their friendship to develop naturally. What are
Regine's endearing qualities?
"She's a funny girl! She's nice and patient. I know I'm always behind
when I get to the set but she's always smiling and nice even if I make her
wait," Aga relates.
"It's okey. He buys
Starbucks coffee when he arrives," Regine jests.
"When we were in Dumaguete, we were exposed under the sun and we burned
because we had a very long talk, but she never complained. She brings us
food on the set. I have discovered new things about her and I know that
she still wants to pursue a lot of her dreams. I want her to fulfill all
her dreams first. After that..." - Aga sighs.
Regine admits that she initially
admired Aga's good looks but she didn't fall for him because she doesn't
believe in love at first sight. So, what does she like about him?
"Aga is a lovable guy.
While we were shooting 'Dahil May Isang Ikaw,' he would sing to me these
lines from a song: 'Close to me, you're like my father; close to me, you're
like my mother,' but he wouldn't sing the chorus this 'All my life, I waited
for someone like you/ And I thank God, that I finally found you.'
"Usually, the singers
I've known would be so shy to sing in front of me and they're singers. But
Aga he doesn't shy away from me! If he hears James Ingram song, he would
say, 'Can you hear that? Plakadong, plakado ko yan!' I'm fun of him,"
Regine giggles, then turns pensive.
"Guys are intimidated
by me, I'm not really magnetic/attracting type. And it takes so long for
me to really warm up to a person. Some people think that they really know
me but they don't! I'm a very complex person. Sometimes, I contradict myself.
"I think a guy should
really get to know me and I should get to know him. That is important to
me the friendship. Aga is a great-looking guy, but it goes beyond that.
I prefer that love will develop, because I'm able to accept him. It's not
We had diverse views about
Regine and Aga's attraction to each other, so we decided to discuss it over
Mary Ann: Aga used to fall
in love with his leading ladies before, so I can't understand why he had
to control himself. Why didn't he court Regine?
Ricky: Maybe Aga's really
fond of mestizas.
Mary Ann: Maybe. But I believe
that Aga is more mature now and his attraction goes beyond looks. He said
he want somebody who understands and supports him. "Someone who'll
take care of him. Why do guys want girls to be at their beck and call? Do
you always want us to be your slaves? It's the new millenium, you should
treat us equals.
Ricky: We don't' want our
girlfriends t be our slaves. We just want them to show us that they care,
and since we show our love and affection by doing things for them, we assume
that they also want to do things for us. I know that Aga is sincere and
generous person so I guess he just wants his efforts to be reciprocated.
Mary Ann: And since he wasn't
sure if Regine would reciprocate his romantic feelings, he decided to control
them and just be a friend?
Ricky: (nods) After all
his experiences, Aga has learned not to play with his emotions, especially
Mary Ann: But if he's afraid
to express his emotions and is too cautious, then he's not really in love
- because, in a way, he's doubting his feelings.
Ricky: Maybe he doesn't
feel anything! Maybe it didn't really hit him this time, like the many times
Mary Ann: So which is stronger?
Love that develops through time or love that is instant?
Ricky: It really depends.
A lot of people has been saying that love lasts longer if it's developed
because it grows. But if it's instant, the attraction is strong and it can
still grow if it is nurtured. It's stronger if it's sustained. It really
depends on the people involved.
Mary Ann: Yeah if one partner
is complacent and the other partner just hangs on because he or she want
to save the relationship, then they should call it quits. Why waste your
time and energy in fixing something that's already broken and can't be put
Ricky: Then don't. It won't
work. Love is symbiotic because there's give and take. If it's not there,
it won't even take off!
Regine and Aga
by Nestor U. Torre
PDI, May 13, 1999
Moviegoers are curious about Aga Mulach's latest film, "Dahil May Isang
Ikaw," because his leading lady in the movie is Regine Velasquez. Regine
has done other movies before, so what's the big deal about this one? Well,
the Regine-Aga combination is deemed "potentially delicate" by
some, specially in the "visuals department."
Huh? Hacking our way through the hedge of decorative language, we can sense
that some people are worried the young-looking and extremely photogenic
Aga may make Regine look, not like his romantic interest, but more like
his bestfriend, older sister or (gulp) mother.
That's going too far, right? But the concern is still there. How to salve
In her last movie with Christopher de Leon, Regine succeeded because Christopher
was older and Regine's character was made "kooky." In "Dahil
May Isang Ikaw," she again plays an unconventional character, a spitfire
who's ready to fight for what she believes in, so that should take care
of her character's interest value.
But what about her love scenes with Aga? How will director Joyce Bernal
shoot them so that they will look like a truly romantic and "visually
compatible" couple. There's that decorative language again, but you
know what I mean...
By the way, Regine isn't' alone in relation to this "problem."
Other leading ladies have had to work harder at their "packaging"
to "survive" their romantic scenes with Aga.
Perhaps the way out here would be to regard the Regine-Aga movie as tan
unconventional love story, where the romantic aura isn't half as important
as the movie's fun and sass. It worked for Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand
in "The Way We Were," and it could work here, too.
Regine holds fans' day
PDI, April 21, 1999
Regine Velasquez will turn a year older tomorrow, April 22. Today, Regine
will throw a big party for her fans, 3 p.m. at Makati Coliseum.
To be hosted by Regine's good friends -- Arnell Tamayo, Philip Lazaro, Martin
Mijares and Rey Kilay of The Library Sing-Along Bar -- the show will be
her first grand fans day in her entire career. It will be supported by Viva
Records, Sangguniang Kabataan ng Makati and Councilor Jun Jun Binay. Admission
Among the events lined up are "Bring Me" contest where Regine
will ask fans to bring some of the oldest photos, magazine covers, albums
and other memorabilias.
Fans can also join the "Regine Sing-a-Like" contest, where cash
prizes will be given away.
Regine will also treat her fans to a miniconcert to mark the special day.
thinks of herself,
for a change
By Edmund L. Sicam
FOR the first time in her colorful
14-year career, the Songbird, Regine Velasquez is holding a Fans' Day on
April 21 at the Makati Coliseum starting at 3 p.m. (For more details, call
810-4471 or page 125-1156159). The date is significant because Regine turns
29 the day after. The singer usually does not like to celebrate her birthday
in a big way, but she's making an exception this time.
This year also marks a significant
shift in Regine as a singer. After being managed by Ronnnie Henares' Primeline
for the past 12 years, she did not renew her management contract last February.
Regine's move turned off some quarters
which branded her as "disloyal," "swellheaded" and "an
ingrate" for turning her back on the person who made her what she is
today. Others have joined the chorus and observed that her career suffered
a downturn when she left Primeline.
Regine sounded calm when we talked
to her about the negative feedback. "In the first place, how can I
be disloyal to Ronnie when I was under his management for 12 long years?"
she pointed out. True enough, some performers haven't lasted that long with
"Besides," she adds, "I
did not transfer to another manager. I have become my own manager."
That's a major decision even for
an established star like Regine. But she has her reasons. "I want to
handle myself and make my own decisions. When I was younger, my father and
Ronnie decided on my behalf and I'm thankful for that. Now, it's right for
me to handle my affairs. That's not being ungrateful. I'm already 29, I
have to think of myself."
Her last statement is very revealing.
Expounding on her need to focus on herself, she says, "I got into singing
for financial reasons. We were very poor and I wanted to earn enough to
send my brothers and sisters to school. With God's help, I was blessed with
many opportunities to reach my goal. Now na tapos na sila sa college,
I think it's my turn."
Who can blame a breadwinner like
Regine who's had to work real hard to make life more comfortable for her
family? Isn't it time she enjoyed the fruits of her labor and be her own
As for being "swellheaded,"
she says, "My family should be the one to judge kung talagang lumaki
na nga ang ulo ko. So far, hindi pa naman sila nagko-complain."
When it comes to her career being
on a downturn, she's fatalistic about it. "If that is really true,
I can't do anything about it. If my audience doesn't want me anymore, then
I will bow to its wishes, I will just fade away from the scene."
Oddly enough, she only started managing
herself last February and some people are already talking about her "sliding"
career. But it's evident that she continues to be busy with concerts here
and abroad and with her recording career. She will also be coming out in
a Viva movie with Aga Muhlach. What downturn?
Despite her long years as an entertainer,
the negative write-ups still affect her. "I'm only human," she
sighs. Then she composes herself and reasons out, "Whatever you do
naman, people will always see something negative. Better na lang
to ignore what they say."
So Regine turns her mind to other
things and there are loads of details to attend to as her own manager. "It's
hard pala. I'm finding out things for myself how things run. It's
very educational. So far, wala pa namang major problem."
Does this mean that she has less
time now for the creative part of her career? She smiles and says, "Hindi
naman ako ang nakikipag-negotiate with producers. I have hired trusted
people to handle the business side. I tell them what I can and cannot do
and they sit down with the producers."
The advantage of having a manager
is that a performer can concentrate on her craft and let her manager do
the long-range planning. Regine says that as early as six years ago, she
was already making decisions about what she wanted to do. Primeline took
care of lining up her options, and then she would make the choices.
Regine reveals that in the past
five years, there's never been a conscious effort to work on a career plan
for her. The decisions had more to do with how many concerts or movies she
would do in a year. Now that she's on her own, she still relies on her father
and some friends for advice on major moves. The big difference is that the
final decision is hers.
The Songbird has come a long way
since we saw her perform in 1986 at Circus, Circus, a small music lounge
at SM North Edsa, now known as SM City. The gangly singer was known as a
probinsyana, whom her father would soak in a drum full of cold water
to strengthen her lungs. Her voice was already powerful then but she acted
insecure during her spiels. She was obviously not scripted but this was
what endeared her to the audience. She spoke from the heart and meant what
Today, she continues to work without
a detailed script and reach out to her audience. That's why she always has
a portion in her concerts where she leaves the stage to sing requests from
the people in the audience. Her voice is still powerful but she has learned
to control it and we are able to appreciate the nuances of her song. She
is also more confident now with her spiels. Her English is more polished
but she hasn't forgotten to use Tagalog when she talks to her listeners.
We asked her what changes she has
noticed in herself after 14 years, and she replied, "As an artist,
the biggest change has to do with how I interpret love songs. Because of
my experiences, I'm more believable now. Before, it took such an effort
and a lot of acting to sing about love."
What about as a person? "I
think I'm stronger now," says Regine. "Marami na akong napagdaanan.
And I get stronger with every crisis because I learn from my problems. Before,
I was scared that I would be powerless when it came to problems. Kasi
naman, you can't prepare yourself for these things. We don't know our
strength until there's a need for it. Tapos when it's crisis time,
kaya ko pala."
She cites the Ariel Rivera episode
as a major crisis in her life. There were bad write-ups and accusations
that she stole Ariel from Gelli de Belen. She retorts, "I'm not that
kind of person."
That was the time she realized that
"when God gives us trials in life, He has a reason. That's why I never
run away from trials."
Definitely, so many things have
changed in 14 years but one thing remains the same: Regine's level of performance
continues to be at its peak everytime she performs. We saw an example of
this when she did a concert at the Music Museum months ago despite a bad
cold. She didn't play safe by changing her repertoire and tackling easy
songs. She went on with her demanding numbers to the delight of her audience.
It came to a point when we wanted to go onstage to tell her to rest her
voice, that we had already heard enough.
The power of prayer
Recalling that concert, she says,
"It was prayer that helped me that evening. I asked God, 'Please, Lord,
sing for me tonight.' He answered my prayer. I wasn't the one singing that
night. Someone else took over my voice."
But why does she do it? "Because
I love to sing. I don't want to disappoint my audience. I'm proud to say
that I have never cancelled a show since I started in this business.
Kahat na siguro mamamatay na ako, kakanta pa rin ako. "
We asked her what she will wish
for when she blows her birthday candles on April 22, and she says she usually
wishes for small things. That, she says, is the advantage of coming from
a poor family. Then she confides her fondest wish on her birthday: "Sana
matuloy na talaga ang aking international album. Kahit na hindi maging
hit, at least I can tell my children that their mommy cut an international
album sometime in her life. Kahit na matanda na ako, gusto ko
Then she makes one "little"
addendum. She also wants a special someone who will be with her for a long
time, "someone I can talk to, someone who will accept me for what I
am and what I will become, someone who will stay by me and be my friend
for the rest of my life!"
Happy birthday, Regine! We hope
your two wishes come true.