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  1. #4021
    Phil. Star, Dec. 28, 2015

    Reimagining Mrs. Recto, the Regine original starrer
    by Edgar O. Cruz

    MANILA, Philippines – Award-winning director-production designer Dante Nico Garcia has transitioned from commercial to indie filmmaker.

    Garcia uploaded last Christmas the online version of Mrs. Recto, the reimagined Regine Velasquez drama-comedy starrer of the same title brought to the present time. He posted it on social media, primarily Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

    The original Mrs. Recto is set in Claro M. Recto Ave. in 1994 where Velasquez plays Clara M. of Recto, a takilyera who is a die-hard fan of Vilma Santos until the moviehouses of Recto Ave. turned obsolete due to the coming of mall-based theaters and had to close down.

    Clara is a single mother to a precious daughter named Monica Quijano, Vilma Santos’ character in Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos to refer to her fixation with the Star for All Seasons. She tried to survive by turning into a shop owner on Recto Ave. who peddles fake certificates and enrolment documents for a living.

    Original characters included Elmo Magalona as Hero is a teen promdi newly arrived in the city, Coney Reyes as Chona Aquino as the boarding house operator and Pen Medina as the gay Luchi Rizal.

    Produced by Panoramanila Pictures, Inc., the same team that brought Ploning, the Philippines’ official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film in the 81st Academy Awards, worked on Mrs. Recto. Garcia also megged OMG (Oh, My Girl) for Regal Multimedia, Inc..

    Garcia is the film’s scriptwriter and director. Its production had to stop in August 2010 before Velasquez married Ogie Alcasid. Principal photography went over budget as a result of schedule backlog caused by the difficulty to shoot on the avenue’s clogged sidewalks.

    Garcia has three reasons for wanting to complete Mrs. Recto. “Ayokong mamatay ng may hindi natapos na obra. Naipangako ko rin sa yumaong cinematographer ng pelikula na si Charlie Peralta na tatapusin ko ito. At nahihiya rin ako kay Regine kasi dapat huling movie niya ito bago siya ikasal. How Ploning was to Juday (Judy Ann Santos). Kaso hindi in-allow ni Lord,” Garcia clarified.

    The reimagined Mrs. Recto is now set in Palawan in the present time. Monica, Clara’s daughter, has grown up as an aspiring filmmaker. She is in Puerto Princesa to look for collaborators for her first screenplay about the story of her mother. She wants Velasquez to play the lead role.

    Monica finds her cast and crew in Casa Nieves, an artist’s hub in Puerto Princesa where like-minded creatives search for dreams and find happiness as mentored by art benefactor Toting as acted by Jun Sabayton.

    Blending the footage of the original Mrs. Recto with the reimagined version, Yan Yuzon is Benny Aquino, the grown-up son of Chona. He has turned into a painter who does Mrs. Recto’s hand-painted billboards based on the pegs of Monica’s characters.

    He accomplished this by completing the film at zero-cost: “Walang may talent fee sa mga artista sa new story. Kanya-kanyang pamasahe at gastos pati food and accommodation. Pati equipment libre. Lahat sila kaibigan lang na matagal ng alam ang ginagawa ng foundation ko dito sa Palawan at nagprisintang tumulong.”

    Garcia dressed up Casa Nieves, the real site of his advocacy of www.isdarevolution.com, where he uploaded Mrs. Recto. For the event, he dressed up Casa Nieves to look like the old moviehouses of Recto Avenue.

    Garcia plans to screen the Director’s Cut of Mrs. Recto on Dec. 5, 2016, the 15th anniversary of Lyrics & Sheets Foundation that he founded. “Diretso na nakapakete ang tatlong pelikula ko bilang pagsasara ng kabanata ng buhay ko sa commercial filmmaking,” he shared.

  2. #4022
    Instagram pic of PEP Alerts:

    Regine Velasquez will do a weekly musical-comedy show and an upcoming teleserye slated to air this coming March 2016. @reginevalcasid 👍

  3. #4023
    Journal, Jan. 5, 2016

    Regine signs new contract with GMA Network, reveals other plans for 2016
    ni EEA

    REGINE Velasquez signed a new two-year guaranteed contract with GMA Network yesterday in the presence of the company's top executives led by Atty. Felipe Gozon.

    Before this, rumors have been floating around that the Asia's Songbird has been offered by a rival network for a hefty amount, but Regine said she always clings to "loyalty" more than the "royalty."

    "They treat me so well, more like with a heart," she said. "When I was doing my last soap (I Heart You, Pare) four years ago, I got pregnant (with Nate). When they learned about this, talagang sinabihan nila ako na magpahinga. At yung ginawa nila, para papalitan ako sa role at ituloy lang yung program, it was, wow, mahirap isipin. At pag may project ako, lagi akong may participation sa content. Bigay lang sila ng bigay, tapos, ako rin pala ang mahihirapang gawin. Ha ha ha ha."

    So what are the new shows that the network have laid down for Regine? VP for Drama Redgie Magno said they're taping a new rom.-com. very soon. "Dapat nga, kahapon pa ang umpisa ng taping," she joked. "Pero kidding aside, we're airing it as soon as makapag-umpisa na kami."

    Regine could also host a new variety show, where she's really good at, and Sarap Diva could stay in the GMA kitchen forever.

    "Marami na kaming pinag-uusapan but hindi pa namin puwedeng sabihin dahil hindi pa siya kumpleto," Regine said.


    When asked who she will endorse in the coming elections, Regine said, "Kung mag-i-endorse man ako, walang bayad. Malaking raket 'yan, but eversince naman, I never endorsed politicians na nagpabayad ako. Kung sakali man (mag-endorse), kailangan 'yung naniniwala talaga ako sa kanya."

    It is some personal values her late father, Gerry, has passed on to her and she wants carried on. "Nung nabubuhay pa ang tatay ko, talagang sinabihan niya ako na kung mag-i-endorse man ako, kailangan yung naniniwala ako at siya. At hindi kami nagpapabayad."

    But her husband, Ogie Alcasid, is known to be close to President Noynoy Aquino. Some people can deduce from that. (Or not?)


    Meanwhile, Regine was asked about an incident in Boracay where she and Ogie gatecrashed during a wedding. "Pabalik na kami noon sa hotel where we stayed (Discovery Shores) kasi may kausap kami. May nadaanan kami na wedding reception, and si Ogie, nag-dare sa akin. O dare, gatecrash tayo. Medyo nag-alangan ako kasi baka may tumanggi. Pero dare eh. Sige, so we talked to some people in-charge. Nasa loob na nga 'ata ng hotel yung bride and groom. Tapos, we talked to the band. Nung bigla akong kumanta, ayun, nagsayawan na. Pati yung bride and groom, lumabas, tuwang-tuwa. Pero isa't kalahating kanta lang ang nagawa ko. Naka-12,000 hits sa Youtube. Ha Ha."


    Regine will have a Valentine concert at MOA Arena with Martin Nievera again. But this time, they will have Angeline Quinto and Erick Santos as co-performers.

    She is also considering some deals with a recording company for a new album this year. "May mga kausap na kami. And we're readying new compositions. Ayaw ko na muna ng mga revival. Uso 'yan ngayon sa States, pero nauna na tayo. Gusto ko naman, magbigay ng bago sa tao."

  4. #4024
    Phil. Entertainment Portal, Jan. 5, 2016

    Regine Velasquez inks two-year exclusive contract with GMA Network
    by Arniel Serato

    Ito ang LOYAL!

    So yung weekly show niya eh pinaghalong Party Pilipinas at Bubble Gang?

    Mukhang maganda yung serye na gagawin niya, gusto ko yung characterization na sinabi niya. Gusto ko kasing nakikita siyang umarte na ibang-iba sa sarili niya.

  5. #4025

  6. #4026
    Quote Originally Posted by ipopi View Post
    Phil. Entertainment Portal, Jan. 5, 2016

    Regine Velasquez inks two-year exclusive contract with GMA Network
    by Arniel Serato

    Ito ang LOYAL!

    So yung weekly show niya eh pinaghalong Party Pilipinas at Bubble Gang?

    Mukhang maganda yung serye na gagawin niya, gusto ko yung characterization na sinabi niya. Gusto ko kasing nakikita siyang umarte na ibang-iba sa sarili niya.
    si denoy ata ang head writer.. sana nga maganda...

    hey jpopi... wala ka bang twitter? chos lol

  7. #4027
    ^ I don't have a Twitter account. There's no need for me to have one.

    Phil. Star, Jan. 13, 2016

    Regine Velasquez gears up for upcoming shows
    by Joyce Jimenez

    MANILA, Philippines - Regine Velasquez is preparing for two big projects with her home network GMA.

    The Asia's Song Bird will do a TV series and a comedy variety show this year. This is in addition to her current show "Sarap Diva."

    "Actually right after this concert, I'm gonna start shooting na," she said about her upcoming TV series, in an interview on Wednesday. "Hindi ko pa pwedeng sabihin ang mga details kasi unfortunately something happened na parang na-hold muna ang mga kailangan namin gawin for the project. So wala pa rin akong ma-share. But, definitely I'm doing a soap this year."

    For now, Regine is focused with her Valentine concert "Royals," together with Martin Nievera, Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto. It will happen on February 13 in SM Mall of Asia Arena, and on February 14 at Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu.

    Regine is happy to be working with the two of the industry's balladeers. Although she admitted feeling pressured about being a "role model" to them.

    "Nakaka-pressure rin, parang syempre we're only humans," she explained. "So we also make mistakes. Syempre, we want to be positive role models for these kids."

    "Pero nakakatuwa, nakakataba ng puso," she added.

    She also defended Angeline and Erik to those who believe that the two are not ready to be tagged as "royals" based on the title of their concert.

    "Para sa akin hindi naman 'yon [importante]," she said about being on the same "level" with her co-performers.

    She then recalled the time when "I started in the business, nag-uumpisa pa lang ako at bago, Martin Nievera was already Martin Nievera during that time, and he did a concert with me."

    Regine then explained that Erik and Angeline deserve to be called royals because of their ability and what they've done in the industry.

    "So they deserve to be part of this concert and to be called royals." she said.

  8. #4028
    Instagram pic of RV Friends Official:

    Happening Now: Story conference of POOR SEÑORITA soon on GMA. #RegineVelasquez #PoorSeñorita @reginevalcasid

    Instagram pic of GMA News:

    @reginevalcasid, @snookyserna4466 and @jayasoul will star in a Kapuso romantic comedy series airing soon. (Photo: @nelsoncanlas/GMA News)

  9. #4029
    New album and concert coming up.

  10. #4030

  11. #4031
    Up up up and away.... (Wrong!! Here 😂😂&#128514

  12. #4032
    Poor Señorita ratings

  13. #4033
    Manila Bulletin, Aug. 3, 2016

    Still Soaring
    by Rowena Tan

    Cebu City – Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is starting a new chapter in her 30-year-old showbiz career with the release of a 30-song compilation album under Viva Records.

    “Yung mga songs na ’yun - new songs,” she said. “So, you know why I’m excited. It’s just pretty amazing.”

    Just recently, Regine launched her first-ever cookbook, “Bongga Sa Kusina: Recipes from Sarap Diva,” also part of her anniversary activities. More, she will hold a grand concert sometime October.

    “Milestone kasi ’yan na kailangan i-celebrate and I’m just glad that people are still interested in me after 30 years,” the singer-actress related.

    Regine maintained she is still as passionate with singing as she was when she was just starting. She considers it a blessing too that her voice sounds great as ever.

    “Kaya nga thankful din ako na I was able to rest my voice for sometime. Some performers don’t. What happens is that they get burned out. Especially if they do the same thing everyday. So, for me, thankful ako na I get to rest for two weeks to a month bago sumabak uli,” she shared.

    Her family, as with the continued love and support of fans, inspire Regine to keep going.

    On enjoying the trust of promoters and sponsors, she said, “You just need to show them you are serious with your craft and that you are always willing to give your all.”


    Regine is happy good friend Jaya has found a home in ABS-CBN.

    She wasn’t surprised about the transfer, revealing Jaya texted her before she made her debut as Kapamilya in July, joining the judges’ table on “It’s Showtime’s” rebooted “Tawag ng Tanghalan” segment.

    Regine only wishes Jaya the best, noting how they have become quite close through the years.

    “Kumare ko ’yan eh,” she quipped.

    The two worked together in several programs on GMA including “SOP,” “Party Pilipinas,” and “Sunday All Stars.”

    Saying goodbye

    Meanwhile, Regine recently organized a gathering for her co-stars in the now-defunct primetime series “Poor Señorita.”

    She gave them lavish gifts such as Louis Vuitton and Tory Burch bags and Gucci sandals, among others.

    “Nabili ko lang ’yun sa Greenhills,” she jested, before going on to explain how it was her way of thanking the cast for the good memories and friendship they built.

    “Tsaka what I have naman I consider blessings so I need to share it. I’m just happy din with the success of the show,” she said.

    Family is home

    Busy as she is, Regine always finds time to bond with her family, including organizing picnics and out-of-town trips.

    “I love holding family days talaga kahit nu’ng buhay pa si Papa,” she related.

    The 46-year-old mother believes home is where the heart is, noting, “Kahit saang lupalop pa kami, basta magkakasama kami, it’s home.”

    Still at it

    Regine’s family was with her in Cebu, where she performed in a concert for PLDT Home.

    The concert series, which was extended for a second year due to fan demand, is in line with with promotions for the Regine Telset Series, a limited edition landline phone series the company launched last year.

    As soon as she appeared on stage, fans were thrown into a tizzy.

    She began the proceedings with Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” followed by her hits “Ako’y Iyong-Iyo,” “Sana Nga” and “Tuwing Umuulan.”

    Properly warmed up, Regine then peformed more crowd-friendly tunes, including Rivermaya’s “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita” and a medley of Nina’s hits including “Someday,” “Jealous” and “I Don’t Want To Be Your Friend.”

    A high point in the show was her duet of “I Can” with Donna Cruz, whom she plucked out from the crowd.

    Other guests in the concert were husband Ogie Alcasid and Christian Bautista.

    Regine was energetic throughout the show held at the North Wing of SM City Cebu.

    “This is the most memorable leg of the tour,” she told us. “Kasi ang dami kong guests and eto na ata ang pinakamahaba kasi mas marami akong songs na pinerform.”

    The concert series’ next stop is Davao on Aug. 6.

  14. #4034
    Excited about the new album and concert.

  15. #4035
    Regine Velasquez's R3.0 concert - MOA Arena (Oct. 21, 2017)

    Heto na naman tayo, hindi na naman makatulog dahil sa concert. A Regine concert always gives me a natural high.

    Sa umpisa pa lang ng show, mamamangha ka na sa honesty ni Regine. For someone regarded as "the best singer of the country," yung sabihin mong you lost your confidence eh malaking bagay 'yon. Pero sa performance na binigay niya, hindi siya dapat mawalan ng confidence kasi may magic pa rin siya. Most of the time, she sounded the same as before pero makikita mo lang yung effort. Kasi noon, talagang effortless. Aminado naman siya na nagbago na boses at katawan niya dahil tumatanda na siya kaya gano'n. Pero magaling pa rin talaga eh!

    There was a portion na sinabi niyang nagsimula siya as a balladeer. Tapos nauso yung R&B songs kaya inaral niya yung pagkulot ng boses. It took her a week to study the song "Weak." Then 2 weeks to study "Butterfly" (by Mariah Carey). Pinakanta rin siya ng rock songs hanggang kay Beyonce ("Single Ladies"). This explains why she has maintained her stature - she can adapt to changes and she works hard. Matiyaga siyang mag-aral ng kanta at technique. Sana makuha ito ng ibang singers.

    Her medley with the other female singers was superb! Ang galing-galing nila (Angeline Quinto - On the Wings of Love, Julie Ann San Jose - Shine, Aicelle Santos - Say That You Love Me, Jona - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing and Morissette - Sometime, Somewhere). Pero buti na lang na si Angeline ang simula. Kasi kung sa gitna o dulo siya, masisira yung momentum. This is where you see Regine's generosity and greatness. She gave the spotlight to them but at the same time, she went head to head with them. Birit kung birit, no backing down. Kaya nakukuha ni Regine ang admiration ng lahat. At ayan na naman ang humility niya, Regine said after the medley: "take a bow, our NEW QUEENS!" Binibigay niya trono niya pero wala pa naman makakapalit sa kanya.

    Ngayon ko lang nadiskubre na puwede palang gamitin ang cellphone as lighter sa shows. Sobrang ganda noong naka-light yung cellphones ng mga tao sa "You are My Song" number, parang mga stars.

    The stage, it was different but I like it. Malinis tingnan, less chaotic kasi 'di mo nakikita yung mga ginagawa ng band at ibang prod. people.

    Ito ang concert na feathers yata ang theme. Ang daming feathers sa damit ni Regine, pati yung visual effects eh feathers. Songbird to the hilt!

    Sobrang thankful si Regine sa lahat ng tumulong sa kanya at sa mga taong nariyan mula simula hanggang ngayon. Eh sino ba naman ang hindi matutuwa kapag nakikita nilang tinutumbasan niya yung love at support na binibigay sa kanya through her performance, she goes all out. Maubusan man ng lakas at boses basta mapasaya lang ang audience. Kaya Regine, hangga't nariyan ka eh makikinig kami.

  16. #4036

    Still the reigning queen.

  17. #4037
    R3.0 album

    1.) Renditions - pinapakita na may wide range pa rin si Regine. Her vocal prowess highlighted.

    2.) Rise (original songs) - pang-millenial. Ganyan, nakakasabay siya. Binabagay niya yung boses niya sa kanta. Kudos! Masyadong nakaka-apekto yung "First Man In My Life."

    3.) Reflections (re-recorded songs) - it's okay. Mas gusto ko lang kasi yung original recordings ni Regine noong mga kanta except "I Can" kasi gusto ko si Nate.

  18. #4038
    Preview, Oct. 25, 2017

    A Die-Hard Believer Shares What It's Like to Watch Regine Velasquez Live
    by Owen Maddela

    It was life-changing, to say the least.

    Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez filled the Mall of Asia Arena to overflowing for two straight nights as she staged her 30th Anniversary concert R3.0. The capacity crowd on each night was treated to different set lists, guest artists, and costume changes — the equivalent of staging two different concerts on two consecutive nights! And while meticulous planning and preparation, a back-to-basics approach to voice care, and vocal excellence all contributed to the success of Regine’s first major solo concert since her 25th anniversary show Silver, it was her faith that sealed the deal.

    “I have to admit that after that concert, I was never the same again. I didn’t only lose my voice, I lost my confidence. Inside, I was thinking maybe I lost it,” Regine backtracked, addressing the audience on R3.0’s first night regarding her last big concert that had to be restaged. “I have been so scared of this concert dahil hindi ko alam kung saan ko pupulutin ang confidence ko. When you lose your confidence, it is different. But maybe that’s the whole point — I’m trying to find my confidence but maybe I’m not supposed to. All I have to do is have faith.” She goes on to recite her life verse Philippians 4:13, “I can do this through Christ who gives me strength.”

    As the arena was filled with applause and shouts of love, she declared: “Tonight, I am going to enjoy with all of you!”


    Whether it was through shrieks and applause or phone lights and group singing, fans and well-wishers surely knew the way to Regine Velasquez’s heart.

    Former Preview editor Chica Villarta observed during R3.0’s Saturday run that the crowd cheered the most whenever Regine would hit the high notes — and especially now that her voice is producing a rounder, more textured sound. “[The fans applauded] to cheer her on and because they were happy to be reassured that she's still the best as what she does,” Chica remarks.

    '90s kids and movie fans had a blast seeing Regine reunite with her DoReMi co-stars Donna Cruz and Mikee Cojuangco onstage. What the audience thought was only a mother and son duet of “I Can” — Nate’s musical inclinations were clearly on display — turned out to be a moment as cinematic as its maiden 1996 edition. As Mikee and Donna walked centerstage and sang the movie’s theme with Regine in the same arrangement as in the film, the entire Arena sang along, fighting back happy tears.


    From her feathered opera coat during the Call Me/Hot Stuff opening medley and the blush dress she wore while singing “I Can” to her diagonal magenta mini and yellow finale gown, Regine wore only local designers during both concert nights. It is a tradition she’s upheld since the late Louie Mamengo dressed her up in the late '80s.

    Throughout her career, the country’s most prominent designers — Rajo Laurel, Cary Santiago, and Inno Sotto come to mind — and those currently on her speed dial (Martin Bautista, Cocoy Lizaso, Jaz Cerezo, and Cheetah Rivera to name a few) would create looks befitting of a true music royalty.

    Some of these archived looks, along with Tom Ford for Gucci-inspired ripped denim looks from her mid-'90s Asian pop era, made it to the show’s fashion evolution production number. To the tune late '80s pop hit Urong Sulong, some of Regine’s die-hard fans and drag supporters sashayed in DIY couture and actual clothes from the singer’s massive closet.

    Martin Bautista, true-blue fan and designer of aforementioned magenta number, praises the Songbird for the inspiration she has imparted to the local design community. “Regine has inspired us designers so much. She's always been ahead of her time, with her sartorial choices, even with hair and makeup. There's always something different and original about her!” he says.


    Regine usually shares the stage with singers she believes in or has mentored in the past. She has shown herself generous to emerging talent by supporting and producing their songs or entire albums. But the recent concert could not have been a more opportune time for her to nominate OPM’s new queens.

    One of the most applauded segments of R3.0’s Saturday run was Regine’s duets with the likes of Morisette Amon (Sometime, Somewhere) and Jonalyn Viray (I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing) while the vocal showcase she shared with Sarah Geronimo (“This is her generation. This is her time,” said Regine of the Popstar) during R3.0’s Sunday show was a musical moment for the ages.

    Author and pop culture enthusiast Raymond Ang attributes Regine’s stellar lineup of successors and multitude of fans to the genuineness of her own success story. Asked about his favorite Regine reinvention, he shares, “I guess what's still the most amazing transformation is her first—how a self-described probinsyana from humble beginnings willed herself to become one of the country's biggest superstars. It's a transformation that has come to embody the Philippine dream for a lot of aspiring singers. It taught a whole country of aspiring singers how to dream big.”


    Despite reiterating during one of her spiels her shift in priorities, it still comes out that Regine Velasquez’s reign as OPM’s queen has not — and quite possibly, never — come to an end. Not with such a distinctive vocal style, stellar discography, extensive style archive, box-office draw, pop culture appeal, and clear branding. Especially not with batches of new artists privileged to call her “mentor” and generations of fans who instinctively call her “Ate.” Perhaps like what Barbra Streisand is to American music, she can only become more mythic from here on out.

    Raymond, currently on a mission to watch each of local music’s living legends (from Gary Valenciano to Cecile Licad), sought to understand what made each one legendary. “True enough, the R30 concert answered all my questions,” he says of Regine whom he watched at a concert for the very first time. “I left the venue with a clear understanding of why she's become the icon she is, and why she inspires such devoted following 30 years into her career.”

    “No one sings like she does,” Chica points out as we exited the MOA Arena on Saturday night. “Singers who can reach insane octaves come in troves nowadays, but the quality of her voice, the "kulot," the "ipit?" These nuances are Regine trademarks absolutely no one could live up to.”

    I, on the other hand, could not stop looking at a couple of photos I took of the stage as Regine sang front and center that Saturday night. It was as if a moving image of wind-blown feathers took on the form of a giant crown and hovered over Regine for most of the concert — and rather fittingly.

    The symbolisms were not lost on me: a crown for a woman whose first name is a variant of the Latin word for “queen” and feathers for a singer everyone enshrines as Asia’s Songbird. I must have been seeing things through rose-colored glasses, but hey, die-hard believers often do.

  19. #4039
    Phil. Star, Oct. 27, 2017

    R3.0 is a triumph of hit songs
    by Baby A. Gil

    Regine Velasquez-Alcasid sings I Can from her film Do Re Mi with son, Nate, a very poised six year old.

    I recall once reading an interview with Regine Velasquez-Alcasid wherein she was quoted as saying that she gives her all to every performance she does. “People pay to watch me perform. They pay with hard-earned money most of the time. It is my duty to give them their money’s worth.”

    Oh and how she did when she returned for two glorious nights at the Mall of Asia Arena last Oct. 21 and 22 for the R3.0 concerts. Her return to the MOA after that devastating evening five years ago during which she lost her voice and left the stage in tears, was an incredible triumph. It was that of an artist on top of her game bringing thousands to smiles and tears of joy with her singing as she looked back on her milestone-studded 30 years in show business.

    R3.0 was a triumph of hit songs. The success of a singer is usually measured by how many hit songs he or she makes and Regine has a lot. And how she enjoyed bringing back three decades worth of hits prompting the audience to sing along while tapping into their memories.

    She went the entire gamut, from her first single Love Me Again down to You Are My Song, You Made Me Stronger (by Breaking My Heart) to her latest, Hugot and Tadhana. And how she brought new life to her classics by performing them with her guests, who I must say, also rose up to her challenge.

    Sweetest of all was recalling 16-year-old Regine in duets with Mark Bautista, In Love with You; Jed Madella, Muli; and Erik Santos, Forever, that ended with all of them singing Jose Mari Chan’s Please Be Careful with My Heart.

    Regine met one-time Star for a Night discovery Sarah Geronimo on equal footing with a duet of Sana Maulit Muli, Dadalhin, Ikaw ang Lahat sa Akin and Ikaw.

    Generously, she partnered with Angeline Quinto, On the Wings of Love; Julie Ann San Jose, Shine; Jona, Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing; Aicelle, Say That You Love Me; Morissette, Sometime Somewhere; and all together in Regine’s Ang Bagong Kampeon’s winning piece, In Your Eyes. Then, in a gracious moment, she told the audience, “Please take a bow to your new queens.”

    Full of memories was Regine’s duet with her husband Ogie Alcasid, a medley of themes that he composed for her movies. Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw, Pangako, Hanggang Ngayon, Sa Piling Mo, Pangarap Ko ang Ibigin Ka. Their voices blended well and they seemed so happy singing together.

    Regine paid tribute to her huge beshi following who I must say sent a huge enthusiastic delegation to the event. Sarado daw ang mga parlor on the occasion of her concerts. She had some of them strutting on stilettoes on stage while she sang Urong Sulong.

    For her fans and everybody who helped her succeed these past 30 years she had the inspiring Oceans and Go the Distance.

    And who can forget that moving tribute to her father, Mang Gerry Velasquez. She sang the standard You’ll Never Know with him in an old show footage, followed by Ogie’s new composition The First Man In My Life. I noticed teary eyes all around.

    There were tears, too, but those were of happiness watching Regine sing I Can from her film Do Re Mi with her son, Nate, a very poised six year old. Those tears turned into goosey bumps and a collective roar across the arena when her co-stars in the movie, Donna Cruz and Mikee Cojuangco joined her onstage.

    I am glad I was there both nights. I am happy I did not listen to my lazy bone telling me to spend that Sunday relaxing because I was already there last Saturday and the show will probably be just the same. It wasn’t. Despite the always present danger of again losing her voice what with her demanding repertoire, Regine came up an almost totally new song line-up for her second night with an almost new set of guests. And she sang even better.

    What I feel bad about now is that even if Regine makes the effort to redo everything as is in a repeat show, all those emotions can never be duplicated again. Truly fortunate where those who were present. She made braving the horrendous traffic getting to MOA most worth it. I am sure her sincerity and dedication to her work will still be there in the future, but this R3.0 will always be one very special memory.

    On the other hand though, this Songbird, despite 30 years, still surprises. Who knows her next solo show might be even more special?

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    Since 'di pa rin nawawala sa isip ko yung concert, yung album na lang ang pinapakinggan ko. It's on repeat. Puwede kong ihalintulad yung album sa Asian albums ni Regine. Here's my take:

    1.) Renditions - Noong mid '90s, hindi ako masyadong nakakapanood ng t.v. dahil sa dami ng ginagawa. One time during break, I decided to channel surf. Napatigil ako sa isang Malaysian o Indonesian channel dahil yung singing contest nila eh mga 3 Regine songs ang kinakanta ng finalists. Mga kantang galing sa "Listen without Prejudice" album. So ginagawa rin nila ro'n na contest pieces ang mga kanta ni Regine. Obvious naman na magiging contest pieces din ang mga nasa "Renditions."

    "Listen without Prejudice" introduced Regine as someone who has tremendous vocal pipes. Gano'n din sa "Renditions." Mas nakakamangha pa kasi she's already 47 yrs. old when she recorded "Renditions." She was 23-24 yrs. old when she did "Listen without Prejudice."

    2.) Rise - Ang favorite ko sa mga albums ni Regine eh "My Love Emotion." For me, it's also her best album. Halos lahat ng kanta gusto ko. Iba't ibang vibes ang dala ng mga kanta and they all work. The album is high in artistry and versatility. Ganito rin ang "Rise." More than experimenting, ramdam ko na Regine's giving her all para maging perfect ang kalalabasan ng mga kanta. Great job!

    3.) Reflections - Like the "Retro" album, this has covers of her songs. Kung noon eh sinasama ni Regine si Mommy V. kapag kinakanta yung "Dance with Me," ngayon naman eh si Nate ang sinasama niya sa "I Can."

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