Regine Velasquez believes Christmas will uplift Filipino spirit

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Friday, December 13, 2013

WITH all the calamities that struck the nation this year, Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez believes Filipinos should still celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

In a recent interview with the singer on the set of "Awit Sa Pasko," a musical documentary produced by GMA News TV, which will air this Saturday, Regine said Christmas lifts the spirit of everyone and that's what we need right now.

"I know that times are hard now, we're going through some stuff, but I think now more than ever kailangan natin i-celebrate ang Christmas," said Regine.

Regine also said that Christmas is not just about holding parties, giving lavish gifts, but also a time for reflection, spending quality time with the family and saying thank you for all the blessings we received in 2013.

"It's the birth of Jesus Christ at dahil sa pinagdadaanan natin, ngayon talaga natin i-celebrate yun just to say thank you. It doesn't have to be lavish, pwede naman tayo mag downsize," the Songbird said.

She added, "Nung nangyari ang Yolanda sa parts of Visayas and Mindanao, ang apektado buong Pilipinas. Obviously sila it's really hard to celebrate Christmas. Sa atin na medyo pinalad dito sa Luzon, tayo ang mag uplift ng spirit."

Regine said the Yuletide season is very special to her. She always gets excited with the spirit of giving.

"I don't know why I get excited about gift giving and receiving also. But more than that na-excite ako makita 'yung mukha ng family members ko binigay ko na 'yung regalo," she said.

The singer recalled that when she was still a kid, her mother would always serve ham for the Noche Buena feast.

"Kahit mahirap lang kami noon, my mom would always have ham. Parang di Pasko pag walang ham. Then fried chicken, pansit, apples and dalandan. Okay na kami doon," she said.

Now that she has a comfortable lifestyle and has her own family to take care of, Regine said things pretty much remains the same.

She will celebrate Christmas with husband Ogie Alcasid, son Nate with her siblings and parents. Said the celebration will be extra special because her father, Mang Gerry, is out from the hospital and recovering really well.

"Sama-sama lang kami sa Pasko and excited kami dahil naka-uwi na si Papa from the hospital. Dati kasi akala namin sa hospital kami mapa-Pasko lahat, pero sa awa ng Diyos, okay na," said Regine.

As to the dishes she will serve on Christmas Eve, Regine said she is still looking for that one recipe that she hopes to create every Christmas Day for son Nate.

"Wala pa talaga akong traditional dish na every year ginagawa ko. Hindi ko pa na-figure out kung ano 'yun. Gusto ko na paglaki ni Nate, maaalala niya every Christmas na may ganun kami. I want something that I will make," she said.

She also wants her two-year-old son to learn the spirit of giving not just every Christmas season.

As for the gift she's keen to receive this holiday, Regine prays for good health and happiness for her and the whole family.

Regine said, "No amount money ang makakapantay sa health ng family at sarili mo. Also (I wish everyone) to discover God again, to have a relationship with Jesus Christ." (Sunnex)


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