Regine Velasquez, balancing work and motherhood

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Jampacked ang mini concert ni Regine Velasquez sa iyang Kapuso Fans Day sa SM City-Cebu nga nagsilbing ikawalong provincial tour sa iyang upcoming reality show nga “Bet ng Bayan” sa GMA-7. Sa edad nga 44, way paglubad ang karisma sa Asia’s Songbird. Nia ang tipik sa iyang Cebu presscon nga naghisgut sa iyang bag-ong show ug kon unsay iyang time management nga gihimo karong duna na siyay Baby Nate (Nathaniel James) nga mag-tres anyos karong November. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Super Ka!

How’s baby Nate? Does he go to school already?

Yeah, pangalawang week niya na this week. Ok naman kasi sanay siya e. Kasi mayroon siyang Sunday school. So when we go to church, we leave him there. Kahit papaano may practice na. Although nga­yong second week ayaw na niyang mawala kami sa kanyang paningin. Pero nung first week he got so excited di niya kami pinapansin. Noong 2nd week doon siya nag-adjust.

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Kumakanta na rin ba si baby Nate?

He loves to sing. He hums all the time when he’s doing something. Kasi kaming mag-asawa, like ako pag may ginagawa kumakanta ako e, I don’t even notice that I do. Sometimes it’s part of my concentration and he does the same thing.

Do you expect for him to follow your footsteps?

No, as far as him being a musician or a singer I have no expectation. He can be whatever he wants to be. I don’t wanna put pressure on him kasi the fact that both his parents are singers and in the same business, it’s enough pressure for the kid, you know. So I don’t wanna add to that anymore. Ang gusto ko lang he will have a good relationship with God and everything will start from there.

Anong salita niya?

Tag-lish but more on Tagalog kami. Basta feeling ko ang pagsasalita niya nakukuha niya sa akin, plus not to mention he looks like me. Pero yung personality niya he got it from his father. He’s very charming, very friendly, hindi nahihiya.

What if he would turn out gay, how would you feel?

E’ anong gagawin ko? E di gay. (laughs) Actually hindi ako masyadong magtataka bilang anak siya ni Regine Velasquez. Although, really, I pray that he doesn’t. Not for anything else but only because it’s a hard life. It’s seldom to find a real partner when you’re gay. So only for that, I pray that he doesn’t. But if he turns out to be, magpapakulot ako. Ako nga yung buong career ko parang kalahati noon binuhay ng mga gay eh, so it’s really okay. I’m not scared about it.

What’s new about “Bet ng Bayan?”

It’s the first talent show that I’m gonna be hosting na hindi lang singing. Kasi ang mga na-host ko before were all singing contest. This one is different cuz dito iba’t ibang talent ang magku-compete, may singing, sayawan, may kakaibang talent. Yung isa kasing show na alam natin samasama sila doon, labolabo sila doon: singer, dancer, kakaibang talent. Siyempre kapag ganun laging lamang yung singer or yung dancer. Di ba? Kaya medyo dehado yung iba. So this time, what we’re doing, each category will have a winner. Hindi sila maglalaban-laban, kumbaga per category sila.

How would “Bet ng Bayan” affect your motherhood?

Well’ it’s only 12 episodes for me kasi it’s a weekly show every Saturday. Although we will have a daily reality update. Medyo mahirap din kasi nationwide, I have to travel a lot. But since it will only run for 12 weeks, so it’s still okay. Kasi itong regionals namin most of the time parang overnight lang or like fly-in, fly-out lang, so it’s easy for me.

Kailan ang audition ninyo sa Cebu?

Tapos na last month with Alden Richards (ang iyang co-host). But we’re going to have our second audition in Cebu this September. We’re also open to groups, duo, so it’s pretty exciting.

Kailan ang airing ng Bet ng Bayan?

Our pilot airing is on Oct. 5. But last month pa nag-start ang audition kasi nga nationwide e. Kunwari dito sa Cebu, may mga area-area tapos magpa-final sila I will be here to host it. Tapos regional, yun na yung semi-final and then grand finals sa Manila na. Kasi dapat each region will have its own representative.

Sa tagal mo na sa industry anong excitement ang nararamdaman mo now that you’re given the chance to meet your fans again in the provinces?

Basically to see them and the fact they came here and had fun with me is a big deal for me already. Parang ano na kasi, di ko na panahon e. (laughs) So, I feel very touched and very blessed that I’m able to see them and entertained them. It’s always exciting to see the people who have been supporting me all these years.

How do you take care of your voice?

You know, I’ve been having problems with my voice. As you get older, it’s getting harder talaga. Apparently, all singers suffer from it. That’s what you call singer’s nightmare. Everybody that I know seems to suffer from it, like si Martin (Nievera), Gary V., ZsaZsa Padilla, we all have it. And there’s no cure. You can be operated on, because I inquired, but it comes back so what’s the use. Because it’s the part of the stomach, the valve, yung muscle na dapat nagko-close but as you get older nagwi-weaken yun. And for us singers bumubuka siya kasi we always use our diaphragm, so parang nagkaka-hernia siya, hindi na siya properly sumasara. Kaya lang ako `di ko na pinapansin, kung mag-crack yung boses ko e di rocker ako. At least nasa tono ako lagi, yun lang naman ang concern ko.

It’s been almost four years since you and Ogie got hitched, how’s the ride?

It’s wonderful to be married. Since we got married, we never had a big fight. I laugh every day. Ogie wakes up and cracks me up. Sometimes, sa umaga ginigising niya ako, “I got a dance for you.” Siya rin natatawa sa akin. We still go out on dates, watch movie, take Nate to Toys R Us, and attend Bible study groups. I think these what make our relationship stronger.

Gipatik sa mantalaang SuperBalita Cebu Agosto 27, 2014.

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