Regine Velasquez’s voice falters; promises a free show


Regine Velasquez. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Regine Velasquez’s voice was not in good condition during her silver anniversary show held Friday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, witnesses among the audience relayed to the INQUIRER.

Velasquez reportedly cried and apologized, promising to do another show for free.  She told the audience to keep their tickets and said she hoped the management of the Arena would also give her a free accommodation too and an immediate schedule fort the planned free concert.

She said she almost canceled the show but decided to go on with it instead. The audience, who are composed of her loyal fans, didn’t boo her out but gave her honest confession a warm applause.

Velasquez at one point asked the help of stand-up gay comedian Anton Diva to sing Jeffrey Osborne and Peter Schless’s “On The Wings Of Love.”

She regained her composure and voice when she performed with Lani Misalucha.

With her son, baby Nate Alcasid, on stage, she cried some more while singing Dave Barnes’s “God Gave Me You.”

Her bucket of tears didn’t stop pouring when she sang Dan Fogelberg’s “Leader of the Band,” with her father, Mang Gerry, on stage.

Her husband, Ogie Alcasid and friends rather saved the night. Alcasid performed with Janno Gibbs. His best friend, Michael V, danced the Gangnam style, which brought the house down.

Seen among the crowd were fellow celebrities Zsa Zsa Padilla with daughter Zia Quizon; actor-turned-aspiring public servant Aga Muhlach; comedians Eugene Domingo, John  Lapus and Vice Ganda.

Also in the audience were Lucy Torres-Gomez and Kris Aquino.

Vice Ganda summed up what happened that night in his usual sarcastic self. He told the audience that Velasquez not only holds the record of having the highest number of standing ovations but also the highest number for a singer to hit the wrong notes.

“But still nobody walked out. Everybody clapped and cheered for her,” he said.

In an earlier interview, Velasquez said the biggest challenge for her at this point in her life—after pregnancy, childrearing chores, long absence from the concert scene—is to regain her usual singing voice.

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  • Ben Enriquez

    yung mga nag comment na pangit ay di lang nila ma take na fans pala sila kay REG kaya ganyan reaksyon nila… mataas kasi expectation nila kay REG at gusto nila na siya lang ang nasa TUKTUK at ayaw din nila na ma dis-appoint sa sarili nila dahil nga may sakit at dahilan sa pagpiyok ni REG…. pero ang mas maganda na hindi cancelled yung concert at tinuloytuloy pa siya at least yung Professionalism ay andun, kasi pag cancelled naman yung big event mas lalala pa yung panglalait at sasabihin naman na napaka un-professional………….. masanay na tayo sa klasing attitude & behaviour ng mga KABABAYAN natin…. Kaya naungusan na tayo ng ibang bansa dahil sa mamayan sa atin………….

    • riccisan

      sir, kung may sakit ka, ano gagawin mo pipilitin mo pa rin mag work or hindi? syempre hindi. alagaan mo muna sarili mo di ba? kasi kakalabasan nun eh palpak ang work mo. dun tayo nalalamangan ng ibang bansa. say NO if you cant handle the job. thats the professional way. look at foreign artists, iba nga eh natapilok lang, cancelled agad. i like Regine too but im not a fan. But its really not nice na mag perform ka tapos hindi sya as per standard. anyway, next concert sa Dec. 8 so ok lang.

  • chikko

    sometimes, the truth is the most difficult thing to accept, and,  the truth is, regine is no longer a celebrity;  she has now become a “laos” singer.  she is now in the group of sharon, rico j, at ibang “laos’  na rin. tv host na lang ang magagawa nya, dahil tapos na ang glory days niya. pero para kay regine, kung gusto nyang magamit ang paos na voice nya, puede rin syang mag tinda ng “taho” or “balut”  para may regular exercise ang vocal chord niya. by the time she feels she stabilized her hoarse voice, then she can start her singing career again. this time, she can start singing at the “talipapa” or in “kangkongan” area where she originallly started. or, she can start singing in a gay bar, where gay people regularly hang-out as mostly of her followers are kinda gay. :-)

  • ryan andres

    You gotta admire her for her honesty…

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