Love lessons from Martin Nievera


MARTIN Nievera

Martin Nievera’s timeless hits have seen us through all the twists and turns of our own love stories. For every stage of love, there’s a Nievera song.

As the Concert King serenaded us all these years, he also went through his own love battles. He fought, lost, won and loved again. But he never stopped singing for us, even when he was picking up the pieces of his tattered heart.

Come Valentine’s Day, Martin will pay homage to love with Pops Fernandez, Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid in “Foursome” at MOA Arena.  What an engaging mix it would be to watch exes and a happily married couple banter and sing about l’amour and marriage.


Since Pops and you, Reg and Ogie have different love stories, how will “Foursome” merge your stories to come up with a unique concert?

No more stories need to be told. Just sharing love lessons from each other while celebrating love, conquering all obstacles with an arena hopefully filled to the rim with hopeless romantics from all over the country.

What can Reg and Ogie learn from Pops and you when it comes to matters of the heart?

To never chant the words, “been there… done that.” Enjoy love and their relationship the way they did when love was still new for them.

At this point in time, what do you see when you look at Pops?

POPS Fernandez, Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid are set to perform with Nievera at MOA Arena this Valentine’s Day.

I see a little girl I once knew all grown up. I feel a sense of pride knowing that I was a part of Pops [while she was] getting to… love herself the way I never could. She is as beautiful today as she ever was. Maybe even a little bit more. I mean, if a butterfly could metamorphose one more time, that would be Pops.

How has your view on love and marriage changed through the years?

I am afraid of marriage. I was good at it when I was good, but when I was bad, well… I admire and respect all those who have proved me wrong about marriage by lasting and surviving in theirs. Marriage for me is something we should not take lightly. Marriage is not the answer but instead a lifetime of questions.

What do you wish you had known before when you were still married to Pops that you know now?

1 + 1 = 2.

Do you still believe in forever?

When my worse gets better, then I may have a chance to find forever. I still believe in forever. The better question is, does forever still believe in me?

Solo shows

Catch Candy Pangilinan in her solo show, “Candy’s Be U,” at Teatrino Greenhills on Jan. 25 and 26. It’s going to be one solid laugh trip. And don’t miss Nina’s comeback concert, “Nina Reborn,” on Jan. 25 at Music Museum. Let the Soul Siren enchant you (for tickets, call 8919999).

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    1+1=2. Beautiful. No flowery thing, but pure wisdom. Thank you Dolly, you are always excellent especially in this write up. Many entertainment writers should learn from you.

    • julymorning


  • murtson

    I thought it’s Tulfo’s time and not Dolly’s on this commentaries today. Hmmm… I think the layout  artist has some ax to grind against the senior

  • thenewpulahan

    And what, hear overplayed covers again and old old hits over and over and over again? One word to the old pop stars….”new”….. time to make new songs that fit your image and stop trying to ape the kids. Same goes out to Gary, Zha zha Padilla, Kuh Ledesma and their ilks.

    And please, Ogie and Regine stop toying with the idea of preventing foreign artists from performing here. That will not stop people from not attending your trite and cover laden concerts.

    Gawa kayo ng bagong songs, tyak madami ang manunuod, and phuleeeez. Sobrang OA (no pun intended) ang mga talent fee niyo lalo na sa probinsiya

    bat hindi kayo makipagusap sa mga bagong producers na mas bata at fresh ang ideas ng matweak naman ang image niyo. Again, hindi kailangang magbago ang image n’yo, dapat lang magig relevant kayo sa mga fans ulit.

    Si Gary V, napakasayang, lumabas siya sa cross road ng soul, rnb, dance and hip-hop. Now that is a huge scene na pwed niyang mamine ngayon! An daming mga batang producers na magagaling, dapat niya lang magopen. Nasasayangan ako talaga.

    Si Janno Gibbs, madami kwento re: his professionalism eh tingin ko, nawala na ang excitement niya, pero kung soul music lang walang tatalo dun. Dapat ang magproduce ng album niya yung mga tiga SinoSikat, Pasta Groove, Caliph8..sino ba ang nagmamanage sa kanila?!!!

    Si Pops di nga maganda ang boses talaga pero ang persona niya na MILF napakalakas ng hatak nun. Pwede siyang ipackage na parang Kylie Minougue. Sa totoo lang kahit ako pinapantasya ko parin siya. Pero in the end yung music dapat consistent. Tapon na yang ballad ballad na yan, hindi niya strenght yun.

    Si MArtin, dapat magstraight up balladeer na siya pero new materials at mas compelling songs, songs that would talk about people becoming 50 year olds and the things that comes with growing old. Di na pwepwede yang mga lab lab lab na temang high school.

    Di po ako galit, nagsususgest lang. Kung ayaw niyo sige mag ASAPihan tayo hanggang mabulok na ang kultura natin at kahit Indonesia talunin na rin tayo sa world stage.

    Siyanga pala, OPM president Ogie, kung gusto mo ng substantial na impact sa kultura ng Pilipino ilegislateniyo na ang mga tv show ay marendahan ng konti sa kakanta ng cover saongs at eencourage ang mga artist na may original material. Konting bagay pero magiging simula yan ng pagbabago ng appreciation ng market. In time, madami ulit ang manunuod ng OPM mainstream pop concerts.

    Sank yu

    • EsterPostigo

      Napanood ko na si pops , hindi lang d maganda ang boses, minsan sintunado pa. Kumakabog ang dibdib ko pag papunta na sa mataas na tono ang kanta,kasi pipiyok anytime. Dinadaan sa costume pero in the end, talent talaga ang nagma matter. Once ko lang sya napanood with Side A , na stress ako kasi ako nagaalala ako na anytime e pipiyok sya, naawa ako na baka mapahiya. Haaay

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