Not really that much of a greatest hits gig, but this special “One Night With Regine” digital concert surely went into the annals as one of Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s most remarkable live shows ever.
As a fundraiser for Bantay Bata 163, which marked Regine’s 50th birthday, the event was equally astonishing, raising a total of Php4,259,839 by the show’s end. It was streamed live from the Alcasid home in Quezon City on ABS-CBN’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on Saturday, April 25.
“One Night With Regine” was billed as a repeat of her unforgettable 2002 concert at the National Museum grounds of the same title, which was also for the benefit of Bantay Bata 163.
Featuring mostly covers of inspirational, Gospel tunes, contemporary hits, unforgettable classics, with some of her own songs, all newly arranged and impeccably interpreted, the show highlighted her legendary vocal range all in an intimate setting.
With musical director Raul Mitra on the piano streamed from another location, Regine began the night with her version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” from Wizard of Oz before enlivening the spirits of frontliners and essential workers facing the COVID-19 pandemic with the Eraserheads original “With A Smile.”
She would then sing a medley of recent chart-toppers—renditions of Ben&Ben’s “Pagtingin,” Unique Salonga’s “Sino,” and Moira dela Torre’s “Tagu-Taguan.”
Regine then announced an upcoming single that is set for release, which she first sang on the concert—her scintillating version of The Juans’ “Istorya.”
The ASAP Natin ‘To premiere concert artist then belted themes from “Unbreakable” and the teleserye Love Thy Woman, “Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako.”
Regine’s son Nate Alcasid bared his undeniably strong musical roots, as he performed “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman with his mom.
In her succeeding numbers, Regine delighted the livestream audience with the rarely sung yet rousing “Follow The Sun,” and the ever-identifiable Songbird standard and one of her best-selling singles, “Dadalhin.” She would also render the Roxette pop smash from the movie Pretty Woman, “It Must Have Been Love.”
Regine further proved her lofty OPM stature with her marvelous versions through the years of the compositions of National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab—“Tunay Na Ligaya,” “Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka,” and “Araw Gabi.”
A spine-tingling highlight came next when Regine shared the screen with Broadway diva Lea Salonga for a superb, outstanding collaboration of musical theater tunes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line, and “Someone Like You” from Jekyll & Hyde.
Regine would then wrap up the night with the Dionne Warwick classic “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” the Hillsong UNITED’s Biblical tune “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” Mandy Moore’s inspirational hit “Only Hope,” and another enriching song from Wizard of Oz, “Home.”
She would conclude the night with a meaningful rendition of Eric Carmen’s “Love Is All That Matters.”
Interested parties can still donate to support the cause of Regine’s first-ever benefit digital concert that aims to uplift the plight of rescued, underprivileged children under Bantay Bata 163 through http://bantaybata.abs-cbn.com.