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Ultimate handyman of Regine Velasquez

Most of us have probably only known Gerardo Velasquez through photos and the stories we’ve heard about him. But one thing we can tell just from the pictures in this gallery is that he and her daughter Regine Velasquez-Alcasid had a special bond. These are enough to give us a glimpse into this one-of-a-
kind father-and-daughter duo.

And in her guesting in  Magandang Buhay in 2018, the Asia’s Songbird shared anecdotes of what it was like growing up with an “ultimate handyman” – that was her father.

“My father is very talented,” she started off. In her entire life, she has yet to meet someone who can do as much as he can – and yes, her husband Ogie Alcasid is only a close second. She jested, “’Yong asawa ko, hindi siya handyman.”

On a serious note, Regine then enumerated her late father’s set of skills. Mang Gerry was a singer, comparing his vocal prowess to music icons Elvis Presley and Matt Monro. It was also his awesome singing talent that won over her mother’s heart, Teresita Velasquez. However, by profession, he revealed that he was a tailor and was the one who used to make her dresses when she was just starting.

Aside from that, he’s also skilled in making jewelries as the Velasquez Family is known jewelers, in woodcarving like her grandfather who carved the head of Quiapo Church’s Santo Entierro and her great grandfather who crafted the mold for the first-ever Philippine coin. Furthermore, he’s a painter, an
architect, a carpenter, and an illustrator – making him an ultimate handyman who Regine regards as a talented and brilliant man.

With all these abilities and apart from being a great family man, the biggest and most important role that Mang Gerry had ever played in the life of Regine was to be her vocal coach. She recounted how their house back in Leyte was only a 10-minute walk from the beach. So, they used to often go there to go for a swim, “Wala lang, magswi-swimming, lalo na ‘pag summer.” But aside from recreation, he had also taken that opportunity to give her vocal trainings.

The idea originally came from Rocky Marciano, the champion boxer who was known for training underwater. “Parang he was thinking, ‘I wonder if that will work also in singing,’” Regine explained. The water had to be up to her neck, then she would sing as loud and as high as she could. At first, she did not realize that the point of the exercise was because she just loved to sing and swim. Later on, her father would explain it and to this day, Asia’s Songbird still uses this ‘trick’ every time she
has an upcoming concert. Although, this time around, it is Ogie who would coach and encourage her.

Mang Gerry died in his sleep in February 2014 after reportedly being ill and getting hospitalized in 2013 for more than a month, and undergoing surgery in 2012.

PHOTOS CREDIT: @reginevalcasid IG / Doc Jojo Velasquez / Regine Velasquez-Alcasid Facebook

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Meet the “ultimate handyman” in Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s life in these 11 photos

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

Before her husband Ogie Alcasid, the only man that Regine has ever loved with all her heart is her great and awesome father Mang Gerry.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

Before her husband Ogie Alcasid, the only man that Regine has ever loved with all her heart is her great and awesome father Mang Gerry.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

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Meet the “ultimate handyman” in Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s life in these 11 photos

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

Most of us have probably only known him through photos and the stories we’ve heard about him…

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

Most of us have probably only known him through photos and the stories we’ve heard about him…

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

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Meet the “ultimate handyman” in Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s life in these 11 photos

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

…but their throwback snaps give us a glimpse of the special, tight bond that they used to have when he was still alive.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

…but their throwback snaps give us a glimpse of the special, tight bond that they used to have when he was still alive.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

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Meet the “ultimate handyman” in Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s life in these 11 photos

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

As what solid Reginians know, he was definitely more than a doting dad to their family…

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

As what solid Reginians know, he was definitely more than a doting dad to their family…

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

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Meet the “ultimate handyman” in Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s life in these 11 photos

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

…since he also served as her vocal coach and ever-supportive and omnipresent chaperone to her.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

…since he also served as her vocal coach and ever-supportive and omnipresent chaperone to her.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

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Meet the “ultimate handyman” in Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s life in these 11 photos

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

Thus, she also never left his side, especially during those times that he was bedridden and eventually died in his sleep in 2014.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

Thus, she also never left his side, especially during those times that he was bedridden and eventually died in his sleep in 2014.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

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Meet the “ultimate handyman” in Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s life in these 11 photos

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

On his demise, Regine’s friends, fans, and colleagues expressed that they remembered him as a fixture by her side at gigs…

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

On his demise, Regine’s friends, fans, and colleagues expressed that they remembered him as a fixture by her side at gigs…

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

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Meet the “ultimate handyman” in Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s life in these 11 photos

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

…who had been ever-present and so supportive of her ever since she began in showbiz, up to his last breath.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

…who had been ever-present and so supportive of her ever since she began in showbiz, up to his last breath.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

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Meet the “ultimate handyman” in Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s life in these 11 photos

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

Before he died, Mang Gerry had the chance to meet and bond with his grandchild to Regine – her son Nate.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

Before he died, Mang Gerry had the chance to meet and bond with his grandchild to Regine – her son Nate.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

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Meet the “ultimate handyman” in Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s life in these 11 photos

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

While Mang Gerry had been really proud of his daughter, the same goes for the Asia’s Songbird who takes pride on having a loving and multi-faceted father in him.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

While Mang Gerry had been really proud of his daughter, the same goes for the Asia’s Songbird who takes pride on having a loving and multi-faceted father in him.

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

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Meet the “ultimate handyman” in Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s life in these 11 photos

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

May we all have tight bond with our fathers just like Regine and Mang Gerry had!

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez

May we all have tight bond with our fathers just like Regine and Mang Gerry had!

Mary Ann Bardinas December 02, 2021 11:44 PM

LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez
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LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez
LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez
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LOOK: Ang nag-iisang ‘Mang Gerry’ sa buhay ni Regine Velasquez