At 35, Toni Gonzaga never did expect that it was still possible for a childhood dream of hers to still come true until it became a reality recently.
After taking her time off ASAP Natin ‘To to focus on her hosting stint in Pinoy Big Brother Otso, and at the same time spend a portion of her Sunday with her family, she made a comeback on the show last July 28 for a very special reason – to share the stage with illustrious veteran singer Regine Velasquez-Alcasid as they performed her songs “We Belong” and “Catch Me I’m Falling” together.
Their incredible collaboration left the spectators awestruck, but little did we know that that whimsical moment actually set the butterflies in her stomach aflutter as she ardently revealed in her latest vlog post, wherein she documented the whole magnificent experience she just had, that the Asia’s Songbird is her inspiration in her pursuit of becoming a singer, just like other fans do.
“Growing up, all I ever wanted to be was a singer. I grew up watching and listening to Regine Velasquez and she was such an inspiration to me. I wanted to be like her, I would sing her songs in every audition and I would watch all her shows and concerts hoping one day I could meet her and sing with her,” she imparted.
The Multimedia Superstar went on to impart how walking on the ASAP stage had reminded her of those years when she sang at hotel lounges, bars, restaurants, and all the auditions that rejected her, which brought her to the point of realization that perhaps her aspiration of becoming a renowned singer was not really for her, thus she decided to venture on other things. It can be recalled that prior to becoming an in-demand host and a seasoned actress, she first rose to fame via the iconic softdrink commercial ad she starred with Piolo Pascual in the early 2000s.
She had the chance to work with Regine when they were still in another network, but she wasn’t given the chance to share the stage with her. In her 18 years in the local entertainment industry, she longed for that moment to happen, but it didn’t.
“Every time I would celebrate a major milestone in my career, I always hoped that maybe I could share the same stage with my inspiration. Every time I would have a major concert, I would always pray na sana siya ang surprise guest ko. I celebrated my 10th, 15th, until I got engaged, got married, and had a baby, but it never really happened for me,” she wrote.
It might have taken her 20 years to fulfill this dream, but it was still worth the wait as what matters more for her is that it finally happened.
“Maybe there are dreams in your heart that you kept hidden for a long time ‘cause you think, it’s never gonna happen for you. If God is making you wait, it’s because He is preparing something great. Keep the faith. One day, you’ll be staring at the blessing you used to always dream about,” she reminded her viewers.