Ever since her official transfer to the Kapamilya Network, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid has graced several programs as a way of welcoming her back to her original home.
Her staunch supporters have been anticipating her guestings, in which one of those is her thrilling conversation with the King of Talk on Tonight with Boy Abunda.
Usually, the interviews per guest or group only takes one episode. But since it was her first time and she’s undeniably distinctive, she was given a two-part special through which they were able to chat about their friendship, her rise to ultimate stardom, her journey and experiences, the issues involving her, and everything in between.
If you felt bitin on what you saw on television, this TWBA Uncut video would let you see the portions that didn’t make it to the airing and the candid moments that were not certainly shown, such as the Asia’s Songbird blowing her nose then retouching her makeup after being emotional as they remembered her deceased father Mang Gerry Velasquez.
Before starting the interview, both of them admitted that they couldn’t help but take a moment to stare at one another because it’s been a long time since they had that kind of lengthy, hearty, yet fun conversation. Unbeknownst to many, Boy Abunda was one of those talent scouts who first witnessed the brilliance of the young Regine then as her first manager, Ronnie Henares, is his good friend.
In her almost three decades in the industry, she’s able to touch the lives of a lot of people, not only through her songs, but because she has inspired them to pursue their ambitions relentlessly. At the same time, the host conveyed that for him, the reason why she’s been idolized by many is due to her generosity and the unconditional support she bestows to the other artists, regardless if they’re seasoned or still budding.
“When I was starting in the business, a lot of biggest stars – si Martin, si Pops, si Kuh, si Joey Albert, si Gary -- they all supported me, they guested me in their concerts kahit ‘di pa ako talagang kilala. ‘Yong pangalawang guesting ko sa Penthouse, nakipag-duet sa akin si Martin Nievera, e nag-uumpisa pa lang ako no'n; siya pa 'yong unang tumawag na Regine sa akin. So pinangako ko 'yon sa sarili ko na if I get somewhere, I wanna be able to give back and this is my way of giving back,” she imparted.
The 48-year-old singer-actress also relayed what she had realized after her controversial 25th anniversary concert in 2013, where she completely lost her voice, which greatly helped her change the way she looks at her career and her life as a whole.
“What I realized during that time, ang yabang ko e. I wanted kasi to prove to everyone that I still have it because people were saying, 'she probably wouldn't be able to sing it, she had lost it’,” she said.
Then she added, “I think I forgot the reason why I'm celebrating my 25th year. I thought I was there to prove to everyone that I can still sing. I missed it. Hindi ko nakuha ‘yong point why I'm celebrating [my] 25th year.”
When quizzed about the best advice she could give to aspiring singers, she told the King of Talk that aside from the techniques being taught in voice lessons, experience is actually the best teacher. They should learn to figure things out on their own, keep on practicing, and never stop singing so that when their voice went off, it will not be hard for them to discover a new method on how to make their voice come out.
Regine’s shocking transfer to ABS-CBN truly created a hullaballoo and reaped mixed reactions from those who followed her stellar career. While some are delighted and supportive for the newest chapter of her life, there are those who mercilessly threw snide remarks on her. Although she already expected it, but she decided to respond because she felt the need to say something and for them to know that she can defend herself.
Amidst of all the hate comments she received, she is incredibly happy to the outpouring support and love that the majority has given her.
“Alam mo hindi pa rin nakaka-get over sa overwhelming na feeling kasi parang nagco-contest sila sa pag-welcome sa akin, all the shows. I am so grateful and I am very touched kasi every program na pinupuntahan ko, they make such a big effort, they make a big deal that I am going. Sa totoo lang, I am so touched talaga kaya everytime umiiyak ako e. ‘Di ko ma-help,” she stated.
Then she continued, “It's weird because I haven't felt so excited about my career in a while. It's like having a second wind. ‘Yong utak ko, because I'm an artist, it hasn't stopped working because I'm so excited. I'm thinking of so many possibilities I can do here and thank you to Tita Cory for taking a chance with me.”
Certainly, her debut on TWBA wouldn’t be complete without them doing the exciting Fast Talk, talking about his past leading men and the heartthrobs we’ve been crushing on at the present, and her singing some of the songs close to her heart.
We can’t discuss everything that happened on that highly enjoyable and heartwarming exchange in this article, so better watch the video above! We’re assuring you that your one hour and 33 minutes are going to be worth it.