After the much publicized and controversy-ridden channel switching, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid focuses on more serious concerns about her career. And as she always underscored that first and foremost she is a singer, the first thing she’s jumping into since he flew out of the coop where she remained for more than two decades is get back to the concert scene, one of the few things she still enjoys (even at this point in her career and stature in life).
On Saturday, she headlines Regine at the Movies, a concert concept she has been into in the past years, at the New Frontier Theater (that was known for a couple of years since it was redone as Kia Theater).
The show debuts on Saturday and runs for two more days next week, Saturday and Sunday ,Nov. 24 and 25, still in the same performance hall.
We had a brief chat with what the local music industry labeled as the Songbird last week, and Regine talked about, not much about what she plans to do now that she is a Kapamilya because there are already projects lined up for her, including a musical-comedy show with husband Oggie Alcasid and heartthrob Ian Veneracion and her weekly appearance in the network’s Sunday noontime show, ASAP, and her being a part of the judging panel of the reality TV search-for-a-singer Idol Philippines, but more about the concert that will happen tomorrow.
First she said she has three special guests. Piolo Pascual will join her tomorrow; the megastar Sharon Cuneta on Nov. 24; and Daniel Padilla on Nov. 25.
She added that she was most touched by Sharon’s gesture to fly to Hong Kong the day after her appearance on her show because “Ate Shawie said it would be a great honor for her to sing with me.” Sharon was supposed to leave for Hong Kong on Nov. 24 for her show in the former British colony on the 25th.
“Hindi ito isang malakingshow pero pinagbigyan niya ako. Mayroon nga siyangshow saHong Kong dapat pero pinagbigyan niya ako. Aalis siyathat day dapat. Sabi niya, ‘dahil mahal kita, on the day itself ng show ko na lang ako aalis. Kayavery touched ako sa ginawang ito ni Sharon kasi nga parang patikim lang ito dahil may mas malaki pang darating. (This isn’t a big show, but she agreed to be a guest, She has a show in Hong Kong and should be leaving on that day. She said, ‘because I love you I will leave on the day of my show. That’s why I am very touched, it’s just a preview of a bigger thing that she and I are planning in the near future).”
On Daniel Padilla, Regine said, “Na-impress ako sa galing niyang kumanta nglive. Kasi hindi ko naman siya nakikitang kumakanta nglive talaga. Iasked my sister kung puwede siya i-guesst at tinext ko naman si RKarla (Estrada) at pumayag naman siya. (I was impressed by how he sang live. No, I haven’t really seen him singing live, so I asked my sister if we could ask him to guest in the series, and I texted Karla Estrada and she said fine.)”
At the mediacon at SeiHai Sushi Lounge, Regine explaince the concept of the show, “I’ll be singing songs from the movies. Puwedengtheme song, puwedengloveteam o ginamit sa isang pelikula. Basta, ang isang kanta nainvolve sa isang pelikula, likeTitanic. Of course, both foreign and local ang kakantahin ko. I’ll be singing songs natheme songs na nagingmoviesko, ‘yung mga pelikulangStar Cinema, iconic movies. Titanic, James Bond (themes),’ ‘Rocky,’ ‘A Star Is Born.’ At siyempre kakantahin ko rin ang theme songsa‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’
Actually, each night of Regine’s show will have a different repertoire. There will be songs that will remain as the foundation of the show, but she and the staff, especially, the musical director are making sure the audience, if they wanted to watch the three shows altogether, would experience three different shows as well.
All in all, she has been learning some 50n songs for the three-night concert, together with Raul Mitra,he rmusical director and stage director Paolo Valenciano.
The tickets are fast disappearing form Ticketnet outlets. For inquiries you can still call 911-5555 or you can check online at www.ticketnet.com
Regine at the Movies has ABS-CBN for its media partner whie, the co-presentors include PLDT Home, Belo Medical Group, and GAOC Dental. The major sponsor is Jollibee while the minor sponsorsinclude 81 Seihai, Jkas Catering & Services and Ryu Ramen.