Regine's relevance

posted November 20, 2019 at 06:35 pm
by  Yugel  Losorata
Countless wannabes won’t be able to outshine the talent of a Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, note for note. Perhaps you have encountered people commenting “iba pa rin si Regine” or something to that effect.  

One time, I came out of the bathroom hearing someone I thought was Regine singing on TV; my view of the small screen blocked. I suddenly noticed there was a bit roughness in her voice and I somehow felt bothered because that sounded uncharacteristic of her. Regine is one belter who still sounds smooth even when hitting impossibly high notes.

Turned out it wasn’t her but some contestant emulating her style. 

Last Nov. 11, I witnessed the real Regine sing in front of an awed audience to highlight the ceremonial tree lighting in City of Dreams Manila. She sang four songs including Sheena Easton’s “Christmas All Over The World” and her rendition of the Ogie Alcasid classic “Ako’y Iyong Iyo.”

“Would you like me to sing another song?” she humbly asked the relatively small crowd led by  Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez and City of Dreams Manila chief operating officer Kevin Benning.

Once she starts singing the word respect comes off the air in bold letters. 

City of Dreams Manila commenced its holiday run with the towering 32-foot Christmas tree positioned at the luxury resort’s main entrance, and replete with 10,000 glistening LED lights and ornaments. 

Come December, the integrated resort will launch its 1.2MW solar panels at the parking building rooftop. It is also staging a grand holiday parade on all weekends (5 pm) including Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1. Also, a Trolls-themed holiday dubbed “Trolls Holla Day” will be held at DreamPlay from Nov. 30 to Jan. 1.

There was this tarpaulin-carrying pool of fans appearing like they came from some far-place just to see their idol up close. Simply put, Regine has remained relevant in the music scene in the midst of new-generation singers trying to sing like she does. 

For sure, the case of super songwriter Rico Blanco asking friends to jam with him and perform songs of legendary Irish band U2 is not one intending to copy. But rather a fan’s way of paying tribute to a group set to rock the Philippine Arena next month. The idea gained traction because this fan is among the most revered in Philippine music.

U2 fan Rico Blanco is going to front a tribute gig presented by Smart Music Live. 
Last Nov. 15, Rico went on Twitter and partly messaged, “Been sound tripping their entire catalog and now I just wanna find some people to jam U2 songs with.”

Holla, a supergroup was born. 

Apparently egged to support, Smart Music Live backs up the gig titled Prelude to U2 The Gig set on Monday, Nov. 25 at an unspecified venue. The pool is comprising of Rico, Francis Reyes of The Dawn fame, princess-turned-queen of pop-rock Barbie Almalbis, one-time Rivermaya bassist Japs Sergio, and the duo of Raymund Marasigan, and Buddy Zabala best known as the rhythm section of Erasherheads.

Topics: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid , Sheena Easton , Ogie Alcasid , Edwin Olivarez , Kevin Benning , Rico Blanco
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