MANILA - Leila Alcasid has nothing but good words for her stepmother, "Asia's Songbird" Regine Velasquez.
Leila is the daughter of singer-composer Ogie Alcasid with his ex-wife, former Miss Australia Michelle van Eimeren.
"We are very close. We're very close," Leila said of Velasquez in an interview on "Tonight with Boy Abunda" on Thursday.
"She's a generous person, a very understanding person especially when I was first coming here. She knew that I would be missing my mom a lot because my mom and I are like best friends. So she obviously became like a mother figure to me since I'd been here. She's helping me grow in this stage of my life," she said.
"I love her very much. She's a very wonderful person," she added.
Leila is set to perform on "ASAP" this Sunday with Kiana Valenciano and Frankie Pangilinan, daughters of Gary Valenciano and Sharon Cuneta, respectively.