Songbird's 'Take 2' in the works
MANILA, Philippines – Regine Velasquez is now gearing up for a repeat of her silver anniversary concert after the veteran singer had to cut short Friday’s show after she lost her voice.
Velasquez was reportedly emotional as she apologized time and again to the audience of "Silver: The 25th Annivesary Concert Special of Regine Valesquez-Alcasid." The singer's comeback concert was held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Friday.
On Saturday noon, Velasquez took to micro-blogging site Twitter to extend anew her apologies to her fans, and thanked them for staying despite her "embarrassing" performance.
"Nahihiya ako na 'yun lang ang naibigay ko kagabi, pero you guys stayed kahit nahihirapan kayong panoorin ako. Maraming, maraming salamat po sa pagmamahal na pinakita niyo sa 'kin at sa 'king buong pamilya," she said in a series of "tweets."
"Yes, I [struggled] doing the show but God was with me the whole time, kasi kung ako lang, baka hinimatay na 'ko sa stage. Hiyang-hiya po ako, pero wala po akong pinagsisisihan, kumanta ako kahit wala na akong maikanta kasi nandoon kayo lahat," she added.
The veteran singer's comeback show was set to start at 8 p.m., but reportedly only kicked off an hour later. Even before the performance night, Velasquez told the audience Friday evening that she had known of her condition -- that a viral infection could cause her to lose her voice.
"We were thinking of cancelling the show altogether because I didn’t have a voice," Velasquez was quoted as saying during the concert by entertainment news site Philippine Entertainment Portal. "But, inisip ko, para kanino ba ito? This show is a celebration."
"Minsan ka lang magse-celebrate ng 25 years sa industriya, palpak pa. Nandito naman kayo, dumating naman kayo. I know that you deserve more from me and I really would’ve wanted to give you more," she said, shortly after her opening number.
No 'boos' for Regine
It was after she performed her hit song "Dadalhin" when Velasquez openly expressed her apprehensions before coming up on stage.
"Guys, I really don’t know what to do. Nothing’s coming [out]. I was expecting that you would boo me. I was expecting that you guys would leave," she said.
"Akala ko, ibu-boo niyo ako, pero kayo pa 'yung nagtsi-cheer sa akin. Lalo ko pong naa-appreciate 'yung ipinapakita ninyong pagmamahal sa akin. You deserve more than this," Valasquez added.
The concert reportedly went on for a few more numbers, when Valesquez was joined on stage by her guest performers, her husband Ogie Alcasid, Janno Gibbs and Lani Misalucha.
Valesquez also tapped the help of her colleagues from the audience. Anton Diva, the Songbird's popular gay impersonator, had to do an impromptu number with Velasquez during the "On the Wings of Love" segment of the show.
The veteran singer also enlisted the help of "It's Showtime" host Vice Ganda, who was also among the audience. They were also joined on stage by comedian-host John "Sweet" Lapus for some comedic banter.
Having already used up what remained of her singing voice that night, Velasquez reportedly vowed to the audience that a "free" show will be held for them.
"When I get better, I will do the same show for free! I will do this freakin’ show then I will show you how it should be done," she said.
The Songbird's sister Cacai Valesquez-Mitra, who also co-produced Silver, on Saturday morning expressed her gratitude via Twitter to the SM Mall of Asia Arena for "offering the venue for free for the re-staging."
Singer Martin Nievera, a long-time friend of Velasquez, offered a new title for the re-staging of the Songbird's 25th anniversary concert. Both Velasquez and Mitra agreed to attach a subtitle to the show's name: "Take 2."