|Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid. File photo
MANILA, Philippines - Singer Ogie Alcasid thanked Kapamilya stars comedian Vice Ganda and actress-host Kris Aquino, who came to the rescue after his wife Regine Velasquez lost her voice during her 25th anniversary concert last Friday.
In an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com, Alcasid has only good words for the "Sisterakas" stars.
"I thank some of them like Kris and Vice for showing their undying love for Regine. Nag-thank you lang ako kasi nabuhayan ng loob ang misis ko. Seeing all those people back her up. Hindi ako close kay Vice, I don't really know him well, minsan nakikita ko siya. But this time, I really got to see what kind of a humble person he is. It takes a lot of humility to say those things it takes a lot of class to say those things. Kay Kris, bow ako, kay Uge (Eugene Domingo) at ang lahat ng mga taong nandoon," Alcasid said.
Alcasid said what made the night extra memorable was the fact that Velasquez's fans understood their idol's condition and stayed until the end of the concert.
"I have not heard one negative thing except 'nakakaawa naman si Ate. 'Yung parang gusto mong umakyat at sabihin, 'Ate tama na huwag ka na kumanta. Okay ka lang?' I don't think I could have done that. She was really brave," he said of his wife.
During Velasquez's anniversary concert, several of her celebrity friends went up on stage to help the singer entertain her fans.
Among there were Ganda and comedian John Lapus, who assured Velasquez that everybody loves her.
"Alam mo Regine, hindi mo na kailangang ipakita sa amin na magaling kang kumanta at mataas ang boses mo. Alam na alam na naming lahat 'yan. Dati nag-record ka ng pinakaraming standing ovation sa concert, ngayon may record ka na naman ulit, pinakamaraming piyok sa concert.," Ganda told Velasquez, who managed to laugh despite her tears.
"At least ikaw pa din ang diva namin at ikaw pa din ang may record. At ikaw pa din ang may record na kahit pinakamaraming piyok ay pinakamarami pa din ang nanood at pinakamarami ang pumuri. Hindi naman kami pumunta dito para marinig kang kumanta ng matataas kasi alam na alam na naming napakahusay mo nandidito kami kasi gusto ka lang naming makasama ulit," Ganda added.
The repeat of singer Velasquez's silver anniversary concert is tentatively set on December 8, according to her sister Cacai Mitra.
Mitra, however, said they are still waiting for the medical clearance from the doctors.