Songbird's 'Take Two' concert still set for December
MANILA, Philippines -- Sarah Geronimo threw her support behind fellow singer Regine Velasquez, who lost her voice during her silver anniversary concert early this month.
|Regine Velasquez and Sarah Geronimo. File photo
"Nagulat ako eh. Sobrang mabigat sa dibdib," Geronimo told reporters shortly after the 25th Awit Awards ceremony held Tuesday night, referring to the veteran singer who was visibly distraught at her concert last November 16 when she lost her voice.
"Sobrang sakit na makitang umiiyak siya. Syempre lahat ng tao nag-iiyakan doon sa venue," added Geronimo, whose rise to fame was via the talent search "Star for a Night" in 2003 with Velasquez as the host.
During the concert held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Velasquez apologized time and again to the audience, explaining that prior to her performance that night, she already knew she had a viral infection that could cause her to lose her voice.
"Pero sobrang naiintindihan namin si Ms. Reg. Katulad nga ng sinabi ni Vice (Ganda), wala nang kailangan patunayan ang nag-iisang Asia's Songbird," Geronimo said.
Vice Ganda, who was among the audience at Velasquez's 25th anniversary concert, joined the veteran singer on stage along with John Lapus for some impromptu comedic banter. Velasquez had enlisted the help of the two comedian-hosts when she was no longer able to perform that night.
"Nandoon tayo para maki-celebrate kasama siya para sa kanyang 25th year in the business," Geronimo said. "So 'yung makasama siya sa pag-celebrate, 'yun lang 'yung gusto namin."
Meanwhile, in an interview with entertainment news site Philippine Entertainment Portal, Valesquez's husband Ogie Alcasid said the singer is currently still recovering. "Meron pa ring konti sa boses niya. Hindi pa 100% recovered," he said.
Of the "Take Two" concert, which was earlier announced for December 8, Alcasid added, "Hindi ko alam, e. Ang alam ko, tuloy ang repeat, pero hindi ko alam kung kailan."