|Birth name||Regina Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez|
|Also known as||Asia's Songbird|
|Born|| April 22, 1970 (age 46) |
|Genre(s)||OPM, pop, adult contemporary|
|Occupation(s)||singer, actress, record producer, TV host, stage director, fashion designer, commercial and print model|
|Voice type(s)||Lyric Soprano|
|Label(s)|| Vicor (1990–1991) |
VIVA (1998-2006) </br>Universal Records (Philippines) (2006–present)
Regine Velasquez (born Regina Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez on April 22, 1970) is a Filipino singer, actress, record producer, TV host, stage director, fashion designer, and commercial and print model. She is dubbed as the Asia's Songbird after winning the 1989 Asia Pacific Singing Contest in Hong Kong and is widely known for possessing a wide and powerful vocal range which is truly unmatched by any international or local diva.
Velasquez was the first Filipino to stage a solo concert at the Main Hall of Carnegie Hall, part of Carnegie Hall's centennial-year concert series.<ref>Carnegie Hall centennial performance Re-alEntertainment, History</ref> In 2000, she performed the country's millennial theme<ref>"Written In the Sand" Make A Wish Foundation, Christian Sing-a-Song</ref>, televised in 55 broadcast networks throughout the world to coincide with midnight in Manila.
"In Love With You," a duet with Jacky Cheung, reached MTV Asia and Channel V music charts. She has collaborated with artists such as Paul Anka<ref name="ref1">CNN Talkasia's Lauren Hann interviews Regine Velasquez</ref> David Hasselhoff, 98 Degrees, Brian McKnight<ref name="ref1"/>, Mandy Moore, Ronan Keating, Stephen Bishop, Jim Brickman, Peabo Bryson<ref name="ref1"/>, Jeffrey Osborne<ref name="ref1"/>, Dave Koz, Lea Salonga, Lani Misalucha, Grasshopper, Coco Lee, Michel Legrand, David Pomeranz, Eduardo Capetillo, Fernando Carrillo, and Billy Crawford.
She embarked on several television and film projects, receiving a Best Actress Award for her portrayal of a mentally challenged woman in Maalaala Mo Kaya. Velasquez also formed IndiMusic (iMusic), a record label partnered with the late Bella Tan's Universal Records. She is currently managed by Aria Productions.
To date, Velasquez already sold more than 500,000 units in Southeast Asia and also in East Asia and shipting more than 5 million units in the Philippines. Some of the most notable albums are "My Love Emotion", "Listen Without Prejudice" "Drawn", "R2K", and "Covers". And as a celebrity, Velasquez considered as one of the pioneers of the music industry in the Philippines.
Background and Education
Velasquez was born Regina Encarnacion Anson Velasquez on 22 April 1970 in Tondo, Manila, to Teresita and Gerardo Velasquez. Their family later moved to Hinundayan, Southern Leyte where she attended the Hinundayan Central School. When she was nine years old, her family moved to Balagtas, Bulacan. She continued her elementary education at Balagtas Central School and finished high school at St. Lawrence Academy.
Velasquez participated in a nationally-televised amateur competition, The Tita Betty's Children Show, where she won third place for singing Buhat Nang Kita'y Makilala. At 14, she entered the senior division of Ang Bagong Kampeon, where she won for eight straight weeks and became the first grand champion of the show. She won a contract with OctoArts and released a single called Love Me Again. Viva Records also signed her to a contract in 1987. Aside from being a recording artist, she became a regular member of musical variety shows Triple Treat and Teen Pan Alley.
Velasquez was chosen to represent the Philippines in the Asia-Pacific Singing Contest held in Hong Kong. She competed and won the grand prize which earned her the title “Asia's Songbird.” She was hand-picked by veteran-singer composer Jose Mari Chan to be his duet partner for his album entitled Constant Change which later received a Certified Diamond Record Award.
In 1990, Velasquez signed with Vicor Records and released several albums under the label. She performed in her first solo concert in the United States entitled Narito Ako sa New York. It was held at the Main Hall of the famous Carnegie Hall on 11 October 1991 making her the first Filipino to stage a solo concert in that venue. At the age of 25, Velasquez became an international recording artist when the international company Polygram Records produced her first Asian album Listen Without Prejudice.
Apart from her recording career, Velasquez also became active in the world of theater. She joined Ryan Cayabyab's musical adaptation of Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere in 1995, where she played the role of Maria Clara. She was later offered a role in the movie Wanted: Perfect Mother opposite Christopher de Leon, dubbed as the Philippines' "Drama King." Velasquez continued her career in singing but also took on being a product endorser, television host and actress.
Velasquez's singing fame helped her make a successful crossover into film. In 1987, she landed her first movie role as the granddaughter of a mafia clan involved in crimes in the film The Untouchable Family. She soon ventured into comedy films. She was cast in the 1988 film Pik Pak Boom with contemporaries Dingdong Avanzado, Herbert Bautista, Bing Loyzaga and Lea Salonga. She then co-starred with comedians Joey de Leon and Rene Requiestas in the flick Elvis and James in which she played a nerdy music aficionado and the love interest of the two.
Velasquez' film career took a quick hiatus, but she returned to the cinema in 1996 for her first lead role in the film Wanted: Perfect Mother'' with Christopher de Leon. She was one of three lead actresses in the 1997 musical comedy Do Re Mi with Donna Cruz and Mikee Cojuangco. She played a radio disc jockey and the mediator for her two overtly different friends. In 1998's Honey Nasa Langit Na Ba Ako with Janno Gibbs, she played a ghost who died in a car accident days before her wedding day.
Also in 1998, Velasquez co-starred for the first time with Aga Muhlach in the romantic film Dahil May Isang Ikaw. Later, in 2000, she starred opposite Robin Padilla in Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw, a film about a pop star who falls in love with one of her fans. She reunited with Aga Muhlach in 2001 for Pangako Ikaw Lang which earned her a Box-Office Queen award from the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
Velasquez acted in two more romantic films in 2002 and 2003. 2002's Ikaw Lamang, Hanggang Ngayon co-starred her for the first time with Richard Gomez. In 2003's Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka, she reunited with Christopher De Leon. Dingdong Dantes played the other leading man. In December 2003, she debuted in her first science fiction film, Captain Barbell, with Ogie Alcasid and Bong Revilla.
Velasquez returned to the romance genre in 2006 and 2007. 2006's Till I Met You reunited her with Robin Padilla. Eddie Garcia played the other leading man. In 2007, Velasquez co-starred for the first time with Piolo Pascual in the film Paano Kita Iibigin. In June 2008, she was the voice of Urduja opposite Cesar Montano's character Limhang in her first animation film Urduja.
In 2009, Velasquez, known for sharing her creative input in her previous films, conceptualized the story for OMG (Oh, My Girl!) starring Judy Ann Santos and Ogie Alcasid, and she will appear in a cameo role as a production assistant.<ref>Judy Ann Santos and Ogie Alcasid to star in romantic comedy film PEP.ph</ref>
Presently, Velasquez is wrapping up shooting of her 3rd reunion movie with Aga Muhlach entitled "Of all the Things" which is set to a March or April 2010 premiere.<ref>Regine Velasquez is crazy over green mango GMANews.TV, Entertainment</ref>
|Kenkoy Loves Rosing||August to September 1991||Music Museum||Rosing|
|An original musical-comedy based on the well-loved Filipino comics classics created by Tony Velasquez. Janno Gibbs played the role "Kenkoy" opposite Regine Velasquez as "Rosing". Cast also included Mitch Valdes as Rosing's "fashionista" mother, Noel Trinidad as Mang Nano, a corrupt politician and ardent suitor of Rosing, and Noni Buencamino as Tirso, another suitor. Libretto and book, written by Boy Noriega with songs by composers Bob Serrano and Archie Castillo. Direction was by Kokoy Jimenez.|
|Two Hearts, One Beat||February & July 1994||PICC Plenary Hall||Female Lead|
|This is not a typical concert. Its more of a musical showcase that tells the story of falling in love, falling out of love, reconcillation and happily ever after. Both singers were in character and did not address the audience for the entire duration of the show. All of the dialogue between the two characters were done through popular standards and OPM music. The romatic male lead is played by singer-actor Ariel Rivera.|
|Noli Me Tángere||July 14 to August 6, 1995||Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater||María Clara|
|Tanghalang Filipino's presentation of the evocative musical based on the novel by Philippine National Hero, Dr. José Rizal. Set in late 18th Century Philippines, Velasquez plays the tragic heroine María Clara, the one true love of Crisóstomo Ibarra. Caught in the storm of politics, intrigue, and familial piety, the two lover's lives are swept away in a world run amok under the abusive powers of the Spanish Colonial Rule. Musical Direction by Ryan Cayabyab, and the libretto of Bienvenido Lumbera. Directed by Nonon Padilla. Others in the cast are - John Arcilla, alternating as Crisóstomo Ibarra, Gigi Posadas, alternating as María Clara, Nanette Inventor, Ony de Leon, Eugene Villaluz, Bernardo Bernardo, Noni Buencamino, Garry Lim, Pablo Molina, Irma Adlawan, Clottie Gealogo, and Rommel Singson.|
|Forever After||2006||World Tour||Regine (fairy)|
|A unique fusion of live concert and musical-comedy theater, The cast includes Ai-ai Delas Alas as Queen Ai-ai, Rico J. Puno, Ogie Alcasid, and Regine Velasquez as a Fairy. Forever After was dubbed as a "FantaConcierto" and is set in the magical realm of 'Inamorata' where the cast expresses their feelings and sentiments through various musical numbers. Alan K plays a cameo in the show as your "not your usual" narrator.|
|GMA's First "Kantaseyre"|
|Darna||2009 to 2010||GMA Network||Elektra / Planet Woman|
|This is her first villain role in television.|
|SRO Cinemaserye: The Eva Castillo Story||2009||GMA Network||Herself|
|This is based on the life story of Eva Castillo whose fame arose after appearing in Regine Velasquez's birthday special, Roots to Riches. She was revealed to be the only person who defeated Regine Velasquez in singing competitions long before Velasquez joined a national televised singing competition in which she was hailed as the champion.|
|Are You The Next Big Star?||2009||GMA Network||Main host|
|A Philippine television show featuring a year-long talent search for the best Filipino amateur singers. It will be broadcast every Saturday evening on GMA, The Kapuso Network.|
|Totoy Bato||2009||GMA Network||Anna Molina|
|An adaptation of a renowned graphic novel about a third-class boxer falling in love with a cold-hearted lonely singer. Robin Padilla plays the boxer willing to melt the Velasquez's singer's cold heart.|
|Ako si Kim Samsoon||2008||GMA Network||Kim Samsoon Buot|
|A remake of a popular romantic comedy Korean drama My Name is Kim Sam Soon, she plays the title role opposite Mark Anthony Fernandez and Nadine Samonte.|
|Songbird||2008||GMA Network||Main host|
|A late night musical variety that airs every Thursday evenings,then moved to Saturday evenings.|
|Celebrity Duets||2007–present||GMA Network||Main host|
|A Philippine reality television show of the progressive game-show type, combined celebrities of different backgrounds with professional singers in a weekly elimination competition.|
|Pinoy Pop Superstar||2004 to 2007||GMA Network||Main host|
|A Philippine television show featuring a year-long talent search for the best Filipino amateur singers. It is broadcast every Saturday evening on GMA, The Kapuso Network. Grand Prize winners include Jonalyn Viray in 2005 , Gerald Santos in 2006, and Maricris Garcia in 2007.|
|Forever In My Heart||2004||GMA Network||Angeline|
|A Philippine television soap-opera which mixes a romantic-comedy genre and tackles a serendipity issue. A story about two fallen angels who must find their way into the mortal world in search of each other before their candles in heaven burns out.|
|Search For A Star||2003 to 2004||GMA Network and VIVA Entertainment Group||Main host|
|A Philippine television show featuring a year-long talent search for the best Filipino amateur singers. It was broadcast every Saturday evening on GMA, The Kapuso Network. The format is loosely patterned on American Idol. The search launched the careers of new singers, notably grand prize winner Rachelle Ann Go who now top-bills several TV shows and has received platinum album awards.|
|Star For A Night||2002 to 2003||IBC 13 and VIVA Entertainment Group||Main host|
|A Philippine television show featuring a year-long talent search for the best Filipino amateur singers. It pioneered the return of a much more hyped and prestigious talent searches. It was broadcast every Saturday evening on IBC 13, a VIVA television company. The search launched the career of new singers, notably, the grand prize winner Sarah Geronimo who now top-bills as an ABS-CBN talent, Mark Bautista (1st Runner up) who is now one of the top selling artists of Viva Records and Mau Marcelo who later on became the winner of the first season of Philippine Idol.|
|SOP (Sobrang Okey Pare)||1997 to 2010||GMA Network||Main host|
|A Philippine noontime musical variety show of GMA Network that airs live every Sunday at noon-2 p.m. from the Studio 3 of the GMA Network Center. It features livewire concert performances by the hottest concert artists and young stars today in the Philippine showbiz industry.|
- 1993: Mr Kupido — "Reason Enough", with Apa Ongpin and Jenine Desiderio
- 1994 : Ober Da Bakod
- 1994: Spotlight — with Ariel Rivera
- December 22, 1996: Ikaw, Ako At Ang Awit with Gary Valenciano
- 1996: Muling Aawit Ang Pasig: GMA Foundation featuring Regine Velasquez
- February 26, 1997: Mikee - "The Black Triangle", with Donna Cruz and Mikee Cojuangco
- May 26, 1999: Mikee Forever
- September 7, 1999: Kool Ka Lang
- July 20, 2000: Habang May Buhay — "Sa Puso Ko'y Ikaw", with Piolo Pascual
- September 13, 2000: Pwedeng Pwede
- July 4, 2001: Larawan with Dingdong Dantes
- August 22, 2001: Beh Bote Nga
- November 8, 2001: Maalaala Mo Kaya — "Lobo", with Piolo Pascual
- April 27, 2003: Huling Yakap Sa Tag-araw with Dingdong Dantes
- May 2003: OK Fine Whatever
- December 2003: Idol Ko si Kap
- May 2004: Tanging Ina, TV Series
- February 22, 2008: Maalaala Mo Kaya — with Albert Martinez
- Regine Velasquez at the Internet Movie Database
- Regine Velasquez Multimedia
- Askmen - Regine Velasquez
- Viva Records
- gmanews.tv/story, Ogie Alcasid stages a Valentine concert sans Regine Velasquez