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Regine Velasquez loves her voice now that she’s older

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More than 30 years in show business, does Regine Velasquez feel old?

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid (mb.com.ph)

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

According to her, she does. But like anyone who grows old, she embraces it.

Regine revealed that because of her age, her upcoming concert titled “R3.0” on Oct. 21 and 22 at the MOA Arena is more challenging physically.

Speaking in gay lingo, Regine expressed, “’Ma-dyonders’ na ako!”

But she said that she felt that her mind never grew older since she became a professional singer.

“Akala niya nasa 20’s pa rin ako at ang dami pang gustong gawin. But I actually realized I was older kasi there are things I just can’t do anymore. I mean I can do it but afterwards kailangang ma-hospital ako or matulog ako ng isang lingo,” she shared with a laugh. “Ganun talaga we all go through it. Good thing about it though is that I’m not the only one who goes through it. We all experience it, so okay na rin yun.”

Regine confided she’s very nervous over the concert. Recall that she lost her voice during her “Silver” concert five years ago. Obviously she doesn’t want a repeat of such incident. This is also the reason she has been undergoing voice training for her singing voice.

“Kapag tumatanda ka and you experience something medyo traumatic, it kind of stays with you for awhile.Yung pagkawala ng boses ko was a very traumatic experience for me because I’ve never experienced that before. It stayed with me and wala talaga akong nagawa, prayers na lang siguro, I’m praying for strength, for God to make me stronger physically, vocally and mentally. Important yung mentally I’m strong,” she said.

Since she hasn’t been using her voice except for a couple of shows a year, she has to strengthen her voice while resting. Another reason for her voice training is to train her ear to get used to “the sound that she’s producing now.”

“Minsan kasi it doesn’t sound that way before so sometimes Iget frustrated. I have to get used to it. And then slowly and hopefully maging stronger naman siya and hopefully bumalik din yung confidence ko,” related Regine.

She also said that positive tweets of fans she reads and receives motivate her with regards to “R3.0.” Some read, she shared, “We just want to celebrate with you. It doesn’t matter what you sing. It doesn’t matter if you have a voice. We just want to see you there!”

“I feel very humbled by them,” she quipped.

As to her “new voice,” she likes it now than before.

“It’s harder ngayon. Kasi dati binubuka ko lang yung bibig ko meron ng lumalabas na boses. Ewan ko kung saan nanggagaling boses ko, parang sa langit yata. Pero ngayon mas may effort and mas may struggle to make my voice come. Ngayon kasi it’s fuller. And I can play around it. Parang it’s more dramatic so personally I like the sound of it now kaya lang, yun nga, may konting struggle,” she described.

Her husband, singer and composer Ogie Alcasid, loves her voice though she said.

“He even likes the struggle because now you see daw the passion. Unlike before na parang wala lang,” Regine said.

Presented by VIVA Live and iME in cooperation with GMA Network, “R3.0” will have as guest performers Ogie Alcasid, Morissette Amon, Mark Bautista, Sarah Geronimo, Jed Madela, Lara Maigue, Jona, Julie Anne San Jose, Aicelle Santos, Erik Santos, Angeline Quinto, and other surprise guests.

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