Iza Calzado will replace Regine Velasquez-Alcasid as Tonette/Tonya in the GMA 7 primetime show "I ♥ You Pare."
"Yes, I will be replacing Ate Regine in I Heart You Pare. So honored and grateful to Ate Reg for choosing me :) I start taping this Saturday," the actress posted on her Twitter account last night, April 7.
According to the official statement sent to Yahoo! OMG! Philippines, Regine was advised by her doctor to rest due to her "severe migraine attacks." "Because of her severe migraine, Regine has been advised by her physician to refrain from working long and late hours and to get as much rest as possible," the statement said.
It added, "GMA Network is fully confident that Iza will be able to play the character of Tonette in the series and at the same time truly grateful to her for accepting the challenge."
Iza will start playing the show's cross-dressing protagonist this Monday, April 11. She was last seen on primetime in the soap opera "Beauty Queen" with Katrina Halili.
The replacement comes after entertainment columnist Jun Lalin said Regine is pregnant in TV5's showbiz talk show "Paparazzi" last Sunday. Regine and her husband, Ogie Alcasid, have yet to address the issue since it came out last week.
Ogie had mentioned in previous press interviews that Regine has been suffering from migraine attacks lately. "She needs really to rest. Grabe yung migraine nya e," Ogie said during the "BaliKaBayani" concert press conference last March 30. Regine will not be part of the said benefit concert.
After their duet during the "Party Pilipinas" first year anniversary last March 27, Ogie had to assist Regine off the stage. Ogie later explained that Regine got dizzy. "Di kasi kumain e. Tapos pag mataas kasi yung kinakanta mo... kasi when you're singing, you're breathing no. Tapos pagkakulang ka sa kinain, kulang ka sa carbs, kulang ka sa sugar, ganun, nahilo" Ogie explained. Asked if Regine is pregnant, Ogie said, "Hindi e."- Yahoo! News
"Nais pong ipaalam ng GMA Entertainment Television na ang role na "Tonette o Tonya" sa hit series na "I HEART YOU PARE" ay gagampanan na ni Ms. Iza Calzado simula ngayong Lunes, April 11.
Pinayuhan ng kanyang dockor si Ms. Regine Velasquez na pansamantalang magpahinga nang husto dahil sa "severe migraine attacks" niya na maaaring dala ng puyat at pagod sa taping. Pinagpasyahan ng Network na ibigay kay Regine ang nararapat na pahinga para sa kanyang agarang paggaling.
Puno ang tiwala ng Kapuso Network sa kakayahan ni Iza na ipagpatuloy at gampanan ang karakter na iiwanan ni Regine at lubos ang pasasalamat ng management sa buong-pusong pagtanggap niya dito.
Iniimbitahan ang mga taga-subaybay ng "I HEART YOU PARE" na abangan ang masasayang eksena nina Iza at Dingdong Dantes sa mga susunod na episode. Ang "I HEART YOU PARE" ay isang orihinal na konsepto ng Kapuso Network at tuluy-tuloy na magbibigay-saya sa mga manonood gabi-gabi."
NOTE FROM Ms. Zha-zha Sumanga Payoyo on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 11:16pm
MGA GUYS KUNG MAHAL NATIN SI ATE REGINE WE WILL UNDERSTAND HER SITUATION, AYON PO SA SOURCE KO(VERY RELIABLE ITO) SOBRANG HIRAP PO SIYA MAGBUNTIS, SOBRANG SELAN PO NG PREGNANCY NYA KAYA PO ADVICE NI DOC SA KANYA EH MAJOO PAHINGA ANG KAILANGAN AT YUN ANG TAMA. YAH WE WILL MISS HER INDEED SA I HEART YOU PARE PERO WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND HER, ITS FOR HER OWN GOOD AND HER BABY'S SAFETY NA DIN. IF WE LOVE ATE REGINE THAT MUCH MAUUNAWAN NATIN SIYA, AND TO ATE IZA THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SAVING THE SOAP WE OWE YOU BIG TIME ATE, SALAMAT SALAMAT ATE IZA TUNAY KANG KAIBIGAN AT VERY PROFESSIONAL KA PA THANK YOU ATE IZA=)
ATE REGINE WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH, WE HOPE NA EVERYTHING WILL GO PRETTY WELL, INGAT KA LAGI HA, WE WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY. TO OUR BABY ALCASID, WAG MO PAPAHIRAPAN SI MAMA MO HA PAKABAIT KA JAN SA LOOB NG TUMMY NG MOMMY MO HA, SEE YOU SOON WE LOVE YOU=)