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Monday, December 30, 2013

'The Year That Was For Regine' (The Best of Regine Velasquez-Alcasid 2013 In Review)

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In January 5, 2013, Regine has opened the year with her crown still firmly in place during her Silver Rewind concert. The songbird fulfilled her promise, and her fans showed up again, filling the Mall of Asia Arena to capacity. It was clear that she has not only regained her roar but she also had a resounding redemption of reputation by the time the concert ends. The grand concert which was attended by celebrities and known personalities. It was musically directed by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and Raul Mitra and was accompanied by the 60-piece Manila Symphony Orchestra. Ogie AlcasidJanno GibbsMichael V. and Lani Misalucha were the guest artists during her first Silver Concert on November 16, 2012, while JayaRachelle Ann GoLa DivaGloc-9KC MonteroJose Manalo and Wally Bayola guested during the repeat.

In February 14, 2013, Regine Velasquez had a sold-out Valentine spectacle which combined the talents and charm of iconic show-stopping ex-couple Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez and Velasquez herself with husband Ogie Alcasid. The concert which was also held at the biggest arena in the country, the Mall of Asia Arena, arguably stole the thunder from other concerts held to embrace the heart's day - even those that featured international stars. The successful and much-talked about Foursome Valentine concert that gathered four of the country's singing icons for the first time also had a repeat performance due to public demand. The highly anticipated event happened on March 16, 2013 at the same venue, with a very special guest that definitely intensified the already powerful foursome team-up, Gary Valenciano. The concert being counted as the talk of town was greatly justified when it made the global guide list of last-minute Valentine date destinations as jotted down by CNN's travel writer Pam Grout. In the article titled "50 Cities, 50 Last-Minute Valentine's Dates," Manila was included at number 21, with the "Foursome" show suggested as the "historic Valentine's concert" to catch.
April 21, Regine celebrated her 43rd birthday (April 22) with a 'Rock' themed production number on Party Pilipinas w/ Rachel Ann Go and La Diva even though she needs to rest her voice that time due to her 'acid reflux' that made her voice hoarse. That was her last performance on Party Pilipinas where it was changed to an all new reformatted show called Sunday all Stars wherein she became one of the judges until she said that she'll only be doing it once a month to take care of her family obligations especially that it's on Sundays. 
Another recognition has been received by Regine this year, which she bagged the Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role (Musical/Comedy) trophy in her film Of All The Things at the 10th Golden Screen Awards. The film which she starred together with his leading man in the film Aga Muhlach also received the same award in male category. This is considered as a big achievement for Velasquez since her league is in performing in entertainment. 

In May, Regine Velasquez was a special guest in Vice Ganda's major concert  'I-Vice Ganda moko sa Araneta'. Regine also held a free mall show at Market Market.

In June 12, 2013 during the 115th anniversary of Philippine Independence, Regine Velasquez was named by MEGA Magazine as one of the 10 MEGA Global Pinoys because of her unparalleled contribution to the Philippine Music Industry.
In July 2013, Regine Velasquez got the #1 Spot as The Hottest Female Pinoy Celebrity in an online poll conducted by philippineedition.com. Regine and her son Nate also guested in Ryzza Mae Dizon's show 'The Ryzza Mae Show'. Regine and Martin Nievera also openend Philpop Music Festival 2013 held at meralco Theatre and were part of the judges.

In August 2013, Regine Velasquez was included in YES! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful Stars List. Regine also was a special guest and part of the organization of her husband Ogie Alcasid's 25th Anniversary Concert  'I Write the Songs' at the MOA Arena.
In September 13, 2013, Regine Velasquez guested at Martin Nievera's 3D Concert (30th Anniversary Concert) at the Araneta Coliseum. Regine also got 4 nominations at the 5th PMPC Star Awards for Music: Female Concert Performer of the Year (for SILVER concert & Foursome concert) and Concert of the Year (for SILVER concert & Foursome concert). Foursome Concert was also nominated as Best Collaboration in a Concert at the Aliw Awards. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, Regine's SILVER Concert didn't get any nominations from the Aliw Awards.
In October 13, 2013, Regine Velasquez won as Female Concert of the Year (for her Silver Concert) at the 5th PMPC Star Awards for Music. Also, her collaboration concert "Foursome" with Ogie Alcasid, Pops Fernandez and Martin Nievera won as Concert of the Year.
Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid inked a two-year exclusive contract with GMA Network, ending speculations of a network transfer. The contract signing was held October 15 at the Manila Golf Club in Makati City. Present at the event were GMA executives, Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, chairman and CEO; Mr. Gilberto Duavit Jr., president and COO; Mr. Felipe S. Yalong, executive vice president and CFO; Ms. Lilybeth G. Rasonable, officer-in-charge of Entertainment and Regine’s sister and manager, Ms. Cacai Velasquez-Mitra. Also present were Ms. Annette Gozon-Abrogar, GMA Films president and Ms. Redgie Acuña-Magno, VP for drama.
Regine was also the voice behind "Nandiyan Palagi," the official soundtrack of the latest GMA primetime series, "Genesis." 

Regine's show Sarap Diva celebrated its 1st Anniversary and made 5 successful seasons. One of the most talked about was the emotional guesting of Yolanda victims Love Anover and Cristina Romualdez. 

Regine Velasquez is currently nominated for three categories at the 2013 World Music Awards (WMA): World's Best Entertainer of the Year, World's Best Live Act, and World's Best Female Artist. This year’s list of WMA nominees include AdeleBeyonce KnowlesCeline DionKaty PerryMariah CareyRihanna, and many others. The awarding date is yet to be set.
On October 25 - November 4, Regine flew to North America to stage the US tour of her critically acclaimed and successful 25th Anniversary Concert, SILVER, which was dubbed as a major US comeback after a long hiatus from doing tours abroad. 
Upon her return to the Philippines, Regine finally released her much anticipated 16th Studio Album after three long years. Entitled "Hulog Ka Ng Langit", this album is her first LP after getting married and giving birth to her son, Nate. Thus, this is the first album bearing her marital name, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. The album was a success for upon it's release, Hulog Ka Ng Langit debut at number 1 in the leading record store charts in the Philippines. And in 2 weeks, Hulog Ka Ng Langit turned Platinum with more than 15,000 copies sold making the album as the fastest selling album of 2013. Regine also did 5 album mall tours.
Regine Velasquez also paid tribute in joining different causes particularly song/album compilations and concerts with other OPM artists and she even auctioned her personal items for the fans to bid for Yolanda victims and proceeds also of her album Hulog Ka Ng Langit were donated for Yolanda Victims c/o Philippine Red Cross QC Chapter. 
November 9, Regine was a special guest in Erik Santos' inTENse 10th Anniversary concert. 
November 15 and 30, Regine was a special guest in sarah Geronimo's Perfect 10 Anniversary Concert. November 22 Regine also guested in the repeat concert of Martin Nievers 3D Tatlong Dekada. 
In November 25, 2013, Regine surprised every one when she appeared live on stage with Alicia Keys at the latter's Set The World On Fire Tour in Manila. They two belted out Keys' hit "If I Ain't Got You" with Aicia left totally mesmerised with Regine's vocal prowess. 
In December 13. GMA News TV aired a musical-documentary called 'Awit ng Pasko' in which music plays a huge part in making the Filipino Christmas celebration truly special. Joining Regine in this first musical documentary are some GMA News TV personalities namely Bea Binene, Love Anover, Susan Enriquez, Cesar Apolinario and Chef Boy Logro together with Gawad Kalinga Choir and a string quartet from the UP College of Music. 

Regine celebrated a Christmas episode also to thank the advertisers of Sarap Diva in celebration also of its 1st anniversary at K-Pub Bbq The Fort BGC with guests Alden Richards and Marian Rivera.
Regine joined the Christmas special of Sunday All Stars in December 22, 2013 also was her last performance of the year and aside from that, Ogie and Regine's celebrated their 3rd Wedding Anniversary. 

2 days before Christmas, Regine, Ogie and some of their friends like Jaya were baptized Christian by Pastor Bernard Marquez.
Regine celebrated their Chrsitmas eve (Velasquez) at her sister Cacai Mitra's house and last December 27 with her husband Ogie and her son Nate, they flew to Australia to celebrate New Year. 

More exciting things for Regine to come in 2014 
and thanks a lot for supporting Songbird Source! and Regine fan pages especially the RV facebook fan page wherein early 2013 it was approx 280,000 likes, now it is already 750,000 likes and counting! 
God bless and Happy New Year!
-admin mon1enararauno

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