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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 21, 2016

Hajji Alejandro Honestly Admits That There's One Young Singer With Whom He Felt Threatened

DOESN’T HAJJI ALEJANDRO feel any insecurity about new and younger singers coming into the music scene? “No, at this point, we’re no longer threatened by new singers,” he says at the presscon of “The Best of OPM Hitmakers” concert where he’ll perform with Rico Puno, Rey Valera and Marco Sison. “We who’ve been here much ahead of them have already paid our dues. Yung mga dinaanan namin, daraanan pa lang nila. Sa isang batang singer lang ako na-insecure. Yung Rachel ba yun?”

Everyone laughs at his joke about his own daughter, Rachel Alejandro. “Actually, bonus na lang na after so many decades, narito pa rin kami nina Rico, Rey and Marco,” he adds. “This is a big blessing kasi marami sa aming contemporaries, wala, nag-shift na ng career o nag-abroad na. In this profession, you really can’t expect na forever kang namamayagpag kasi may mga bago talagang darating. So it’s important that you really love music and your craft, that you believe in yourself and have to persevere with your God-given talent para magtuloy-tuloy ka talaga dahil, sabi nga, hindi araw-araw ay Pasko. Nagpapasalamat na lang talaga kami na we’re still here, allowed to perform and do concerts of our own.”

“The Best of OPM Hitmakers” will be held at the Newport Theatre of the Performing Arts at Resorts World on December 9. Get your tickets now from Ticketworld.