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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.

May 6, 2010

Regine Velasquez collapses on the set of Diva

REGINE VELASQUEZ collapsed while taping "Diva" last Monday.night at Sikatuna Village. She was rushed to the Medical City and there are those who quickly speculated that she felt dizzy as she's now pregnant. But sorry folks, Regine was already not feeling well when she reported on the set but she chose to still tape her scenes as she didn't want the taping to be packed up. But while taping an important scene, she felt so bad she asked to rest for a while. She passed out so they took her to the hospital. She's okay now and raring to work again. "Kasi nga, aalis kami ni Ogie on May 12 for our concert tour sa U.S.," she says. "Matagal kaming mawawala kaya dapat, makapag-advance taping ako for 'Diva'."

Regine will really be gone from the show for a while since Dra. Victoria Belo will do surgery on her character, the super ugly Sampaguita. When she appears again, she'll be the enchanting new singer named Melody who will awe everyone with her beauty and talent. Meantime, Ogie Alcasid revealed in "Showbiz Central" that he felt hurt when it was reported in Twitter that Director Louie Ignacio resigned from "Party Pilipinas" because Regine doesn't usually want to rehearse for her numbers.

"Unfair sabihing hindi siya nagre-rehearse and in fairness to Direk Louie, he didn't mention any name," he says. "I felt hurt kasi bakit ginaganun si Regine?" This is why he wrote in Twitter: "Regine would not reach her career status now if it weren't for her unparallelled professionalism. It's unfair to spread the rumor that she doesn't cooperate." He even asked the Twitter writer to retract what's been written about this issue. "Ang mali ko lang," says Ogie, "I forgot that the whole net would read twitter."

As to why Direk Louie resigned, he said he doesn't know the director's reasons at all.