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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.

Sep 25, 2019


REGINE VELASQUEZ says she wishes Julie Anne San Jose well for taking her place as “The Clash” host. “I’m happy for her and I’m happy they have a Season 2,” she says at the presscon of her concert with Sharon Cuneta, “Iconic”.

“Before I left, nagpaalam ako nang maayos sa lahat ng involved sa show, pati kina Lani Misaluch, Ai Ai de las Alas and Christian Bautista and I really wish Season 2 would be very successful.”

Aside from her concert with Sharon, Regine is busy doing movies. “May special participation ako sa bagong movie ni Sarah Geronimo, ‘Unforgettable’, which I did for her and sobrang galing niya. And guest din ako sa ‘M&M’, filmfest movie nina Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis. But meron akong natapos na full length movie sa Cinema One Filmfest to be shown in November, ‘Yours Truly, Shirley’.”

What’s her role? “Biyuda ako na kamamatay lang ng asawa and I believe that a young singer is the reincarnation of my late husband. The last movie I did is ‘Of All The Things” with Aga Muhlach in 2012. May naumpisahan akong ‘Mrs Recto’, pero di natapos. I agreed to this film kasi comedy. Ayoko ng drama, e. Sobrang nai-stress ako.

"The director, Nigel Santos, is so bagets. Nahihiya pa sa’kin. Basta sabi ko sa kanya, gusto ko take one lang ang mga eksena para hindi nawawala ang authenticity nito. Kasi kapag pinauulit sa’kin, naiiba ang timpla ng interpretation ko.”

How about doing a movie with Sharon Cuneta after their “Iconic” concert at the Big Dome on October 18 & 19. “Why not? That would be nice. Pareho naman kaming nasa Viva.”

We tell her to ask Jun Lana, who helms ‘Unforgettable’, to come up with a good project for them. How about that sitcom she’s supposed to do with husband Ogie Alcasid? “Naku, niluluto pa. Mahabang proseso yan.

"Okay na rin kasi, as of now, pareho kami ni Ogie na maraming ginagawa. May vlog na rin ako and we post a new material every week na talagang pino-produce namin. It’s another platform and we want to experience it dahil diyan na yata papunta ang lahat.”

Sharon was once a guest in her concert and gifted her with a huge ring with expensive stones. Now that they’ll be together again, does she plan to surprise Sharon with her own expensive gift? “No. Mahirap pantayan yung binigay niya. Nabati ko lang, binigay na agad, so generous.”

“She doesn’t have to,” Sharon says. “I’m not into material things. Friendship and loyalty lang, okay na sa akin, and I believe in Regine’s sincerity as a friend. She’s like the baby sister that I never had. I just love giving gifts to people that I am grateful for being in my life.”