After her last concert last year before the lockdown, singer Sheryn Regis said she had mixed emotions during the start of the pandemic.
“That time after I had a concert at the Music Museum, na-lockdown ako. So meron feeling na parang what’s next for me? Gusto ko bumalik, gusto kong mag-comeback so what happened? Pero inisip ko na lang hindi ako nag-iisa, lahat ng musikero, lahat ng performers, lahat ng tao sa buong mundo ay apektado.
“The pandemic really gave me a great opportunity also to learn more about the Philippines again, music-wise. Na-adapt ko yung streaming, na-adapt ko yung to have a charity concert through streaming on Facebook, sa lahat ng digital streaming platforms. Puwede pala, na kahit wala ako sa stage, puwede na pala online. So in-update ko yung sarili ko. We need to use technology right nowadays,” she said during Love United digital concert mediacon event last October 15.
One of the biggest tests for the “Gusto Ko Nang Bumitaw” singer was having to miss her daughter Lourdes "Sweetie" Echiverri’s 18th birthday in their home in Houston, Texas. Sheryn and her husband Earl Echiverri migrated to the US with their daughter in 2010.
During the press conference, Sheryn shared what she learned while being away from her family.
“You have to really value everybody in our lives. You have to value each person sa buhay natin and value kung anong meron ka ngayon. I really learned how to say it. The sad part is hindi ko pa nakita yung anak ko from the States. Hindi pa ako nakauwi since nag-lockdown ako dito hindi ko pa nakita si Sweetie.
“Through technology naman nagpapasalamat ako kasi halos everyday kami nag-uusap. We text each other. Hindi nga ako naka-join sa birthday party niya nung 18th birthday niya and then nung confirmation niya. Through technology, nagabayan ko din naman siya. And she said it doesn’t make you less of a mom kahit technology lang tayo ngayon. Even if magkalayo kami, nandiyan pa rin yung pagmamahal, yung totoong pagmamahal. I miss her so much and I really want to see her again. Soon,” she explained.
Even though she wasn’t able to be there physically, Sheryn said she was there for her daughter every step of the way during her special day.
“Nag-start kami ng hapon, natapos kami ng alas-otso ng umaga. Ganun kahaba. Grabe yun kasi from her makeup to her outfit kailangan ko siya i-guide lahat. Kung sino yung nag-me-makeup sa kanya, kung sino nagbubuhok sa kanya, guided lahat yan. Kung sino nag-da-drive sa kanya going there, kung sino mga kasama niya, I need to know the time, kung yung venue okay na ba lahat, okay ba yung party, yung pagkain okay ba sa mga tao. Meron pa akong mga speech. Virtually ha nag-speech pa ako for her. So that’s what I did na nagpapasalamat talaga ako na may WIFI (laughs),” she recalled.
After making a comeback in the local showbiz industry, Sheryn said a lot has changed in the OPM landscape.
“Yung ibang music kasi parang hindi ako nakakarinig ng Filipino music. But sobrang thankful ako kasi at that time yung mga first ko talaga na narinig sila Moira (Dela Torre), sila Ben & Ben, I really love their music. I want to be like them. I want to feel the music industry now. Gusto ko sila marinig at gusto ko rin ganun yung music ko hugot hugot. Yun yung narinig ko pahugot talaga yung mga songs. I really like it kasi ang daming nakaka-relate na tao. Na-learn ko na ang music industry dito ay hindi lang katulad before kundi nag-evolve pa siya. Mas gumanda at mas gumaling ang ating mga compositor,” she said.
For her upcoming concert, Sheryn will be having special guest performers like viral sensation EZ Mil, Filipino pop-rapper H-BOM, child singing prodigy Kaela Francheska, former “Tawag ng Tanghalan” finalist Froilan Canlas, and the vocal trio of Francis Concepcion, Keifer Sanchez, and Mackie Empuerto aka the TNT boys.
Love United is presented by ABS-CBN Events and produced by MAK Entertainment. Tickets for the concert are now available online for P899/USD 17.99 (regular) and P1,4999/USD 30 (VIP with access to digital after party).