After postponing her first digital concert this year which was originally scheduled last February 14, Regine Velasquez’s Freedom: The Regine Velasquez Valentine Digital Concert finally pushed through last February 28, Sunday. The talented singer shared during the live KTX event just what happened after they announced the postponement, which included the addition of a tribute song for American pop singer Britney Spears.
“When this show was rescheduled, parang nanganak pa yung mga ideas. Because I had like two weeks to mope and then I saw this documentary about Britney Spears. And then I realized that I was a fan. I mean I still am. I’m so amazed at her because at 16 years old, she became a phenomenon. Parang grabe yung naging impact niya sa buong industriya sa buong mundo. And I thought it would be nice to pay tribute to this music icon. Tonight I’d like to sing one of her biggest hits and I want to join her in her fight for freedom,” Regine shares before performing her own version of ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time.’
During the event, Regine also shared with her audience what real freedom means to her.
“When we started the show, I didn’t know that we would end up calling it Freedom, because the truth is, I just really wanted to sing the song (laughs) for the opening. Ang ganda kasi eh. But then, as we progressed, I realized that lumalim na ng lumalim yung meaning nung freedom, at least para sa akin. I realized that we all want this, because of what we’ve been experiencing this last year and this year we’re still in it. I realize that we all want freedom from something, from fear, financial difficulties, anxiety, depression. A lot of things. Ang daming naging meaning ng freedom. But there’s another kind of freedom that I’m praying that we will all experience also. I’m praying that one day, we will all have this personal relationship with Christ. Because only in Him we’ll be able to find truth. And you know what they say about the truth, it will set you free,” she shared.
The 50-year-old performer kept giving thanks to both her fans and the team behind the whole event. “As you know, the concert scene is practically dying and it’s wonderful that you guys are doing this for all of us. Kayong mga nasa inyong sari-sariling tahanan. Maraming marami pa pong shows na nakahanda, naka-lineup para sa inyong lahat. Kaya tutok lang kayo sa KTX. Sarah’s (Geronimo) concert Tala will be coming soon, my husband with Ian Veneracion is also doing a concert here in KTX, parehong March yan. Seriously it’s wonderful na kahit papaano meron tayong ganitong platform. Because otherwise the concert scene will really die. You’re able to give jobs to us, to the musicians and ako, siyempre ako I also miss performing, big set up like this. We need to be stronger especially sa panahon ngayon na marami sa ating mga kababayan ang nawalan ng trabaho,” she said.
Among Regine’s playlist for the night included songs from Ben&Ben and a duet with Bamboo to whom she offered to be a backup singer to after their number.
“I just wanted to say thank you for doing this show. It was such a wonderful feeling singing with you at my concert. I just want you to know if you have a concert, I’m free. I’m always free and if you need a backup singer, I’m also available. I’m actually a good backup singer. The best part again, is I’m free. Oo sila may bayad sila eh (laughs),” she said jokingly.
Regine also sang “On the Wings of Love”. “This song is actually one of the most requested songs na lagi ko namang kinakanta. So I thought I’d sing it again tonight why not? But with a little twist,” she added.
On her duet with son Nate and song for husband Ogie Alcasid “Crazy for You”, she said, “Times flies so fast. Parang I gave birth to him and now he’s nine years old. Now, my husband and I have been together for more than 18 years. We just celebrated our tenth year anniversary last December and I have to tell you, parang yung feeling ko matagl na na hindi. Ganun ba yun? I guess when you’re having a wonderful time, it feels like you’ve been together for a long time but not really, parang kakakasal pa lang namin. And I have to say, it has been a crazy and yet wonderful ride for the ten years that we’ve been together.”
In another tribute number to her loved ones and the loved ones of those who have lost family members, Regine also shared a meaningful message. “Tonight I’d just like to pay tribute to some of our loved ones who may not be able to see anymore but I know that in our hearts we will never, ever forget them. When something bad or good would happen to me, I’m the kind of person that would always think, ‘Ano kayang ibig sabihin nito?’ Especially when it’s bad, parang ‘Ano kayang gusto sabihin ni Lord sa akin?’ I’m that kind of person. Kasi feeling ko there’s a reason why we are all experiencing this. There’s a reason why God allowed something like this to happen to all of us. During this whole pandemic, ang dami kong realizations. I’ve realized that ang dami palang mas importanteng bagay. Pagka nasa bahay mo lang ikaw, ano bang mas importante, yung mga bag ko ba? Yung mga damit ko ba? Wala naman akong pinupuntahan. And I realized that the most important thing in life is really our relationship, first our relationship with God, our relationship with our family, our friends. And I have learned to value them more because of what we have all experienced,” she said.
Freedom: The Regine Velasquez Valentine Digital Concert was staged by ABS-CBN Events. Stage director of the concert was Paolo Valenciano and musical director was Raul Mitra.