Regine Velasquez marked her 25th year in show business with a grand concert, aptly called Silver. Held on November 17 at the Mall of Asia Arena, it was supposed to be a showcase of her impressive vocals, with a repertoire that included all her trademark songs.

However, despite all her preparations, PEP.ph reports that Regine was forced to cut her concert short, having contracted a virus that caused her to lose her voice. She confessed to being sick after performing her opening number, asking her audience if they would greatly mind if she cannot reach the trademark high notes of her songs.

“Okay lang ba sa inyo na ituloy pa natin ito? Kahit pumapagak-pagak ako ?” she asked her audience, who encouraged her to give it her best shot. “Tulungan n’yo na lang ako. Tutal, kasama naman kayo sa celebration ng twenty-five years. Pasensiya na kayo, ha (Is it okay if I continue like this, even if I couldn’t sing properly anymore? Just help me out. After all, you're included in my 25th year celebration. I hope you don’t mind.).”

When it was becoming apparent that she was having difficulty singing, she admitted to her audience that she had braced herself for their negative reviews. “Actually, I was expecting for the worst. I was expecting that you would boo me. I was expecting that you guys would leave,” she confessed. “Akala ko, ibu-boo n’yo ako, pero kayo pa yung nagtsi-cheer sa akin. Lalo ko pong naa-appreciate yung ipinapakita ninyong pagmamahal sa akin (I thought you would boo me, but you were the ones who cheered me on. I appreciate even more the love you have shown me.)."

“You deserve more than this,” she said, promising them that she will stage a free concert for them before the year ends, an announcement that was met with applause.

Aside from her audience, Regine’s friends in the industry were also moved by her courage and professionalism. In a separate article by PEP.ph, Kris Aquino, one of Regine’s closest friends and biggest fans, even said that she is more than willing to contribute funds so Regine can mount her free concert.

Kasi I know what a perfectionist she is, so alam ko na ginusto niya talaga to give everybody a beautiful show. And alam ko na, she herself, siguro masakit talaga ito na hindi niya naibigay ang lahat… Kung kailangan mamuhunan para tulungan siya i-mount yung free show, go Regine (I know what a perfectionist she is, so I know that she really wanted to give everybody a beautiful show. And I know that, she herself, it really hurt that she wasn’t able to give it her all. If she needs help to mount her free show, go Regine!)!”


(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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