by Rowena Joy A. Sanchez
December 13, 2010, 1:39pm
Regine turned emotional during her “thank you” speech, which came after she performed her new song “Ok Lang Ako” from her just-awarded Gold album, “Fantasy;” and following the musical tribute her co-hosts Jaya, Kyla, Rachelle Ann Go and La Diva paid her.
“Natutuwa ako… hindi ko nga alam kung bakit ako binibigyan ng tribute eh. Hindi naman ako aalis, mag-aasawa lang naman ako!” she exclaimed, eliciting cheers from the studio audience.
The multi-awarded singer will marry singer-composer Ogie Alcasid on Dec. 22 after which she won't be on “Party Pilipinas” until sometime 2011. She got teary-eyed in relating how her life will turn around with the coming marriage.
“I guess next year medyo maiiba nang konti ang buhay ko… eh bakit ako umiiyak? Anong nangyayari? Haha!” she said, laughing and crying simultaneously.
Ogie, who was near the stage watching his future wife, was seen teary-eyed.
Turning serious, Regine continued: “Dati kasi ang iniisip ko lang, nung nag-umpisa ako iniisip ko ‘yung family ko, ‘yung mga kapatid ko, and then, natapos na po ako do’n, kasi lahat po ‘yung mga kapatid ko, thank God, they’re all doing really well. And my parents are doing well also.
“Maraming salamat kay Lord kasi natapos ko na ‘yon. So there was a time na ako na lang ‘yung iniisip ko. Sa ngayon, medyo mababago ulit. Kasi hindi ko na masyadong iisipin ‘yung sarili ko kasi kailangang isipin ko na meron na pala akong partner.”
As the studio audience cheered on, Regine thanked the people she has worked with over the years, her long-time partner Ogie, as well as her fans who have continuously supported her.
“Nagbabasa ako minsan sa internet, nakakatawa kasi nilalagay nila do’n, ‘Regine at 40, ikaw pa rin!’ Bakit naman kailangang may 40 pa? No, but thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hindi ko po mararating kung anuman ‘yung narating ko ngayon kung wala po kayo, maraming, maraming salamat po,” she said, bursting into tears on the last part of her speech.
“Pasensya na kayo medyo emotional ako. Hormones. Hello. Okay,” Regine managed to kid.
She reiterated that she’s not saying goodbye, pointing out that “ayaw naman po akong pahintuin ng magiging asawa ko.”
She may opt to take a hiatus from other things, but Regine said Ogie encouraged her not to give up singing.
“I’m very thankful na sabi niya pag pagod na ko, magpahinga ako dun sa ibang bagay na ginagawa ko, pero wag ko daw iwan ang pagkanta. Thank you very much Babu (her term of endearment for Ogie),” Regine said.
Towards the end her speech, Regine declared: “Magkita-kita tayo next year kasi may pasabog ako next year. Good luck, abangan niyo!”
The singer-actress then started singing “You Are My Song,” one of her biggest hits. She, however, failed to continue with her performance after the first line as she couldn’t stop crying. Jaya, Ogie, Kyla, Rachelle Ann and La Diva then continued singing for her.
Regine eventually regained her composure, belting out the last part of the Martin Nievera and Louie Ocampo-penned song.
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