Regine Velasquez recalls the time she was told: “baka hindi ka masyadong [sumikat] kasi hindi ka masyadong maganda.”
REGINE VELASQUEZ – The Asia’s Songbird grew up being called “pangit” or “hindi kagandahan.”
She was even told that she might not become popular because “hindi siya masyadong maganda” and “maputi lang.”
She accepted the criticisms of her appearance, but from the very beginning, she knew she was good at singing.
Her singing career started when she won the Bagong Kampeon of RPN-9 in 1984.
Aside from criticizing her appearance, Regine’s critics at the time were also unimpressed with her singing style.
She recalled: “And I was told to my face, ha… Sinasabihan talaga ako, ‘Hmmm… baka hindi ka masyadong [sumikat] kasi hindi ka masyadong maganda. Siguro dapat mag-ayos ka pa.’
According to PEP, Regine Velasquez did not feel insecure even though other people often criticize her.
She said she accepted that she was not beautiful, but she knew in her heart that she had a talent for singing.
Among those who used to be her number one defender was her late father Gerardo “Gerry” Velasquez.
As Regine gradually rose to prominence, she learned how to look presentable.
She buys outfits good for one year when she goes to the US.
She also stressed that she does makeup all by herself.
Regine has been in the showbiz industry for 35 years and is recognized as one of the most popular female singers in the country.
Aside from singing, she also ventured into acting as well as hosting.
Regine Velasquez moved to ABS-CBN in October 2018, after a two-decade stay with GMA-7.
At present, she’s happily married to singer and songwriter Ogie Alcasid and they were blessed to have a child named Nathaniel James.
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