Regine Velasquez

Regina Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez - Alcasid (née Regina Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez; April 22, 1970), known as Regine Velasquez, is a Filipina recording artist and actress. She dubbed as the " Asia's Songbird " and she was hailed by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) as the Philippines' Best-Selling Artist of All Time with 7 million albums sold in Philippines and 1.5 million in Asia. She won the Grand Prize at the 1989 Asia Pacific Singing Contest in Hong Kong, and is known for possessing an extensive vocal range. Velasquez is the first Asian artist to stage a solo concert at the Carnegie Hall in New York, as part of Carnegie Hall's centennial-year concert series. In 1994, Polygram Records produced her first Asia-released album, Listen Without Prejudice. It is considered as Velasquez' most successful album to date, selling more than 700,000 copies in Asia. The album has sold over 100,000 units in the Philippines, 300,000 units in China and 20,000 in Thailand. She has performed and collaborated with other international artists such as Paul Anka, David Hasselhoff, 98 Degrees, Alicia Keys, Brian McKnight, Mandy Moore, Ronan Keating, Stephen Bishop, Jim Brickman, Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osborne, Dave Koz, Grasshopper, Coco Lee, Michel Legrand, David Pomeranz, Eduardo Capetillo, Fernando Carrillo, David Archuleta, Russell Watson and Singaporean vocal band Skritch. In 2000, Velasquez' music video "In Love With You", a duet with Jacky Cheung, landed the #1 spot in MTV Asia's Top 20 Asian Videos. On the eve of the new millennium, as part of BBC's Millennium Special 2000 Today, Velasquez, together with some 2,000 Filipino youths, sang the Philippine millennium theme, "Written in the Sand". This was broadcast by the BBC to 67 countries reaching to almost a billion people. In 2002, Velasquez won in the MTV Asia awards held in Singapore as Favorite Artist making her the first Filipino to win the award. The following year, Velasquez won the same award at the 2003 MTV Asia Awards held also in Singapore. Velasquez is the first Filipino artist to have a CNN Talk Asia special interview with Lorraine Hahn. Velasquez performed in international events such as MTV Asia Awards (in Singapore), UNICEF Benefit Concert (in China), Perfect 10 Music Awards (in Singapore), Asia Live Dream Concert (in Japan), SEA Games, Asian Music Scene, Miss Universe Preliminaries (in the Philippines), Lunar New Year Parade and Festival (in the U.S), Asian TV Awards (in Singapore) & Mosaic International Music Festival (in Singapore). She has also embarked on several television and film projects, receiving a Best Actress award for her portrayal of a mentally challenged woman in a Maalaala Mo Kaya episode entitled "Lobo", and another Best Actress award for her film Of All The Things. Velasquez formed IndiMusic (iMusic), a record label partnered with Bella Tan's Universal Records. She is currently managed by iMusic Entertainment. She was hailed by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) as the Philippines' Best-Selling Artist of All Time with 7 million albums sold in Philippines and 1.5 million in Asia. Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid announced their engagement at Party Pilipinas on August 8, 2010 after 7 years. By December 22 of the same year, Velasquez married long-time partner Ogie Alcasid in Terrazas de Punta Fuego in Nasugbu Batangas. Velasquez wore a red wedding gown during her star-studded "Wedding of the Decade". The dress was specially designed by Monique Lhuillier for reportedly $8,000 (although some people claimed it cost more), a gift for her by Dr. Vicki Belo who stood as one of the 20 principal sponsors who also included Regal Matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde, GMA big boss Felipe L. Gozon, GMA exec Wilma Galvante, TV5 boss Manny V. Pangilinan, Sharon Cuneta, Jose Mari Chan, Viva boss Vic del Rosario Jr., Tony Tuviera, German Moreno, Ida Henares, Nanette Inventor, Orlando Ilacad, Anastacia Puno, Dr. Crisanta Villanueva, US-based concert producer Ma. Rosario Legarda, Ronnie Henares, Freddie Santos and Michel Lhuillier and wife Amparito Llamas-Lhuillier (Monique’s parents). President Benigno Aquino III was one of the groomsmen during the wedding. In April 2011, She and her husband confirmed the news of her pregnancy through the same afternoon-variety show, Party Pilipinas. In November 8, 2011, Velasquez gave birth to her and husband Ogie Alcasid's first born son, Nathaniel James Velasquez Alcasid at the Makati Medical Center.

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