Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is a Filipina singer, actress, and record producer. She has been with ABS-CBN since 2018 after leaving GMA Network, with Sarap Diva (now Sarap, 'Di Ba?) as her final appearance in GMA Network.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Regina Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez was born on April 22, 1970 in Tondo, Manila to Teresita Ansong and Gerardo Velasquez. The singer has three sisters; Cacai, Diane, and Deca; and a brother named Jojo. Her family moved to Hinundayan, Southern Leyte, where Velasquez spent the early years of her life. At age three, Velasquez became interested in music after listening to her father singing to lull her to sleep. She would listen to her mother play guitar and piano while her father sang, and referenced Sharon Cuneta's "Mr. DJ" as one of the first songs she learned.
She started singing at age six; she underwent intensive vocal training with her father, who immersed her neck-deep in sea water and had her go through vocal runs. She credits this unorthodox method for strengthening her core and stomach muscles, and developing her lung capacity. Velasquez was placed third in her first singing competition titled The Tita Betty's Children Show.
When Velasquez was nine, her family moved to Balagtas, Bulacan, where she attended St. Lawrence Academy and competed for her school at the annual Bulacan Private Schools Association competition. In 1984, at fourteen, Velasquez auditioned for the reality television series Ang Bagong Kampeon. She qualified and became the show's senior division winner, defending her spot for eight consecutive weeks. Velasquez went on to win the competition and was signed to a record deal with OctoArts International.