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Article 6


Phil. Daily Inquirer, July 17, 1999

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Regine Velasquez Misses Her Hosting Chores at 'SOP'
by Mary Ann A. Bautista and Ricky T. Gallardo

Regine Velasquez is currently in the United States performing with Kuh
Ledesma, a repeat of their highly successful "The Power of Two" shows last
year. Quietly, Regine and her father, Mang Gerry, are meeting with top
executives of two foreign labels who invited the singer for exploratory
talks. Hopefully, she'll be able to ink any one of these contracts that
have fallen on her lap and pursue her dream of going international.

Regine has, in some way, penetrated the foreign market, with successful
duets in Taiwan, one of which she did with Jackie Cheung. That one hit the
top charts for several weeks. She also has an MTV with David Hasselhoff,
shot in Los Angeles last year. Regine is again featured as a
cheongsam-wearing singer in Hasselhoff's latest music video.

We talked to Velasquez recently and she says she misses the Philippines and
the entertainment circuit. Specifically, she mentioned her hosting job at
"SOP," where she feels that her public relations and speaking skills are
being honed. "Alam mo naman ako, medyo pumapalpak pa rin pagdating sa
spiels, kaya itong 'SOP,' magandang training yan."

Before we could ask our next question, she interrupted us, "No. 1 pa rin ba
ang 'SOP' tuwing Sundays? Kasi bago ako umalis, nag-No. 1 daw kami." Regine
credits this success to the rapport that the hosts have for one another.
"We're like family - sina Janno at Ogie, parang blood brothers ko na rin.
Si G nanalo daw ng award? At yung mga bagets, sina Gabby, KC at Michael,
they're very nice to me."

She told us that her sister Cacai, who has since gone back to Stuttgart,
Germany, has serious plans to come home for good. "She'll come ahead yata
with her baby, tapos susunod na si Raul (Roxas), who will be done with his
stint in 'Miss Saigon' soon."

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