Regine Velasquez is one true diva—and by “diva,” I mean she’s a talented singer who can command an entire nation just by sustaining one high note.
Not many people know this, but Regine also has a big heart when it comes to her friends. While she can fill the nation’s biggest venues to the rafters (and even her international tours are often sold-out gigs), she is notorious for also accepting small gigs in seedy karaoke bars just to support a friend or two. When her schedule permits, she would even sing in charity concerts. And she does these without question or hesitation. Heck, I’ve even heard the story of how organizers of a charity concert she performed in was pleasantly surprised when she returned the honorarium they had prepared for her. “Paki-sabi kay Father dagdag na lang niyo po sa mga nag-donate,” she once said following a concert appearance in her hometown Bulacan that the parish priests and nuns had organized.
Anyway, this February 14, Regine will showcase her God-given talent in a Valentine concert, titled Freedom. It will be a digital concert livestreamed via KTX. The concert is a coproduction by ABS-CBN Events and I-Music Entertainment, and will be directed by Paolo Valenciano with Raul Mitra as the musical director. Previously, ABS-CBN Events and KTX similarly produced and streamed the digital concert of Daniel Padilla, titled Apollo.
Aside from ABS-CBN offerings, KTX has also become the livestream platform of various events—from the Miss Universe Philippines pageant to the virtual staging of plays by the Philippine Educational Theater Association, among others.
Regine is a regular of ASAP Natin ’To, which can now be seen on TV5 every Sunday at 12 noon.
Launched in 1995, ASAP Natin ’To brings together the biggest and brightest performers to give viewers the best concert experience topbilled by Regine herself, Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Sarah Geronimo, Erik Santos and Ogie Alcasid, among others.
Aside from ASAP Natin ’To, TV5 has also began to air FPJ: Da King, a movie block showcasing the films of Fernando Poe Jr. Fans of the Filipino cinema legend can watch FPJ: Da King every Sunday at 2 pm.
“This collaboration between Cignal, TV5, Brightlight Productions, and ABS-CBN marks the start of greater cooperation among our various industry players and begins a new era of partnership,” said Robert P. Galang, president and CEO of Cignal and TV5. “The airing of ASAP and FPJ’s movies on TV5 showcases the desire of TV5 and ABS-CBN to serve our viewers in the best way possible.”
“We are pleased to welcome the ASAP family and the films of the one and only king of Philippine movies to Cignal and TV5. The top-rated content, combined with Cignal and TV5’s strengths in technology, direct-to-consumer distribution, and mobile and broadband reach, will usher in a new viewing experience for fans and subscribers alike,” Galang added.
“The future of entertainment media is rapidly converging around a dynamic mix of traditional and digital platforms, with Cignal and TV5 launching new content and synergies that will disrupt conventional broadcast methods. We are committed to continuously explore more initiatives to provide the best of both worlds to all our stakeholders,” he said.