MANILA, Feb 26 (Mabuhay) — Regarded as the preeminent “biritera” and with a singing career spanning three decades, superstar Regine Velasquez is among the industry’s few who can credibly anoint up-and-comers as fellow “royalty,” or more specifically, a queen.
In front of a packed Big Dome, Velasquez did just that and declared Kapamilya singer Morissette a new superstar, during the 21-year old singer’s biggest concert to date, aptly titled “Morissette is Made.”
Velasquez had just finished her first duet with a tearful Morissette, when the music veteran uttered the affirming words, which were met by thunderous applause from the audience numbering thousands.
“You are incredible,” Velasquez told Morissette. “I am so happy for you. You deserve everything, all of the attention, because you are such a talented young girl. Alam mo, gagaling ka pa.”
Velasquez added: “Natutuwa ako na you just waited for your turn, and now this is your turn. I just want to say I think we have produced another superstar.”
Though young, the 21-year-old Morissette already has a wealth of experience in show business, having joined a TV5 talent search at age 14, and with theater roles including “Camp Rock” even before her finalist finish in “The Voice of the Philippines” in 2013.
The ABS-CBN singing competition opened bigger opportunities for Morissette, including a regular “ASAP” stint as a “Birit Queen,” and a well-received album whose massive success was fueled by her viral renditions on YouTube.
Addressing Morissette during her concert, Velasquez continued: “It’s an honor for me to be part of this concert and to actually see your star shine so bright. Kahit hindi man ako naging parte ng iyong career, I feel very proud.”
A contest winner herself, Velasquez has over the years hosted singing competitions, wherein she would also mentor aspirants. Her wards include the likes of Sarah Geronimo, considered the Philippines’ pop superstar, and Rachelle Ann Go, who’s been making waves in Broadway and West End.
Velasquez, in her message to Morissette, was referring to none of her past shows being a vehicle for the latter’s rise to stardom. Despite this, Morissette has time and again performed alongside the “Pangako” hitmaker in numerous shows — a signal of sorts of Velasquez’s approval of the young singer.
This was crystal clear in Velasquez’s words to Morissette after their second duet of “You Are My Song” on Tuesday.
“Queen ka na,” she said. “Hindi mo na kailangan ng baton ng iba. Hindi ko kailangan ipasa ang baton, because for me, I think, you are already a queen.”
As she exited the stage, Velasquez added, “So how about a big hand for our new queen!” (MNS)