MANILA — Even with a career spanning three decades, Regine Velasquez still gets overwhelmed with nerves before taking the stage for a major concert.
But because she’s been in the business for so long, the music icon now knows how to best deal with anxiety before a performance, as seen in a backstage documentary released Wednesday.
The Playlist short, titled “Iconic Concert,” follows Velasquez in the hours leading up to her recent two-night show with her idol and now-close friend Sharon Cuneta.
“‘Pag sinabi nilang magsa-start na, I get very anxious na. If they make me wait for another minute, I get nervous na,” Velasquez said, as she recalled the October event at the Araneta Coliseum.
“Now that I’m already married, I just want my husband to be with me. Siya ‘yung ano ko… Siguro dati, tatay ko ‘yun. Dati, si Mang Gerry ‘yun. Kailangan makita ko muna ‘yung tatay ko bago ako umakyat ng stage. Now it has become my husband,” she said.
Velasquez was referring to singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, who, in the documentary, is seen giving his wife reassuring words and leading a prayer before the start of the concert.
Regine’s father, Gerry Velasquez, had been a visible figure in her career and a constant presence at her concerts prior to his passing in February 2014.
“Just before I step out, nandoon na ako backstage, and I can hear the crowd, siyempre your adrenaline goes up and you get so excited. [When] I actually step out on stage, that’s when I start to focus,” she said.
In another part of the documentary, Velasquez asked her son with Alcasid, Nate, to “give me some loving” before returning to the stage.
“I need some loving from my Baba,” she said, prompting Nate to give her a hug and a kiss on the cheek — appearing to boost her spirits.
The 20-minute video, uploaded on Velasquez’s YouTube page, shows other intimate moments as she rushes back and forth from her dressing room to the stage, as she narrates her experience sharing headlining a show with her music inspiration, Cuneta.