Saturday, November 15, 2008
Regine Velasquez' Transformation
Chona Velasquez impressed the Filipino audience and judges with her vocal prowess in a local televised singing competition Ang Bagong Kampeon. She was the youngest contestant at 14, who entered the senior division. She was undefeated for eight straight weeks and became the first grand champion of the show.
She won a recording contract with Octoarts and recorded her first single "Love Me Again" and used Chona Velasquez as her screen name. I guess, her promdi and unsophisticated name didn't help her launch her singing career. It was a flop. She did the usual promo in variety shows. She frequented The Penthouse Live. The show had Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez , Nanette Inventor, etc as the main host and hostesses. Here's a video clip of Chona singing her first single.
Ronnie Henares who's the show's producer noticed her talent and potential in becoming a star, offered to represent her as her manager. He then convinced Chona to use a more sophisticated name - Regine. Which was taken from her real name Regina Encarnacion Velasquez.
Regine had to re-introduce herself to the public. At 17, she definitely showed the viewing public with what her pipes are made of. This was her first major concert At Seventeen produced by Kuh Ledesma.