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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.



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12 comments:

Betong said...

So I guess the picture above proves that she never ever had her nose fixed. Period. I'm a Regine Velasquez fan myself. Cool pics and vids!!!

OneCL1CK said...

I never knew she sing since 14 wow

Sirenspeaks said...

Boasting a trained and stronger voice, Regine entered 200 contests in her amateur days and won an impressive 67 of them. If that doesn't sound like an impressive feat, imagine a golfer winning 67/200 tournaments or a NASCAR driver pulling off the same percentages.

Based from this article :

http://www.askmen.com/celebs/women/singer_150/153_regine_velasquez.html

Anonymous said...

medyo baduy nga ang Chona. Salamat na lang sa mga talent managers.....

Sirenspeaks said...

It was the best decision/marketing strategy Ronnie Henares made.

Anonymous said...

In fernez, eto nga talaga un nose ni Ate. Sa make up lang talaga nagbabago. Cyempre kahit bata pa cya e bonggang bongga na cya bumirit! Wagi!

Anonymous said...

i still think that regine had something done on her face. i'm sure she had had teeth done but that's a given.

the sad fact is, regine is now slowly losing her grip. a lot of younger singers are all out to stamp their class and no sooner will they oust this regine, hehe

Anonymous said...

I hope not. I'm not threatened by these young divas. There's no such thing as an overnight success. Consistency, marketability, longevity esp staying power *im at a loss for words* are the things that define a Legend and a shooting star.

carolyn said...

thanks for sharing these rare clips, the voice has always been there but she's acquired depth from years of experience now. nawala na rin yung singing contest staple moves (evident in the greatest love of all clips).

chessie said...

i hope you can post the mp3 files of the songs u werent able to record on cam, and not through imeem. maybe uploading it on rapidshare and share the link. haha please!

limewire said...

Penge naman mp3s! Please. Salamat in advance!

Patty said...

Pinanood ko yung mga youtube clips, obvious na nagparetoke siya ng eyes at nose. Yung nose kung titingnan sa harap, parang pareho lang pero pag side view pango siya, you can watch it sa youtube clips. Pinagawa niya yung bridge para maganda ang profile. She has a really great voice.