Saturday, August 29, 2009

regine reigns

last night was the launch of regine velasquez's two new fragrances for herbench called songbird and reigne. we trekked all the way to mall of asia on a rainy friday payday night (the worst combination!) and made it to the atrium to a packed house. to the rafters! check out the crowd even on the balcony. we sat on the second row, but ben chan was so galante, he gave up his seat on the front row so we could get a better view. and we ended up sitting next to regine's dad, si mang gerry. ngek, baka akala nila nanay kami ni regine. and next to him was regine's boyfriend ogie alcasid. and when regine came out, she was dressed in this fabulous purple-feathered gown by michael cinco. wow, a gown like this is meant to be worn in a venue like araneta coliseum for a major concert so that the guy in the nosebleed section can still see her. but it was a hint of things to come... because being there last night was like being treated to a free concert! everything was concert level—from the set-up to the sound to the band to the performance to the number of songs she sang! over 15! in between, she talked about her new fragrances—songbird, which is a sophisticated floral; and reigne, which has a sweet powdery finish. check out the fancy packaging: as a special treat, here is a video of regine singing a classic pinoy-pop song written by ryan cayabyab and originally sung by basil valdes in the early 90s (is that right?), "tuwing umuulan at kapiling ka." it still sounds good today! gave us goosebumps! (with raul mitra on piano. wait till the end when she turns around. you gotta see the back of the gown!)

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