Two Decades of a Songbird

“Twenty”, Regine Velasquez’s concerts celebrating 20 years in showbusiness, which will be mounted at the Araneta Coliseum on October 13 and 14 of this year, is a celebration of her “love affairs” with those that have come and gone throughout her 20 years in the business.

This mammoth concert series is produced by Aria Productions, headed by Cacai Velasquez-Mitra, Regine’s sister, who has pulled out all the stops in making this Regine’s biggest production to date.

The set alone, designed by Mitoy Sta. Ana, is conceptualized to be breathtaking at the very least. Picture having a Roman Coliseum built inside the Araneta Coliseum. The concept itself speaks of the grandiose visual delight the event would offer. In addition, center stage holds a grand staircase that leads to the upper box gallery, surrounded by a 55-60 piece orchestra, where Regine’s dramatic reveal would commence.

The repertoire is also being prepared very carefully to showcase her career highlights these past 20 years. Regine’s “love affair” with her photographer of many years, Jun de Leon, will be celebrated with a showcase of his pictures that have made her “Shine”. There will also be a medley of duets which she had with Jo Mari Chan, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcacid , Janno Gibbs, Paul Anka and Jackie Cheung with a modern twist. To highlight her “love affair” with the movies she has done, she will be singing a medley of her hit movie themes supported by video of the said movies. Fans and followers of Regine can reminisce with her as she sings all time favorites like: “On the Wings of Love”, “What Kind of Fool”, “Dadalhin” and “Greatest Love of all”. A special portion of the show will feature her winning songs: “In Your eyes” (Bagong Kampeon), “Never Walk Alone” and “And I Am Telling you” (Asia Pacific).

Musical director for the evening will be Raul Mitra and Prof. Arturo Molina will conduct the 55-60 piece Manila Symphony Orchestra II. In keeping with her “love affair” theme, Regine has also invited four musical directors who have collaborated with her in the past to conduct the orchestra for some special pieces. These are: Gerard Salonga, Mon Faustino, Mark Lopez, and Louie Ocampo. There will be other surprise numbers with an array of very special guests that audiences would not want to miss out on.

Regine decided to ask Ronnie Henares to co-direct this project with her. “Who better to collaborate with than the man who steered my career for the first 13 years; besides my family, he knows me better than anyone else. Also, as I’ve said several times in the past, even as a newcomer then, “Boss” (as I used to call him), would always listen to my ideas and facilitate their inclusion in projects we undertook. I look forward to working with him again.”

This gargantuan project would not be possible without the help of friends and supporters like: GMA Kapuso, Promil Pre-school, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, The Seafood Club Restaurants, Belo Medical Group, and our radio sponsors: 91.5 Energy Fm, 93.9 iFM, 105.1 Crossover, 95.5 DWDM, 96.3 Wrock, 94.7 Mellow Touch, 99.5 RT, 102.7 StarFm, & 101.9 WRR.

“Twenty” promises to be a production that will have it’s audiences mesmerized from beginning to end.

this article was originally posted by Aria Productions (artist management for Regine Velasquez)in

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