Regine Velasquez at The Theatre at Solaire

The songbird is going to The Theatre at Solaire in November.

“This is a show that expresses my gratitude to PLDT,” says Regine Velasquez- Alcasid who a couple of months ago did a highly successful Regine Series Mall Tour to promote the telephone company’s new product called the Regine Series.

The Regine Series is PLDT’s campaign to rekindle interest on the landline phone system that seems to have been overtaken with the advent of the mobile devices. It offers new designs of telephone units that at best are excellent accents on the table at the living room, in the office or bedroom.

Regine with Gary Dujali and Patrick Tang

 Velasquez is dedicating Regine at the Theater to her loyal fans, especially to PLDT HOME subscribers that make the Regine Series campaign a big success.

Coming on the heels of the highly successful Regine Series Mall Tour for PLDT HOME subscribers recently, Regine is ready for her much-anticipated concert comeback, Regine at the Theater on Nov. 6, 7, 20 and 21 at The Theatre at Solaire.

And just like in the Regine Series Mall Tour, PLDT HOME subscribers get the first shower of good tidings. During a meet and greet session with the OPM icon on  Sept.24, lucky Regine Series subscribers were given free concert tickets. More free concert tickets for the Nov. 20 play date will be raffled off to PLDT Landline subscribers who upgrade to one of The Regine Series Telset from Oct.1- Nov. 9.

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

Regine says in her usual humble self, “I’d like to say thank you to them who made the mall tour successful and the PLDT HOME Regine Series campaign an even bigger success. I was very happy because they told me units even went out of stock and subscribers have to line up to wait to get my favorite, the red classic phone unit. Who would have thought of this reaction to the landline?”

PLDT VP and Home Marketing Head Gary Dujali said, “With no less than the Asia’s Songbird as our ambassador for our landline campaign, it was only fitting to shine the spotlight on her by letting her do what she does best—delight audiences with her remarkable live performances. We look forward to sharing more of these musical experiences with our subscribers.”

Earlier this year, Regine capped a successful five-week mall concert tour presented by PLDT HOME to help promote the Regine Series line of limited edition landline phones, launched last Mother’s Day, featuring the Classic and Corded models at P75 per month, and the Cordless unit at P99 per month.  PLDT HOME continues to bring new offers that creates the strongest connections at HOME.

Subscribers of the telset series can also opt for the One Philippines Call Plan for unlimited PLDT-to-PLDT NDD calls and P10/call to Smart and Talk ‘N Text for just P75 per month. Those with loved ones abroad can choose the One World IDD Call Plan, which, for only P50 per month, includes 15 free IDD minutes to select international destinations and only P2 per minute in excess of the monthly allocation. 

For more information about the Regine Telset Series, visit 


GMA Network’s partnership with Miss World Philippines

Promoting beauty with a purpose, GMA Network and Miss World Philippines continue their quest in finding the Filipina beauty that can encourage the world to make a difference as they signed a partnership deal last week, Sept.23, at the GMA Network Center.

Arnold Vegafria, Miss World Philippines National Director Cory Quirino, GMA First Vice President for Program Management Jose Mari Abacan and GMA Senior Program Manager Mitzi Garcia

From left are Arnold Vegafria, Miss World Philippines National Director Cory Quirino, GMA First Vice President for Program Management Jose Mari Abacan and GMA Senior Program Manager Mitzi Garcia.


Megan Young’s first taping-day jitTers

“I was very nervous,” reveals Miss World 2013 Megan Young when asked about her experience during the first live episode of the newest season of Starstruck.

“When I heard the heartbeat sound, it remembered when I was on the same stage when I was among the other contestants and we were holding each others’ hands while telling myself I could be sent home,” added the former Starstruck Season 2 Avenger.

Megan Young

Despite having “first taping jitters,” Megan is very delighted to work as the co-host of Dingdong Dantes, who she described as “someone we looked up to.”

“It’s a different kind of hosting. I’m a bit nervous everyday, but I’m really excited and looking forward to the weeks to come. It’s great hosting with Kuya Dong. When we’re on stage together I still observe and I am glad that I’m learning along the way even by just observing.”

 After the first elimination last Friday, more excitement and revelations await viewers as the remaining 22 Starstruck hopefuls offer emotional performances. Viewers will definitely get to know more of them as they remember their pains and difficulties and the people whom they dedicate their performances. 

Starstruck airs weeknights before 24 Oras on GMA.


Paella key to Chiz’s  reconciliation with in laws

So, it was paella that brought Senator Chiz Escudero and his in laws together.

Escudero shared the story behind the much talked about reconciliation after years of Heart Evangelista’s parents’ initial refusal to accept her daughter’s relationship with the senator.

Chiz and Heart with her parents

Now, Heart’s mom, Cecile Ongpauco, and along with her sisters are openly supportive of Chiz’s bid for the second highest office in the land. They were all there when the senator accepted, at ClubFilipino, Senator Grace Poe’s invitation to be her running mate in 2016.

Heart’s father was unable to attend as he was under the weather.

“Dasal, pagluluto at siguro may mga bagay-bagay lang na hindi mo na kailangang pag-usapan pa o pagkuwentuhan. Sa pagdaloy lamang ng panahon, anumang sugat naghihilom (Prayer, cooking or things that you normally don’t talk about..time heals the wounds that scarred our lives,” sais Chiz when asked what he did to make Heart’s parents finally accept him.

 “Paella,” Chiz  said when asked what softened Heart’s parents’ hearts.

Chiz showed off his cooking skills on TV when he made an appearance in Sarap Diva hosted by Regine Velasquez-Alcasid on GMA7. 

Apart from paella, the senator is also proud of his adobo rice with crispy adobo flakes, his twins’ favorite.

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