|Artist Birtday :||22/04/1970 (Age 53)|
|Born In :||Tondo, Manila, Philippines|
|Occupation(s) :||Singer, Actress, Television Presenter, Record Producer|
|Genres :||Pop, OPM|
Regine Velasquez-Alcasid (born April 22, 1970) is a Filipino singer. She was hailed by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) as the Philippines’ Best-Selling Artist of All Time, with more than 7 million units sold in the Philippines and another 1.5 million units sold across the Asian continent.
Velasquez won the Grand Prize at the 1989 Asia Pacific Singing Contest in Hong Kong. In 1994, Polygram Records produced her first Asia wide-released album, Listen Without Prejudice. It is considered as Velasquez’ most successful album to date, selling more than 700,000 copies in Asia alone. The album has sold over 100,000 units in the Philippines, 300,000 units in China and 20,000 in Thailand.
In 2000, Velasquez’s music video “In Love With You”, a duet with Jacky Cheung, landed at the #1 spot in MTV Asia’s Top 20 Asian Videos. On the eve of the new millennium, as part of BBC’s Millennium Special 2000 Today, Velasquez, together with some 2,000 Filipino youth, sang the Philippine millennium theme, “Written in the Sand”. This was broadcast by BBC to 67 countries reaching almost a billion viewers.
At age 21, Velasquez is the first Asian solo performing artist to stage a solo concert at the Carnegie Hall in New York, as part of Carnegie Hall’s centennial-year concert series. In 2002, she is the first Filipino to win at the MTV Asia Awards held in Singapore as Favorite Artist Philippines. The following year, she won the same award at the 2003 MTV Asia Awards. In 2003, she is the first Filipino artist to have a CNN Talk Asia special interview with Lorraine Hahn. In 2012, Velasquez had the honor of being the first Filipino artist to stage asolo concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines.
Her career has crossed over to television and film, earning her Best Actress awards for her portrayal of a mentally challenged woman in a Maalaala Mo Kaya episode entitled “Lobo”, and for her performance in the movie Of All the Things. Her movie Pangako, Ikaw Lang (I Promise, It’s Only You) earned her Box-Office Queen title.