One glance at Ogie Alcasid won’t ever betray his age. Charming and funny, he is a far cry from the usual grumpy 50 year-old-man.
His secret? He chose contentment.
Ogie is thankful God has surrounded him with people who support his endeavors.
“Lord surrounded me with people na mahal kung ano ’yung mahal ko. My management team, my manager… through thick and thin, nandyan sila sa likod ko at umaalalay,” he said.
Ogie recognizes the bigger “star” in his life: Jesus Christ.
“I’m thankful that I met Him at this stage. It’s in this juncture in my life wherein I rediscovered my real love for Jesus. I’m so overjoyed by that,” he shared.
Another thing that fulfills his life is remaining relevant in the local music scene.
“I know that lasting in this business is really hard and I really cannot believe that I’m turning 30 years here,” he enthused. “I’m thankful that I’m still here doing what I love to do. I just want to sing, entertain, make people laugh, write songs. It really gives me extreme joy (to do these things) and that will never end.”
To be continued
He may have dabbled in acting on TV via “Tropang Trumpo” and “Bubble Gang” but his heart will always belong to music.
“Right now, I really just enjoy singing again. I think, it’s the season of my career that I’m going to sing a lot,” he said.
He plans to write more songs. Ogie is currently the president of Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-Aawit.
“Seven years na (akong president), dapat ipasa ko na kaya lang wala atang gustong kumuha,” he said in jest.
“Regardless, I will just continue my advocacy with OPM… tuloy-tuloy lang ’yan especially now na ang daming bagong magagaling na singers.”
The singer-songwriter has extended his exclusive contract with ABS-CBN up to 2019. He will continue to be part of “Tawag Ng Tanghalan” and “ASAP.” Ogie recently released his nth album “NakakaLokal” under Star Music.
Ogie vows to continue with his charity works. He is a staunch advocate and ambassador of World Vision Foundation Inc., a NGO which assists over 75,000 children nationwide.
Having started his career in the ’80s, Ogie shared there are several music icons who inspired him to become the artist he is now.
Among them is Rico J. Puno.
“The first time I saw that man… you know he calls himself Rico J. Puno and I was just mesmerized by him,” he shared. “I told myself, ‘My goodness who is this man? He feels like he is so pogi but he is not!’ But he can sing like a black man. It was revolutionary for me as a kid, in fact ginagaya ko si Rico J back then.”
He called himself “Hico Puno” at one point. He even dedicated an entire medley to Rico J. in one of his concerts in 2013.
The very first album Ogie bought was one of Barry Manilow’s.
“Du’n talaga ako namulat (sa pagsusulat) ng kanta because sobrang na-impress ako na ’yung binili kong album, eh siya pala ang sumulat lahat ng kanta,” he maintained. “Isa siya sa mga writing influences ko talaga, I guess in a way china-channel ko siya, ’yun nga lang in a Tagalog way.”
Then there’s Rey Valera, the man behind the hits “Maging Sino Ka Man” “Tayong Dalawa,” just to name a few.
Ogie said he admires Rey as “in little words, mararamdaman mo na agad ’yung gustong niyang iparating.”
“Ako I can just write in a very ordinary Tagalog but Rey? Kahit gaano ka-simple ’yung words niya, nandu’n na agad ’yung message, ’yung emosyon ng kanta niya.”
Let’s hear it
Ogie has an upcoming, one-night-only concert.
The 50-year-old will sing his heart out and share the melodies that shaped him as an actor, artist, songwriter, comedian, and host for the past 29 years in “The Soundtrack Of My Life.”
It will be an evening of music and funny anecdotes about his life as a son, a husband and a father.
“The soundtrack of my life is my family,” was how he put it. “Of course, the music that I’ve created through the years, the music that I’ve created for my wife, hindi mawawala ’yan.”
Fans can expect to hear live some of Ogie’s hits as “Dito Sa Puso Ko,” “Ikaw Sana,” “Hanggang Ngayon,” “Kung Mawawala Ka,” “Nandito Ako,” and many more.
Ogie’s better half, Regine Velasquez, will be his special guest.
What about Nathan and Leila, we asked.
“Let’s see,” he hinted.
“The Soundtrack Of My Life” also features the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Rodel Colmenar. The concert is on Nov. 30 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila.
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