Sun, 11 Aug 2002
Our Gracious Songbird . .
by a Regine fan
Imagine being slapped on the cheek. Twice.
Most people would probably do the next logical thing. That's to
strike back. But Regine Velasquez is not MOST people. And
she's proven it time and again.
Case in point: the Aliw (someone said its "BALIW") Awards. The
broadsheets have once again sided with Regine. They say that
Lani's winning the award was a surprise (to put it mildly). Last
Saturday's issue of Malaya dared to mention that there was a lot
of hush-hush reactions after the awards. Manila Bulletin came
up with another "blind item." We're not the only ones who feel
that she didn't deserve it. You don't have to be a Regine fan to
But our Songbird, bless her, was gracious enough to accept the
unacceptable. On today's SOP, Regine was the only one who
congratulated Lani for winning Entertainer of the Year. And you
know how that made Lani look? Sheepish. Small.
She may have won the "plum" in this year's Aliw but it was
obvious that in the eyes of her peers, Lani didn't measure up.
Neither Ogie, Kyla nor Jaya said anything about Lani's award.
It's as if they didn't acknowledge her as a "legit" winner.
So right now I am appeased by the fact that Lani's winning is
really nothing without the acknowledgement of her peers.
What's an award worth when everyone else around you thinks
you don't deserve it?
After today, Lani may be regretting having won. Besides, since
she's gotten to the top so fast, there's no where else to go but
God Bless Regine for letting me see the light. There's power in
humility. By turning the other cheek, Regine showed everyone
that she's the real WINNER. Award or no award.
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