OGIE Alcasid’s Valentine concert is titled “Master of Love”? Is he really one? “In fairness to me, ha, hindi sa’kin galing 'yang title na 'yan,” he says. “Galing 'yan sa Resorts World, ang venue ng concert ko on February 14. I don’t think Master of Love ako. Siguro, Master of Love Songs dahil sa dami ng nagawa kong love songs.”
So he and his wife Regine Velasquez won’t be together on Valentine’s Day since she has her own Valentine concert? “Yes, magtatrabaho kami nang hiwalay, e. Kami ang magpapasaya ng lovers na nagde-date on Valentine’s Day. Nangyayari naman talaga 'yun. Hindi maiiwasan. Last year, we were together, but for some years before that, we had separate concerts. So, ’di kami puwede ng wife ko, kaya tatlo ang ipinalit ko sa kanya na very young talented singers na kasama ko sa ‘Master of Love’, sina Mariel de Leon with whom I’ll do a duet of ‘All I Ask of You’ from ‘Phantom of the Opera’, singer-songwriter Lara Maigue with whom I’ll do a special arrangement of ‘Sa Kanya’, and Tanya Manalang from Miss Saigon with whom I’ll sing ‘Hanggang Ngayon’. Then we’ll all have a special production with a medley that pays tribute to the songs of Mr. C like ‘Tuwing Umuulan’, ‘How Can I’ and ‘Once Upon a Life’. Kasama rin namin ang Ryan Cayabyab singers who’ll sing and dance with us. I will also pay tribute to the late Rico J. Puno andJames Ingram by singing their hits.”
His musical director is a national artist for music no less, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. “I always enjoy working with him because of his wealth of knowledge in music. Pag nag-request ang audience ng song, konting tipa-tipa lang sa piano at kuha agad niya. And he has remained so humble kahit national artist na siya. Always so gracious at never ko pa nakitang nagalit.”
He himself will direct the concert on the stage of the Newport Theatre in Resorts World. “Actually, mas gusto ko 'yung venue ng concert ko ngayon kasi it’s a smaller one. Mas intimate ang dating kasi I can go down to the audience, talk to them, engage in some banter and I can feel closer to them.”
Is it true he’s doing a new sitcom with his wife for ABS-CBN? “We don’t know. Walang balita so far. Basta as of now, tuluy-tuloy lang pa rin ako ng taping for ‘Home Sweetie Home’ for them. Ang matutuloy, 'yung stage musical na conceptualized by Johnny Manahan. Many of my old songs will be used but I’m also writing new songs for it. Pareho kaming excited ni Regine doon.”
Tickets for “Master of Love” are available at Ticket World Outlets, tel. 891-9999, and at the Resorts World box office.