Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid is so inspired with the birth of his first son that he wrote a song for him.
Alcasid shared this on “Showbiz Central,” Nov. 13.
“Sa ngayon ginagawa ko na. Siguro next week matatapos ko [na ang kanta],” he said. The song, which will talk about the birth of his son Nathaniel James, is titled “Aking Anak.” He is hoping to sing the song in next Sunday’s “Party Pilipinas” episode.
The singer related how he was informed about his wife Regine Velasquez’ date with the stork.
“Regular check-up lang kasi niya iyon, eh, pero hindi namin talaga ini-expect na noong araw na ‘yon manganganak na siya,” he recalled.
“Tumawag siya sa akin siguro mga alas singko [ng hapon]. Sabi niya, ‘Hon, manganganak na ako, ooperahan na ako.’ Medyo nag-panic din ako. Dumating ako sa ospital mga siguro quarter to seven [ng gabi]. Tapos pine-prep na siya. Siguro ‘yung operasyon halos fifteen to twenty minutes.”
Velasquez gave birth Nov. 8 via cesarean section.
Alcasid shared having mixed emotion when he saw Nathanael James for the first time and heard his first cry.
“Right at the moment, halo-halo na ‘yon, may tension, may kaba, may happy. Pagka umiyak na ‘yon tuwang-tuwa na ako nu’n.”
He explained that the name Nathaniel James was “matagal na naming napagdesisyonan [ni Regine].”
“Gusto talaga niya ‘yon. Napag-alaman namin na ang Nathaniel pala ay ‘gift of God’. ‘Yung James ay naidagdag namin kasi parang maganda ‘yung tunog ng Nathaniel James.
Friends of the power couple took turns in congratulating them for the birth of their son.
“Redge, congrats kumare. Finally, may baby na,” Manilyn Reynes said.
Actor Dingdong Dantes said he was “sobrang saya ako para sa kanila. Alam kong matagal na nilang inaantay ‘yan. ‘Yung anak nila is truly a blessing para sa kanila.”
"You've added another talented person in this world... sigurado ako, manang-mana sa inyo," the actor told "The Buzz" in a report aired on the same day.
Jaya was more descriptive to "SC" in describing the baby as “pogi as in pogi, maputi, sobrang cute. Finally, Nathan is here.”
On "The Buzz," as reported on Nov. 13, Jaya also noted, "I was just so overwhelmed with the fact that Regine has a baby on her hand. Not a microphone, but a baby--so super blessing 'yon."
"Very happy for Ms. Reg, finally meron na rin siyang matatawag na anak niya talaga. Buong buo na 'yung kanilang pamilya ni kuya Ogie... Bibisita kami soon," Sarah Geronimo also told "The Buzz."
"The Buzz," meanwhile, also caught up with Alcasid at the reunion concert of the La Salle High School chorale group, Kundirana. "Kakauwi ng mag-ina ko last night and okay na siya [Regine]," he said in the Nov. 13 report.
"Si Regine ay tuloy-tuloy naman ang pag-breastfeed. Sarap talaga 'pag may baby sa bahay, di ba? Lahat ay aligaga... parang lahat talaga bumabait," he added.
Alcasid said he is also hands-on with the baby, and does not mind the lack of sleep as a result of taking care of the baby.
When asked if his wife would truly turn her back on singing and show business, Alcasid practically refuted this by saying, "Meron kaming concert sa Feb. 14 sa Araneta Colisuem, so, 'yun ang una niyang gagawin. Gusto raw niyang magpa-payat. Sabi ko, 'Ikaw, kung anong gusto mo. Maganda ka sa akin kahit ano.'"
To his wife, his message was: "Mahal, nakakatuwa na ang saya-saya mo, at nanay ka na! Siyempre mahirap 'yan sa simula pero andito naman ako para alalayan ka."
Sharing his message to Nathaniel James with the viewers of "The Buzz," he also said: "Pangako namin sa iyo na palalakihin ka namin na isang mabuting Kristiyano. So excited kami ng mommy mo, at I love you, anak... at I love you honey."
By ALEX VALENTIN BROSAS