Regine Velasquez encourages Catriona Gray to pursue singing
Regine says she told Catriona to continue singing even after she passes the Miss Universe crown in December

ENCOURAGEMENT. Regine Velasquez says she told Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray to continue singing after seeing her perform in an event they did together. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – After she heard reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray belting out a song at a recent event, Regine Velasquez said she encouraged the beauty queen to pursue singing.

Regine shared her advice to Catriona in an interview with ABS-CBN. They were among the performers at the Frontrow event held at the Philippine Arena last November 9.

“Actually, I told her, ‘You should continue singing.’ And then she said: ‘Yeah, I really want to and I want to learn more, I want to study.’ I said, ‘Go, but the best teacher is your experience; just keep singing,” Regine said in a mix of Filipino and English.

Prior to the pageant, Catriona, who took a certificate course in music  at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, released a song – “We’re In This Together.” The proceeds of the song will go to Young Focus, the charity she’s been supporting.



Regine also said that she was in awe of Catriona’s beauty. A video taken at the Frontrow event showed Regine looking stunned as Catriona  was talking.


Kasi tinitingnan ko siya – ang tangkad, tapos ang payat-payat, ang ganda-ganda,…ang galing-galing. Alam mo ‘yun? Parang pinapanood ko ‘yung Miss Universe,” she said.

(I was looking at her – tall, so slim, and so beautiful…so outstanding. You know, that feeling? It was like I was watching Miss Universe.) –