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LALAINE INTERVIEW
Lizzie McGuire and Beyond
Filipina who says "ARAY" when she gets excited or hurt - instead of "OUCH"

DANCE
US ASIANS: Describe the passions that have made you into a fantastic dancer?

LALAINE: Let's say I love the energy it delivers to everyone with my music. The best way to deliver my songs is with my dance.

US ASIANS: What dance studios do you attend to fine-tune your great skills on your feet?

LALAINE: Multiple studios in the LA area

 
 
Lalaine with her role model
Lea Salonga
 
For more on Lea, click HERE
ROLE MODEL
US ASIANS: What is your definition of a "Role Model" and what responsibilities come with this role?

LALAINE: I feel that I can be an important instrument to successfully reinforce to everyone a positive message that "Our Youth" is our nation's foundation.

US ASIANS: Being a role model for countless teens, what activity of yours do you hope that teens would emulate?

LALAINE: Staying in shape, eating healthy, and going after your dreams, whatever they are.

US ASIANS: In light that you have the great ability to easily affect and influence people, what would you like to accomplish and/or achieve in the near future?

LALAINE: Expand what I am already doing, i.e positive reinforcement for the kids to go forward and not to be afraid of hard work.

DIVERSITY
US ASIANS: Could you share what is the most important part of your Filipino culture?

LALAINE: Close family ties

US ASIANS: What part of the Philippines were your parents born and when did they immigrate to the United States by settling in Burbank California?

LALAINE: Batangas and Pampanga, 1968

REGINE VELASQUEZ
 
 
Regine Valesquez
 
Regine Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez was born on April 22, 1970 in Manila, Philippines. At an early age her parents recognized that she was a gifted singer. Her family moved out of Manila to Leyte, in order for Regine to work with some prestigious voice coaches.

The most important competition that she won was at the Bagong Kampeon Competition. Her performance of "In Your Eyes" led to an opportunity to record her debut single. This led to being invited to appear on a local talk show where she met Ronnie Henares, a major player in the Asian music industry, who agreed to become her manager. This resulted in hiring a decent producer and her 1987 album to critical and commercial success.

 
 
Regine Velasquez

In 1989, Velasquez entered the Asia-Pacific Singing Contest as an official representative of the Philippines and was crowned champion of one of Asia's most prestigious contests that rocketed her to Asian music superstar status. As a result, whe was selling out stadium concerts while releasing several multi-platinum albums in Asia.

In addition, she endorsed American fast-food chains like KFC and Wendy's in Asia. As an actress, she appeared in a number of Filipino films. As a television host, her music show Star For A Night, has continually received high ratings since its inception in 2000.

 
US ASIANS: Do you feel that you are successful role model for Asian/Filipino Americans in the entertainment industry?

LALAINE: I hope so.

US ASIANS: Has any Filipino/Asian Pacific American organizations honored you for your many achievements?

LALAINE: Yes

US ASIANS: Could you share what Filipino and/or Asian Pacific American events that you've participated in?

LALAINE: Fili-American Expo in LA Convention Center and Del Mar Convention Center

US ASIANS: Were you influenced by past OPM singers such as Regine Valesquez, Gary V. Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, Kuh Ledesmo, Maya, Banig and others?

LALAINE: I am a fan of Regine's singing.

US ASIANS: As a successful Filipina, what do you think about the two Filipinas that have made it to the American Idol's stage where the general public must select from eight finalists - along with Harlemm Lee?

LALAINE: I am proud of them, and I know there is more talent out there with Filipino ancestry in them.

US ASIANS: Do you feel that now is the right time for Hollywood to officially celebrate the many great talents and success of artists from the Asian/Asian Pacific American communities?

LALAINE: Now is the time.

PARTING WORDS
US ASIANS: What three words would describe you and your career.

LALAINE: Diversely / Exploring / Positivity.

US ASIANS: How would you like people to remember you?

LALAINE: That I am loving life and blessed by the many opportunities I've experienced.

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Art of Acting Background Being a Role Model Dancing
Diversity Family Lea Salonga & Lalaine Live Performances
Lizzie McGuire Music Career Parting Words Regine Velasquez

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