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Ogie Is Over The Moon As Blended Family With Regine, Michelle Got Together After 3 Years
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  • Ogie Alcasid took to social media to express his happiness over getting "all together again," referring to his current wife Regine Velasquez and their son Nate Alcasid as well as to his ex-wife Michelle van Eimeren and their two daughters Leila and Sarah Alcasid.

    "By God's grace," the actor/singer/TV host/entrepreneur pointed out in the caption of his post showing his blended family having dinner in what looks like a restaurant. They had a groufie outside the establishment, as shown in the photo in his next post.

    Ogie wrote in the caption "missing" and tagged Michelle's current husband Mark Murrow.

    It could mean that Mark wasn't able to take the trip with Michelle and Sarah from their base in Australia. Leila, on the other hand, has been staying with Ogie, Regine, and Nate for several years now as she pursues a career in the local entertainment industry.

    A lot of Ogie's friends and followers shared his happiness, as evidenced by the approving comments left by his colleagues, such as Gary Valenciano, Iza Calzado, Bing Loyzaga, and Vina Morales.

     

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    Blended family

    Indeed, theirs is an extended family set-up that elicits admiration and envy. There were instances, though, when Regine couldn't help but think of the time when she became the "third party" in Ogie and Michelle's marriage that lasted from 1996 to 2007.

    Michelle, who represented her native Australia in the 1994 Miss Universe pageant held in Manila, then found a new love in Mark, whom she married in 2009 (with Ogie and Regine in attendance).

    A year later, on December 31, 2010, Ogie and Regine made their union official and legal in a grand wedding attended by Michelle and daughters Leila and Sarah.

    Regine, in an episode of Magandang Buhay, admitted blaming herself for the breakup of Ogie and Michelle's family:"For a while, I have to say, I had to live with that guilt. Like, I was living in that guilt and my husband would say, 'It was not about you. It was about me and Michelle.'"

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    The music icon known as The Songbird went on recalling in the ABS-CBN talk show she cohosts with Jolina Magdangal and Melai Cantiveros: "But even then, I was there. I was part of it. I was the 'third party.' And for a time, na-forgive na ako ni Michelle, na-forgive na ako ng mga tao, except me. I wasn't forgiving myself. And I'm still working on it.”

    She added, "I think na I'd already forgiven myself, 'yung hindi na ako masyadong nagi-guilty. But once in a while, I would, like, remember, or kapag may nangyayari doon sa dalawang girls. But iniisip ko na lang, hindi na 'yun 'yung sitwasyon, e. Ako na 'yung asawa niya, e."

    Regine later on said, in celebrity hairstylist Celeste Tuviera's vlog, that Michelle and Ogie were both "the ultimate number one factor" in making their blended family work. She recalled Ogie's many talks with Michelle regarding their situation.

    “Then finally, nung feeling niya puwede na akong ipasok, sinama niya ako sa Australia," Regine said. “Michelle and I were able to talk. Nag-iyakan. Walang panunumbat whatsoever.

    “She accepted whatever it was that happened, and she even said it was not about me, it was between the two of them. Right away, forgiveness was given. Acceptance was given. And so there was friendship and only love.”

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    Ogie, for his part, gave the credit to both Regine and Michelle when he was asked about their blended family by Michael V in an interview with Smart Parenting (watch here).

    He proudly said, "Nabiyayaan ako ng dalawang napangasawa ko na sobrang maintindihin din. Hindi sila nago-overlap. In fact, no'ng umuwi na dito si Leila, binilin ni Michelle kay Regine si Leila. I don't think that happens.

    "So, it's not me. I think it's also them...Dahil sila ay gano'n, di ko masasabing gano'n kahirap. For some reason, alam nila kaagad kung saan sila lulugar."

    Read here on five myths you should stop believing on forming a blended family.

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