Nate Alcasid Discovers Dad Ogie Was Married to Ninang Michelle--through Google
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  • Ogie Alcasid has quite the set-up of a modern family.

    He and his wife Regine Velasquez are on good terms with his ex-wife Michelle Van Eimeren, with whom he has two daughters, Leila and Sarah.

    Ogie and Regine have a six-year-old son, Nate. Michelle is one of Nate's godmothers, and he calls her Ninang Michelle.

    While Ogie and Regine had planned on telling Nate about his previous marriage to Michelle, technology and Nate's curiosity has preempted that talk.

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    Ogie revealed, “Ang nakakatawa nito, kasi siyempre si Nate pag nakikita niya yung Ate [Leila] niya, siyempre, ‘Ate ko, bakit hindi ko naman kamukha?’

    “Siguro sa utak niya yun, di ba?

    “Kasi kami balak naming sabihin kay Nate pag mga ten na siya. Yung para medyo maiintindihan niya.”

    Ogie continued, “Sabi niya ba naman sa nanay niya, ‘Mommy, Dad was married to Ninang Michelle!

    “Si Regine, parang, ‘Ha?! How did you know?’

    “‘I Googled it!’”

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    It was important for Ogie and Regine to let Nate process the information well.

    “'Tapos sabi namin, ’How do you feel?’ ‘I’m happy’, sabi niya, ‘It’s okay!’”

    How did Nate end up Googling this fact?

    Ogie answered, “Siguro nakikita niya. 'Tapos sinabi ko kay Michelle sabi ko, ‘O, Nate knows already.’

    “Sabi niya, ‘Oh no! Is he okay?’ Kasi iyon yung concern. ‘Yeah, he’s very happy!’

    “At least hindi na namin kailangang sabihin pa sa kanya, Ginoogle niya, e.”

    He went on, “At saka siyempre, minsan pag nagkukuwentuhan kami nung Ate niya, ‘O you remember, when you were a baby we used to go there.’

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    “So siyempre naririnig niya, ‘Baby?!’

    “Nagtataka siya. E, matalino yung bata, he’s very receptive.”

    When we mentioned that Nate is a techie kid, Ogie quipped, “Lahat naman ng bata ngayon, techie, e!”

    According to Ogie, Nate is only allowed to use the iPad on weekends, and his gadget only contains kid-friendly apps.

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    Performing with his kids

    PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with Ogie at the press conference of OA: Ogie Alcasid 30th Aniversary Concert, which was held last night at the Araneta Coliseum. 

    The press conference was held at Hungry Samurai restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

    Ogie's younger daughter Sarah arrived in Manila this week from Australia, where she and mom Michelle are based.

    Ogie and Michelle's older daughter Leila is already based here in the Philippines, and has started her own singing career.

    Leila, Sarah, and Nate were among Ogie's special guests at his concert, a first for the crooner.

    He said, “Ten years ago, ang kasama ko sa stage si Leila, pero hindi naman siya kumanta.

    “Sa Araneta din, yung kinantahan ko siya, 'tapos si Sarah, baby pa nun, well, siguro mga seven years old.”

    Nate hadn't been born then, and now Leila is a recording artist and a budding songwriter.

    Ogie added about his eldest daughter, “'Tsaka ang galing niya, ang galing niyang magsulat.”

    All of Ogie's children have inherited his love for singing.

    He said of Sarah, “Magaling yun! Magaling yun.”

    We asked if Sarah also wants to be a singer. 

    “Parang pero marami siyang… gusto niya ring maging doktor, gusto niyang maging… Pero siya talaga yung kumakanta kasi kasama siya sa Glee Club, ganun.”

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    He added, “Si Leila kasi parang late bloomer, e. More of lately lang niya na-discover na gusto pala niya. Ang gift niya talaga, pagsusulat.”

     

    This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

    * Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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