It seems like singer-actor Ogie Alcasid will be having a good start in 2017 as his oldest daughter Leila with start to live in the Philippines this January 2017. She is the older daughter of Ogie with former wife Miss Australia 1994 Michelle Van Eimeren. The youngest is Sarah and they all live in Australia with Michelle and their step-father Mark Morrow.
It was Leila who proudly announced the news on her blog last Sunday, December 04. According to her, she wanted to know more about her family and the Philippines, as she was born here. She flew to Australia with her mother and sister when she was four years old.
“While I'll miss my beautiful mother, step-father and sister back home, comfort lies in the fact that traveling is our thing; i.e. I know they'll visit soon enough and join me in relishing in the greatness of the Philippines.”she posted
“Visiting Manila every so often over the years has afforded me the opportunity to peek into the vibrant Filipino culture and the kind people that it consists of– an opportunity I will forever be grateful for.
“However, with 14-and-a-half years in Australia beating the time I had in Manila, learning about the other half of where I come from is a necessity.”
“This blog serves as a platform for me to express just how extraordinary– or bizarre, I find everything to be. Whether it be through my undying love of food, my obsession with clothes and all things self care, my immense interest in beautiful art and music (cue Dad - "Nandito Akoooooooo"), or my passion for equality and ways to achieve that, the world is large and I intend to see as much as I can– starting with my home.
“Also, stay tuned for what will surely be hilarious mispronunciations and misspellings as I try to learn Tagalog.”
Meanwhile, Regine Velasquez, second wife of Ogie Alcasid, was very happy with Leila's decision.
“I mean, they see each other, but not like this na every day mong nakikita.
“And also, she wants so much to have a relationship with her brother [Nate].
“Nalulungkot siya na parang baka ‘He'll forget me. I will really be sad.’
“Yun ang mga angst niya in life, ”the Asia's songbird said.
However, she prefers that Leila wouldn't enter showbiz, saying: “Gusto ko magbakasyon na lang siya, maghila-hilata dun o kung gusto niya mag-school.
“I mean, I hope you don't mind na parang… natatakot lang ako na magso-showbiz siya.
“Kasi natatakot ako na teritoryo namin yun na mag-asawa and yet we won't be able to protect her because it's so different now.
“It really is and I was telling my husband na, as much as possible, let her enjoy her private life 'coz our world is really different.”
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