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Asia's Songbird, Regine Velasquez has A(H1N1)

Written By David D'Angelo on Saturday, July 11, 2009 | 7/11/2009

MANILA - Asia's Songbird, Regine Velasquez, tested positive for influenza A(H1N1) virus but she has already recovered. Velasquez said she got infected by the virus days before her much-awaited guesting in Charice's first major concert last June 27 at SMX Convention Center. "Mabilis lang pero buti na lang hindi naman matinding strain. I found out I was already okay kasi sa dami ng nagpa-pa-checkup [na-delay iyong result ng swab test]," she said.

She admitted that she got scared when she was diagnosed with H1N1. "Understandable naman nga kasi nga naging pandemic nga. It's scary kasi at that time when it came out, we didn't even know how to treat it," she said. During the quarantine period, she said she wore a mask so as not to infect those who are close to her. Velasquez was the first local celebrity to publicly admit that she got infected by the disease. "It felt like that, trangkaso lang. Pero siyempre sa mga dami ng chismis, hindi mo maalis na ma-praning ka, di ba? Pero may katotohanan pala ang pagka-praning ko," she said. She said she learned that the best thing to do in order to combat any disease is to keep oneself healthy. "Kasi kung talagang malakas ang immune system mo, hindi ka naman tatamaan ng sakit," she said. The singer also attributed her speedy recovery to the following: adequate rest, vitamins, and boyfriend Ogie Alcasid. "Yeah, he took care of me," she said.

The Department of Health has already recorded a total of 1,709 confirmed A (H1N1) cases in the Philippines as of June 27, 2009. Apology Meanwhile, Velasquez apologized to Charice because she was not able to perform during the latter’s first major concert. Charice was reportedly teary eyed when she learned that her idol could not make it in the concert. Velasquez said she also felt the same way. She said she hopes that the international singing sensation will again invite her to perform in her next concert. Marie Lozano, ABS-CBN News


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