American singer Brian McKnight is in the Philippines for his concert series.
In an interview with ABS-CBN, he shared how thrilled he is to be back in the country, especially now that he has a greater connection with Filipinos than before.
McKnight and his Filipina girlfriend of three years, Leilani Malia Mendoza, tied the knot last New Year’s Eve in Oheka Castle, New York. The couple has been together since 2014 and got engaged in 2017.
Now that he’s married to a Filipina, he was really looking forward to be back in the Philippines.
“Well, I guess now it starts with my wife and her family. Being married to a Filipina is a fantastic thing. My love for Filipino food has gone through the roof.”
When he was asked what endeared him the most about the Philippines, he answered, “Just the love.”
The singer added, “There is so much love here. So many people, as you meet them and you come back year after year, and you see how much they love you… They constantly tell you that they love you. There is so much heartfelt love for the kind of music that I do.”
He also grateful toward his fans who continuously supports his music even though some have been released way back in the 90s.
McKnight has previously collaborated with Filipino singers such as Martin Nievera, Regine Velasquez, Gary V, and Kyla.
His hits include One Last Cry, Back at One, and 8, 6, 12.
Regine Velasquez has dubbed ABS-CBN Network as the “number one station” in the country.
In her media conference at the Dolphy Theater, she clarified the real reason why she signed with the Kapamilya network. She said that it’s not because of how much was offered to her, but because of the opportunities to work with talented artists.
“No… you know, at my age and at the stage of my career, we all know, you know, alam nilang lahat ng mga reporters dito na mga kaibigan ko na, hindi naman ako ilusyunadang tao. Alam ko naman kung ano yung lugar ko sa industry.
“Sobra akong touched na touched sa welcome na ibinigay sa akin ng ABS-CBN kasi hindi ko akalain na ganun ako kaimportante, hindi po ako mailusyunadong tao.
“But the reason why I’m here is because hindi ko alam kung hanggang kailan ko pa kayang kumanta, and I want to work with their talented singers.”
She then proceeded to acknowledge ABS-CBN as the number one station.
“Yun talaga yun, na bago man lang matapos yung career ko, masabi kong nakatrabaho ko din ang number one station.”
Regine also revealed that she’s looking forward to working with the network’s biggest singers such as Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Piolo Pascual, Morissette Amon, and Sarah Geronimo.