Born Herminio Jose Alcasid Jr. on August 27, 1967, the man people know as Ogie Alcasid spans decades of being a jack-of-all-trades in show business.
From his game show hosting ABS-CBN’s “Game na Game Na” and IBC13’s “Hot Shot,” to being a comedian making viewers laugh in “Tropang Trumpo” and “Bubble Gang,” Ogie proved he can excel in any venture he wanted to pursue.
While he started in showbiz as a singer in 1989 via his timeless hit single “Nandito Ako,” Ogie reached a higher star when he started creating music; thus the monicker Singer-Songwriter was born. Ogie takes pride in and is credited as the creator behind some of the most well-loved and award-winning OPM love songs. Videoke favorites “Kailangan Kita,” “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw,” and “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang” are to name but only a few.
Aside from being a musician, Ogie also had a fruitful movie career, having been cast in more than 40 films, including the more recent “Raketeros” in 2013 with Herbert Bautista, Dennis Padilla, Andrew E, and Long Mejia. He also made people laugh with his cross-dressing portrayal of a bratty little girl named Angelina in “Yaya and Angelina” alongside his close friend Michael V., and made popular phrases that trended on social media via his character Boy Pick-Up.
Being a musician-slash-actor may be taxing but he never stops there. Currently, Ogie heads the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) as the President, and he also acts as the Commissioner of the EDSA People Power Commission. He is also one of the proponents of the Pinoy Music Council that drafted the Executive Order asking to make September 5 of every year as “Araw ng Musikang Pilipino” in support of Original Pinoy Music.
Musician, actor, and leader — that is Ogie’s professional life. But at the end of each day, he is a loving father to his kids Leila, Sarah and Nate, and a caring husband to his wife, who also happens to be another music icon known by the name of Regine Velasquez.