Gary Valenciano singing in Toronto, 2014
|Birth name||Edgardo Jose Santiago Valenciano|
|Also known as||Gary V., Mr. Pure Energy|
|Born||August 6, 1964|
Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines
|Genres||Inspirational, pop, OPM|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, actor, entertainer, television host, reality show judge, mentor|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, drums, percussion|
|Labels||Star Music (Philippines), Vicor Music, Universal Records (Philippines)|
Edgardo Jose "Gary" Santiago Valenciano (born August 6, 1964), also known as Gary V., is a Filipino singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, actor, music producer and television host. Valenciano has released 39 albums, and won the Awit Awards for "Best Male Performer" twelve times. Valenciano is of Puerto Rican descent.
He is currently part of ABS-CBN Entertainment Group's contract artists, having been a mainstay of the Sunday noontime musical variety show ASAP and the noontime, weekday singing contest segment of It's Showtime. Valenciano is frequently tapped to sing theme songs for the network's soap operas and in-house film arm, Star Cinema. Aside from music, he is UNICEF Philippines' first National Ambassador, since 1998.
Valenciano was given the ASAP Elite Platinum Circle Award several times for his achievements in the local music industry. In his 34 years in the music industry, he has been awarded multi-platinum recording awards for most of his full-length studio albums.
Early life and education
Gary Valenciano was born in Santa Mesa district of City of Manila on August 6, 1964. He is the sixth of seven children of Vicente Calacas Valenciano, a Bicolano from Camalig, Albay and Grimilda Santiago y Olmo (1934–2019) from Arecibo, Puerto Rico. His parents met in New York City, married, and settled in Manila. His mother is a Puerto Rican of Italian descent who sang opera in Manila during the 1960s. Valenciano attended primary and secondary school in La Salle Green Hills.
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He started as a choir singer, then launched his career in singing and show business on May 13, 1983. He first appeared as a solo artist in 1982 in the television programme The Pilita and Jackie Show, and later in Germspesyal and Penthouse Live.
He had his first solo concert in April 1984 at the Araneta Coliseum, followed by a number of albums. Three of his albums were released internationally, including the Christian-inspired album Out of the Dark. He won the Awit Award twelve times in the "Best Male Recording" category alone. He has been called "Mr. Pure Energy" due to his high energy dance performances in concerts.
As an actor, he won the "Best Single Performance by an Actor" trophy when he performed in a drama television movie for GMA7 in the 90s. He has appeared in 14 full-length films as the lead actor for some of the top movie companies like Viva Films, Regal Films, Seiko Films, and Star Cinema, with leading ladies like Vilma Santos, Maricel Soriano, Lorna Tolentino, Kris Aquino, Sharon Cuneta, Gretchen Barretto, Princess Punzalana, and Ms. Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres.
As an inspirational artist, he recorded a number of Christian albums and was chosen to do a music video for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) for a song he co-wrote, "Could You Be Messiah," in 1994. He was then tapped for Global Mission in Puerto Rico in 1994 where he performed with Michael W. Smith and Steve Green. BGEA tapped him as well as in Amsterdam 2000 where he performed for over 10,500 evangelists. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Christian Broadcasting Network, producers of The 700 Club. He performed at the 50th anniversary of CBN in Virginia Beach and has guested on The 700 Club USA many times.
As a performing artist, he was called the "Michael Jackson of the Philippines" in the 80s and 90s, and continues to hold concerts all over the world. He has sold out venues and theatres in the Philippines and all over the world, performing in venues like the Shrine Auditorium and Microsoft Theater in California, the Roy Thompson Hall in Canada, the Budokhan Hall in Japan, the Navy Pier in Chicago, and the Sydney Entertainment Center and Hillsong Auditorium in Australia. He has performed all over the world, including in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Oman, Qatar, Paris, London, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, and Amsterdam.
In 1998, he became UNICEF Philippines' first National Ambassador. In 2006, the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee has named Gary Valenciano the official performer of the Asian Games' theme song, "Side By Side". In 2008, he marked his tenth year as a UNICEF Ambassador with a visit to Sitio Avocado, a former war zone in Negros Oriental.
Valenciano returned to acting in 2008 by appearing in the drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya, where he portrayed a prisoner who finds religion and becomes a born again Christian. That same year, he was nominated for "Best Single Performance by an Actor" in the 22nd PMPC Star Awards for TV.
In 2009, Valenciano released a collaborative album with Martin Nievera called As 1, with the carrier single of the same title.
For his 25th anniversary in 2008, STAR RECORDS, the music arm of ABSCBN, released GV 25, a compilation of songs he composed and recorded sung by music stars of the Philippines like Sharon Cuneta, Rachel Ann Go, Martin Nievera, Piolo Pascual, Jed Madela, Erik Santos, and Christian Bautista.
For his 30th anniversary in 2013, his concert ARISE, which was originally staged at the Araneta Coliseum for two nights and restaged at the MOA ARENA to a jam-packed audience, won as PMPC's Best Concert of the Year. His album With You won the Best Inspirational Album for the same year at the Catholic Mass Media Awards.
Valenciano formed the Shining Light Foundation in 1989, focusing on supporting diabetics and a scholarship program that has produced many multi-awarded scholars and students.
Valenciano married María Anna Elizabeth "Angeli" Pangilinan, the sister of Senator Francis Pangilinan, on August 6, 1984. Together, they have three children: Paolo Valenciano, a director and the former vocalist of the band Salamin; Gabriel Valenciano, a singer, keyboardist, dancer, and director; and Kiana Valenciano, a model and singer-songwriter.
He is currently living with type 1 diabetes, and has been an endorser for several wellness products related to the condition. In May 2018, Valenciano started feeling ill after a performance with his son Gabriel for the celebration of his 35th anniversary in showbiz in ABS-CBN's top-rating Sunday afternoon show, ASAP and had to undergo open heart surgery due to blockage of his left anterior descending artery caused by his diabetes. The procedure was successfully performed on May 6, 2018, and he was released from the hospital by May 12.
|1984||Hotshots||Mike||Viva Films||Valenciano's first movie appearance|||
|1986||Horsey-horsey: Tigidig-tigidig||Tommy||Regal Films|||
|Payaso||Sialina Film Enterprises||cameo appearance|||
|1987||Di bale na lang||Nelson||Seiko Films|||
|Maria Went to Town||Fernando||Regal Films|||
|1988||Ibulong mo sa Diyos||Gilbert|||
|Rock-a-Bye Baby||Mike||Seiko Films|||
|Natutulog Pa Ang Diyos||Mark Vilchez|||
|1990||Kung Tapos na ang Kailanman||Jeric Israel|||
|Papa's Girl||Raffy||Regal Films|||
|1991||Kaputol Ng Isang Awit||Johnny Abrigo||Viva Films|||
|1995||Hataw na||Robbie Mallorca||Star Cinema|||
|1996||SPO1 Don Juan: Da Dancing Policeman||Bicycle Cop||Neo Films|||
|2005||Gary V: Music Video Collection||Himself||Valenciano's music video collection|||
|2007||The Bicycle (Gulong)||Tito Lito||Cinemalaya|||
|2011||Subject: I Love You||Choy||Radiant Studios||Based on the "I Love You" computer virus of 2000|||
|2012||I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila!||Nick Fuentebella||Unitel Pictures and Studio 5||Won Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)|||
|1988, 1990, 1992||Ryan Ryan Musikahan||Guest Performer||ABS-CBN|
|1995||CBN Asia Holy Week Special||GMA Network|
|2002||Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin||Ricky Lopez||cameo appearance|
|2006||Sa Ngalan Ng Anak: A CBN Asia Holy Week Special||GMA Network|
|2007||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Alex Ramos||"Bag" episode||ABS-CBN|
|2009||May Bukas Pa||Guest|
|2010||Gulong: A CBN Asia Holy Week Special||GMA Network|
|Twist and Shout||Himself||Host||ABS-CBN|
|2011||Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin||guest/singer|
|2012||The X Factor Philippines||judge|
|2013||The Voice of the Philippines||trust adviser of Sarah Geronimo|
|2015||Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 1||Jury|
|Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2|
|2017||Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids Season 1|
|FPJ's Ang Probinsyano||Wedding Singer|
|2017–present||It's Showtime||Head Judge in Tawag ng Tanghalan|
|2018||Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids Season 2||Jury|
|2019||World of Dance Philippines||Judge|
|Year||Award Giving Body||Category||Nominated Work||Results|
|1996||GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Total Entertainer of the Year||N/A||Won|
|1998||GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Best Male Singer||N/A||Won|
|2002||MTV Pilipinas Music Award||Favorite Male Video||"Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile"||Won|
|2003||Aliw Awards||Best Male Concert Performer||"XXTREME"||Won|
|2004||17th Awit Awards||Best Performance by a Duet||"Sana Maulit Muli"(with Kyla)||Won|
|2006||19th Aliw Awards||Best Male Performer in a Major Concert||"Thankful"||Won|
|Entertainer of the Year||N/A||Won|
|Hall of Fame||N/A||Won|
|2007||20th Awit Awards||Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist||"In Another Lifetime"||Won|
|MYX Music Awards||Favorite Male Artist||N/A||Nominated|
|Favorite Mellow Video||"You Give Me Reason"||Nominated
|2008||21st Awit Awards||Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist||"Sana Maulit Muli"||Won|
|Best Performance by a Duet||"Hard Habit To Break" with Jed Madela||Won
|2009||22nd Awit Awards||Best Ballad Recording||"When I Hear You Call"||Won|
|Best Collaboration||"Letting Go" with Powerplay feat. Mon Faustino||Won|
|Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist||"When I Hear You Call"||Nominated|
|Best Dance Recording||"Shout For Joy Gabriel Valenciano Mix)"||Nominated|
|Best Inspirational/Religious Recording||"When I Hear You Call"||Nominated|
|Best Musical Arrangement||"When I Hear You Call"||Nominated|
|Music Video of the Year||"When I Hear You Call"||Nominated|
|GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Male Concert Performer of the Year||"Gary Live@25"||Won|
|2010||23rd Awit Awards||Best Ballad Recording||"Tayong Dalawa"||Won|
|Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist||"How Can I"||Nominated|
|Best Collaboration||"As 1" with Martin Nievera||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||"As 1" with Martin Nievera||Nominated|
|Best Rock/Alternative Recording||"AYT" with Sponge Cola||Nominated|
|GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Male Recording Artist of the Year||N/A||Won|
|2011||24th Awit Awards||Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist||"Did It Ever" & "Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo"||Nominated|
|Best Ballad Recording Artist||"Kung Tayo' Magkakalayo"||Nominated|
|Best Christmas Recording||"Ngayong Pasko Magniningning ang Pilipino" with Toni Gonzaga & University of Santo Tomas Singers||Nominated
|2012||25th Awit Awards||Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist||"Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin"||Nominated|
|2013||26th Awit Awards||Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist||"Hanggang sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan"||Won|
|Best Ballad Recording||"Hanggang sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan"||Won|
|Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist||"In Your Eyes"||Nominated|
|2014||6th PMPC Star Awards For Music||Male Recording Artist of the Year||N/A||Won|
|Concert of the Year||Arise 3.0||Won|
|2015||46th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Male Concert Performer of the Year||Arise 3.0||Won|
|28th Awit Awards||Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist||"Saytay," "Kapalaran"||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||"With You"||Nominated|
|Best Inspirational/Religious Recording||"Ipagpatuloy Mo, Galing ng Pilipino"||Won|
|Best Dance Recording, Best Inspirational/Religious Recording||"Saytay"||Nominated|
|Best Song Written For Movie/TV/Stage Play||"Ipagpatuloy Mo, Galing ng Pilipino"||Won|
|2016||8th PMPC Star Awards for Music||Concert of the Year||"Gary V. Presents"||Nominated|
|Compilation Album of the Year||"GOLD"||Won|
|2017||8th Eduk Circle Awards||Most Influential Concert Performer||"Love in Motion"||Won|
|Best Male Music Artist||"Wag Ka Nang Umiyak"||Nominated|
|2018||9th PMPC Star Awards For Music||Levi Celerio Lifetime Achievement Award||(His overall contribution to OPM)||Won|
|Best Album Design Cover of the Year||"Gary V. @ Primetime"||Won|
|Compilation Album of the Year||"Gary V. @ Primetime"||Nominated|
|Concert of the Year||"Love in Motion"||Nominated|
Film and television
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1988||Ibulong mo sa Diyos||Best Theme Song||Won|
|1995||Sana Maulit Muli||Best Theme Song||Won|
|2000||Dr. Ciriaco Santiago Memorial Award||Won|
|2006||"Ikaw Lamang" for the movie Dubai||Best Theme Song||Won|
Golden Screen TV Awards
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2006||Ikaw Lamang||Best Theme Song||Won|
|2011||ASAP Rocks||Outstanding Male Host in a Musical or Variety Program||Nominated|
|2013||I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila!||Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role-Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
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