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Gary Valenciano Singing in Toronto 2014
|Birth name||Edgardo José Martín Santiago Valenciano|
|Also known as||Gary V., Mr. Pure Energy|
|Born||August 6, 1964|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Songwriter, Record producer, Actor, Dancer|
|Instruments||Vocals, Keyboards, Percussions|
|Labels||Fromer : WEA,
Universal Records (Philippines)
Gary Valenciano (born Edgardo José Martín Santiago Valenciano on 6 August 1964 in Manila), also known Gary V. and Mr. Pure Energy, is a Filipino musician. Valenciano has released 26 albums, and won the Awit Awards for "Best Male Performer" eleven times. In 1998, he became UNICEF Philippines first National Ambassador. His most notable songs include "'Di Bale Na Lang" ("Never mind"), "Eto Na Naman" ("Here we go again"), "Sana Maulit Muli" ("I wish it happens again"), "Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?" ("Is God sleeping?"), "Gaya ng Dati" ("Just like before"), "Pasko Na, Sinta Ko" ("It's Christmas, my love"), and "Narito" ("Here").
Gary Valenciano was given the ASAP Elite Platinum Circle Award for 2008 for his extraordinary achievements in the local music industry. In his 25 years in the music industry, Gary has been awarded five Platinum albums, four double Platinum albums, three triple Platinum albums, and two sextuple Platinum albums.
Gary Valenciano was born in Santa Mesa district of City of Manila on 6 August 1964. He is the sixth of seven children of Vicente Valenciano and Grimilda Santiago Ortíz. His parents met in New York, married, and settled in Manila. His father is from Bicol, while 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.
Valenciano is married to María Anna Elizabeth "Angeli" Pangilinan, with whom he has three children: Paolo Valenciano (vocalist of the band Salamin, and is married to Samantha Godinez), José Angelo Gabriel Valenciano (singer, keyboardist, dancer, and is married to Tricia Centenera) and Kristiana María Mikaela (model-turned-singer). He is currently living with diabetes, and has been an endorser for several wellness products related to the condition.
In 1978, at 14 years old, Valenciano made his first television appearance in an advertisement for local soft-drink, Fress Gusto. He started as a choir singer then launched his career in singing and show business on 13 May 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 for "Best Male Performer" eleven of the past 21 times.. He has been called "Mr. Pure Energy" due to his high energy dance performances in concerts.
In 1998, he became UNICEF Philippines' first National Ambassador. 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 born again. 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. In 2010, Valenciano was in a Holy Week drama special, Gulong, a CBN Asia Production shown on GMA. This was his third GMA Holy Week special since 2006. He also released his 25th full-length album, and his fourth compilation album, "Replay", was recently released with the carrier single, "Did It Ever".
Main Article: Gary Valenciano Discography
- CBN Asia Holy Week Special (GMA Network, 1995)
- Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin (GMA Network, 2002) - cameo appearance
- Sa Ngalan Ng Anak: A CBN Asia Holy Week Special (GMA Network, 2006)
- ASAP (ABS-CBN, 1995–present)
- Maalaala Mo Kaya? (ABS-CBN, 2008)
- May Bukas Pa (ABS-CBN, 2009) - guest
- Gulong: A CBN Asia Holy Week Special (GMA Network, 2010)
- Twist and Shout (ABS-CBN, 2010)
- Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN, 2011) - guest/singer
- The X Factor Philippines (ABS-CBN, 2012) - judge
- Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN, 2012) - guest/singer
- The Voice of the Philippines (ABS-CBN, 2013) - trust adviser of Sarah Geronimo
- Your Face Sounds Familiar (ABS-CBN, 2015) - jury
Awards & Accolades
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|2004||17th Awit Awards||Best Performance by a Duet (with Kyla)||"Sana Maulit Muli"||Won|
|2007||20th Awit Awards||Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist||"In Another Lifetime"||Won|
|2009||GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Male Concert Performer of the Year||Gary Live@25||Won|
|2010||Male Recording Artist of the Year||Won|
|2014||6th PMPC Star Awards For Music||Male Recording Artist of the Year||Won|
|2014||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|
|2015||28th Awit Awards||Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist||"Saytay," "Kapalaran"||Nominated|
|2015||Album of the Year||"With You"||Nominated|
|2015||Best Inspirational/Religious Recording||"Ipagpatuloy Mo" "Saytay"||Nominated|
|2015||Best Dance Recording||"Saytay"||Nominated|
|2015||Best Song Written For Movie/TV/Stage Play||"Galing ng Pilipino" "Ipagpatuloy Mo"||Nominated|
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- Gary Valenciano currently living with diabetes.
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