Gary Valenciano

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Gary Valenciano
Gary Valenciano Singing in Toronto 2014
Background information
Birth name Edgardo José Martín Santiago Valenciano
Also known as Gary V., Mr. Pure Energy
Born (1964-08-06) August 6, 1964 (age 51)
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres Inspirational, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Record producer, Actor, Dancer
Instruments Vocals, Keyboards, Percussions
Years active 1983–present
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").

He is currently part of ABS-CBN contract actors, and is frequently tapped to sing theme songs for the network's soap operas and in-house film arm, Star Cinema.

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.[1]


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[2] his mother is a Puerto Rican of Italian descent [3][4] who sang opera in Manila during the 1960s. Valenciano attended primary and secondary school in La Salle Green Hills.

Personal life[edit]

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.[5]


In 1978, at 14 years old, Valenciano made his first television appearance in an advertisement for local soft-drink, Fress Gusto.[6][7] He started as a choir singer then launched his career in singing and show business on 13 May 1983.[8] 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.[citation needed]. He has been called "Mr. Pure Energy" due to his high energy dance performances in concerts.[3]

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


Awards & Accolades[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
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[9] "In Another Lifetime" Won
2009 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Concert Performer of the Year[10] Gary Live@25 Won
2010 Male Recording Artist of the Year[11] Won
2014 6th PMPC Star Awards For Music Male Recording Artist of the Year[12] Won
2014 Concert of the Year[12] Arise 3.0 Won
2015 46th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Concert Performer of the Year[13] Arise 3.0 Won
2015 28th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist[14] "Saytay," "Kapalaran" Nominated
2015 Album of the Year[14] "With You" Nominated
2015 Best Inspirational/Religious Recording[14] "Ipagpatuloy Mo" "Saytay" Nominated
2015 Best Dance Recording[14] "Saytay" Nominated
2015 Best Song Written For Movie/TV/Stage Play[14] "Galing ng Pilipino" "Ipagpatuloy Mo" Nominated

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b "Gary V: Live at 25! | Gallery | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Gary Valenciano: A Winning Lifestyle". Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  5. ^ Gary Valenciano currently living with diabetes.
  6. ^ "Fress Gusto Classic Philipine TVC 1975 ( with Gary V )". YouTube. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  7. ^ Video 48 (2009-07-05). "Video 48: GARY V.'S "FRESS GUSTO" Circa 1978". Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  8. ^ "Gary V unleashing pure energy in Araneta". ABS-CBN News. 2008-10-19. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  9. ^ "Kamikazee wins five Awit Awards". 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  10. ^ "40th Box Office Entertainment Awards given out". Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  11. ^ "ABS-CBN big winner at GMMSF Entertainment Awards". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  12. ^ a b "Who won at the 6th PMPC Star Awards for Music". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-15-09.
  13. ^ "Kapamilya stars dominate 46th Box Office Entertainment Awards". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2015-05-19.
  14. ^ a b c d e "28th Awit Awards". 28th Awit Awards Full List. Retrieved 2015-08-26.

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