Gary Valenciano

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Gary Valenciano
Gary Valenciano singing in Toronto, 2014
Gary Valenciano singing in Toronto, 2014
Background information
Birth nameEdgardo Jose Santiago Valenciano
Also known asGary V., Mr. Pure Energy
Born (1964-08-06) August 6, 1964 (age 56)
Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines
OriginManila, Philippines
GenresInspirational, pop, OPM
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, actor, entertainer, television host, reality show judge, mentor
InstrumentsVocals, piano, drums, percussion
Years active1982–present
LabelsStar Music (Philippines), Vicor Music, Universal Records (Philippines)
Websitehttp://www.garyv.com

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.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[2] His parents met in New York City, married, and settled in Manila.[3] His mother is a Puerto Rican of Italian descent[4][5] who sang opera in Manila during the 1960s. Valenciano attended primary and secondary school in La Salle Green Hills.

Career[edit]

In 1978, at 12 years old, Valenciano made his first television appearance in an advertisement for Fress Gusto, a now-discontinued soft drink sold by San Miguel Corporation.[6][7]

He started as a choir singer, then launched his career in singing and show business on May 13, 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 twelve times in the "Best Male Recording" category alone.[9] He has been called "Mr. Pure Energy" due to his high energy dance performances in concerts.[4]

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".[10] 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.

In 2010, Valenciano was in a Holy Week drama special, Gulong ("Wheel"), a CBN Asia production shown on GMA.

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.

Philanthropy[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[citation needed]

He is currently living with type 1 diabetes, and has been an endorser for several wellness products related to the condition.[11] 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,[12] and he was released from the hospital by May 12.[13]

On April 17, 2019, Valenciano's mother died in Orlando, Florida after battling pneumonia, congestive heart failure and H1N1 flu.[14]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Film Role Studio Notes Source
1984 Hotshots Mike Viva Films Valenciano's first movie appearance [15]
1986 Horsey-horsey: Tigidig-tigidig Tommy Regal Films [citation needed]
Payaso Sialina Film Enterprises cameo appearance [16]
1987 Di bale na lang Nelson Seiko Films [17]
Maria Went to Town Fernando Regal Films [citation needed]
1988 Ibulong mo sa Diyos[18] Gilbert [citation needed]
Rock-a-Bye Baby Mike Seiko Films [citation needed]
Natutulog Pa Ang Diyos Mark Vilchez [citation needed]
1990 Kung Tapos na ang Kailanman Jeric Israel [19]
Papa's Girl Raffy Regal Films [20]
1991 Kaputol Ng Isang Awit Johnny Abrigo Viva Films [20]
1995 Hataw na Robbie Mallorca Star Cinema [21]
1996 SPO1 Don Juan: Da Dancing Policeman Bicycle Cop Neo Films [22]
2005 Gary V: Music Video Collection Himself Valenciano's music video collection [citation needed]
2007 The Bicycle (Gulong) Tito Lito Cinemalaya [citation needed]
2011 Subject: I Love You Choy Radiant Studios Based on the "I Love You" computer virus of 2000 [citation needed]
2012 I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila! Nick Fuentebella Unitel Pictures and Studio 5 Won Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) [citation needed]

Television[edit]

Year TV program Role Notes Network
1988, 1990, 1992 Ryan Ryan Musikahan Guest Performer ABS-CBN
1995 CBN Asia Holy Week Special GMA Network
1999–2003 SOP Himself Main host/performer
2002 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Ricky Lopez cameo appearance
2004–present ASAP Himself Main host/performer ABS-CBN
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
Walang Hanggan guest/singer
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

Accolades[edit]

Music[edit]

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[23]
2003 Aliw Awards Best Male Concert Performer "XXTREME" Won[24]
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[25]
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[26]
MYX Music Awards Favorite Male Artist N/A Nominated[27]
Favorite Mellow Video "You Give Me Reason" Nominated[27]


2008 21st Awit Awards[28] 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[29]
2010 23rd Awit Awards Best Ballad Recording "Tayong Dalawa" Won[30]
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[31]
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[32] 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"[33] Nominated
2014 6th PMPC Star Awards For Music Male Recording Artist of the Year N/A Won[34]
Concert of the Year Arise 3.0 Won[34]
2015 46th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Concert Performer of the Year Arise 3.0 Won[35]
28th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist "Saytay," "Kapalaran" Nominated[36]
Album of the Year "With You" Nominated[36]
Best Inspirational/Religious Recording "Ipagpatuloy Mo, Galing ng Pilipino" Won[36]
Best Dance Recording, Best Inspirational/Religious Recording "Saytay" Nominated[36]
Best Song Written For Movie/TV/Stage Play "Ipagpatuloy Mo, Galing ng Pilipino" Won[36]
2016 8th PMPC Star Awards for Music Concert of the Year "Gary V. Presents" Nominated[37]
Compilation Album of the Year[38] "GOLD"[39] 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[edit]

FAMAS[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1988 Ibulong mo sa Diyos Best Theme Song Won
1995 Sana Maulit Muli Best Theme Song[citation needed] Won
2000 Dr. Ciriaco Santiago Memorial Award Won
2006 "Ikaw Lamang" for the movie Dubai Best Theme Song[40] Won

Golden Screen TV Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 Ikaw Lamang Best Theme Song[40] Won
2011 ASAP Rocks Outstanding Male Host in a Musical or Variety Program[41] Nominated
2013 I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila! Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role-Musical or Comedy Nominated

Other accolades[edit]

  • First artist in the world to have a Sennheiser Special Edition microphone named after him – Sennheiser Evolution Series 2001[42]
  • First and current UNICEF National Ambassador of Goodwill in the Philippines, 1998–present

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