Edgardo Jose "Gary" Santiago Valenciano (born 6 August 1964), also known as Gary V. and Mr. Pure Energy, is a multi-awarded Filipino-Puerto Rican, singer-songwriter, musician, actor, music producer and TV host. Valenciano has released 39 albums, and won the Awit Awards (Song Awards) for "Best Male Performer" twelve times. In 1998, he became UNICEF Philippines' first National Ambassador, a title he continues to hold.
He is currently part of ABS-CBN 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. He is frequently tapped to sing theme songs for the network's soap operas and in-house film arm, Star Cinema.
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.Contents
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 Calacas Valenciano, a Bicolano from Camalig, Albay and Grimilda Santiago y Olmo, a Puerto Rican from Arecibo. 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.Career This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.
In 1978, at 14 years old, Valenciano made his first television appearance in an advertisement for Fress Gusto, a now-discontinued soft drink sold by San Miguel Corporation.
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 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 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
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
Valenciano is married to María Anna Elizabeth "Angeli" Pangilinan, with whom he has three children: Paolo Valenciano is a director and the former vocalist of the band Salamin; Gabriel Valenciano is a singer, keyboardist, dancer, and director; and Kiana Valenciano is a model-turned-singer/songwriter.
He is currently living with type 1 diabetes, and has been an endorser for several wellness products related to the condition.
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.
On April 17, 2019, his mother died in Orlando, Florida after battling pneumonia, congestive heart failure and H1N1 flu.Discography Main article: Gary Valenciano discography Filmography Movies Year Film Role Notes 1984 Hotshots Valenciano's first movie appearance 1986 Horsey-horsey: Tigidig-tigidig Tommy 1986 Payaso 1987 Di bale na lang Nelson 1987 Maria Went to Town Fernando 1988 Ibulong mo sa Diyos Gilbert 1988 Rock-a-Bye Baby Mike 1988 Natutulog Pa Ang Diyos Mark Vilchez 1990 Kung tapos na ang kailanman Jeric Israel 1990 Papa's Girl Raffy 1991 Kaputol Ng Isang Awit Johnny Abrigo 1995 Hataw na Robbie Mallorca 1996 SPO1 Don Juan: Da Dancing Policeman Bicycle Cop 2005 Gary V: Music Video Collection" Himself Valenciano's music video collection 2007 The Bicycle (Gulong) Tito Lito 2011 Subject: I Love You Choy Based on the "I Love You" computer virus of 2000 2012 I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila! Nick Fuentebella Won Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) Television Year TV program Role Notes Network 1995 CBN Asia Holy Week Special GMA Network 1999–2003 SOP Himself Main host/performer GMA Network 2002 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Ricky Lopez cameo appearance GMA Network 2004–present ASAP Himself Main host/performer ABS-CBN 2006 Sa Ngalan Ng Anak: A CBN Asia Holy Week Special GMA Network 2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya ABS-CBN 2009 May Bukas Pa Guest 2010 Gulong: A CBN Asia Holy Week Special GMA Network 2010 Twist and Shout Himself Host ABS-CBN 2011 Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin Himself guest/singer 2012 The X Factor Philippines Himself judge 2012 Walang Hanggan Himself guest/singer 2013 The Voice of the Philippines Himself trust adviser of Sarah Geronimo 2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 1 Himself Jury 2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2 Himself Jury 2017 Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids Season 1 Himself Jury 2017–present It's Showtime Himself Head Judge in Tawag ng Tanghalan 2018 Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids Season 2 Himself Jury 2019 World of Dance Philippines Himself Judge Accolades Music This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (May 2014) Year Award-giving body Category Work Result 1996 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Total Entertainer of the Year Won 1998 Best Male Singer 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 (with Kyla) "Sana Maulit Muli" Won 2005 19th Aliw Awards Best Male Performer in a Major Concert "Thankful" Won Entertainer of the Year Won Hall of Fame Won 2007 20th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist "In Another Lifetime" Won 2007 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 2008 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 2009 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 2009 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Concert Performer of the Year Gary Live@25 Won 2010 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 2010 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Recording Artist of the Year Won 2011 25th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist "Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin" Nominated 2012 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 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, Galing ng Pilipino" Won 2015 Best Dance Recording, Best Inspirational/Religious Recording "Saytay" Nominated 2015 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 FAMAS 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 Other accolades