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Gary Valenciano

Gary Valenciano
Gary Valenciano Singing in Toronto 2014
Background information
Birth name Edgardo Jose Santiago Valenciano
Also known as Gary V., Mr. Pure Energy
Born (1964-08-06) August 6, 1964
Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines[1]
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres Inspirational, pop, OPM
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Record producer, Actor, Dancer
Instruments Vocals, Keyboards, Percussions
Years active 1983–present
Labels Former : WEA,
Universal Records (Philippines)
Notable instruments
Sennheiser Microphone Gary V Edition

Edgardo Jose "Gary" Santiago Valenciano (born August 6, 1964), 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.[2]


  • Biography 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Career 3
  • Discography 4
  • Filmography 5
    • Movies 5.1
    • Television 5.2
  • Awards and accolades 6
    • Music 6.1
    • Film and television 6.2
      • FAMAS 6.2.1
      • Golden Screen TV Awards | Golden Screen Awards 6.2.2
    • Accolades from organizations | career highlights 6.3
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


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.[1] His parents met in New York, married, and settled in Manila. His father is from Bicol, while[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.

Personal life

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.[6]


In 1978, at 14 years old, Valenciano made his first television appearance in an advertisement for local soft-drink, Fress Gusto.[7][8] He started as a choir singer then launched his career in singing and show business on 13 May 1983.[9] 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 for "Best Male Recording" category alone.[10] He has been called "Mr. Pure Energy" due to his high energy dance performances in concerts.[4]

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".




Year Film Role Notes
1984 Hotshots[11]
1986 Horsey-horsey: Tigidig-tigidig Tommy
1986 Payaso[12]
1987 Di bale na lang[13] Nelson
1987 Maria Went to Town Fernando
1988 Ibulong mo sa Diyos[14]
1988 Rock-a-Bye Baby[15] Mike
1988 Natutulog Pa Ang Diyos Mark Vilchez
1990 Kung tapos na ang kailanman[16]
1990 Papa's Girl[17] Raffy
1995 Hataw na[18] Robbie Mallorca
1996 SPO1 Don Juan: Da Dancing Policeman[19] Bicycle Cop
2005 Gary V: Music Video Collection" Himself Gary Valenciano's Music Video Collection
2007 The Bicycle(Gulong)
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)


Year TV Program Role Notes Network
1995 CBN Asia Holy Week Special GMA Network
1995–Present ASAP Himself ABS-CBN
2002 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin cameo appearance GMA Network
2006 Sa Ngalan Ng Anak: A CBN Asia Holy Week Special GMA Network
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya? ABS-CBN
2009 May Bukas Pa Guest ABS-CBN
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 ABS-CBN
2012 The X Factor Philippines Himself judge ABS-CBN
2012 Walang Hanggan Himself guest/singer ABS-CBN
2013 The Voice of the Philippines Himself trust adviser of Sarah Geronimo ABS-CBN
2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 1 Himself Jury ABS-CBN
2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2 Himself Jury ABS-CBN

Awards and accolades


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[20] "Can’t We Just Stop and Talk Awhile" Won
2003 Aliw Awards Best Male Concert Performer "XXTREME"[21] Won
2004 17th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Duet (with Kyla) "Sana Maulit Muli" Won
2005 19th Aliw Awards[22] Best Male Performer in a Major Concert "Thankful" Won
Entertainer of the Year Won
Hall of Fame Won
2007 20th Awit Awards[23] Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist[24] "In Another Lifetime" Won
2007 21st Awit Awards [25] 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 [26] 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[27] Gary Live@25 Won
2010 24th Awit Awards [28] 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[29] Won
2011 25th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist "Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin" Nominated
2012 26th Awit Awards [30] 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" [31] Nominated
2014 6th PMPC Star Awards For Music Male Recording Artist of the Year[32] Won
2014 Concert of the Year[32] Arise 3.0 Won
2015 46th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Concert Performer of the Year[33] Arise 3.0 Won
2015 28th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist[34] "Saytay," "Kapalaran" Nominated
2015 Album of the Year[34] "With You"[35] Nominated
2015 Best Inspirational/Religious Recording[34] "Ipagpatuloy Mo" "Saytay" Nominated
2015 Best Dance Recording[34] "Saytay" Nominated
2015 Best Song Written For Movie/TV/Stage Play[34] "Galing ng Pilipino" "Ipagpatuloy Mo" Nominated

Film and television


Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
1988 Ibulong mo sa Diyos Best Theme Song Won
1995 Sana Maulit Muli Best Theme Song[36] Won
2000 Dr. Ciriaco Santiago Memorial Award Won
2006 "Ikaw Lamang" for the movie Dubai (2005 film) Best Theme Song[37] Won

Golden Screen TV Awards | Golden Screen Awards

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2006 Ikaw Lamang Best Theme Song[37] Won
2011 ASAP Rocks Outstanding Male Host in a Musical or Variety Program [38] Nominated
2013 I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila! Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role-Musical or Comedy Nominated

Accolades from organizations | career highlights

  • First artist in the world to have a Sennheiser Special Edition microphone named after him - Sennheiser Evolution Series 2001 [39]
  • First & current UNICEF National Ambassador of Goodwill in the Philippines from 1998–present.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984 Image Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984; ark:/61903/3:1:939F-VPSH-YS —". Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
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  4. ^ a b "Gary V: Live at 25! | Gallery | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Gary Valenciano: A Winning Lifestyle". Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  6. ^ Gary Valenciano currently living with diabetes.
  7. ^ "Fress Gusto Classic Philipine TVC 1975 ( with Gary V )". YouTube. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  8. ^ Video 48 (2009-07-05). "Video 48: GARY V.'S "FRESS GUSTO" Circa 1978". Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  9. ^ "Gary V unleashing pure energy in Araneta". ABS-CBN News. 2008-10-19. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
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  24. ^ "Kamikazee wins five Awit Awards". 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
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  27. ^ "40th Box Office Entertainment Awards given out". Retrieved 2014-05-21.
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  29. ^ "ABS-CBN big winner at GMMSF Entertainment Awards". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
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  32. ^ a b "Who won at the 6th PMPC Star Awards for Music". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-15-09.
  33. ^ "Kapamilya stars dominate 46th Box Office Entertainment Awards". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2015-05-19.
  34. ^ a b c d e "28th Awit Awards". 28th Awit Awards Full List. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
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  39. ^ "Gary V Microphone". "Gary V Microphone"

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