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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, dancer, 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.

Gary Valenciano
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Gary Valenciano singing in Toronto, 2014
Background information
Birth nameEdgardo Jose Santiago Valenciano
Also known asGary V., Mr. Pure Energy
Born (1964-08-06) 6 August 1964 (age 55)
Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines[1]
OriginManila, Philippines
GenresInspirational, pop, OPM
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, actor, entertainer, television host, reality show judge and mentor
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, piano, drums, percussion
Years active1978–present
LabelsStar Music (Philippines)

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.[2]

Early life and educationEdit

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 (1934–2019), 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.


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.[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 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 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.


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 lifeEdit

Valenciano was married to María Anna Elizabeth "Angeli" Pangilinan on August 6, 1984, 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.[citation needed]

He is currently living with type 1 diabetes, and has been an endorser for several wellness products related to the condition.[10]

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,[11] and he was released from the hospital by May 12.[12]

On April 17, 2019, his mother died in Orlando, Florida after battling pneumonia, congestive heart failure and H1N1 flu.[13]




Year Film Role Notes
1984 Hotshots[14] Valenciano's first movie appearance
1986 Horsey-horsey: Tigidig-tigidig Tommy
1986 Payaso[15]
1987 Di bale na lang[16] Nelson
1987 Maria Went to Town Fernando
1988 Ibulong mo sa Diyos[17] Gilbert
1988 Rock-a-Bye Baby[citation needed] Mike
1988 Natutulog Pa Ang Diyos Mark Vilchez
1990 Kung tapos na ang kailanman[18] Jeric Israel
1990 Papa's Girl[19] Raffy
1991 Kaputol Ng Isang Awit[19] Johnny Abrigo
1995 Hataw na[20] Robbie Mallorca
1996 SPO1 Don Juan: Da Dancing Policeman[21] 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)


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



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[22] "Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile" Won
2003 Aliw Awards Best Male Concert Performer "XXTREME"[23] Won
2004 17th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Duet (with Kyla) "Sana Maulit Muli" Won
2005 19th Aliw Awards[24] Best Male Performer in a Major Concert "Thankful" Won
Entertainer of the Year Won
Hall of Fame Won
2007 20th Awit Awards[25] Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist[26] "In Another Lifetime" Won
2007 21st Awit Awards[27] 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[28] 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[29] 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[30] Won
2011 25th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist "Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin" Nominated
2012 26th Awit Awards[31] 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"[32] Nominated
2014 6th PMPC Star Awards For Music Male Recording Artist of the Year[33] Won
2014 Concert of the Year[33] Arise 3.0 Won
2015 46th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Concert Performer of the Year[34] Arise 3.0 Won
2015 28th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist[35] "Saytay," "Kapalaran" Nominated
2015 Album of the Year[35] "With You"[36] Nominated
2015 Best Inspirational/Religious Recording[35] "Ipagpatuloy Mo, Galing ng Pilipino"[37] Won
2015 Best Dance Recording, Best Inspirational/Religious Recording[35] "Saytay"[37] Nominated
2015 Best Song Written For Movie/TV/Stage Play[35] "Ipagpatuloy Mo, Galing ng Pilipino"[38] Won
2016 8th PMPC Star Awards For Music Concert of the Year "Gary V. Presents"[39] Nominated
Compilation Album of the Year[40] "GOLD"[41] 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 televisionEdit


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[42] Won

Golden Screen TV AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 Ikaw Lamang Best Theme Song[42] Won
2011 ASAP Rocks Outstanding Male Host in a Musical or Variety Program[43] Nominated
2013 I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila! Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role-Musical or Comedy Nominated

Other accoladesEdit

  • First artist in the world to have a Sennheiser Special Edition microphone named after him - Sennheiser Evolution Series 2001[44]
  • First and current UNICEF National Ambassador of Goodwill in the Philippines, 1998–present


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