Masayang humarap si Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano sa entertainment press, kasama ang PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), sa presscon na inihanda ng ASAP XV para sa kanya at sa anak na si Gab Valenciano kahapon, June 18, sa 14th Floor ng ELJ Building sa ABS-CBN.
Nag-renew kasi for another year si Gary sa ASAP, habang si Gab naman ay pumirma ng kontrata sa ABS-CBN para sa mga shows niyang ASAP at Banana Split.
Mag-aanim na taon na si Gary sa ASAP, pero isa sa mga rason kung bakit gusto niya pa rin ang show ay, "ASAP kasi is where I'm together with artists who come out of their shell. Many of these artists every time you see them on television, they're playing a role in a teleserye or something like that. In ASAP they're not playing, they're just being themselves. They can dress up in the way they want to. They're singing songs even though some of them are not really singers. But still yung pagiging Kapamilya is something that really makes me want to stay in ASAP."
Yearly ang pinili ni Gary sa pag-renew ng kanyang kontrata sa ASAP.
"The reason why I don't go longer than that because I don't know what else is out there. May mga schedules din ako, requirements. And there's always that open door for the probability of moving abroad to have a career there. So, I have to be open all the time. But the contract mainly is about being, you know, to appear and play the role that I am called to play... I'm glad to be where I am and I'm looking forward to the next year of ASAP."
CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION TO ASAP. May mga gusto pa siyang gawin sa show, at ang mga contribusyong ito "doesn't have to be stuck in front of the camera. Because there are things that I wish I could feed, yung mga ideas ko. But I never get to see because I'm performing. So, I'm only imagining... But I have ideas, creative ideas that I would like to allow others to express. But I would love to think or present an idea for a particular number, for a particular artist, to look in a particular way. It doesn't matter whether it could be a number of Billy Crawford, a number of Sarah [Geronimo], a number of the It Girls, a number of the Supahdance. But mine is more like looking at the entire picture and say, 'How could all of these work in the show?' I have these big ideas. And now that I have the chance to do that, I want to be part of that. Not just for my number but for other artists."
Parang ang naiisip niya ay posisyong katulad ng kay Ogie Alcasid na creative consultant sa kalabang show.
"Yeah. I think we have so many minds working on the creative team. But the final outcome, how is it gonna look? Because I'm really blessed when it comes to music. I'm into the timing, I'm into the syncopation. How do you put that together so that when people ask, you know what to say. In the next few months I'll be playing that role. But, of course, I would still do my numbers."
Package deal ba sila ni Gab kaya sabay silang pumirma ng kontrata?
"No, it just so happened na we're both free today. Sinabay lang talaga. We're not package deal or something. I have my own thing and he has his own thing. Iba kasi yung kay Gab. He is branching out into a pretty cool musical arranger. As a matter of fact, he's leaving for the States next week for a tour and he's doing a lot of arrangement for Jericho Rosales' songs. Na hindi naman alam ng tao yun but that's what he does."
Speaking of Gab, magkakaroon sila ng special number ni Gary sa ASAP XV bukas, June 20, bilang bahagi ng Father's Day celebration.
NO OFFER FROM OTHER STATION. Totoo bang may offer sa kanya sa kalabang istasyon dahil yung title daw ng show nila ay bagay sa kanya?
"Let me just say something about the word 'party.' When I saw the other show on YouTube, their stage does not portray a party. It portrays a concert, which is great. Concert theme yan, e. But because ASAP has a smaller venue and a more intimate venue, it does have more of the party feel.
"There was no offer. I can't recall. But maybe because they've had the talks but it wasn't clear. But I believe at this point in time, until that calling changes, this is where I need to stay. I want to make clear about that."
OPM BOARD MEMBER. Samantala, bukod sa kasiyahang dulot ng renewal ng kanyang kontrata sa ASAP, masaya ring ibinalita ni Gary na finally ay nakapag-eleksyon na sila ng board of directors ng Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), isang samahan ng mga singers at performers. Isa si Gary sa anim na nasa OPM board ngayon na kinabibilangan din nina Ogie Alcasid, Jose Mari Chan, Noel Cabangon, Dingdong Avanzado at Christian Bautista.