It seems like turning 44 has inspired Gary Valenciano evenmore. Marking his 25th year in the entertainment industry, the man dubbed asMr. Pure Energy recently came back from Korea where he participated in theJindo C+ Music Festival. Organized by Christian churches in Jindo island, Garyshared the stage with performers from Belarus (Russia) and Kenya.
"It was a Christian music festival. The first na maramingartists from other parts of the world. Ako ‘yong nag-represent ng Philippines.May dumating galing Belarus, formerly a part of Russia and meron ding tagaKenya na dumating," shared Gary to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in aninterview last August 6 at the Conway's Bar of the Shangri-La Hotel in MakatiCity.
Gary excitedly narrated hisexperience playing in front of a predominantly Korean audience.
"Very good reception," he gushed."Nakakatuwa ‘yong mga Koreano kasi ‘yong mga kasayaw ko ‘pag bumababa ako saentablado at pumupunta ako sa audience, mga lalaki. As in ‘yong talagang mgamatatanda na nagsasayaw na todo hataw talaga. Nagulat nga ako kasi angreceptive talaga nila hindi lang sa mga awitin na ginawa namin pero sa mgasinasabi namin na may translator, makikita mo ‘yong mga reaction nila."
GREAT REWARD. Asa token of appreciation for his indelible contribution in the field of localentertainment, Star Records gathered 25 of today's well-known singers in onerecord to pay homage to the songs popularized by Gary V.
The double-disc album called GV 25 (A Gary Valenciano All-Star TributeCollection) will will be released on August 17 by Star Records.
Technically speaking, Gary is under the care of UniversalRecords. But given his good relationship with ABS-CBN, Star Records-ABS-CBN'srecording company-proposed an idea to come up with a tribute album in time forGary's 25th year anniversary in the business.
Pertaining to the album, Gary proudly remarked, "It's agreat reward for all the hard work. 25 years is a long time and minsandumadating ka sa punto na ano pa ang gagawin natin na hindi pa natin nagagawa?Tapos may lalapit sa ‘yo na [sasabihin] ‘Gumawa ka ng tribute' ‘Ok, paano?' ‘E,di kuha tayo ng mga singers na magagaling' and it this is what happens."
Despite the fact that he is aware of the project, Gary-whenit comes to the details and amount of work put into the project-was completelyoblivious about the preparations.
"Hindi ko pa naririnig ‘yong mgaversions," he revealed. "Kasi kung tutuusin mo, bakit ako makikialam sa isangtribute para sa akin? Dapat nasa kamay ng mga gustong magbigay ng tribute. Soiniwan ko sa kanila kung anong gusto nilang gawin."
Some of the artists who weretapped to do the tribute album are Zsa Zsa Padilla, Erik Santos, Sharon Cuneta,Jed Madela, Kuh Ledesma, Christian Bautista, Martin Nievera, among others.
Gary's last studio album, Rebirth, is still out in the market sothere are no immediate plans yet to cut a new record. "Pero I think in the nextsix months gagawa ulit kami ng bago," he smiled, the excitement in his voicevery evident.
MAJOR CONCERT. Gary is set to mount a two-day major concert thiscoming November 14 and 15 at the Araneta Coliseum in line with his silveranniversary. The concert will be directed by Rowell Santiago.
"The preparations are ongoingright now," beamed Gary who would rather keep the details limited at thispoint.
He also confessed his plans to doother things that are not necessarily music related. "I think what people canexpect is more acting jobs," he enthused.
"Malamang magsusulat din ako ngmga stories na maaring maging pang-teleserye and a movie also but a lot moremusic, that's for sure."
What More Can I Say - Kyla
Letting Go - Jamie Rivera
Pasko Na Sinta Ko - Sheryn Regis
Di Bale Na Lang - Jericho Rosales
Gaya Ng Dati - Erik Santos
Narito - Martin Nievera
Laughter All The Time - South Border
Take Me Out Of The Dark - Charice
Look n Her Eyes - Paolo Valenciano
Reachin' Out - Pops Fernandez
You Got Me Working - Mark Bautista
After All - Christian Bautista
Paano - Rachelle Ann Go
Sana Maulit Muli - Sharon Cuneta
Kailangan Kita - Sarah Geronimo
Wait Forever - Toni Gonzaga
Ikaw Lamang - Zsa Zsa Padilla
Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos - Kuh Ledesma
Each Passing Night - Sam Milby
Eto Na Naman - Randy Santiago
How Did You Know - Piolo Pascual
Fool ‘Til The End - Aiza Seguerra
Until Then - Jed Madela
Wag Mo Na Sana Isipin - Richard Poon