It seems like turning 44 has inspired Gary Valenciano even more. Marking his 25th year in the entertainment industry, the man dubbed as Mr. Pure Energy recently came back from Korea where he participated in the Jindo C+ Music Festival. Organized by Christian churches in Jindo island, Gary shared the stage with performers from Belarus (Russia) and Kenya.
"It was a Christian music festival. The first na maraming artists from other parts of the world. Ako ‘yong nag-represent ng Philippines. May dumating galing Belarus, formerly a part of Russia and meron ding taga Kenya na dumating," shared Gary to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview last August 6 at the Conway's Bar of the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City.
Gary excitedly narrated his experience 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 sa entablado at pumupunta ako sa audience, mga lalaki. As in ‘yong talagang mga matatanda na nagsasayaw na todo hataw talaga. Nagulat nga ako kasi ang receptive talaga nila hindi lang sa mga awitin na ginawa namin pero sa mga sinasabi namin na may translator, makikita mo ‘yong mga reaction nila."
GREAT REWARD. As
a token of appreciation for his indelible contribution in the field of local
entertainment, Star Records gathered 25 of today's well-known singers in one
record to pay homage to the songs popularized by Gary V.
The double-disc album called GV 25 (A Gary Valenciano All-Star Tribute Collection) will will be released on August 17 by Star Records.
Technically speaking, Gary is under the care of Universal Records. But given his good relationship with ABS-CBN, Star Records-ABS-CBN's recording company-proposed an idea to come up with a tribute album in time for Gary's 25th year anniversary in the business.
Pertaining to the album, Gary proudly remarked, "It's a great reward for all the hard work. 25 years is a long time and minsan dumadating 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-when
it comes to the details and amount of work put into the project-was completely
oblivious about the preparations.
"Hindi ko pa naririnig ‘yong mga versions," he revealed. "Kasi kung tutuusin mo, bakit ako makikialam sa isang tribute para sa akin? Dapat nasa kamay ng mga gustong magbigay ng tribute. So iniwan ko sa kanila kung anong gusto nilang gawin."
Some of the artists who were tapped 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 so there are no immediate plans yet to cut a new record. "Pero I think in the next six months gagawa ulit kami ng bago," he smiled, the excitement in his voice very evident.
MAJOR CONCERT. Gary is set to mount a two-day major concert this coming November 14 and 15 at the Araneta Coliseum in line with his silver anniversary. The concert will be directed by Rowell Santiago.
"The preparations are ongoing right now," beamed Gary who would rather keep the details limited at this point.
He also confessed his plans to do other things that are not necessarily music related. "I think what people can expect is more acting jobs," he enthused.
"Malamang magsusulat din ako ng mga stories na maaring maging pang-teleserye and a movie also but a lot more music, 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