Matapos ang 28 years sa entertainment industry, isang TV special ang ihahandog ng ABS-CBN para sa performer na tinaguriang Mr. Pure Energy.
Ngayong Linggo, September 4, ipalalabas sa Kapamilya Network ang TV special titled With Love, Gary Valenciano. Ito rin ang title ng bagong album ni Gary na compilation ng mga teleserye and movie theme songs na na-record niya sa mga nakaraang taon.
Sa isang press conference noong Agosto 31, Miyerkules, sa Mesa Restaurant sa Tomas Morato, Quezon City, nagkaroon ng pagkakataon ang PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at ibang mga kasamahan sa press na makapanayam si Gary V. tungkol sa TV special na ipapalabas this Sunday sa ABS-CBN Sunday’s Best Timeslot at 10:45 pm.
Ani Gary, "Kasi, everything’s been done na, e—there’s reality TV, then you have Showtime, those kinds of shows...then you have shows like the talk shows, you have that na.
"I wanted before to host parang So You Think You Can Dance? types of shows but then there’s already Showtime. You have already so many different things that can usher in really good dancers.
"Kita mo naman, ’di ba, the products that have come out of Showtime. XB Gensan lang talagang, wow! Neilbeth [from Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2 is also] very, very impressive."
WITH LOVE GARY VALENCIANO SPECIAL. Magkakaroon nga ng Sunday special si Gary Valenciano ngayong darating na Linggo, September 4, sa ABS-CBN, kunsaan makakasama niya on stage ang ilang Kapamilya stars na maghahandog ng ilang kanta.
Ano ’yong na-fi-feel mo about this upcoming TV special?
"Ako talagang nagpapasalamat ako sa ABS-CBN, kasi after 28 years, sino naman magaakala na mag-o-offer pa sila ng special?
"Hindi naman gano’n ka-often ang specials ngayon, so I’m really thankful that they’ve given me this chance and I had so much fun working with Mr. M, with Georcelle [Dapat], the choreographer of G-Force—working with G-Force, working with all the dancers, especially with the children.
"So simple lang yung ginawa namin pero grabe yung impact nung number namin kasi first time na kaming lahat, e.
"I always reserve a production number na kaming lahat kakanta. I always reserve that for a special occasion and this is, for me, a very special occasion."
Paano nga ba nabuo ang TV special na ito?
"The last time I talked to Mr. M [Johnny Manahan] regarding something creative was in my last concert with him which was in 1989 for Pure Energy.
"So in the past two weeks, there’s been hardly any sleep for me because I was working on the changes and the sudden inputs from anybody form the group.
"But, it’s just so good to have this special and it’s an old school type of special—the way specials were used to be shown before."
Paliwanag pa ni Gary V., "Yung pinag-isipan ’yong mga shots, hindi lang basta-basta number with the guests, tapos ’yon na.
"I really don’t know how it’s all going to come out dahil ang dami nilang kinuhang artists and friends, especially people in the industry to speak about their vision or their image of who I am to them.
"So hindi ko alam kung ano ’yong mga sinabi nila but that’s part of it."
Any idea kung ano sinabi nila tungkol sa ’yo sa interviews?
"Hindi ko alam kasi yung mga kakilala ko, they come to me and say ’O, you watch the special, ha.’ [I ask] ’Why? What did you say?’ ’Basta.’
"Kasi hindi ko din alam kung ano yung mga in-edit out nila, kung ano’ng iniwan nila sa loob [ng show]."
Paano makatrabaho ang isang Mr. M [Johnny Manahan]?
"[This is my first] collaboration with Mr. M after 1989. It was great, great, great to work with Mr. M.
"Talagang he’d ask me pa, ’Are you okay with that, you want one more? Do you think we can take that particular shot one more [time] kasi nagkamali ako?’
"He would allow me to also do kung ano sa palagay niya kung saan ako magiging 100 percent, so, sige let’s do it one more time."
Sinambit din nito, "At saka my children, we have a very special number, which I arranged, featuring two songs which is "I Will Be Here" and a song I wrote called "When I Hear You Call."
"It’s parang ’I will be here when I hear you call...’—it’s like a father’s heart to the children and they all did well.
"They’re all singing, lahat sila—it’s quite impressive to have them singing all together," masayang ibinalita ng proud daddy.
May participation ba ang kanyang asawa na si Angeli Pangilinan sa show na ito?
"Ayaw talaga, e," tugon agad ng Mr. Pure Energy.
Dagdag din nito, "I don’t know if you remember, but years ago when we first met, when Angeli started managing me—ewan ko ba kung bakit niya gustong mag-manage; ayaw niya talaga [kumanta].
"Kaya lang naman siya napasok sa singing because she was heartbroken and she wanted to do something different.
"So [sabi niya], ’Sige, I’ll sing na lang...’—’tapos nung nakilala niya si Kuh Ledesma and Sandra Chavez who, at that time, was managing Kuh, may balak na siyang lumipat sa management and marketing, kasi she’s a marketing graduate.
"So, pagpasok ko [sa showbiz] tamang-tama, pero ayaw niya talaga. No matter what I do, no matter what my children say, ayaw niya talaga."
Any chance na itong album o special mo na ito na With Love will also be turned into a concert?
"It would be great!" masayang sabi ni Gary V.
"That’s a really good idea!" dagdag niya agad.
"I’ll get Gerard Salonga or Ryan Cayabyab to conduct because I did that once also with Star [Records] before called Symphony of the Heart in 2005.
"At that time ang theme songs ko pa lang noon were "Kailangan Kita," "Ikaw Lamang," "Sana Maulit Muli," and "How Did You Know?" and that’s just with Star Records; wala pa do’n yung Universal Records and from other production.
"I’m really thankful talaga to those who became a part of this [album or special] either arrangers, composers—iba, e."
Posible kayang maging regular show ng ABS-CBN ang With Love, Gary Valenciano?
Ani Gary, "You know it would be great if I could have one [my own show]."
At masayang dagdag pa niya, "If you guys have suggestions as to what kind of musical show you’d want to see, I’d be very much open to it."