Mula sa kanyang very successful concert sa U.S. ay nakausapng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Gary Valenciano sa kakaibangtsikahan niya with the entertainment press na ginanap sa Essensuals by Toni andGuy sa Crowne Plaza. Dito ay maraming kuwento si Gary sa kanyang nakaraang showsa U.S.
"I just felt that, you guys, you know, usually it'sjust eat and then talk, and then you guys leave. And I felt it would be nicealso if you guys came and you know when you leave, you feel, and you're readyfor anything. You can go anywhere," saad ni Gary tungkol sa kakaibang pressinterview niya.
Ideya raw ito ng kanyang misis at Genesis head na si AngeliPangilinan-Valenciano. At the same time, very close talaga si Gary sa mgamay-ari ng Toni and Guy. Dito in-announce ni Gary na magkakaroon ng repeat angkanyang His Love concert sa Music Museum on July 17, 18, 30, and 31 for thebenefit of Shining Light Foundation and Operation Blessing Foundation, na parehong magbibigay-tulong samga biktima ng bagyong Frank.
"I have the repeat which I felt is was timely. Sabi konga, e, yung first four nights, when I saw the people, sabi ko, ‘If you havefriends who we weren't able to catch it we may have a repeat.' Yun nga."
Umani ng positive feedback ang His Love concert mula saperformance ni Gary hanggang sa technical aspects ng show.
"I think that it's the entire team, the lightingdirector knows his stuff, the sound guys know what exactly to do and itjust so happen na lagi ko silang katrabaho. So hindi ko na kailangan pangsabihin sa kanila. Alam na nila. Hindi lang yung direktor na sige bastapagalawin natin yung ilaw, ganun. Hindi, e. Alam na nila ang lyrics kung anoang ibig sabihin, yun na yun. I have no problem whatsoever," lahad niya.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE CHILDREN. Pinalakpakan din nang husto sa His Love ang very talentedchildren ni Gary na sina Gabriel, Paolo, at Keanna. Kaya naman muli silangmapapanood sa repeat ng His Love. After the concert, they were referred to asthe local version of the famous Osmond family sa U.S.
"It's modern day Toto & His Children!" natatawang sabini Gary V. "I don't know. I guess that's exactly how Toto probably felt, youknow. I mean, when he sees his children, or the Nailclippers, it's a wholefamily. It's not so much a feeling of proud ako, kasi ano, but it's more of,‘Hey guys, whoever the parents here, if you support your children this way,watch them, look at them.' I can only guide them but the way theyexecute, sila na yun."
Inulit muli ni Gary sa amin ang sinabi niya sa first nightng His Love sa Music Museum about his children.
"Yung ano, press people would always ask me, ‘How doyou feel that your children, hindi ka ba naano that your children are betterthan you?' And I said, ‘You know what, if they're not better than me, thatwould be a problem.' I mean, without me forcing them, mas masarap yun.
"Mas gusto kong marinig yun kesa, ‘Ay, hindi pala magagalingang mga anak niya.' Mas magaling pa nga, e, okey lang. May mga lumalapitsa akin, ‘Gary, mas magaling pa sumayaw si Gab sa ‘yo' And I'm...talagang I'mvocal, ‘Galing ‘no?'"
Sad to say, mukhang hindi makakasama sa repeat ng His Loveang bunsong anak ni Gary na si Keanna.
"No, and maybe not sa repeat. She has classes the next day.She can't be absent. Pero ngayon, nag-a-ASAP na siya ng konti. Pero wala payun. Hindi pa siya regular sa ASAP. That was for our portion na ‘Danceshool.'But she can groove."
SERIOUS TALK. May nanliligaw na ba kay Keanna?
"Secret! No, there are guys," sagot niya.
Umeksena naman si Gabriel o Gab nung first night ng His Lovedahil inalayan niya ng bulaklak ang kanyang girlfriend na si Nikki Guevarra.
"Talagang pagdating sa backstage, pak! Naging three hours nayung concert natin dahil... Then he said, ‘Sorry, Dad.' Sabi ko, ‘Okey, bastanext time you tell me.'"
Seryoso na ba si Gab kay Nikki at handa na ba si Gary namag-asawa ang kanyang mga anak?
"Ah, no. It's Paolo. Paolo talked to me already," paglilinawni Gary.
Mag-aasawa na si Paolo?
"No... He said, ‘Dad, I really have to start thinking. I'm 23already and I'll be 24 this year. So, I really have to start thinking kasi Dad,I'm 23 already, and I have to start thinking of whatever.'
"But let me rephrase that. He's already thinking of thattime, so he's preparing now. Kasi ayaw niya yung the wedding bells ring, ‘taposwala pang ano, hindi pa ako handa financially or whatever. He wants to makesure... Ang galing! Si Paolo," sabay buntung-hininga ni Gary.
Ano ang ginagawa ngayon ni Paolo?
"He's saving up, looking down just in case when the timecomes."
Seryoso na siya sa girlfriend niya?
"Oh, she loves the girl. Two and a half years na sila,I think. They go to the same church. Very nice girl."
Handa na ba siya kapag dumating ang panahon na magsabi na siPaolo na gusto na niyang mag-asawa?
"You know, I can prepare myself mentally but from the heart,emotionally, they'll always be that... Wow, I'll be very proud! And I can't wait.I don't know what kind of music it's gonna be there.
"Some people always think na mga bagets pa sila. Yeah, andseriously I tell my children, ‘Do not ever, ever outgrow your children. Youknow, not your childish way but your child-like way. Keanna, especiallyyou. I mean, you're 15. In three years, you're 18. So what? You want to watchcartoons? Call me, I will watch with you.'
"Paolo still collects action figures and all, which is what I usually do. And Isee him, sometime I can hear him inside his room like he's doing some actionstuffs. Exactly what I told him. Don't lose that.
"Gabriel is ano, his kengkoy ways and all. I always tell himdon't lose that. Once you lose that, you're grown up."
THE BIG ONE. No wonder why Gary still looks young especially with histrendy outfits. Maging ang best friend niya na si Martin Nievera ay nagugulatkung paano manamit si Gary during their U.S. shows.
"He asked me, ‘Gary, what are you wearing?' I said, ‘Well,I'm coming out in all white.' ‘Me, what I will be wearing? No, nevermind. I'll just be me.' And I said, ‘Exactly! You just come out there and beyourself. I don't want people to see Gary Valenciano and somebody who's tryingto be Martin.'"
After the repeat, what's next with Gary V?
"Honestly, I'm working on with the big one. Yeah, yungAraneta [Coliseum]. That's the big one, my anniversary concert. Actually, thisone, His Love, is a celebration of what is coming next. Parang it's the startof the next 25. Yung sa November, thank you! Thank you for all the 25 years!
"It will be different from His Love. Wala pang guestbut I don't want to flood it with too many guests. It will be on November 14and 15. The working title is [Gary V] Live at 25," pagtatapos ni Gary.