Gary Valenciano touched by kind words of friend Martin Nievera


Sabi ko, ‘Mart, wow! Parang... I guess I'm doing somethingright. I guess, you know, to have, of all people, you, write it, parang it wasthe cherry on the icing. ‘Yun na 'yun," says Gary Valenciano about the e-mailhis friend Martin Nievera sent to columnist Ricky Lo. Martin's e-mail talkedabout how Gary was like a "talking, walking, singing, dancing miracle."



Natuwa si Gary Valenciano sa inilabas na e-mail ng kaibigan niyang si MartinNievera na na-publish sa kolum ni Ricky Lo sa Philippine Star. Hindi rawna-realize ni Gary na yung ginagawa ni Martin while they were on U.S. tour ayyung e-mail na ipinadala niya rito sa Pilipinas kung saan pinuri-puri ngConcert King si Mr. Pure Energy.

"We're on our way to our second show which was Stockton,kasi katabi ko siya, e. Uh, and he was writing something, kinuha ko rinyung ano ko, I started writing also. Yun pala, yun na ‘yon. Actually,maraming, he's just like that, e. He just keeps writing-writing and I'm justguessing na yun ‘yon," pahayag ni Gary.

Ano ang initial reaction nung nabasa niya yun?

"Wow! Tinext ko talaga siya. Sabi ko, ‘Mart, wow! Parang... Iguess I'm doing something right. I guess, you know, to have, of all people,you, write it, parang it was the cherry on the icing. ‘Yun na 'yun."

Bahagi ng isinulat ni Martin tungkol sa kanya, ay angpagpuri kay Gary na, ‘[Gary is] like a talking, walking, singing, dancingmiracle.'

"Kasi he saw me backstage and I don't think he ever sees melike that. Yung I'm like... this backstage, e, especially, right before theconcert, the whole cast was there. I'm basically the director. ‘Okey,guys, don't forget, ha. I need the sign, alam natin sa song na ‘to, don'tforget after this song, where's Martin coming from? Okey, fine, fine,'ganyan.

"And he was just watching all of that going on. Then he's making sidecomments and I will say to him, ‘Mart, quiet. I'm talking,' yungganun. Yung parang kayo kapag narinig ninyo, ‘What's he's talking about?'But it comes out, everybody knows what they have to do."

Anong bahagi sa e-mail ni Martin pinaka-touching para sa kanya?

"It was just you know, the sincerity of the way he wrote it. There's noparticular part, but with Martin naman kasi, kung akala mo, yun na angpinakaimportante...but when you continue reading, ‘Oh, meron pa pala!' It was thesincerity of Martin.

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"It's not the patawa-patawa. It's just a part of him. But theheart of Martin was in that write-up. Yung compliments, his sincerity in makingpeople know."

Sinabi rin ni Martin sa write-up by Ricky Lo, that Gary is like poetry in motion.

"He always said that before. He's watching me all the time, di ba? WhenI'm moving and all. Every word that I do I tried to put it on a movement and hesees that. ‘Tapos he sees me with my sons. I think it's just all...herealized na this is what it's all about. And I treated him, I wanted to treathim like a king talaga. Because that's what he is, the Concert King."

ANGELI DESERVES MORE. Nabanggit din ni Martin ang suporta at malaking tulong ng misis ni Gary na siAngeli Pangilinan sa tagumpay ni Mr. Pure Energy. According to Martin,Angeli deserves more compliments than what she's getting for being the wife andmanager of Gary.

"Oh, yeah, she really deserves more. It's not easy to be my wife but atthe same time she has to play manager and it's important."

Anong ginagawa niya ‘pag nalalagay sa intriga si Angeli ormay mga umaaway sa kanya sa showbiz?

"Ang daming nag-aakala na parang si Gary na okey langsa kanya, ‘no? Hindi siya nagre-react?

"Ay, naku. Siya yung parang, how'd you say kumbaga sa kabayo... She'smy wife, you know? So, anytime somebody says anything about your mom or our bestfriend, ‘Teka muna, ‘di ba? Parang... Pero with me, she will say, ‘No, no, Gary.It's okay. ‘And I said, ‘No, Hon. It's not okay. It's not like that.' ‘No,Hon,' sasabihin niya. Ako naman, ‘I don't care.' ‘Bakit ako ilangbeses na akong ginanun? Ako ba, yun na."

Pero never kasing nakita o napanood si Gary on-cam na nag-react kapag may mgaintriga kay Angeli?

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"On camera I had. Pero parang yung The Hulk. ‘Don't get me angry. Youdon't like me when I'm angry.' Ganu'n. I'm like that. C'mon, I'm human,okay. I can speak about inspirational and all but I can get veryangry. But when I'm angry, worst din but not naman like The Hulk."

May nakaaway na ba siya o nakagalit sa showbiz?

"This is what I say, and I don't wanna say anything to hurt people because whenI say it, I mean it. And when I say it, I will not sugarcoat it.

"You know, the people who have hurt my wife, the pressis very aware of that. So, yung tragic fate, I just don't want to say nalang anything. Yeah, don't get me angry kasi it's not pretty, and when Ispeak I would speak."

BONDING WITH MARTIN. Going back to Martin, kumusta ang bonding nila habang nagtu-tour for his U.S.concert?

"Nandu'n siya lahat ng show ko. Tour talaga, nag-tour kami. Ano nga, e, bitin.

"Bonding? Yung regular ano lang, nagsa-sound checkkami, minsan nagkaka-problema sa sound, ‘Okey lang, yun. It's gonna beokay.' O kaya minsan kinakabahan ako, lalapit siya sa akin, ‘You know it'sgonna be great, Gary. C'mon!' Things like that you know, and will say to him,‘Okay, okay.'"

During the time na magkasama sila ni Martin hindi ba niyanapansin ang kaibigan na may dinadalang personal problems?

"No, I want to treat him like a Concert King that he reallyis and I think we were able to do that. Usually kasi sa mga concert niya,siya yung humaharap sa mga promoter. ‘Eto, hindi. You are my guest. We willhandle everything, all your concerns. Kami na ang bahala doon."

KATRINA OJEDA. Kalat na kasi dito sa Manila ang balitang hiwalay na siMartin sa live-in partner nito na si Katrina Ojeda. Hindi ba humingi ng advicesa kanya si Martin o nag-confide man lang about this?

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"No, as a matter of fact, there's only one time we talkedabout it and bitin pa. Nasa harap kami ng tao. Sabi ko, ‘Pare, how areyou?' ‘You know, pare, I'm okay but...' parang may press conference kami.

"Ah, no, no. It's actually the last show, it's oursponsor's night. Usually, may ganun imbes na after the concert na makikila moyung mga sponsor, pagod na pagod na. So, we have a sponsor's night. So, yun na.

"Kakarating lang namin and diretso kami sa sponsor's night.So, habang nandun silang lahat, kumakain sila, sabi ko, ‘O, pare, how areyou?' Nag-usap-usap kami. Bitin!"

So, more or less may ideya na siya on what really happened sa relasyon niMartin with Katrina?

"Yeah, more or less I have an idea, pero I think it was good also that wejust have our tour. We're together. We didn't talk much the heavy part oflife. We just talk the lighter side of it. There will be a time for thatnaman, e.

"Actually, sinabi ko sa kanya, sabi ko, ‘You know, Mart, hindi talaga tayonakapag-ano.' ‘Tapos sabi niya, ‘There's always Manila where I can go toyour house. You can go to my house. And that's really as private as it can be.'Sabi ko, ‘Yeah, you're right.' And that's it," tapos ni Gary V.


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