Aminado si Gary Valenciano na naka-relate siya sa kanta ng Apo Hiking Society na “Batang-Bata Ka Pa,” na inawit niya sa pelikulang I Do Bidoo Bidoo, ng Unitel Productions at Studio 5.
May eksena kasi sa pelikula na kailangan niyang bigyan ng advice si Tippy Dos Santos, gumaganap na anak nila ni Zsa Zsa Padilla, bago ito magpakasal kay Sam Concepcion, kahit mga bata pa ang mga ito.
Kaya naitanong tuloy kay Gary sa presscon ng I Do Bidoo Bidoo kung naisabuhay ba niya ang pag-a-advise, ngayong nakatakdang magpakasal ang panganay na anak na si Paolo Valenciano.
Nag-propose na kasi si Paolo sa long-time girlfriend nitong si Samantha Godinez, sa mismong concert pa ni Gary sa Pechanga Resort sa California, USA.
Sabi ni Gary, “Actually, yung eksena namin ni Tippy was not a reminder of me and Paolo but a reminder of me.
“Because, at 19 years old, I was going to get married and Angeli was pregnant. So, very much my story.”
Si Angeli Pangilinan ang misis ng tinaguriang Mr. Pure Energy.
“So, all the more nung kinanta ko yung ‘Batang-Bata Ka Pa,’ ang naisip ko was my dad.
“Kami lang dalawa noon sa kuwarto niya. I said, ‘She’s pregnant.’ So, yun.
“Siyempre, there’s a role I’m playing here and a different approach to the whole problem.
“Pero, I was reminded not of Paolo.”
Patuloy niya, “Si Paolo ang galing, e. Six years na sila and then nag-propose siya while in a concert with me.
“So, the whole family was there.”
Sa presscon din ay sinabi ng co-star ni Gary, si Ogie Alcasid, na kaya lumaking maayos si Paolo ay dahil mayroon siyang "great dad" sa katauhan ni Gary.
Ano naman ang masasabi ni Mr. Pure Energy dito?
“I’m not the only one who should take the credit; the mom also, Angeli.
“Ako kasi, I didn’t grow up having my dad and my mom being together.
“So, lahat ng ginagawa ko for my children now is more on the giving. ‘Sige, I’ll give this, I’ll do that.’
“With Angeli, she grew up with them [her parents]. So equal yung pagiging strict and lenient. And she has a lot to do with that.
“The way Paolo is now, the way Paolo plans, even with his money, it’s because of Angeli, too.”
WEDDING DETAILS. Pagkatapos ng presscon proper ay nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang press si Gary tungkol sa nalalapit na kasal ni Paolo.
May date na ba ang kasal?
“We’re looking at first quarter of next year," sabi ni Gary.
Saan naman ito gaganapin?
“We don’t know yet. We’re still talking.
“I give him suggesions pa nga, e. But we’re still uncertain. I think some of you will know.
“But I know, he doesn’t want something big, something grand. Paolo, for him, the simpler, the more meaningful.”
Dito ba sa Pilipinas o sa ibang bansa?
“It will be in the country.”
Ise-share ba nila ito sa media?
“I think, maybe after. That’s when we will open up to the media.
“He can give footage kasi he’s an editor, e.
“But for the moment itself, you know, Paolo is ganun lang siya, tahimik lang siya, but he’s very deep.
“If he wants it just family, it’s just family. If he wants some media there, we’ll get some media.
“He wanna have it in Cebu, we’ll work on it."
Sabi pa ni Gary, “This is your moment, son, you’re my first-born, and I want you to have it the way you want it or the way you think will make her happy.”
Nagsimula na ba silang gumawa ng listahan ng mga ninong at ninang?
“No, not yet. They’ll work on that.”
DADDY’S TIP. Bilang isang ama, kinakabahan o excited ba siya sa pagpapakasal ng panganay?
“I’m excited. Because Paolo has learned so much from his mom and me.
“And he’s really turning out to be a bright, humble, young man, which I think any woman would fall in love with.
"But he chose the right girl. Samantha has been so good for him.
“In the lowest moment of Paolo, she was there. In her lowest moment, Paolo was there.
“And what’s nice, the best part of it was that parang sinundan niya yung tip ko nung bata pa siya when I said, ‘Before you have a girlfriend, make sure you build up on the friend first. Because once you lose a girlfriend, you lose the girl and the friend. But when you build up a good friendship, you’ll never lose a friend.’
“So, he’s practiced that. And so, today, you know, the first time he told me, ‘Dad, I think I like someone.’
"And I know Sam…and her parents, we grew up together.
“Kaya nung sinabi niya, ‘I think I like Sam.’ Ang sabi ko pa sa kanya, ‘No, don’t even try Paolo. Don’t even go there.’
“Kasi family friend, e, parang weird.
"But now, you can see it, he’s really happy with her for the past six years.”
MARTIN NIEVERA. Ang mapapangasawa ni Paolo ay kamaganak ng matalik na kaibigan ni Gary na si Martin Nievera.
Biniro tuloy ng press si Gary kung okay lang ba sa kanya na magiging “kamaganak” niya si Martin?
“Yehey!” pabirong walang energy na sabi ni Gary.
“Listen, Martin’s sister, Gina Tabuena-Godinez, is married to Jaime Godinez, okay? He’s the father of Paolo’s fiancee.
"Jaime’s brother William is married to my cousin.
“So, we’re really like a big family. Sabi ko, ’Ano ba ito?’
"And then the mom of Martin is, like, one of the best friends of my stepdad.
“So, we’re all interconnected talaga.”