Kitang-kita kay Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano ang excitement na maging lolo mula sa panganay niyang anak na si Paolo Valenciano.
Buntis kasi ngayon ang asawa ni Paolo na si Samantha Godinez sa kanilang panganay na anak.
Base sa recent Instagram post ni Paolo, babae ang magiging anak nila ng kanyang misis.
“I’m just waiting to become a grandfather, which is very soon. I think sometime in November,” bungad ni Mr. Pure Energy sa press conference ng Change for Good program ng Cebu Pacific at UNICEF noong June 16.
Pero hindi raw magpapatawag na lolo ang veteran singer, kundi “Papi” Gary.
“I’m glad that it’s actually going to happen because I’m still young enough to run around with my grandchild,” sabi ng 51-year-old performer.
Sa sobrang excitement nga raw ni Gary, pati hitsura ng bahay nila ay kanyang binago para sa paparating na apo.
“Iniba ko lang nang konti ang hitsura ng bahay kasi I want my grandchild to spend time there.
“I will encourage the mama and the papa, ‘Work all you want. Okay lang. But make sure you leave the child here, at home with me.’
“And I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s a new chapter of my life and I’m looking forward to it.”
BEING A FATHER. Sa obserbasyon daw ni Gary, kailangan pang maging handa ni Paolo sa pagiging ama nito.
“I don’t think he’s prepared yet, but that’s okay, because he’s like his papa.
“I was not prepared for Paolo [when he was born], and so I can go up to him and congratulate him, ‘Welcome to the club, son.’ I was not prepared.
“But the thing is that he seems to be excited.”
Pinagpapraktisan daw ngayon ni Paolo ang kanilang alagang aso.
“They have a dog named Trooper and he practices all the being lambing with that dog,” nangingiting sabi ni Gary.
Bukod kay Paolo, may dalawa pang anak si Gary sa asawang si Angeli Pangilinan; sina Gabriel at Kiana.
May payo ba siya kay Paolo kung paano maging ama?
Sabi ni Gary, “I think we will cross the bridge as we get there, because there may be challenges that he might face and I’ve never faced.
“So I’ll just have to remember everything that I’ve learned as a young dad.
“Remember, I was a father when I was 19-20 [years old].”
Samantala, 31-anyos na ngayon si Paolo.
Dagdag pa ng singer, “I think he’s learned a lot.
“He’s learned a lot from me, he learned a lot from his father-in-law.
“He’s learned a lot from his titas and titos, na ang daming nagtuturo sa kanya, by just living up their lives and him observing.”
Kasabay ng kanyang kasiyahan sa pagiging lolo, masaya rin si Gary na maging bahagi Change for Good program na inilunsad ng Cebu Pacific at UNICEF.
Isa itong programa na naglalayong makalikom ng donasyon mula sa mga pasahero at gagamitin ang nasabing donasyon sa pagtulong sa mga batang mahihirap mula sa 150 bansa sa buong mundo.
Kasama ni Gary V., na UNICEF national ambassador, ang UNICEF celebrity advocate for children na si Anne Curtis sa nasabing campaign launch.
( L-R: UNICEF celebrity advocate for children Anne Curtis, Cebu Pacific CEO Lance Gokongwei, UNICEF Philippines country representative Lotta Sylwander, and UNICEF national ambassador Gary V. Photo by Noel Orsal)
“I feel good because I know this is going to have an impact on many children and I know it's going to have an impact to many of those who wanna get involved, who are looking for a way to get involved in doing something good, in doing a change for good,” pahayag ni Gary tungkol sa kampanya.