Nagbigay ng pahayag si Gary Valenciano kaugnay ng mga nagkukuwestiyon sa pagiging isang Original Pilipino Music (OPM) icon ni Vice Ganda.
Inihihilera na raw kasi si Vice sa mga katulad nina Gary, Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, at Kuh Ledesma na diumano’y mga lehitimong OPM icons.
Sa status ba ngayon ni Vice bilang star, hindi pa ba ito makukunsidera na isang icon?
Ayon kay Gary, “It's hard to say that right now.
“If I were to look at him, he is, for me, an icon with regards to being who he is now.
“There's no person like him na tumagal nang ganun.
"When it comes to OPM, being a recording artist, give it just maybe few more years.
“He will certainly get there 'cause he's on his way there.
“I also understand kung bakit nila sinasabi yun... Vice has done things that none of us was able to do.
“I mean, coming up with the biggest blockbuster movies of all time.
“Although not as an OPM artist, but as an actor talaga, komedyante.”
TRACK RECORD. Ipinaliwanag ni Gary sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) na ang pagkakaroon nila ng record catalog ang pinakamalaking dahilan kung bakit original OPM icon ang turing sa kanila nina Martin, Zsa Zsa, Regine Velasquez, at Ogie Alcasid.
Saad ni Mr. Pure Energy, “I have at least thirty-one CDs up there.
“Maybe OPM can also come up with the standard.
“When you’ve released this much, then you become an OPM icon or whatever.”
Patungkol kay Vice, ito raw ang masasabi ni Gary, “There are songs of him that have become hits.
“Sabihan nating pansamantala lang, pero hits pa rin at medyo malaki-laki nang konti.
“For me, for him to be an icon as OPM, that's their choice.
“If that's how they see him, congratulations.
“But to track record or catalog in music… I would encourage Vice to come up with more songs.
“Magaling naman siyang kumanta, come up with more songs para wala nang kukuwestyunin sa kanya.
“He deserves it 'cause he has a track record that it's not the physical album.
“That is, it's the music to back up that statement.”
UNBOKABOGABLE. Malaki raw ang paghanga ni Gary kay Vice bilang isang artist.
Pahayag niya, “People see him as a comedian, but he's an exceptional artist.
“May mga ibang kaya niyang gawin na hindi pa nakikita ng mga tao.
“I bet , if you sit down with him and ask him kung puwede siyang mag-guest [Gary’s future concerts], he'll probably joke about it.
“But I'm sure it will create something na, 'Oy, probably we can do something like this.'
“Para lang makita ng tao na he really is not just an artist, but a good artist.
“Whatever he says, whatever he does, no matter what… he claims to be
“The artistry is still there kay Vice Ganda.”
Katatapos pa lang ni Gary ng successful two-night concert na Gary V Presents noong July 15 at 16, sa Kia Theater sa Cubao, Quezon City.