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Gary Valenciano lovingly talks about his children

by Julie E. Bonifacio
Jul 12, 2008
"[The] press people would always ask me, ‘How do you feel that your children, hindi ka ba naano that your children are better than you?' And I said, ‘You know what, if they're not better than me, that would be a problem.' I mean, without me forcing them, mas masarap yun," says Gary Valenciano about his three children.

Mula sa kanyang very successful concert sa U.S. ay nakausap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Gary Valenciano sa kakaibang tsikahan niya with the entertainment press na ginanap sa Essensuals by Toni and Guy sa Crowne Plaza. Dito ay maraming kuwento si Gary sa kanyang nakaraang show sa U.S.

"I just felt that, you guys, you know, usually it's just eat and then talk, and then you guys leave. And I felt it would be nice also if you guys came and you know when you leave, you feel, and you're ready for anything. You can go anywhere," saad ni Gary tungkol sa kakaibang press interview niya.

Ideya raw ito ng kanyang misis at Genesis head na si Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano. At the same time, very close talaga si Gary sa mga may-ari ng Toni and Guy. Dito in-announce ni Gary na magkakaroon ng repeat ang kanyang His Love concert sa Music Museum on July 17, 18, 30, and 31 for the benefit of Shining Light Foundation and Operation Blessing Foundation, na parehong magbibigay-tulong sa mga biktima ng bagyong Frank.

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"I have the repeat which I felt is was timely. Sabi ko nga, e, yung first four nights, when I saw the people, sabi ko, ‘If you have friends who we weren't able to catch it we may have a repeat.' Yun nga."

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Umani ng positive feedback ang His Love concert mula sa performance ni Gary hanggang sa technical aspects ng show.

"I think that it's the entire team, the lighting director knows his stuff, the sound guys know what exactly to do and it just so happen na lagi ko silang katrabaho. So hindi ko na kailangan pang sabihin sa kanila. Alam na nila. Hindi lang yung direktor na sige basta pagalawin natin yung ilaw, ganun. Hindi, e. Alam na nila ang lyrics kung ano ang 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 talented children ni Gary na sina Gabriel, Paolo, at Keanna. Kaya naman muli silang mapapanood sa repeat ng His Love. After the concert, they were referred to as the local version of the famous Osmond family sa U.S.

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"It's modern day Toto & His Children!" natatawang sabi ni Gary V. "I don't know. I guess that's exactly how Toto probably felt, you know. I mean, when he sees his children, or the Nailclippers, it's a whole family. 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 they execute, sila na yun."

Inulit muli ni Gary sa amin ang sinabi niya sa first night ng His Love sa Music Museum about his children.

"Yung ano, press people would always ask me, ‘How do you feel that your children, hindi ka ba naano that your children are better than you?' And I said, ‘You know what, if they're not better than me, that would be a problem.' I mean, without me forcing them, mas masarap yun.

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"Mas gusto kong marinig yun kesa, ‘Ay, hindi pala magagaling ang mga anak niya.' Mas magaling pa nga, e, okey lang. May mga lumalapit sa akin, ‘Gary, mas magaling pa sumayaw si Gab sa ‘yo' And I'm...talagang I'm vocal, ‘Galing ‘no?'"

Sad to say, mukhang hindi makakasama sa repeat ng His Love ang 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 pa yun. 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 Love dahil inalayan niya ng bulaklak ang kanyang girlfriend na si Nikki Guevarra.

"Talagang pagdating sa backstage, pak! Naging three hours na yung concert natin dahil... Then he said, ‘Sorry, Dad.' Sabi ko, ‘Okey, basta next time you tell me.'"

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Seryoso na ba si Gab kay Nikki at handa na ba si Gary na mag-asawa ang kanyang mga anak?

"Ah, no. It's Paolo. Paolo talked to me already," paglilinaw ni Gary.

Mag-aasawa na si Paolo?

"No... He said, ‘Dad, I really have to start thinking. I'm 23 already 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 that time, so he's preparing now. Kasi ayaw niya yung the wedding bells ring, ‘tapos wala pang ano, hindi pa ako handa financially or whatever. He wants to make sure... 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 time comes."

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."

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Handa na ba siya kapag dumating ang panahon na magsabi na si Paolo 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, and seriously I tell my children, ‘Do not ever, ever outgrow your children. You know, not your childish way but your child-like way. Keanna, especially you. I mean, you're 15. In three years, you're 18. So what? You want to watch cartoons? Call me, I will watch with you.'


"Paolo still collects action figures and all, which is what I usually do. And I see him, sometime I can hear him inside his room like he's doing some action stuffs. Exactly what I told him. Don't lose that.

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"Gabriel is ano, his kengkoy ways and all. I always tell him don't lose that. Once you lose that, you're grown up."

THE BIG ONE. No wonder why Gary still looks young especially with his trendy outfits. Maging ang best friend niya na si Martin Nievera ay nagugulat kung 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, never mind. I'll just be me.' And I said, ‘Exactly! You just come out there and be yourself. I don't want people to see Gary Valenciano and somebody who's trying to be Martin.'"

After the repeat, what's next with Gary V?

"Honestly, I'm working on with the big one. Yeah, yung Araneta [Coliseum]. That's the big one, my anniversary concert. Actually, this one, His Love, is a celebration of what is coming next. Parang it's the start of the next 25. Yung sa November, thank you! Thank you for all the 25 years!

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"It will be different from His Love. Wala pang guest but I don't want to flood it with too many guests. It will be on November 14 and 15. The working title is [Gary V] Live at 25," pagtatapos ni Gary.

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"[The] press people would always ask me, ‘How do you feel that your children, hindi ka ba naano that your children are better than you?' And I said, ‘You know what, if they're not better than me, that would be a problem.' I mean, without me forcing them, mas masarap yun," says Gary Valenciano about his three children.
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