NOEL FERRER: Sumailalim sa isang heart surgery si Gary Valenciano kanina, May 6.
Nabisita na siya ng kanyang mga anak na sina Paolo, Gab, Kiana, at asawang si Angeli sa coronary recovery room.
The doctors said he is doing very well.
“In behalf of my family, I request for prayers for my husband’s speedy recovery,” sabi Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano.
Isang araw bago ang scheduled emergency open heart surgery niya, isinulat ni Gary V ang statement na ito: “Two weeks ago, I celebrated my 35th anniversary in entertainment with a dance performance with my son, Gabriel, and a beloved team that’s second family to me.
“To some, it may have looked like routine movements for my songs from yesteryears, but that performance is one I won’t ever forget. My life from that point would never be the same.
“After that dance, I felt a sensation I’d never felt before—not even during the times I would push myself, riding my mountain bike on the trails for extended periods of time—I felt tightness and pain in my chest.
“Upon consulting my doctor, he advised me to go through tests immediately.
"I want to share the results of my tests with you.
“Friends—the good news? I have a good, strong heart. The doctors are amazed. My heart and all its blood vessels, with the exception of one, are miraculously in excellent condition. Surprising after 39 years of Type 1 Diabetes.
"The tough news? The one exception—the main valve, my left anterior descending artery (LAD) is 95% blocked and now has very thin walls, because of diabetes.
“I now lie here on a hospital bed because I need a bypass immediately. I apologize to my ASAP, Your Face Sounds Familiar, and Showtime families and fans, the companies and organizations I am scheduled to do shows for; the students from various universities I am so excited to meet... I was especially looking forward to Unstoppable, Darren Espanto’s concert.
"I need to excuse myself from all these commitments until I fully recover from the bypass surgery.
“My dearest friends, I know this may come as a surprise to a number of you. Some of you have seen me on my posts on Instagram and Twitter, looking and sounding quite active.
“Being active has never been my problem. But I now often feel tired and sleepy, despite being fully rested. The chest pains were an alert and confirmed, thank God, that something was wrong. I’m thankful I didn’t wait too long to take the necessary tests.
“I thought it best to give you the details of my condition to prevent gossip and speculation that may be cause for worry and concern.
“Do not worry please, only pray—I have an expert team of gifted doctors, some of them have taken great care of me for many, many years now.
“I believe in my God who restores; my God who heals, and rescues, my God who is my strength...and my God who gives each of us a thousand 2nd chances.
“He has never let me down before and I truly believe, He isn't going to make this the first time He won’t come and help during this, my hour of great need.
“I will do my best to keep you updated as the days go by. Should I remain silent, it’s probably only because I will be recuperating, getting better, and building up my strength.
“I know one day soon I will give my all on that stage again, perhaps in my spirit, even stronger than ever before. I believe this will be a story to tell people, and yes, it will be another one of God’s amazing faithful, merciful, gracious, and good ways. Let’s not worry, ok? Let’s just be prayerful.
“Allow me to share this passage. I hope this encourages you who may be undergoing the same situation with your hearts, both physically and emotionally. I love you all. ‘And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.’ Ezekiel 36:26
“God bless us all.”
JERRY OLEA: Dalangin natin na malagpasan ni Gary V ang pagsubok na ito.
Isa si Gary V sa mga pinakamabait na celebrity ng local showbiz.
Wala akong natatandaang nakaaway niya sa mga kapwa mang-aawit o artista.
Sa halip, bukas ang kanyang puso sa pagtulong sa mga baguhan sa entertainment industry.
Sa pagpapalaganap ng pananampalataya niya sa Panginoon, noon pa man ay may mga concert siyang libre, kundi man napakamura ng tiket.
Maging prayer warriors tayo para sa kanya!
GORGY RULA: Maganda yung ginawa ni Gary V na naglabas na siya ng statement bago lumabas ang balita tungkol sa operasyon niya, para wala nang maglalabasang specualtions.
Isa kami sa umaasa at nananalangin ang agarang pagaling ng Mr. Pure Energy.
Sana ganun pa rin ang energy niya kapag puwede na siyang mag-perform sa stage.
Naalala ko pa ang sinasabi sa akin dati ni Lorna Tolentino na kapag si Gary V daw ang nagsasalita sa harapan niya, napapanatag siya. Parang anghel daw kasi ang kausap niya.