Mr. Pure Energy
Gary V released 49 albums and won the Awit Awards for “Best Male Performer” for eleven times. His vocal dexterity, power, and voice clarity remain unmatched and with numerous sold-out concerts and dozens of Platinum awards, the longevity of Gary’s career remains strong for the last 35 years.
His all-time hits are a mix of pop and inspirational songs. He is best known for “Sana Maulit Muli” (“I hope it happens again”), “Lead me Lord”, “Take me out of the dark”, “Could you be Messiah,” and his cover of “Wag ka nang umiyak” (Probinsyano OST).
He was a member of Kundirana (DLSU Greenhills Glee Club) while his first TV appearance was in Germspesyal and the Penthouse Live. On April 1984, at age 20, the Araneta Coliseum sold out for Gary’s first solo concert, “Alive”. Soon after, he earned the title “Mr. Pure Energy!”
Take me out of the dark
His popularity soared and each concert was sold-out. However, at the beginning of the height of his popularity, Gary felt insecure and empty. Even after a successful gig, he would often come home empty inside. He was insecure, depressed, and worried if people will always like his music.
Gary Valenciano’s past was not easy. He lost his parents at a very young age. Then he was diagnosed with diabetes and later, their house razed by fire. He became a bitter person.
Despite his promising career, fame, and fortune, Gary struggled with emptiness and thought marrying can make him complete. In the first year of his marriage, his life became even more miserable.
The inescapable question
On November 12, 1985, his brother-in-law met Gary and his wife Angeli Pangilinan. He asked him, “Do you know Jesus”? Gary knew the proper answer and he aced it. But when he was asked, “if you die right now, where will you go?” Gary struggled with the answer and realized that moment that his life was like driving a very fast car that suddenly hit a wall.
Do you know Jesus?
That night, Gary and his wife prayed to Jesus. They admitted they are sinners and needed a savior. The couple asked Jesus to take over their lives. It was a simple prayer that Gary uttered: “Come, come in because I need you, I feel empty, I need you so bad”.
Lead me Lord
At the peak of his career, many advised him to refrain from singing gospel-inspired music. Fans wrote him saying he shouldn’t sing inspirational songs. Being vocal about his faith can ruin his career but Gary V. did the unthinkable, he declared the love and power of Jesus through his songs and on stage. His popularity soared even higher.
Could you be healer?
Each time Gary steps out on stage, he stands bold singing for his creator and amazingly, his sugar would stabilize. Gary has diabetes and is in insulin pumps now but he has no signs of eye deterioration. His Doctor asks why, and Gary simply says “its God.”
The widow maker
In 2018, still energetic and young looking at 53, Gary needed an open-heart surgery when Doctors found a 95% blockage in his artery. Doctors were not optimistic because of his diabetic condition. A lot of people prayed for him and to the Doctors’ surprise, his recovery was quick. Few days after, he felt pain in his lower back. His Doctors discovered a six-centimeter malignant tumor attached to his kidney.
Close to dropping dead
The family was devastated and confused about how all these were happening at the same time. “I came very close to dropping dead in full public view on national television that day. I’m told that one more jump could’ve done that job. I was miraculously saved from that. Doctors were again baffled I was healing so well after my open heart surgery, despite my diabetes. They say I have the heart of a strong 25-year-old,” Gary said.