Testimony of Gary Valenciano
Gary Valenciano released 49 albums and won the Awit Awards for “Best Male Performer” eleven times. His vocal dexterity is legendary, and not many Filipino singers can match Gary’s high notes. With numerous sold-out concerts and dozens of Platinum awards, his career remains strong after three decades.
Gary V’s 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 Kundirana (DLSU Greenhills Glee Club) member, while his first TV appearance was in Germspesyal and the Penthouse Live.
In April 1984, at age 20, the Araneta Coliseum sold out for Gary’s first solo concert, “Alive.” Soon after, he was called “Mr. Pure Energy!” for his electrifying dance moves while singing.
Take me out of the dark
His popularity soared, and each concert was sold out. Despite the fame, Gary began to feel insecure and empty. Even after a successful gig, he often came home worried if fans would always love his music.
Gary Valenciano’s past was not easy. He lost his parents at a very young age. Then he was diagnosed with diabetes. A few years later, their house was razed by fire. All these caused bitter resentment.
Despite fame and fortune, Gary struggled with emptiness. He thought marriage could make him complete. However, life became even more miserable, and he was just in the first year of marriage.
Gary’s inescapable question
On November 12, 1985, his brother-in-law met Gary and his wife, Angeli Pangilinan. He asked Gary, “Do you know Jesus“? Gary knew the proper answer, and he aced it. But when he asked, “if you die right now, where will you go?”
Gary struggled with a reply. He realized that moment his life was like driving a fast car that suddenly hit a wall. He couldn’t answer the question.
Do you know Jesus?
That night, Gary and his wife Angeli prayed to Jesus
The Valenciano couple acknowledged their sinfulness and their need for a Savior. The couple asked Jesus to take over their lives. They were tired of running the show.
It was a simple prayer: “Come, come in because I need you, I feel empty, I need you so badly,” Gary remembers. It was life-changing afterward.
Lead me Lord
As the most popular male singer in the country, “experts” advised him to refrain from singing Christian music. Fans wrote, saying he shouldn’t sing inspirational songs. Many in the industry said being vocal about his faith can ruin his career.
Instead, Gary did the unthinkable; he declared the love and power of Jesus through his song lyrics and sang it on stage. God’s spirit was with him; his popularity soared to the roof and out into the gates of the heavens.
Gary’s coming out inspired celebrities
Celebrities like Connie Reyes, Ray Ann Fuentes, Gary, and others have been instrumental in sharing the Gospel with other stars. As a result, it gave way to Bible study groups in TV networks like ABS-CBN in early 2000.
Normalizing Christian music on national TV
For the first time on national TV, praise music was seen and heard by millions of Filipinos watching live shows Showtime and ASAP. In 2019, Kapamilya singers performed a praise medley segment at a Christmas Special, and Gary led what was praise and music, again, on national TV.
Could you be healer?
Gary has diabetes, kept at bay with insulin pumps. In each performance, his sugar stabilizes. Despite his condition, he has no signs of eye deterioration or excessive fatigue. His Doctor asked why; Gary said, “It’s God.”
The Lord has sustained Mr. Pure Energy, but he’s still mortal, donned with other health issues. At 53, he needed open-heart surgery. Doctors dubbed his condition as “the widowmaker.” They found a 95% blockage in his artery, and they were not enthusiastic because he has diabetes.
After the operation, doctors were again surprised at his recovery rate. However, there was a pain in his lower back a few days later. Doctors, this time, discovered a six-centimeter malignant tumor attached to his kidney.
Doctors were baffled.
Close to dropping dead
The family was devastated, confused about how all these were happening all 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. Doctors were 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 V said.