‘With Love, Gary’

IN line with his 28th anniversary in the business, as well as the 25th anniversary of his management company, Manila Genesis Entertainment & Management, Inc., Gary Valenciano presents “With Love, Gary Valenciano.”

Why “With Love”?

Gary says the answer will be evident once the people see the projects, which were all made with the trademark passion that the artist has always exhibited. The full-length compilation album, “With Love, Gary Valenciano,” is a compilation of the well-loved film and television theme songs performed by Gary for ABS-CBN and Star Cinema, the latest of which are “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” from the recently concluded hit teleserye and “Where Do I Begin (Love Story)” from the movie “In the Name of Love” which is the album’s carrier single. The music video of “Where Do I Begin (Love Story)” is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, currently airing on Myx and is rapidly climbing its hit and most requested charts.

Other tracks are “Kung Tayo Magkakalayo,” “Tayong Dalawa,” “Sana Maulit Muli,” “And I Love You So,” “Because of You” (from the movie “B’cuz Of U”), “Ikaw Lamang” (from the movie “Dubai”), “Kailangan Kita,” “How Did You Know” (from the movie “All My Life”), “Anak” and “One Hello” (from the movie “When Love Begins”).

To further spice up the album project and his anniversary, Mr. Pure Energy is also gearing up for his upcoming television special which airs this Sunday at 10:45 p.m. on ABS-CBN’s “Sunday’s Best.” Inspired by the title of his latest CD, the special is also titled “With Love, Gary Valenciano.”

“With Love, Gary Valenciano” is directed by Johnny Manahan with musical direction by Marvin Querido and choreography by Georcelle Dapat of the G-Force. Arrangements were done by Mon Faustino, Gabriel Valenciano, Marvin Querido, and Gary V himself. According to the staff and crew of ABS-CBN, “We have never seen Mr. M so inspired to direct a TV special in a while.”

Mr. M and Gary collaborated in my numbers, meeting and sharing ideas and concepts to come up with a great special. “I’m so excited as I haven’t worked this much with Mr. M in so many years! I am so honored that he spent so much time for every segment to make it a great production number,” Gary V relates.

The phenomenal success of “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin,” the most recent drama series wherein Gary sang the theme song, inspired ABS-CBN, Star Records, ASAP Rocks and Manila Genesis to conceptualize and produce “With Love, Gary Valenciano” the TV special. Gary even made a cameo appearance as himself in the final episode of “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” which is reported to have one of the highest ratings in recent television history! In films, Aga Muhlach is known to always request for Gary to sing the theme songs of his movies under Star Cinema. Five songs in the album were used in his films.

The special chronicles the 28 colorful and prolific years of Gary’s showbiz career. The singer-songwriter is behind some of the most memorable songs, such as “Take Me Out of the Dark,” “Sana Maulit Muli,” ‘Di Bale Na Lang,” “When I Hear You Call,” “Shout For Joy,” among others released by his home recording company for 25 years, Universal Records.

Paying tributed to Gary on the TV special are some of his colleagues and friends in the industry including Ryan Cayabyab, Kuh Ledesma, Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, German Moreno, Lorna Tolentino, Ogie Alcasid, Iya Villania, Donita Rose, Aiza Seguerra, Jed Madela, Carla Martinez, Piolo Pascual, Roselle Monteverde, Annabelle Regalado-Borja, Erik Santos, Sam Concepcion, Freddie Santos, and Jericho Rosales among many others. The dance community like Manolet Santos, John Pratts, Rayver Cruz, Jon Supan, Nel Gomez, the Manoeuvres are some of the guest in the special. UNICEF’s Angela Travis and Michelle Borromeo share insights on their ambassador of 13 years. Also joining him are his children Paolo, who is the current lead vocalist of the rock band Salamin and a session lead vocalist for Rivermaya; singer, dancer, and musical arranger/producer Gabriel, who also arranged several of the numbers on the special; and his beautiful and talented daughter, Kiana, in a very moving number arranged by Gary himself.

The special also features some of the Kapamilya Network’s brightest stars such as Billy Crawford, Sam Milby, Yeng Constantino, Jovit Baldovino, Robin Nievera, as well as the new discoveries, Angeline Quinto, Marcelino Pomoy, and Maria Aragon.

Gary has been one of the major hosts of the top-rating musical variety show for the past eight years.

“With Love, Gary Valenciano” is now the number two highest-selling in record bars. The album is also out on digital formats: I-tunes, Amazon, Napster, Real Networks.

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