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Now that eldest son Paolo Valenciano is getting married early next year, Gary Valenciano is proud that his son followed his advice about relationships.
“I advised him to build a relationship based on friendship rather than on a girlfriend-boyfriend basis. That way, she will remain your friend no matter what happens. Then, you can decide whether she’s for you or not,” relates Gary.
And because Paolo followed his dad’s advice, Gary is glad his son is marrying someone he approves of completely.
“I know Sam (Godinez, Paolo’s fiancée) since she was that tall (puts his hand a feet above the ground). We’re really connected since she’s related to Martin (Nievera),” states Gary.
He also reveals that this early, a top videographer is offering to shoot the first wedding in the family, for free.
Year 2013 is just as important in Gary’s career. The “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” star is celebrating his 30th year in showbiz with a bang.
“This time, we’re also tapping new media and giving people the option of seeing my past concerts in DVD or YouTube. People can download any song they want.”
That’s why, in contrast to his silver anniversary celebration where preparation was done months before, Gary is lining up next year’s activities as early as now.
A big part of Gary’s journey is the Apo Hikiing Society, whose songs Gary – and his “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” co-stars like Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid, Eugene Domingo, Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos -- are paying tribute to.
'Di Na Natuto'
Danny Javier of the Apo handpicked Gary to sing his (Danny’s) composition “Di Na Natuto”, believing that it will catapult the then-skeptical singer to stardom.
“Mayabang ang dating niya sa akin noon,” recalls Gary.
But he knew he was wrong the minute Gary stepped into the studio and heard the song’s first few bars. True enough, “Di Na Natuto” became a big hit.
“The Apo has a certain way of expressing themselves that transcends generations,” observes Gary.
Now, he’s looking forward to Danny’s promise of giving him another original composition to interpret.
And this time, Gary doesn’t have the shadow of a doubt that it will again be something worth spending precious time on.
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