For the past 36 years, Gary Valenciano, a multi-awarded Filipino inspirational artist, composer, and arranger, has enthralled local and international audiences with his breathtaking performances and groundbreaking music. While moving hearts with his hit ballads as well as motivating audiences to move and groove with more upbeat tracks, Gary has relentlessly conquered the Philippine recording scene. His gift of songwriting and composing has also made use of his skills in playing keyboard and percussion instruments. By blood Gary is half-Puerto Rican and half-Filipino. He first entered the public eye in 1983—an energetic 18 year-old with Michael Jackson swagger and a heart-pinching voice with solid range like Al Jarreau.
Over three decades later, with 12 Awit Awards for Best Performance (by a Male Recording Artist) and 39 best-selling albums, Gary continues to entertain and inspire his fans and followers—4 million on Twitter, 700,000 on Facebook, 550,000 followers on Instagram, and millions of viewers who replay his music on YouTube, Spotify, and other media platforms. While achieving all this and more, it is also publicly known that Gary is successful despite having lived with Type 1 juvenile diabetes for 41 years—a condition he has responsibly managed with the love and companionship of his wife, Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano. They have three children; Paolo, a concert and events director, Gabriel, a content-creator, filmmaker, dancer, and music producer, and Kiana, a budding celebrity singer and songwriter. He has also appeared on top-rating TV shows. He’s performed show-stopping numbers for 15 years on ASAP a noontime variety show on ABS-CBN Broadcasting network, he was the host of the TV show, Twist and Shout, a well-loved mentor on The Voice Philippines, and has also appeared as a guest judge in: Your Face Sounds Familiar, X Factor Philippines, World of Dance, and Tawag ng Tanghalan on It's Showtime.
Gary frequent flies abroad for concert tours for his fans circling the globe. He’s performed some of his biggest hits in over 20 countries spanning Asia, Europe, across the Americas; USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, Papua N., New Z., Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China/HK, Brunei, Malaysia, Italy, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi A., Al Ain, Oman, Bahrain, UK/London, Wales, Amsterdam, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria—not to mention bringing crowds to their feet at some of the world’s most prestigious concert venues like: Nokia Theater in Los Angeles; Olympia in Montreal, Sony Center in Toronto, the Hammersmith Apollo in London, the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, The Shrine Auditorium in California, The Navy Pier Auditorium in Chicago, The Budokan Hall in Tokyo, The Sydney Entertainment Center in Australia, and many more.
Among renowned international talents Gary has performed with many: Brian McKnight, George Duke, Paul Jackson Jr., George Black, Justo Almario, Julia Fordham, Kool & the Gang, the Emotions, Menudo (with Ricky Martin), Cliff Richard, Leon Patilo, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman and Terumasa Hino. Known for his glowing rapport with viewers and fans, he is also a constant ambassador of hope, faith, and positive change for the Philippines. Gary’s gift, while also being a famous individual, is making any person with him feel they are worthy of joyful attention and Godly encouragement. He has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the past 21 years—a distinction shared by other well-known colleagues in the entertainment industry.