June 19, 2010, 6:43pm
Because Gary Valenciano could pass for an NBA coach when he speaks to – and consequently inspires – people, entertainment scribes asked him if he will consider hosting a talk show in the future. Instead, he was forced to disclose on Friday to Bulletin Entertainment and other media that a major TV project is underway, “One that Martin Nievera and I will be hosting.”
Mr. Pure Energy held back the details but said, “It’s one of the exciting things that are to come now that I’ve signed again with ABS-CBN.” Gary and son Gabriel Valenciano renewed their contracts recently with Kapamilya network.
“I’m open to doing talk shows,” he added.
On ‘Party Pilipinas’ and offers from GMA
Gary also denied there have been offers from the Kapuso channel. “There were no offers. I don’t know if they [GMA] talk about it there but as far as I know, wala talaga.”
“ASAP” allows Gary to feel like he’s only 30, he said. “When I perform in the show, it’s like I’m only 30 or even 27 and I’m 45 with performers around me half my age. That’s how the show makes me feel.”
The “ASAP” cast is also unfazed by threats from “Party Pilipinas.” Gary explained, “This is how I see the stage of ‘Party Pilipinas:’ From what I’ve seen on YouTube, it’s a big stage. It’s a huge stage that’s [not exactly a venue for] partying. It’s a concert stage. In ‘ASAP,’ our stage is smaller, more intimate and more like [a venue] for a party.”
He also commented on former “ASAP” artists like Mark Bautista and Rachelle Ann Go who moved to GMA. “Come to think of it, isn’t it amazing that in order to beef up the other show, they (‘Party Pilipinas’) would have to get artists from our show (‘ASAP’)? For our part, we take it (competition) as it happens because it allows us to see the good sign of things.”
Gary the father
Since on Sunday is Father’s Day, Gary revealed that he believes in the saying “spare the rod, spoil the child.” Valenciano intimated that his children experienced the disciplinarian in him particularly when they were younger.
“Pag may nagawa silang mali, I had to explain that I’m doing this, that I have to hit them with a belt or tsinelas, because they have hurt others and the pain that they caused others because of the mistake they did hurt more than this belt would hurt,” he shared.
Gabriel said he always got “the belt.” “Pag ako naman talaga ang may mali, he (Gary) always uses the belt. But growing up, I had a happy childhood.”
The same disciplinarian also taught Gabriel this valuable lesson: “My dad always tells me to use the losses you have to win bigger battles.”
(Father and son will have a special show on Sunday at 5 p.m. at SM Skydome after “ASAP.” On July 16, Gary and Martin will do another repeat of “As One.” Gabriel will also guest in Jericho Rosales’ concert at the Cache Creek in Sacramento, California on June 26 and 27.)