Edgardo José Martin Santiago Valenciano (born 6 August 1964), better known as Gary Valenciano or Gary V., is a Filipino musician. Also known as Mr. Pure Energy, Valenciano has released 26 albums, and won the Awit Awards for "Best Male Performer" eleven times. In 1998, he became UNICEF Philippines first National Ambassador. His most notable songs include "Di Bale Na Lang" ("Never mind"), "Eto Na Naman" ("Here we go again"), "Sana Maulit Muli" ("i wish it could happen again"), "Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?" ("Does God sleep"), "Gaya ng Dati" ("Just like before"), "Pasko Na, Sinta Ko" ("It's already Christmas my love"), and "Narito" ("Here").
He is currently part of ABS-CBN contract actors, and is frequently tapped to sing theme songs for the network's soap operas and films.
Gary Valenciano was given the ASAP Elite Platinum Circle Award for 2008 for his extraordinary achievements in the local music industry. In his 25 years in the music industry, Gary has been awarded five Platinum albums, four double Platinum albums, three triple Platinum albums, and two sextuple Platinum albums.
Gary Valenciano was born in Santa Mesa, Manila on 6 August 1964. He is the sixth of seven children of Vicente Valenciano and Grimilda Santiago Ortíz. His parents met in New York, married, and settled in Manila. His father is from Bicol, while his mother is a Puerto Rican of Italian descent who sang opera in Manila during the 1960s. Valenciano attended primary and secondary school in La Salle Green Hills.
Valenciano is married to María Anna Elizabeth "Angeli" Pangilinan, with whom he has three children: Juan Paolo Martin Valenciano (vocalist of the band Salamin, whose married to Samantha Godinez), José Angelo Gabriel Valenciano (singer, keyboardist and dancer) and Kristiana María Mikaela (model turned singer). He is currently living with diabetes, and has been an endorser for several wellness products related to the condition.
In 1978, Valenciano made his first television appearance in an advertisement for local soft-drink Fress Gusto. when he was 14 years old at that time. He started as a choir singer, then performing in 1982 and launched his career in singing and show business on 13 May 1983. He first appeared as a solo artist in 1982 on the television programme The Pilita and Jackie Show, and later in Germspesyal and Penthouse Live. He had his first solo concert in April 1984 at the Araneta Coliseum, followed a number of albums, three of which were released internationally, including the Christian-inspired album Out of the Dark.
Valenciano has released multiple albums. He has won the Awit Award for "Best Male Performer" eleven of the past 21 times. He has been called "Mr. Pure Energy."
In 1998, he became UNICEF Philippines' first National Ambassador. In 2008, he marked his tenth year as a UNICEF Ambassador with a visit to Sitio Avocado, a former war zone in Negros Oriental. Valenciano returned to acting in 2008 by appearing in the drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya, where he portrayed a prisoner who finds religion and becomes born again. That same year, he was nominated for "Best Single Performance By An Actor" in the 22nd PMPC Star Awards for TV. In 2009, Valenciano released a collaborative album with Martin Nievera called "As 1", with the carrier single of the same title. In 2010, Valenciano was in a Holy Week drama special, Gulong, a CBN Asia Production shown on GMA; this was his third GMA Holy Week special since 2006. He also released his 25th full-length album, and his fourth compilation album "Replay" was recently released with the carrier single, "Did It Ever".