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” (“Hope it repeats again”), “Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?” (“Does God sleep”), “Gaya ng Dati” (“Just like before”), “Pasko Na, Sinta Ko” (“It’s Christmas already, 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.
Valenciano is married to María Anna Elizabeth “Angeli” Pangilinan, with whom he has three children: Juan Paolo Martin, José Angelo Gabriel and Kristiana María Mikaela.
He is currently living with diabetes, and has been an endorser for several wellness products related to the condition.
“I’m living a life with diabetes, but I’m not letting it stop me.” – Gary Valenciano
Gary has been battling Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes since he was 14 years old. His wife, Angeli, and kids have been witnesses to many of his attacks, and to almost 90,000 insulin injections in his lifetime. But in 2005, no one was prepared for his worst hypoglycemic attack.
It happened in Pasadeña, California during the “ASAP Kapamilya Caravan Tour,” where Gary lay unconscious and almost went into a comatose.