Gary Valenciano shows his latest CD "With You" during the album launch on Tuesday. Photo by Reyma Deveza for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA -- Veteran singer Gary Valenciano will have to give up his long-time tag as the country's "Mr. Pure Energy" and is asking his fans to help him find a new title.
In an interview with ABS-CBNNews.com on Tuesday during the launch of his latest album "With Me," the livewire performer, whose choreographed numbers have always been the highlights of his hit concerts, admitted that he is no longer a young man.
Valenciano, who is turning 50 in August, said it was his son Paolo, who reminded him that he doesn't need to do "big movements" all the time in his shows. "He said, 'Dad, at your age, you just have to make it precise.' That's what I want," Valenciano said.
But the “ASAP” mainstay, who was once dubbed the country’s answer to Michael Jackson during his younger days in the ‘80s, stressed that he is not totally removing dancing from his concerts and performances.
"Hinding hindi nawawala ang galaw. Gusto ko lang i-clarify na hindi naman mawawala ‘yung galaw. I don't mean that. I think people are also wondering, 'hanggang kailan pa kaya ni Mr. Gary ang ganitong klaseng concerts and all,’” he said.
“I'm going to dance, I'm going to move, pero hindi na yon ang pinaka-main thrust ko sa concerts ko. Hindi na ako mapi-pressure sa pangalang Mr. Pure Energy. Kasi oras na ‘yon ang mangyari, ‘yun at ‘yun na lang ang iisipin ko. Kailangan ganito, kailangan ganyan, kailangang gumalaw ako ng ganito and I don't want to. I don't want to worry about that," Valenciano explained.
In the interview, Valenciano, who is a known diabetic, was also asked about his current state of health.
“Health-wise, I'm fine,” he reported, pointing out that he had just finished the concert series “Tuesdays with Gary” at the Teatrino.
“So now I'm trying to stay in shape for big one,” he said, referring to his major concert “Arise: Gary V 3.0" on April 11 and 12 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Despite this, he said he believes it’s time to change his focus. “I never want to get to the point when people will say 'ay hindi na niya kaya,' 'ay baka pwede na siyang magpahinga.' I know I will get to that point but I still love to move but that doesn't mean that I have to move (big),” he said, citing young singer-actress Sarah Geronimo as an example.
“When she comes out, she performs, but she chooses when she is going to move, which is good because then you wait for her to move because you know she can. That's the way I treat myself and my music now,” he said about the country’s Pop Star Princess.
Asked about his new title, Valenciano, an avowed Christian, pointed out that " many of the things I do are basically miraculous.” That’s why he would prefer a tag that refers to his “being a living and walking miracle.”
But at the same time, he leaves it to the fans to suggest. “I don't know kayo na ang bahala. Don't forget I'm @GaryValenciano1 on Twitter. Give me a new name instead of Mr. Pure Energy,” he said.
New inspirational CD
In time for his 30th anniversary in show business, Valenciano launched his latest inspirational album since "Rebirth," which was released back in 2007.
"It took six years because I really want to wait for the proper time to come out with something and I think now is the proper time," he said.
Asked if the album has something to do with all the calamities that hit the country last year, the “Could You Be Messiah” hitmaker pointed to the song “The Answer,” which he completed after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit last year. “From August to November, there were I think five or six major events na either man-made or natural catastrophes that took place in the country,” he noted.
"With You" also features Valanciano's collaborations with new artists such as "He's Enough" with the girl group AKA Jam; "Ngiti" with rapper Young JV; and "With You" with daughter Kiana.