Among his three children, Gary Valenciano admitted he is strictest when it comes to his only daughter, Kiana.
In the Father's Day episode of "Tapatan Ni Tunying" (TNT) that aired on Thursday, Valenciano said he is overprotective of his daughter because she is the youngest in the family.
“Kiana is not just the youngest but she’s very beautiful. Before, she had a suitor. Nung unang beses ko siyang nakitang pumasok sa kotse ng [lalaki], talagang nakatingin ako,” he said.
Valenciano said even their housemaids were asking him if he was okay.
While admitting that he wasn’t really fine then, Valenciano said he talked to his daughter’s suitor. He also said he trusts Kiana.
“Kinausap ko yung lalaki. Naintindihan niya ako. Effective naman and it’s good kasi makikita din ng lalaki na seryoso yung dad,” he said.
Asked if he thinks Paolo, Gabriel and Kiana are having a hard time as his kids, Valenciano said, “Umabot sa punto na kinausap ko yung tatlo kong anak. Sabi ko unang una, you don’t have to sing like me. You don’t have to talk, to walk, to dress up, to look like me. Sabi ko sa kanila, I can fly beside you but you don’t have to fly under me. You fly doon sa mga lugar na hinding-hindi ko maabutan and I will be proud of you.”
Aside from giving a glimpse of how he is as a dad, Valenciano also recalled how he started in the entertainment industry.
“Inimbita ako noon na kumanta sa iba’t ibang variety shows. Nung lumabas ako sa Miriam College, doon ko nakilala ang misis ko na si Angeli Pangilinan. Kasama din siya sa isang banda. Pinanood niya ako tapos nilapitan niya ako, sabi niya kung pwede daw niya ma-introduce ako sa manager ng grupo nila. Nakilala ko si Sandra Chavez at doon na nag-umpisa ang lahat,” he said.
But his career wasn’t “scandal-free” as he immediately made headlines upon his showbiz entry.
“Pagpasok na pagpasok ko sa industriya, ang nag-greet sa akin ay isang masasabi nating skandalo kasi nabuntis si Angeli and I wasn’t married,” he said.
According to Valenciano, who was not even 20 years old then, he and Pangilinan were not yet married when the latter got pregnant.
“Hanggang sa tinanong ako mismo na ‘Gary, dadating na yung major concert mo sa Araneta Coliseum sa April 13. Kapag nag-presscon ka, siguradong itatanong ka kung totoo ba or hindi.’ Pag-upong pag-upo ko, yun ang unang tanong. ‘So is it true?’ Ganoon kaagad. So tumingin ako, ‘It’s true,’” he added.
Relieved that they got through it, Valenciano said his career then took off smoothly, starting with a sold-out concert at the Araneta Coliseum.