Gary Valenciano. File Photo.
MANILA – Veteran singer and concert performer Gary Valenciano is set to undergo a stem cell therapy so he could continue dancing.
In an interview with entertainment site Push, Valenciano said the treatment is primarily for his knees.
“Kasi medyo masakit na talaga siya. I have hardly any cartilage left. ‘Yung meniscus ko has multiple tears and it has been like this for years so I’m going through a procedure na sana mag-regenerate ‘yung cartilage ko,” he said.
Because of this, Valenciano said he will take a short break from his showbiz commitments.
"I’ll give myself a little time na mawala ‘yung pain and then hataw ulit. Kasi hindi ko talaga mapigilan ‘yung sarili ko eh. Even if sinasabi ko na sa sarili ko na ‘Tama na, tama na’ hindi eh," he said.
Valenciano, who just staged the repeat of his concert "Arise" at the SM Mall of Asia Arena last weekend, also explained why he no longer holds concerts as often as before.
"I slowed down na kasi if you watched my past concerts ‘yun yung talagang pure energy ang thrust ko eh. ‘Yun ang ginawa ko ngayon,” he said. “Ayaw ko kasi ‘yung manood ‘yung mga tao at sabihin nila ‘Ay hindi na niya kaya, dapat huminto na siya no?’ Ayaw ko ng ganon, mas mabuti pa ‘yung kaya pa niya and then stop. [Tapos sasabihin ng tao] ‘Oh bakit? Sabagay matagal na rin siyang sumasayaw.’”
Valenciano, who is turning 50 on Wednesday, said he also wants the other performers to enjoy the spotlight.
“Siguro magiging awaited moment na ng mga tao na makita akong sumayaw kasi marami na talagang magagaling din ngayon who deserve also the limelight,” he said, citing Sam Concepcion, Billy Crawford, Rayver Cruz, Vhong Navarro and even his son Gabriel.