MANILA – There’s still 24 days before Christmas but Gary Velanciano has already received his best Christmas gift ever.
Last month, Valenciano officially became a grandfather after Samantha Godinez-Valenciano, the wife of his son Paolo, gave birth to baby girl Leia.
“Siguro pwedeng wala ng magbigay sa akin ng regalo. Seriously, okay lang. I have a gift na… Leia for me is the only gift na okay na para sa akin,” Valenciano said.
According to the singer, being a grandfather gives him an indescribable feeling.
“It’s unbelievable that at my age now, even if mas matanda pa sa akin si Martin Nievera, ako 'yung meron. I guess I’m one of the very first in ‘ASAP’ na grandparent na kasi pati si Zsa Zsa, hindi pa eh. It’s unbelievable because I have the strength and the excitement to play with my granddaughter,” he said.
Valenciano promised to keep himself fit so he could have more time with baby Leia.
“I am hoping na in five years now, I will come to you and I will say ‘Look at what I am doing now. Nakaka-swimming na kami, nakakatakbo na kami. We are still together.’ I will keep myself in shape for her,” he said.