By Heidi Ng
GARY Valenciano, my all time favorite Filipino performer will open the second quarter of the year with a bang as he does the highly anticipated encore serving of his critically acclaimed “Gary V Presents” concert series on May 12, 13, 19, and 20 at The Theatre at Solaire.
He was a huge favorite of mine growing up after my parents invited him to perform at my 18th birthday debut at the Shangrila Makati. He performed with the Manouevres and also with my brothers, with the song “Look in her Eyes”.
I am still a huge fan of his and rightly so. All these years he has remained a humble, God fearing and respectable man.
These things have made him a well-loved person in the industry. And there is no denying that he is not just a good performer — he is an excellent performer whose rapport with the audience is palpable for each concert that I ever watched him in.
Years later, Gary V is still on top of his game with shows and sold out concerts.
The encore performances of “Gary V Presents” are in line with Gary’s 34th anniversary in the industry, which is happening this 2017.
“Gary V Presents” started with a two-night run in November 2015 at Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila, and its immense commercial success spawned a one-night repeat at Resorts World, a special run in Dipolog City, and a two-night show at Kia Theater in Cubao.
“Gary V Presents” is conceptualized by Gary with son Paolo as a means to showcase a diverse sampling of artists whose styles represent different musical genres.
The series aims to provide these artists a creative and mainstream platform to showcase their individual talents and as Gary puts it: just have fun and enjoy each other’s talent on stage.
The 2017 encore run of Gary V Presents will once again assemble its amazing cast which include Allan Silonga, Bullet Dumas, Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Janice Javier, Jimmy Marquez, Katrina Velarde, Kiana Valenciano, Lara Maigue, Mitoy Yonting, Timmy Pavino, and RJ Dela Fuente. This run will have an added feature – the Zamora Brothers: Jason and Joshua of the Manoeuvres.
This encore run is co-directed by Paolo Valenciano with his father who is set to do many solo songs and production numbers that will blow the audiences away.
Gary received standing ovations for this concert and stunned the public with his amazing dancing skills and vocal gymnastics which have continue to prove that he indeed is a living miracle despite 39 years of having Type 1 diabetes.
I am particularly excited about seeing Miss Saigon graduate Carla Guevara-Laforteza perform as I am a huge fan of her voice skills, and her pretty face!
The artists that Gary himself handpicked are all known for their exceptional artistry and the respective musical genres they each represent.
It was heartwarming to see audiences cheer for Bullet Dumas whose unique musicality endeared him to the crowd and his co-performers.
Most of them were catapulted to mainstream recognition after they became part of different talent competitions on national TV.
Gary chose them to be part of the concert on the basis of their individual achievements as solo artists as they are rapidly conquering the fields of recording, live shows and local bar circuits, theater, and television.
“We are calling this run of ‘Gary V Presents’ an encore or a season finale because the series will feature different set of artists when it returns in the future,” says Gary.
“I would like to continue my advocacy to provide artists with a bigger platform to showcase their music to a wider audience and I’ll be on the lookout for a new set of artists. But of course, the original cast of Gary V Presents will always have a special place in my heart,” Gary said.
The concert’s repertoire includes Gary’s chart topping hits as well as songs that have been identified with him for the past 34 years.
With Mon Faustino as musical director, each of the songs will be re-arranged to highlight each of the guest artist’s respective genres in their spot numbers as well as in their production numbers with Gary.
Since this is the finale, fans could look forward to an additional bunch of surprises that will surely ignite severe excitement that only Mr. Pure Energy could deliver.
It should be noted that “Gary V Presents” is the opening salvo of Gary’s year-long 34th anniversary celebration. Soon after the season finale of “Gary V Presents,” Gary will gear up for his very first North American concert tour this 2017 as he is set to perform in M Resort, Las Vegas on May 27, in Pechanga Resort And Casino on June 3 with special guest Kiana Valenciano, and in Pasadena Civic Auditorium on June 10 with special guests Sam Concepcion and Kiana Valenciano.
The season finale of “Gary V Presents” is for the benefit of the diabetes and scholarship programs of Shining Light Foundation. For tickets call TicketWorld (891-9999).
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