"Edgardo José Martín Santiago Valenciano", better known as simply "Gary Valenciano" (shortened to "Gary V."), is a Filipino musician, composer, actor, producer, and gospel singer who is best known for many songs, especially those that became theme songs for movies. His energetic dance moves also garnered him the nickname "Mr. Pure Energy."
Born in the suburb of Sta. Mesa in Manila on August 6, 1964, he is the sixth of Vicente Valenciano and Grimilda Santiago Ortiz’s seven children. Santiago Ortiz is an Italian-Puerto Rican woman who became a popular opera singer in Manila during the 1960s, and her love for music passed down to her son, Gary. He took his primary and secondary studies in La Salle Greenhills. It was during his high school days, while being on a brief stint the musical group Kundirana, that he devoted himself to music.
He first appeared as a solo in a television show called ''The Pilita and Jackie Show'' in 1982, but he was finally noticed after his performances in the TV shows ''Germspesyal'' and ''Penthouse Live''. He had his first solo concert on April 1984 inside the jam-packed Araneta Coliseum. He was soon to make 21 albums, three of them released in...