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He has done a plethora of production spots and accorded many tribute numbers, too. But if there is one thing Gary Valenciano still wants to realize, it’s this: Have the instrumental parts of one of his hits sung by other singers.
“Tipong ballad type, as in may tyempo pa rin ang lahat. If we did, let’s say, ‘Di Bale Na Lang’ but you have the voices doing that. Basta, something to that effect,” he said.
Explaining further, he said, “But there are others songs that I (would) like (done that way and) ‘Minsan’ (is one of them). That way, it’s not just focused on me but it presents other singers so differently. Na masasabi nila na ‘Kakaiba ito, ha.’”
Gary knows these things aren’t easy to do and takes a lot of time to perfect.
“You don’t rehearse and practice these things in two, three days. You practice it in two weeks and start rehearsing together.”
It could happen. “ASAP,” which has Gary as mainstay, introduced a new segment last Sunday. Called “ASAPinoy,” it pays tribute to Original Pilipino Music (OPM).
The first instalment of the segment was the Maestro Series featuring the works of OPM greats Ryan Cayabyab, Louie Ocampo, Willy Cruz, and George Canseco.
Gary recalled an incident on “ASAP” which nearly caused him embarrassment. Thankfully, The Hunks (Piolo Pascual, Diether Ocampo, Jericho Rosales, Carlos Agassi) saved the day.
“Ang nangyari noong nasa beach kami (ay) nagba-bike ako at nahulog ako. I crashed and got a very big bump on my thigh. Ang laki talaga at hindi ako makalakad nang diretso. So, when I came into ‘ASAP,’ I was limping,” he said.
That time, the opening number of the show had the mainstays “walking na may parang performance.”
“The music is playing tapos lalabas ’yung kung sinu-sino ang guest for that day. Bago ako lumabas, pumunta ’yung Hunks at nakita ako ni Diether. ‘Sir Gary, what happened to you?’ ‘I fell.’ Are you okay? Nandoon si Echo, Piolo. (Alex Brosas)