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Gary V celebrates 30th showbiz anniversary, gears up for 2014

For Gary Valenciano who is currently celebrating his 30-year anniversary in showbiz, 2013 proved to be a bountiful year.

Gary, who got a Hall Of Fame Award from the MTV Awards at age 40, and from several other award-giving bodies like the MYX Music Awards, Anak TV Seal, and FAMAS, kicked off his anniversary by renewing his contract with ABS-CBN. On TV, he remains one of the flagship artists of ABS-CBN’s top-rating noontime variety show “ASAP 19.” Gary was also named as official ambassador of the 20th anniversary of ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC).



In recording, Gary received recognitions from the 26th Awit Awards with his 12th Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist trophy, as well as the Best Ballad Recording trophy for his stirring rendition of “Walang Hanggan,” a song he produced and arranged for a phenomenal soap opera. His album “Gary V Sings Just For You” bagged the Best Engineered Recording award for his version of the standard classic “Send In The Clowns.” He also recorded “Pananagutan;” the official theme song of “Honesto” that is “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala;” as well as “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” for the ABS-CBN teleseryes of Judy Ann Santos and Kris Aquino, respectively.

Gary toured Europe with son Paolo in concerts in Switzerland, Ireland, Wales, and Norway. In Abu Dhabi in November, Gary drew a mammoth crowd of 20,000 for the pre-show of Formula One, which surprised the British organizers of the international sporting event. He also sold out the Coral Springs Theater in Miami in December.

Locally, Gary treated his fans to the ultimate throwback musical event in “Tuesdays With Gary” at Teatrino that ran for an unprecedented 14 performances. Recently, Gary shared the spotlight with son Gab in the viral “Super Selfie” video on YouTube. The father-and-son tandem of Gary and Gab was featured on national TV in the US, most notably on “Good Morning America,” “RightThisMinute,” and various international online sites like Mashable, Buzz Feed and Yahoo! OMG! and even locally on “TV Patrol Weekend” and “The Ryzza Mae Show.” This video craze sweeping the world by storm now has over 1.2 million views on YouTube, not a surprising feat considering his nearly 1.7 million followers on Twitter.

In 2014, Gary is gearing up with the release of a brand-new inspirational CD, a trip to Tacloban as UNICEF’s National Ambassador, as well as a series of performances in the USA, Australia, Canada, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and will culminate his 30th year with a major two-night concert at the Araneta Coliseum in April.


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‘PUSONG PINOY SA AMERIKA’ host Atty. Lou Tancinco (right) and its director Eric Quizon

‘PUSONG PINOY SA AMERIKA’ host Atty. Lou Tancinco (right) and its director Eric Quizon

GMA Pinoy TV Wins MAM Award

GMA Pinoy TV’s “Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika” garnered the Best Television Journalism Award for the TV (Regular) category at the 2013 Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards.

“Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika (Into the Hearts of Filipinos in America),” is a Filipino language talk show that aims to enlighten viewers on the complexities of immigration. Now on its 10th season, the show goes beyond navigating the ins and outs of immigration laws and policies by tackling a broader scope of issues that are relevant to Filipino immigrants in America. The program is hosted by renowned immigration attorney Lourdes Tancinco and TV director and actor Eric Quizon.

The MAM Awards was conceived in 2011 to coincide with the celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines in December every year.

The MAM Award is the third honor bestowed on the program after winning a Bronze Telly in the Information category for Film and Video in the 34th Annual Telly Awards, and receiving the 2013 News America Media (NAM) Ethnic Media Award in the Broadcast category for Outstanding Reporting on Civil Liberties Issues in Ethnic Communities earlier this year.

The awarding ceremony took place on Dec. 18, 2013 at the SSS Auditorium, Diliman, Quezon City.

GMA Pinoy TV is the flagship international channel of GMA Network, Inc.


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Starmall’s Little Miss Calendar Girl 2013 Known Today

The annual nationwide beauty and talent search for adorable young girls will culminate today with the crowning of Starmall’s “Little Miss Calendar Girl 2013” at the Event Hub of Starmall Las Piñas.

The first pageant where 12 pretty girls participated was held at Starmall EDSA-Shaw, and the second was held last Jan. 12 at Starmall San Jose del Monte. The girls, each one representing a calendar month, came from north of Bulacan, Pasig and Mandaluyong and the whole of Metro Manila all the way to Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa and Bacoor in the south.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Jan. 19, go to Shirley Tesoro, Belen Ocampo, Jericho Strachan, Talitha Espiritu, Dan Talusan of FEU, Regine Joyce P. Gabayno, Niki Soriano of Star Cinema, Ron Lopez, Joel P. Garduce, Luigi Lopez, Asphar Khan, Antonio Bendicio Medina, Regine Joyce Gabayno, Noel Rene Nieva Y. Mendoza, and entertainment columnists Mario Bautista and Joe Barrameda…