'MY HUSBAND'S LOVER' DOMINATES 5th GOLDEN SCREEN TV AWARDS

GMA-7's 2013 soap opera "My Husband's Lover" dominated the drama category of the 5th Golden Screen TV Awards on Friday night. Aside from winning the award for Outstanding Original Drama Program, the gay-themed primetime series also swept the award-giving body's four acting awards in the drama category: Carla Abellana was named best actress in a drama series while Dennis Trillo won best actor in a drama series. The supporting actor and actress in a drama series awards went to Kevin Santos and Glydel Mercado. Angel Aquino of the ABS-CBN drama "Apoy of Dagat" tied for the best supporting actress award in a drama series with Glydel. The best actor in a comedy or a gag program went to Michael V. for "Pepito Manaloto" while Pokwang won the best comedy actress award. The best comedy or gag show award went to GMA-7's "Pepito Manaloto." Unlike other award-giving bodies, the Golden Screen TV Awards--given yearly by the Entertainment Press Society, a group of 24 movie and entertainment writers--gives separate awards for the drama and the comedy categories. GMA-7 took home the Outstanding TV Network award after winning 28 out of the 50 awards given during the 5th Golden Screen TV Awards. ABS-CBN took home 24 awards, while TV5 took home two. READ MORE...

ALSO: Vhong Navarro beat up again in new movie

Actor-TV host Vhong Navarro, who hogged the headlines recently after getting mauled by a group of men, said he relived his traumatic experience while filming his latest horror-comedy movie, in a scene with Joey Marquez. During the press conference for “Da Possessed” on Sunday, Navarro said the scene called for Marquez to beat him black and blue, not unlike what he went through only three months ago. “When the camera started rolling, I set aside my personal problems and focused only on the scene. It helped that I fully trusted my director (Joyce Bernal) and coactor, Manong Joey,” Navarro added. In January, model and entrepreneur Deniece Millicent Cornejo, 22, accused Navarro of raping her. The actor identified businessman Cedric Lee as the “powerful and influential man” who led six others in mauling him, purportedly in an attempt to “rescue” Cornejo. The actor filed perjury and other charges against Cornejo and Lee following the incident. “Da Possessed” is Navarro’s first big-screen appearance since then. He earlier returned to hosting chores on the noontime program “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN. “I never imagined that something like that would happen to me in real life,” Navarro said. “I don’t want that to happen to anyone, especially people I care about.” He was slowly picking up the pieces, and working on “Da Possessed” served as a form of therapy for him, Navarro added. “My character, Ramon, is a wimp. He’s scared of a lot of things, but he finds a special something that helps him overcome his fears.” He told reporters, “It’s hard for me to sit in front of all of you now. It’s like I’m starting over. I’m regaining my confidence little by little.”

ALSO: Lesbian claims Vhong Navarro forced her to do oral sex on him

Another rape complainant surfaced against the embattled Vhong Navarro, accusing the actor-host of forcing her to do oral sex on Navarro’s “tiny penis.” The 26-year-old complainant, who identifies herself as a female stunt double and a lesbian, filed the charges before the Quezon City prosecutor’s office on Friday, Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter Julie Aurelio tweeted on Friday. In a four-page affidavit obtained by INQUIRER.net, the complainant said Navarro asked for her to go inside a sports utility vehicle (SUV) with him during their break in the taping of the telenovela “I Love Betty La Fea” in 2009. Navarro played the role of “Nicholas,” the best friend of Bea Alonzo’s titular character in the ABS-CBN series. “When we were both inside the SUV, Vhong told me something like, ‘Ang ganda ganda mong tibo. Dapat makatikim ka ng tunay na lalaki para di ka na maghanap ng babae,” the complainant said.
(You are a very beautiful lesbian. You should experience being with a straight man, so you may never want to be with another woman.) Inside the vehicle, the complainant accused Navarro of forcing her to perform oral sex on him.
“Afterwards, he unzipped his pants and grabbed me by the hair and pulled me towards his hard and very, very, very tiny penis which appeared to be uncircumcised,” the complainant said.

ALSO: Gary & the Soundtrack of his life

As a nod to Gary Valenciano’s 30th anniversary in showbiz which he’s celebrating with a concert titled ARISE Gary V 3.0 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 11 and 12 (for tickets, call Ticketnet at 911-5555), Funfare asked Gary to make a list of the “30 Most Memorable Songs” in his life. Here they are: READ BELOW...


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'My Husband's Lover' dominates 5th Golden Screen TV Awards


Winners at the 5th Golden Screen TV Awards held at Teatrino, Greenhills in San Juan City on Friday, March 21.

MANILA, APRIL 7, 2014 (PHILSTAR)  By Chuck Smith- GMA-7's 2013 soap opera "My Husband's Lover" dominated the drama category of the 5th Golden Screen TV Awards on Friday night.

Aside from winning the award for Outstanding Original Drama Program, the gay-themed primetime series also swept the award-giving body's four acting awards in the drama category: Carla Abellana was named best actress in a drama series while Dennis Trillo won best actor in a drama series.

The supporting actor and actress in a drama series awards went to Kevin Santos and Glydel Mercado.

Angel Aquino of the ABS-CBN drama "Apoy of Dagat" tied for the best supporting actress award in a drama series with Glydel.

The best actor in a comedy or a gag program went to Michael V. for "Pepito Manaloto" while Pokwang won the best comedy actress award. The best comedy or gag show award went to GMA-7's "Pepito Manaloto."

Unlike other award-giving bodies, the Golden Screen TV Awards--given yearly by the Entertainment Press Society, a group of 24 movie and entertainment writers--gives separate awards for the drama and the comedy categories.

GMA-7 took home the Outstanding TV Network award after winning 28 out of the 50 awards given during the 5th Golden Screen TV Awards. ABS-CBN took home 24 awards, while TV5 took home two.

Here is the complete list of winners at the 5th Golden Screen TV Awards:

Outstanding TV Network: GMA-7

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Program: Dennis Trillo of "My Husband's Lover," GMA-7 Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Program: Carla Abellana of "My Husband's Lover," GMA-7 Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama Program: Kevin Santos of "My Husband's Lover," GMA-7 Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Drama Program: Angel Aquino of "Apoy Sa Dagat," ABS-CBN and Gyldel Mercado of "My Husband's Lover," GMA-7

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Single Drama/Telemovie Program: Joem Bascon (Maalaala Mo Kaya: Pulang Laso, ABS-CBN) Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Single Drama/Telemovie Program: Iza Calzado (Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ilog, ABS-CBN)

Outstanding Adapted Drama Program: Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) Outstanding Original Drama Program: My Husband's Lover (GMA07) Outstanding Single Drama/Telemovie Program: Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN)

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag or Comedy Program: Michael V of "Pepito Manaloto," GMA Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Gag or Comedy Program: Pokwang of "Toda Max," ABS-CBN Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Gag or Comedy Show: Sef Cadayona of "Bubble Gang," GMA-7 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Gag or Comedy Show: Nova Villa of "Pepito Manaloto," GMA

Outstanding Gag Program: Bubble Gang (GMA-7) Outstanding Comedy Program: Pepito Manaloto (GMA-7)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance by An Actor: Ruru Madrid of "Dormitoryo," GMA-7 Outstanding Breakthrough Performance by An Actress: Angeline Quinto of "Kahit Konting Pagtingin," ABS-CBN

Outstanding Male Host in A Musical/Variety Program: Allan K of "Eat Bulaga!," GMA-7 Outstanding Female Host in A Musical/Variety Program: Anne Curtis of "It's Showtime," ABS-CBN

Outstanding Musical Program: ASAP (ABS-CBN) Outstanding Variety Program: Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7)

Outstanding News Magazine Program: Patrol Ng Pilipino (ABS-CBN) Outstanding News Magazine Program Hosts: Atom Araullo and Jeff Canoy (Patrol Ng Pilipino, ABS-CBN) Outstanding Crime/Investigative Program: SOCO (ABS-CBN) Outstanding Crime/Investigative Program Host: Anthony Taberna (Pinoy True Story, ABS-CBN) Outstanding Natural History Wildlife Program: Born To Be Wild (GMA-7) Outstanding Natural History Wildlife Program Host: Ferdinand Recio (Born To Be Wild, GMA-7)

Outstanding Adapted Reality/Competition Program: Amazing Race Philippines (TV5) Outstanding Reality/Competition Program Host: Luis Manzano (Pilipinas Got Talent, ABS-CBN) Outstanding Showbiz Talk Program: The Buzz (ABS- CBN) Outstanding Showbiz Talk Program Male Host: Boy Abunda (The Buzz, ABS-CBN) Outstanding Showbiz Talk Program Female Host: Cristy Fermin (Ang Latest Updated, TV5)

Outstanding News Program: State of the Nation (GMA News TV) Outstanding Male News Presenter: Julius Babao (Bandila, ABS-CBN) Outstanding Female News Presenter: Ces Drilon (Bandila, ABS-CBN) Outstanding Documentary Program: Reel Time (GMA News TV) Outstanding Documentary Program Host: Kara David (I Witness, GMA-7) Outstanding Public Service Program: Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) Outstanding Public Service Program Host: Vicky Morales (Wish Ko Lang, GMA-7) Outstanding Public Affairs Program: Failon Ngayon (ABS-CBN) Outstanding Public Affairs Program Host: Ted Failon (Failon Ngayon, ABS-CBN) Outstanding Magazine Program: Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7) Outstanding Magazine Program Host: Jessica Soho (Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho, GMA-7)

Outstanding Celebrity Talk Program: Bottomline (ABS-CBN) Outstanding Celebrity Talk Program Host: Boy Abunda (Bottomline, ABS-CBN)

Outstanding Game/Talent Program: Celebrity Bluff (GMA)

Outstanding Game/Talent Program Host: Eugene Domingo (Celebrity Bluff, GMA-7) Outstanding Lifestyle Program: Kris TV (ABS-CBN) Outstanding Lifestyle Program Host: Kris Aquino (Kris TV, ABS-CBN)

Outstanding Education Program: Tropang Potchi (GMA-7) Outstanding Education Program Hosts: Tropang Potchi Kids (Tropang Potchi, GMA-7

Vhong Navarro beat up again in new movie By Marinel R. Cruz Philippine Daily Inquirer April 3, 2014 | 12:22 am


VHONG Navarro and Solenn Heussaff

Actor-TV host Vhong Navarro, who hogged the headlines recently after getting mauled by a group of men, said he relived his traumatic experience while filming his latest horror-comedy movie, in a scene with Joey Marquez.

During the press conference for “Da Possessed” on Sunday, Navarro said the scene called for Marquez to beat him black and blue, not unlike what he went through only three months ago.

“When the camera started rolling, I set aside my personal problems and focused only on the scene. It helped that I fully trusted my director (Joyce Bernal) and coactor, Manong Joey,” Navarro added.

In January, model and entrepreneur Deniece Millicent Cornejo, 22, accused Navarro of raping her. The actor identified businessman Cedric Lee as the “powerful and influential man” who led six others in mauling him, purportedly in an attempt to “rescue” Cornejo. The actor filed perjury and other charges against Cornejo and Lee following the incident.

“Da Possessed” is Navarro’s first big-screen appearance since then. He earlier returned to hosting chores on the noontime program “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN.

“I never imagined that something like that would happen to me in real life,” Navarro said. “I don’t want that to happen to anyone, especially people I care about.”

He was slowly picking up the pieces, and working on “Da Possessed” served as a form of therapy for him, Navarro added.

“My character, Ramon, is a wimp. He’s scared of a lot of things, but he finds a special something that helps him overcome his fears.”

He told reporters, “It’s hard for me to sit in front of all of you now. It’s like I’m starting over. I’m regaining my confidence little by little.”

Professional

French-Filipino actress Solenn Heussaff, who plays Navarro’s sexy boss in the movie, was all praise for her leading man.

“Filipinos are best known for our ability to laugh away our problems. I saw this in Vhong. I learned a lot working with him. He is such a professional.”

The film also features comedians Empoy, Smokey Manaloto, Joy Viado, Beverly Salviejo and John Lapus.

“I bet that Vhong’s personal experiences helped him portray his character well,” said Lapus. “I play a ghost in the movie.

Whenever he sees me, takot na takot talaga siya. I’m guessing, he motivated himself by imagining he’s inside a condominium lift!” Videos of Navarro in the elevator with Cornejo and his alleged attackers minutes after the incident were uploaded in various social media websites.

“Da Possessed,” a coproduction of Star Cinema and Regal Entertainment, hits local theaters on April 19.

Lesbian claims Vhong Navarro forced her to do oral sex on him INQUIRER.net April 4, 2014 | 5:01 pm


Actor and TV host Vhong Navarro. SCREENGRAB FROM ABS-CBN INTERVIEW

MANILA, Philippines – Another rape complainant surfaced against the embattled Vhong Navarro, accusing the actor-host of forcing her to do oral sex on Navarro’s “tiny penis.”

The 26-year-old complainant, who identifies herself as a female stunt double and a lesbian, filed the charges before the Quezon City prosecutor’s office on Friday, Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter Julie Aurelio tweeted on Friday.

In a four-page affidavit obtained by INQUIRER.net, the complainant said Navarro asked for her to go inside a sports utility vehicle (SUV) with him during their break in the taping of the telenovela “I Love Betty La Fea” in 2009. Navarro played the role of “Nicholas,” the best friend of Bea Alonzo’s titular character in the ABS-CBN series.

“When we were both inside the SUV, Vhong told me something like, ‘Ang ganda ganda mong tibo. Dapat makatikim ka ng tunay na lalaki para di ka na maghanap ng babae,” the complainant said.
(You are a very beautiful lesbian. You should experience being with a straight man, so you may never want to be with another woman.)

Inside the vehicle, the complainant accused Navarro of forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

“Afterwards, he unzipped his pants and grabbed me by the hair and pulled me towards his hard and very, very, very tiny penis which appeared to be uncircumcised,” the complainant said.

When she threatened to bite his genitals, Navarro masturbated in front of her, the complainant said.

Navarro also forced to insert his finger in her genitalia, she added.

“I was in so much shock and disbelief at what happened, not just because that he even dared to think of doing such a perverted act to me, considering he knew that I was a lesbian, but also at the sight of such a weird, gross, and disgusting organ,” the complainant said.

Navarro fixated public attention in January when he posted a picture of his face swollen and beaten up. He accused businessman Cedric Lee and model Deniece Cornejo of setting him up and extorting money from him when he went to Cornejo’s condominium on January 22.

Meanwhile, Cornejo accused Navarro of attempting to rape her.

The National Bureau of Investigation has filed criminal charges against Lee, Cornejo and eight others after a CCTV footage showed there was short window of time for Navarro to rape Cornejo after entering the condominium. However, Cornejo claimed rape was doable for one minute.

A second complainant, Roxanne Acosta Cabañero, also accused Navarro of raping her at Astoria Plaza Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City last April 2010.

Navarro’s lawyer Alma Mallonga has claimed the newest rape cases against Navarro were cooked up by Lee’s camp.

FROM PHILSTAR

Gary & the Soundtrack of his life FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 4, 2014 - 12:00am


Gary is celebrating his 30th anniversary in showbiz with the concert ARISE Gary V 3.0 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 11 and 12

As a nod to Gary Valenciano’s 30th anniversary in showbiz which he’s celebrating with a concert titled ARISE Gary V 3.0 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 11 and 12 (for tickets, call Ticketnet at 911-5555), Funfare asked Gary to make a list of the “30 Most Memorable Songs” in his life. Here they are:

1. Sana Maulit Muli

Because of the way this song has gone from one decade to the next and still creating an impact that is just as powerful, not more powerful than it first came out. There’s a history to this song which can be checked on YouTube on the first episode of the Gary V TV channel…there’s a background to this song and you’ll find out what’s it all about. It was not just me who wrote this song, Angeli wrote all the lyrics. From the ’80s when it first came out…I did Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos with Ate Vi and it was the theme song, and then in the ’90s when I did a version with Kyla and Regine Velasquez, Jaya and Sharon Cuneta also did their own rendition of it. Lea Salonga also recorded her own version of the song for the theme song of her movie with Aga Muhlach. And then in the 2000s and onward when I was finally given the assignment to re-arrange it and produce it for the teleserye with the same title.

2. Take Me Out Of The Dark

This song is special to me simply because this is my very first inspirational composition. This is the first and only song with all the music already recorded and with me ready to do the vocals…the only problem was there were no lyrics to put…none! But the studio was waiting for me and I was waiting for some sort of inspiration to strike me like lightning and it did. I prayed and asked God to bless me with lyrics. If Sana Maulit Muli became a hit on the airwaves, Take Me Out Of The Dark hit the hearts and souls and spirits of people in ways that have continued to create a positive effect through the years. This song is very instrumental in preventing many suicides as well.

3. With You

This is a new song which I started writing some years back. This was completed after it was inspired later on by Paolo’s and Samantha’s wedding. To top it all, I recorded this with Kiana for my new album. This song ended up to be the title track of the new album.

4. Babalik Ka Rin

This song hits home every time I sing it. This song allows me to move, dance and express myself not just in lyrical form because it’s in Tagalog, but also in the moves because I can just simulate my own ethnic moves. It creates such an impact in the listeners’ and concert viewers’ hearts and it brings “home” to the heart of the Pinoy wherever he or she may be. Also, this song was inspired by a workshop I attended at McCann-Erickson with Edru Abraham in 1994. We presented it to Duty Free Philippines and Jeric Soriano directed the video for that.

5. The Warrior Is A Child

This song means so much to me. I did not write this song. This was written by Twila Paris. I was introduced to this song back in the ’80s when I randomly picked up a cassette in a bookstore that sold inspirational music. I think it’s something that I need to do again…to go in bookstores and record shops and just randomly choose what I feel the kind of artist and music that will appeal to me in the way The Warrior Is A Child did to me. I can see myself singing this song because I can relate to it and I’m happy that many others can relate to my rendition of it. The late Rico Yan loved this song and told me that if he passed away that was the song he wanted for me to sing. He did leave us some months later and it became the anthem of his wake.

6. Walang Hanggan

I produced the theme song of this teleserye and mixed it at home. It was a bit tough because I didn’t know at first how to treat the song because its original chord progression was very ’70s so I felt that it did not fit me. I had to think of means and ways to change it and still keep the true essence of the song and I think it worked. This is one of my personal favorites when it comes to the way I worked on a song. I did it during my entire Christmas break in 2011.

7. How Did You Know

I like singing this song in occasions where people are in love whether it’s a wedding, or a debut, or a special party. It’s nice and it’s so pure…the way it was written. It’s not easy to come across songs like this from the particular era when it was released. There are great love songs that came out in the ’80s but this one for me was the purest of them all.

8. Shout For Joy

I don’t mind singing this again and again…whether it’s the new version or the older version. This was written at a time when there was really not much joy going around. My producer, the late Larry Scott, came to me and told me that he was not seeing the laughter and smiles of Filipinos. This was in ’89…there was a coup de etat attempt at Cory Aquino’s administration, in 1990 came the earthquake, and in 1991 was the Pinatubo eruption. I wrote Shout For Joy in 1991 and I wanted to do a fast song about the Lord because we can certainly have fun with Jesus and today, I’m still blown away with the fact that both young and old can sing the song with me. I think all the people who introduced my music to the younger generation. I am also touched that a Swedish children’s group recorded this song.

9. When I Hear You Call

I was inspired by Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu when they were at the PBB house when I wrote When I Hear You Call. I was moved when I met the six finalists because I realized the wonderful things in store for them. This song is meant to speak to the young in a way that tells them that no matter how torn-up their families may be, they will always have a Father who promised that He will never leave and forsake them. Luigiboy Tabuena did a wonderful video of this song and he featured my late father.

10. Home

This song never really became a big hit. This was written by Rex Versoza and this is a powerful song that talks about the prodigal son. There’s a line in the song that really gets to me: “Before I take my second step, he sees me coming back, and he comes running to me.”

11. Just Once

The lyrics of this song is as simple and as plain as it can be. It speaks in a way that it caters to my time… “I did my best but I guess my best wasn’t good enough…here we are back where we were before.” This is one of the songs that I used to perform constantly in public. This remains to be one of my personal favorites. I actually lied to a former girlfriend in high school and told her I wrote the song!

12. Love Is Real

This is by Al Jarreau and this is the first upbeat song I performed on TV where I did a lot of scatting. Al Jarreau did an ad-lib in this song which I copied to the T. I would rewind and rewind the cassette when I was studying the song until it broke. And you know what, I was able to do it.

13. Could We

This a duet that I recorded with Zsa Zsa Padilla. This has a Tagalog adaptation written by Jungee Marcelo called Muli which I did with Regine Velasquez. I favor both songs but I favor Could We a little more because it was the very first duet that I wrote. Zsa Zsa was with me in the studio while I was writing it and we recorded this song right after I finished writing it. I can sing this song in English and in Tagalog. One of the ideas for ARISE was to have Zsa Zsa and Regine in the concert so we can a do a duet of Could We and Muli mashed-up…and I hope this idea could happen one day.

14. Look In Her Eyes

This has a super ’80s feel. I like the way all the elements came together in this song. When I perform this song and I see people dancing and responding to it, I realize that I might have done something good with it. I don’t mind singing this again and again.

15. Nella Fantasia

This is performed by Celtic Women. I listen to this when I want to meditate before a concert. I love this song.

16. Fool ‘Till The End

This is my first ballad composition included in my first album and I rearranged it for my Greatest Hits collection in 1997. I wrote this with Angeli in mind. Listen to the lyrics.

17. Even For A While

This is not vocally-stressful to sing. I never get to sing this live much often and I wish this can be used as a movie theme song someday.

18. Break Me

This is the last song that the late Bella Tan got to hear before she passed away. I was in her house and I made her hear the song and a few minutes after, she died. While the song was playing, she whispered thank you to Angeli and hugged us both. I asked her if she liked it and she said yes. I first met her through the song Pasko Na Sinta Ko. I met her through music and I said goodbye to her through music. Break Me is a song which Bella encouraged me to finish.

19. Di Na Natuto

How can I neglect this song? I like the love song flavor of this song which is very Pinoy. Danny Javier of the APO Hiking Society wrote this and this made me permanently stay in the industry. Before this, all my songs were in English. This is the song that catapulted my career to a whole new and different level. I will forever be grateful to the late and great Menchu Apostol who totally changed the arrangement of the song.

20. Each Passing Night

I recorded this with a young Regine Velasquez who was just starting to make a splash into the industry. I will never forget how I sat listening to her sing and how we exchanged ideas on how she would perform her part. It was a great collaboration. It was a small role that gave a huge impact to a song that became a big hit.

21. One Day In Your Life

This is one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs. I like it because I like it. I was young and I would watch TV to hopefully catch a glimpse of Michael Jackson singing this song. I love the way this was arranged, I love the way this sounds, and I love the chord progression.

22. Man In The Mirror

For me, this is a groundbreaking song by Michael Jackson, especially when the chorus comes in. The drum sound in this song is a sound that I always fell in love with. The lyrics of this song are beautiful but to make a song completely a hit and to make it completely memorable and make it completely a class on its own is to when you are able to use the right sounds for it and produce it well. Michael Jackson’s producer really did something amazing with this song.

23. In Another Lifetime

This was used as theme song of Eternity starring Iza Calzado and Dingdong Dantes. This is a beautiful, simple song. Listen to it.

24. What Matters Most

This means a lot to me, because I recorded it for the album Just For You. I did the piano accompaniment for this and for my version of this Kenny Rankin original, I knew where I wanted to take it. The melody and lyrics are great.

25. Could You Be Messiah

I wrote the music to this song and the lyrics were written by Freddie Santos. This was part of a musicale called First Name. This song has done its rounds from being just piano and voice to having a string arrangement when I recorded it in the US. I performed this everywhere and it’s the kind of song that’s so personal to me because it has its way of speaking in ways that the impact is so effective that I don’t have to talk, I just have to sing it and let the song speak for itself. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association used it for its international outreaches and we shot a video in California in 1994 for the song.

26. Search And Know

This was from the Shout For Joy album. I may not perform this all the time, but I like listening to it. I would also love for another artist to record this and give it a different interpretation. I can just listen to this song again and again. This is one of Kiana’s favorite compositions of mine.

27. Blessings

This was performed by Laura Story. Some people would ask, what song is this…I would just say listen to it and this song will bless you for sure.

28. The Answer

I wrote this in the ’90s after the failed coup de etat attempt. This was inspired by the story of the tank that was blown up by a soldier who found out that his brother who was a soldier too was inside the tank when it exploded. Little did I know that this song would be relevant again after everything that our country went through last year from the war in Zamboanga to the earthquake in Bohol to Typhoon Yolanda. The answer will always be the same in whatever season in life we are facing: “We try and look above the storm to see what lies ahead, but looking through the eyes of man we’ll see that there’s nothing there. All those empty eyes…how much more can we bear? Do we know there’s an answer…we know that he’s just there. Look inside your heart and know the truth…when there’s Christ…there’s your hope, there’s your answer that you and I can share…”

29. Face To Face

I rarely get to sing this song but when I do, I get such good response from my audience. People are always surprised to know that I wrote this and this was part of my Interactive album. I wrote this while I was on tour in Canada. A touching story was when Gordon Robertson of CBN USA had dinner at my house and I shared the new unrecorded version with him. He told me many months later that he was about to give up on ministry during that time after a trip to India and the song changed his life.

30. Di Bale Na Lang

This is a song where I can sing anywhere. This is a fun, feel-good song that many guys can relate to. This is a cute song that was not meant to be done in a cute way. This song is a classic of sorts…I wrote this with the help of Rowell Santiago and Angeli and the rest is history. The elements of this song just fell into place from its fun intro to the lyrics. I even remember a Puerto Rican singer named Patty Cabrera when I was in Denver in 1998. She told me that she saw a concert of mine in Manila in 1987 and that she loves Di Bale Na Lang. She knew the lyrics by heart. I was so honored. I will never forget that moment.

(*31 & 32 — Kailangan Kita and Ikaw Lamang

I cannot possibly put these songs aside because these are songs that have spoken to my life and have been used to speak to other people’s lives and have been used as soundtracks of their lives…not just in movies and teleseryes. I thank Ogie Alcasid who wrote these beautiful songs. To those wondering about other songs, please forgive me…this list could change weekly…one or two songs may be taken out and two new songs may be added…but for now, I wanna keep all of these songs as part of the soundtrack of my life.)

With musical direction by Mon Faustino, ARISE is co-directed by Gary with Paolo Valenciano. Special guests include Sarah Geronimo, Rico Blanco, Sam Concepcion, Iya Villania, Paolo Valenciano, Gabriel Valenciano, Kiana Valenciano, G-Force, The Manoeuvres, LSDC, and many more. Proceeds will be donated to the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda and to Shining Light Foundation and Operation Blessing.


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