Edgardo Jose Gary Santiago Valenciano , also known Gary V. and Mr. Pure Energy, is a Filipino musician. Valenciano has releasedalbums, and won the Awit Awards for Best Male Performer eleven times. In 1998, he became UNICEF Philippines first National Ambassador. His most notable songs include Di Bale Na Lang , Eto Na Naman , Sana Maulit Muli , Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos , Gaya ng Dati , Pasko Na, Sinta Ko , and Narito .
Gary Valenciano was born in Santa Mesa district of City of Manila onAugust 1964. He is the sixth of seven children of Vicente Calacas Valenciano, a Bicolano from Camalig, Albay and Grimilda Santiago y Olmo, a Puerto Rican from Arecibo. His parents met in New York, married, and settled in Manila. His father is from Bicol, while his mother is a Puerto Rican of Italian descent who sang opera in Manila during the 1960s. Valenciano attended primary and secondary school in La Salle Green Hills.