Mr. Pure Energy Has Message to Young People

Gary Valenciano headlined the “Artists for Mar” event at the Mesa Filipino Moderne restaurant at Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Scout Fernandez in Quezon City on May 3, Tuesday. The OPM legend dubbed Mr. Pure Energy was joined by more than 20 actors and singers supporting Mar Roxas, one of the five 2016 Philippine presidential candidates.

In an interview during the event, Valenciano was asked to give a message to the young people particularly about his choice to support Roxas. He also expressed his intention to play a role as a spiritual adviser to the next President of the Philippines.

Valenciano explained, “The reason why I go for Mar, and for the young people, is because, though you may not see what is going on on the outside, and the foundations of what the Philippines is supposed to be to the rest of the world, it's already started. But it didn't start with a big jump. It started small.”

“I'm hoping and I'm praying I can play a role maybe as an adviser that can really convict our leader to move toward that direction, not for us, but for your generation,” Valenciano said. “That's why I say, it would be Mar.”

In addition, Valenciano noted that he is fighting not for himself but for the young people who are “going to carry on whatever has been started today.” As a piece of advice to the young people, he said, “Pray first and then make a choice.”

Among those who joined Valenciano during the “Artists for Mar” event were “It’s Showtime” host Karylle Tatlonghari and “Your Face Sounds Familiar” Season 1 alums Karla Estrada and Jay R. Estrada was joined by her son Daniel Padilla along with Kathryn Bernardo.

Most of the actors and singers who attended the gathering delivered a speech on why they support Mar Roxas. The program, which officially started at 4 p.m. and ended at 6 p.m., was hosted by Jim Paredes and Leah Navarro.

Paredes’s fellow Apo Hiking Society member Buboy Garovillo was present during the event but did not deliver a speech. The other artists who attended were comedians Ruffa Mae Quinto, Chocoleit, Eagle Riggs, Donita Nose and Jason Francisco, musicians Noel Cabangon, Celeste Legazpi and Kris Lawrence, actors Martin Escudero and Bernadette Alyson, and former Showdown Girl of “Eat Bulaga,” Samantha Lopez, among others.

Roxas’s fellow Liberal Party members Dingdong Avanzado and Alfred Vargas also attended the event. The former was with his wife Jessa Zaragoza and their daughter Jayda Avanzado while the latter, the Congressman of the Fifth District of Quezon City, attended solo.

Korina Sanchez arrived at the venue at 5 p.m. Valenciano performed one song before Roxas’s wife, who was the keynote speaker, gave the closing remarks.

Watch a clip of the interview with Valenciano here:


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