GARY Valenciano has always inspired others not only with his music but also his faith.
“It will help others if others are there for them,” says Gary in an online interview with Senator Joel Villanueva at the 10th episode of “AksyonTime,” which aired on A2Z Channel 11 over the weekend.
The multi-awarded singer-actor hopes to inspire others, as he himself was blessed and inspired. He hopes “to plant good seed on good soil because in time that person that I spoke to may produce good fruit as well.”
After all, Gary’s inspiring music and words have touched many, including Joel. Villanueva expressed gratitude to Gary for being there for his family during their “darkest moments.”
In March last year, Joel lost his mother Adoracion “Sister Dory” Jose Villanueva. His sister, former Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna, died two months after.
Gary also revealed his deep connection with the senator’s family. He opened up how a man seated beside him on a plane became the reason for him to begin his journey if faith.
“I was in tears because I was going through a dark moment in my life, and I was on my way to some province because I was going to stand together with other people who believed in this man. And that one man that people believed in was the man that sat beside me and talked to me. I opened up to him about the struggles in my life, and he spoke into my life, and that man was your father (Bro. Eddie Villanueva),” Gary told Joel.
During this pandemic, Gary revealed that he, too, experienced many challenges.
“Minsan nahihirapan din ako. Minsan hindi ko rin alam kung kelan ko makikita ang pamilya ko ulit abroad. Minsan pag alis ko, when I go and work, hindi ko rin alam kung ano ba, is it my day today to get Covid-19? And if I get it, will I survive?”
The closure of his home network ABS-CBN compounded his worries.
“Medyo grabe din yung effect sa akin dahil isinara pa yung ABS-CBN last year. We’re happy that with A2Z (Channel 11) now we’re all in this together, first time in the history.”
Despite all this, Gary reminds everyone to keep the faith steady because “even if the situation does not get better tomorrow, the next months or even the next year the Lord that we have goes over that.”
“AksyonTime” marks the return of Villanueva on television, after years of hiatus in hosting a public affairs show.
“AksyonTime” airs every Saturday night at 10:15 p.m. on A2Z Channel 11. (By Jose D. Patao, Jr.)