A mix of timeless hits and inspirational anthems filled the first night of Gary Valenciano’s milestone digital concert series marking his 37th year in the music industry, “Hopeful”.
Streamed live on Gary V.’s official Facebook page on Saturday, April 18, his first major digital gig had also been a monumental fundraiser to honor frontliners dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
Performing from his home-based recording studio, Gary, who is one of the premiere concert artists appearing weekly on ASAP Natin ‘To, first sang a rare montage of his well-known songs throughout his storied 37-year pop music career, with such hits as “Hataw Na,” “Wag Mo Na Sanang Isipin,” “Hang On,” “Di Na Natuto,” “Narito,” “Paano,” “Until Then,” and “Reaching Out.”
He would then render his most memorable faith-driven hymns, “Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos” and “Gaya ng Dati.”
After performing his more recognizable songs, Gary would then shift to tunes rarely heard on-air and onstage, such as “Search And Know,” and the rousing “Ipagpatuloy Mo, Galing Ng Pilipino,” which is his tribute to health workers abroad dealing with far more serious COVID-19 conditions abroad.
What makes Gary stand out among our top OPM artists is his rich array of Gospel songs in his discography through the years, and this he intoned throughout the “Hopeful” digital concert with such titles as “When I Hear You Call” and “Break Me.” He would then perform “Saranggola,” which is geared towards children.
Mr. Pure Energy would then end the first night of “Hopeful” with a barrage of his biggest record sellers—the upbeat “Look In Her Eyes” and “Di Bale Na Lang,” his ever famous “Sana Maulit Muli,” the celebratory “Sa Yahweh” and “Shout For Joy,” and his meaningful encore “I Will Be Here.”
By the end of the concert, a total of Php2,371,204 was raised for the benefit of Operation Blessing and Shining Light Foundation, two charitable entities at the forefront in supporting the needs of the medical workers and service personnel dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. This is also to boost feeding programs for those who have lost their means of livelihood as a result of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
“Hopeful,” will have its second night livestreamed on Sunday, April 19, also on Gary V’s official Facebook page.