Gary Valenciano's first born explains why he doesn't mind his brother Gab getting more attention than he does.
Tumaba ng konti si Paolo Valenciano the last time ABS-CBN.com saw him sa AS 1 concert sa Araneta Coliseum last July 16. Nagpunta raw kasi siya US at wala siyang ginawa kundi kumain. Binisita niya and his parents na sina Gary at Angeli Pangilinan ang pinsan niya who is sick of Lupus and sad to say namatay din recently.
Paolo did a spectacular number with Gary and the Nieverras sa AS 1 sa Big Dome. Nakasama rin ni Paolo sa number na ‘yun ang isang member ng band niya na Salamin with Robin Nieverra na may member din sa banda naman niya. Plus, ang kapatid na sina Gab at Keanna Valenciano and, Ram Nieverra.
Tulad ni Robin, pwedeng-pwede rin si Paolo na mag-join sa MYX as a VJ. Tinanong namin si Paolo kung type rin ba niyang sumali sa yearly competition na ginagawa ng MYX para sa search nila for a new VJ. “Hindi, e. Ayoko talaga ng showbiz, e. It’s not really my thing. They asked me also to audition also in MYX but then, nahihiya ako, e. Matanda na ako,” nakangiting sabi ni Paolo.
Hanggang ngayon daw he hasn’t gotten used sa showbiz. Pero hindi naman daw niya hate ang showbiz. “I’ll be a hypocrite if I say I hated it. It’s just parang I don’t feel I belong. Yeah, same with, I think Ram (Martin Nieverra’s youngest son) feels the same way also,” sabi ni Paolo. Napipilitan lang ba siya kapag nagpe-perform on stage with his dad? “Hindi naman napipilitan. I mean…uh, actually, yes! Hahaha! But I do it naman, I enjoy it naman like if I’m singing with my dad.”
Aminado si Paolo na nakuha niya ang attitude na ito being exposed sa public since he was a child. “I think ah, it’s the pressure that I’m afraid of, there’s so much expectation now. Unlike Gab naman kasi, he is exceptionally good at dancing and he looks like my dad pa. So, parang I guess, there’s less pressure on him. Eh, ako, being the eldest, it’s hard because everybody expects, not naman too much, but ah, the level of expectation is really high. Parang people are not really focused on Gab. Because I’m the firstborn, I was the one, the controversial kid, haha! So, everybody was expecting me to become like him (Gary). To be the dancer, to be that good singer and I guess, I felt I couldn’t match up…I couldn’t level up to that expectation. Kaya parang it affected my ‘yun nga, ‘yung character ko. Palagi akong nahihiya. I guess, part of me is parang it just stuck.”
Wala naman daw siyang ibang naiisip na paraan para makaahon sa ganitong feeling kundi ang huwag totally pasukin ang showbiz. “Yeah! Hahaha! I guess, I think, every time they need me for a show I’ll give in to their request. I’m not sad na hindi ako, wala ako sa showbiz. Mas okay talaga sa akin na wala ako sa showbiz,” paliwanag ni Paolo.