CALIFORNIA — Filipino pop superstar Gary Valenciano arrived in the US just days before martial law was declared in Mindanao after local terrorist, Maute Group, clashed with government forces in Marawi City.
The UNICEF ambassador shared his fond memories of Mindanao and some thoughts on the conflict.
“Just stand by the faith. Walk by faith speak the faith and live by faith and let God handle everything else. Mindanao is a beautiful place. I’ve been there time and time again. It saddens me it’s gotten to this point but let’s see what happens. My prayers will always be there in the Philippines,” Valenciano said.
With another terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Valenciano is hoping that as artists, they can help inspire people during times of uncertainty.
“The world is really in a situation where anything can happen. So as far as I’m concerned, when I step on that stage all the more I will maximize the opportunity to try and encourage people because when they go home there’s no telling what’s going to happen,” he said.
Valenciano held a press conference with one of America’s best dance crews, the Kinjaz, and Katrina Velarde to promote their upcoming June 10 concert in Pasadena.
“What brought us together is the fact that it’s music that makes us move so it really doesn’t matter what kind of move we’re doing because it’s still music that is the binding factor and that’s what the nights going to be all about,” said Valenciano.
“This is an opportunity for us as well as a tribute to our parents many of us are second generation Asian Americans,” added Kinjaz’s Leejay Razalan.
Valenciano will be doing several concerts where he hopes to reach out to his fans before he returns home to the Philippines in mid-June.
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