MONTEREY PARK — Mister Pure Energy meets one of America’s Best Dance Crews.
Gary Valenciano held a press conference with the Kinjaz, and Katrina Velarde at the Kinjaz Dojo, to promote their upcoming June 10th 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,” said Kinjaz dancer LeeJay Razalan. “Many of us are second generation Asian Americans.
Valenciano arrived in the US two days ago, before martial law was declared in Mindanao after a series of terror attacks.
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,” Valenciano said. “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.”
With another terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England — Valenciano is hoping 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.”
Valenciano will be doing several concerts where he hopes to reach out to his fans — and he returns home to the Philippines in mid-June.
While Gary V looks forward to bringing down the house with Kinjaz on the LA leg of his tour, kapamilya will get to see him in a familiar setting, when he joins dozens of other stars for ASAP in Toronto later this summer.