Reynaldo Valera Guardiano (better known as Rey Valera) (born May 4, 1954 in Meycauayan, Bulacan, Philippines) is a singer, songwriter, music director and film scorer from the Philippines. He wrote and produced songs that were recorded by various singers, most notably Sharon Cuneta.
He still lives in Meycauayan, Bulacan with his family. He has a son and three daughters.
Rey also made songs for other artists such as Rico Puno's Sorry Na, Pwede Ba, Daigdig Ng Ala-ala; Geraldine’s Pangako; Pol Enriquez’ Ayoko na Sa ‘Yo and many more. While he made songs for his peers, he made albums for himself such as Naaalala Ka, Rey Valera Vol. 2, Walang Kapalit, Hello, The Rey Valera Christmas Album, Gabay Mo Ako, Rey Valera’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1,Rey Valera’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2, Pirapirasong Ala-ala, Sa Kabila Ng Lahat, Kung Sakaling Iibig Muli, FM Ka, AM Ako, Home Sweet Home, Ang Mahalaga, etc. Most of these albums made golds and platinums.
In July 2005, Rey Valera released the "Panghabangbuhay" album, with his children's band called "Saling Ket", and they have been performing together ever since.
Recently, Vicor Music Corporation compiled all of Rey Valera's recorded songs in their library in a 4 disc set album entitled, "Walang Kapalit" as part of Vicor's 40 year anniversary.
One of his initial projects was to make a song for a twelve-year-old mayor’s daughter named Sharon Cuneta (who later became known as the "Mega Star"). It was a daunting challenge, as Rey initially could not figure out what kind song would be fitting for her; she was too young to be taken seriously to be given a love song, and a bit too old to be given a nursery rhyme.
It dawned upon Rey to write a song about the people who were responsible for playing songs on the radio; the DJs. Wherever radio station the song would be submitted in, it was almost always guaranteed that it would be played and continue to play because it is their song. The song happens to be Mr. DJ, followed by Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko. It made remarkable sales on the chart.
Sharon states in a recent interview by Deborah Kan in Star News Asia, that she has been always thankful for and grateful to Rey, for writing her first hit song. "Mr. DJ".
The two have been friends ever since, and in 1992, Sharon paid tribute to her favorite composer when she recorded Sharon Sings Valera.
When Sharon Cuneta and her then husband Gabby Concepcion separated, Rey composed the song, "Kahit Wala Ka Na" (Even When You're Gone). When Sharon and Rey met at Cinema Audio, she asked, why wasn't he writing songs for her anymore. Rey replied that he did wrote one for her, and submitted the song to VIVA for it to be an inspiration or a battleground for Sharon. Both of them found out that the song has been shelved for two years at VIVA. Sharon immediately recorded the song, and used it in her movie, "Single Mother"(former title). It was retitled to "Kahit Wala Ka Na".
Sharon’s biggest blockbuster movies were lifted from popular songs of Rey, thus Sharon singing Valera is an always-tested winning chemistry.
Valera ‘s songs are also favorite titles and theme songs of soap operas like “Ula, Batang Gubat” (Malayo Pa Ang Umaga), “Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man”, “Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako”, and the two year running soap series, “Pangako Sa'yo”, from ABS-CBN.
Recently, Rey Valera's song's have been revived as theme songs for soap operas with the same title. They are: Maging Sino Ka Man (which has spawned a second book,Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik ) and Walang Kapalit from ABS-CBN, and Sinasamba Kita from GMA Network.
Rey's songs made marks also as theme songs and movie titles. These includes several Sharon Cuneta movies such as Maging Sino Ka Man, Pangako sa 'Yo, Kahit Wala Ka Na', Tayong Dalawa; Vilma Santos’ Sinasamba Kita, Romansa, Hiwalay; Robin Padilla’s Carnap King, Barumbado, and Baby Ama; Romnick Sarmenta’s Pasong Tirad, The Gregorio del Pilar Story, Aleck Bovick's Tampisaw'' and most of her earliest films.
There are very few people are aware that Rey wrote music for movies, even fewer are aware that he also wrote music for R-18 "Bold" films. He accepted making music for movies and considered it an opportunity, as these projects usually pitted his songwriting skills to follow fresh and often unusual themes and topics, often deviating from pop love songs which he was usually typecasted into.
The Theme song, "Ambon" (Raindrop ) from the filme, "Tampisaw" emphasizes on the singer's hunger and depravation of love, and that a single "raindrop" of love would be enough for her to live on.
The theme song, "Nagpapanggap" (Pretending/Deceiving ) from the film, "Kerida" (The Mistress ), depicts a person's awareness that her lover is only pretending to love her, and yet she has this pragmatic acceptance and is even thankful that she was loved, no matter how false that love may be.
The theme song, "Sa Gitna ng Buhay Ko" (In The Middle of My Life ), from the film "Naglalayag" (Silent Passage ) follows the movie's theme of a middle aged woman falling in love with a man half her age. The song relates to her life as the times of the day, asking questions such as, "why did love arrive at only NOON?"
Although they were formally named "The Greatest Hits", the group felt that using the name "The Greatest Hitmakers" was more proper, as the former referred to the 'songs' and not the group members themselves. The group has successfully performed even with the absence of one or two members, usually concentrating on a core trio group (e.g. Rey, Hajji, Rico / Rey, Hajji, Marco / Rey, Rico, Marco ) and varies between concert to concert, depending on each member's availability. This flexibility of the group's roster combined with miscommunication with the each show's promoter and other reasons has often led to various names for the group such as "The Hitmakers", "The Greatest Hits", "The Great Hitmakers" "GH5", "GH4" and such.
In November 9, 2006, Rey was inducted to Bulacan's own "Walk of Fame", in the "Hardin ng Mga Bayani at Sining" (The Garden of the Heroes and Arts/Artists), Malolos City, Bulacan.
Rey was among the few Bulakeños who was given the title of "Alagad ng Sining at Kultura ng Bulacan", loosely translated as "Disciple of the Arts and Culture of Bulacan", or simply put, Great Artist of Bulacan.
An inductee was given a tile with his/her name on it, and a small pile of a then wet cement to leave a hand print. The names on the Walk of Fame embody the Bulakeños who have brought pride to Bulacan in the fields of arts and culture.
( ) music score only
( * ) music score and theme song
( ** ) theme song only
( *** ) movie title and theme song
(**** ) music score, movie title, theme song (song title same as movie title)
|Movie||Actor/Actress||Theme Song Used|
|Strangers in Paradise ****||Lloyd Samartino/Snooky Serna|
|Hello Young Lovers ****||Gabby Concepcion/Snooky Serna|
|Romansa *||Vilma Santos/Edu Manzano|
|Cristal ****||Lampel Cojuangco|
|Exploitation ****||Alma Moreno|
|Kabiyak *||Vilma Santos|
|Annie Sabungera ****||Nora Aunor/Rey Valera/ Ace Vergel|
|G.I. Baby *||Lampel Cojuangco|
|Stepsisters *||Lorna Tolentino/Rio Locsin||Tayong Dalawa|
|Hiwalay *||Vilma Santos/Dindo Fernando|
|Sinasamba Kita ****||Vilma Santos/Phillip Salvador|
|Burgis ****||Gabby Concepcion|
|Init o Lamig||Charito Solis/Elizabeth Oropesa|
|Juan Balutan||Niño Muhlach/Kristina Paner|
|Pusong Uhaw||Gina Alajar/Mark Gil|
|Abigael ****||Cherie Gil/Alma Moreno/Gabby Concepcion|
|My Prince Charming *||Janice de Belen/Gabby Concepcion|
|Kung Kasalanan Man **||Dina Bonnevie|
|Abot Hanggang Sukdulan **||Snooky Serna|
|Kahit Wala Ka Na ***||Sharon Cuneta/Richard Gomez|
|Babangon Ako at Dudurugin Kita **||Sharon Cuneta/Christopher de Leon|
|Maging Sino Ka Man ***||Sharon Cuneta/Robin Padilla|
|Sa Kabila Ng Lahat ***||Dina Bonnevie/Nanette Medved|
|Boy Amores||Anthony Alonzo|
|Carnap King||Robin Padilla|
|UZI Brothers||Ronnie Ricketts/Sonny Parsons|
|Boy Kristiano||Bobby Zhornach|
|To Mama With Love *||Julie Vega/Janice de Belen|
|Noel Juico *||Raymart Santiago||Hintayin Mo Ako|
|Hahalik Ka Rin Sa Lupa||Sonny Parsons|
|Isang Salop Na Bala||Palito|
|Multiple Murder||Jess Lapid Jr.|
|Lumaban Ka, Sagot Kita Sa Diyos *||Julio Diaz/Tommy Abuel|
|Asiong Salonga 3||E.R./Ejercito|
|Mana Sa Ina||Rita Avila|
|Iisa-isahin Ko Kayo *||Ronnie Ricketts|
|Sisingilin Ko Ng Dugo *||Patrick dela Rosa|
|Kumander Tata||Jess Lapid Jr.|
|Bahala na Gang||Sonny Parsons|
|Salisi Gang||Sonny Parsons|
|Masikip Ang Langit||Jess Lapid Jr.|
|Kalawang Sa Bakal||Ricky Davao|
|Anak Ni Baby Ama||Robin Padilla|
|Pangako Sa iyo ***||Sharon Cuneta/Bong Revilla|
|Tayong Dalawa ***||Sharon Cuneta/Gabby Concepcion|
|Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo ***||Sheryll Cruz/Romnick Sarmenta|
|Una Kang Naging Akin **||Sharon Cuneta/Gabby Concepcion||Kung Kailangan Mo Ako|
|Hari Ng Selda *||Robin Padilla/ Angelika dela Cruz||Batang Bilanggo|
|Walang Kapalit ***||Sharon Cuneta/Richard Gomez|
|Tampisaw *||Aleck Bovick||Ambon|
|Masarap Na Pugad *||Aleck Bovick/Gary Estrada||Bangka|
|Kerida *||Aleck Bovick/Mark Gil/Gardo Versoza||Nagpapanggap|
|Makamundo *||Gardo Versoza||Mundo ng Makamundo|
|Mapupulang Labi||Maye Tongco|
|Sex Scandal||Allen Dizon|
|U-Belt *||Aleck Bovick||Butas ng Karayom|
|Naglalayag **||Nora Aunor||Sa Gitna ng Buhay Ko|
|1977|| Wrote and sung "Ako Si Superman"|
November: wrote the song 'Mr. D.J." and 'Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko" for Sharon Cuneta. Both songs received Gold Record Awards.
|1978||October:Received his first Gold Record Award for single entitled "Naaalala Ka". He wrote the song "Sorry Na, Puwede Ba" for Rico Puno while doing his first album that same year.|
|1979|| Joined Blackgold Records, a sister company of Vicor Music Corporation, as a record producer. He rose to the position of assistant Vice President for Research and Composition.|
That same year he waxed his record album with hits such as Maging Sino Ka Man, Malayo Pa Ang Umaga, etc.
Tried to venture in music directional jobs.
|1980||Rey Valera started writing songs for other singers again, this time for Geraldine with the song "Pangako", and Lirio Vital's "Naniniwala Ako Sa Iyo".|
|1981|| February: he was awarded the Gold Record Award for the hit single "Kung Kailangan Mo Ako".|
June: he received the Gold Album Award from a compilation of his past hits titled "Rey Valera's Greatest Hits".
October: he represented the Philippines as a songwriter in the first Asean Song Festival held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
he was also awarded the Gold Record Award for the album entitled, "Walang Kapalit".
November: bagged the title "Juke Box King of the Year".
|1982|| Received "The King Of Tagalog Songs" award.|
Tried the movies via Annie Sabungera with Nora Aunor.
|1983|| March: He sang the song "Gabay Mo Ako", as one of the finalist in the Metro Manila Pop Music Festival. It was in March also when his long playing album "Hello" became another Gold Record.|
April: Received the title "Entertainer of the Year".
May: Held the title, "King of Tagalog Songs" for the second time.
December: Rey Valera's Greatest Hits" album became Platinum Record.
This was also the year that an impostor used Rey Valera's name to his disastrous advantage.
|1984|| Transferred to Wea Records and waxed his last album. He wrote another gold hit song entitled, "Pirapirasong Alaala" for another female singer.|
Dropped show business. Went back to his family to make up for lost days.
He joined the movie industry now as a musical director.
|1985-1986||The country saw the economic crisis that led to the downfall of the local music industry. During these times, Rey Valera relied heavily on his movie scoring works, devoted his time to his promotion business, while anticipating the comeback for the Golden Era of the Philippine Music Industry.|
|1988||TV Personality, comedian, and fellow Bulakeño Bert Marcelo persuaded Rey to make a comeback in live performances and join him in a series of concerts called "Hatid Saya" in Europe and Middle East.|
|1989||Began training and introducing aspiring composers to professional songwriting and studioworks.|
|1992||Joined Sharon Cuneta in her Mega concert in U.S. and Japan.|
|1993-1994||Member of the Board of Directors - FILSCAP|
|1994||Nominee, Best Original Song Category - "Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo".|
|2000||Joined forces with Freddie Aguilar, Mike Hanopol, Vehnee Saturno, and formed the group, SAGA (Songs And Generations After). The group recorded one album, and performed one major concert in Canada. It was their first and last concert as SAGA, and the group disbanded months later.|
|2002||Merged with Rico Puno and Hajji Alejandro, in a series of "The Greatest Hits" concerts.|
|2003|| The group "Greatest Hits 5" or "GH5" was formed with Rey Valera, Hajji Alejandro, Rico Puno, Marco Sison and Nonoy Zuñiga which continues to perform locally and internationally.|
Recipient, Lifetime Achievement for Music 8th Tinig Awards from The National Press Club
|2004|| Participant, Travel Advocacy Campaign, Department of Tourism, "Biyahe Tayo", WOW Philippines.|
Winner, Best Song Category, "Sa Gitna Ng Buhay Ko" for the movie "Naglalayag", Metro Manila Film festival
|2005|| July: Released the "Panghabangbuhay" album with his children's band called "Saling Ket".|
Awardee, 18th Awit Awards Dangal ng Musikang Pilipino - Lifetime Achievement Award, given by The Philippine Association of Recording Industries
|2007||November 9: Inducted to Bulacan's own Walk of Fame, in the "Hardin ng Sining at Bayani", Malolos Bulacan|