Baguio, known to be the Summer Capital of the Philippines, owing to its cool climate since the city is located approximately 4,810 feet (1,470 meters) above mean sea level, often cited as 1,540 meters (5,050 feet) in the Luzon tropical pine forests ecoregion, which also makes it conducive for the growth of mossy plants and orchids; and this the very place where singer-songwriter Gari Escobar chose to use as his subject and backdrop of his single of the same title.
On Friday, February 8, Escobar launched Baguio as his carrier single on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and all digital platforms.
Baguio as a Nostalgic Place for Him.
He revealed that the song is partly dedicated to his late mother. He was a mama’s boy and among the three kids, he was close to her. Back when his mother was still alive, she always tagged them along to the place and that’s how he has been too acquainted to Baguio, being his second home and his refuge during his state of devastation when his eventually passed away.
Amid his depression, he started writing songs and Baguio is just one of his many songs. It was in 2008. Apart from his mom, the song is also his way of giving tribute to his last girlfriend who also passed away last year.
In the postcard-like CD cover design–he is seen with his former girlfriend, which was taken when they visited the place as a request of his girlfriend since it was her first time to set foot in the City of Pines.
“We were already shooting the video at the time. I just wanted to make my girlfriend happy.”
The Place is indeed an Ideal Place for Lovers.
If Paris in France is considered to be one of the romantic places in the world as well as New York in the US, or doing sunset watching from a private terrace in Santorini in Greece and in Florence in Italy–then Baguio is a few hours drive away from Manila to run away from the mundane of city life and spend a romantic weekend with one’s partner.
Gari admitted that whenever he has a girlfriend, Baguio is the best place to go because of its cool climate–it adds romance for lovers.
He took his 35-year-old girlfriend to Camp John Hay, to Burnham Park (but it was raining hard when they were there and that prevented them from riding a boat) and roam around the vicinity of Diplomat Hotel.
Writing Songs has become His Life.
Listening to the blues and different types of music gave him the opportunity to escape from the daily challenge of humiliation and physical harm. He rebelled against his aggressors and found his freedom writing songs that expressed every typical persons’ woes and feelings.
With the bitter trials he went through and the low self-esteem he embraced, he only found solace when surrounded by people he loved. This successes he earned via marketing–it gave him more freedom to channel his creative energy into songwriting and singing, until new acquaintances and mentors encouraged him to record his songs which led to the realization of making his self-titled debut album.
Baguio will always be a huge part of his memories both romantic and nostalgic for him. The song is mixed and mastered at the studio of renowned composer Vehnee Saturno, Gari’s upcoming 12-track album is truly something to watch out for.
To most Filipinos, mangoes are very popular. Besides, it leads the Top 10 fruits in the Philippines, maybe because of its being sumptuous, pulpy and it packs a host of health benefits. Perhaps, that’s enough to convince local and international markets alike to try this delectable soft-served ice cream dessert called MaxiMango.
It recently held its contract signing with its fresh and young female endorser—Kathryn Bernardo. The momentous occasion was attended by the husband-and-wife entrepreneurs—Ivan and Miki Velasquez on Tuesday night, January 29 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City.
Here are Five Reasons why fellow Pinoys go-crazy over a classic Mango Float but with a Twist of sorts:
It’s Nutritious and Delicious.
Though this tropical fruit is originally a native to India, were it was first cultivated in the Northeast India, Bangladesh and Myanmar about 25-30 million years ago. Known to be the King of Fruits and has enjoyed a prized place in the history of India and its relationship with the world. It is one of the very few fruits that gained a coveted place in Hindu religious scriptures.
The fruit is nutritious and unique in its flavor, fragrance, taste, and heath promoting qualities, making it a number one among new functional foods, often labeled as ‘super fruits’.
Affordable for Everyone.
No wonder why Filipinos don’t mind standing in long queues just to get their fill for a really affordable cold treat especially summer is fast-approaching in the country.
The popular Maxi Mango, which is ideal for non-sweet tooth customers and served in mango base with fresh slices of mangoes are available starting at Php59 (the small size); while the Mango Juice Float is priced at Php59 as well.
Only the large-size of a Mango Float is a little over Php100.
The good news is—the brand was developed by young Filipino couple from Davao.
An alumnae of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition in 2006, Miki Arceo-Velasquez (Kim Chiu’s batch mate) is the owner of MaxiMango together with her husband Ivan.
What’s notable about the efforts of the couple—they to “create something that appeals to the A and B markets in taste and aesthetic, but can also be afforded by the C and D markets”.
Who wouldn’t support a business such as this?
Miki shared that right after high school, her former beau now her husband Ivan left for the UK. He trained and worked as a chef at a Japanese restaurant in Manchester. Four years later after Miki finished her college, she followed.
She worked in London as a caregiver while he left his job and moved to London and they ended up working for the same institution. Armed with enough savings, they returned to the country, and opened a business.
Their success story wasn’t a walk in the park, there came a time when the business they started began to crash, so she had to resort to working for a contact center and used her salary to make their business going and stay afloat.
Backed-up by Kathryn Bernardo.
The young star Bernardo of the KathNiel fame is a strong advocate for supporting Pinoy products.
Thus, when she endorses a particular brand, she makes sure that it’s Filipino-owned and promotes the ingenuity of the Filipino talent[s].
In fact, according to Kath, as soon she met with the young owners of MaxiMango—they immediately agreed to working together in making the brand a real success.
MaxiMango is under VQZ Maxi Mango and was established in December 2017. Its office address is located at Unit 6-I Three Manhattan Parkview Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.
For more information about the MaxiMango, log on to its official website via maximango.com.
On Saturday, January 19, SPVTOP International, Inc., a multi-business organization launched its several products to provide opportunities for individuals to have financial success.
Among the many Genius Products presented, there were three that got my interest are: G-Bio Energy, the G-Minds or Genius Minds and The G-Webphone App.
Lower Your Electric and Gas consumption via G-Bio Energy.
Under this category are the G-Power Patch and the USB G-Flash. Those who are heavy in electric consumption, G-Power Patch is a powerful item to remove electromagnetic flux and to reduce wire heating. In its small box, it contains six patches that are powerful enough to aid anyone’s needs in their electric usage and maximize any use of electronic gadgets in the most practical, safest and effective means. The USB G-Flash is a multi-purpose flash drive when inserted on PCs and laptops, it can speed up its processing is already a great come-on in itself. When plugging it into USB ports of cars, it can provide better performance, cooler aircon, easy acceleration and fuel efficiency as well.
Activate MidBrain and Attract Success via G-Minds and Genius Minds.
G-Minds is an amazing, safe and effective way of learning. In fact, if this one has been utilized in the film #BirdBox, then all of them can survive without even removing their blindfolds. Such method is done in one to two days and is designed to tap the full potential of the mind, by activating the midbrain in order to utilize the five senses. The said program is not limited to kids alone, but can also be applied by adults. Such practice started in Japan and has been used in different countries. To learn more about this, visit its facebook page on @spvtopgmindsofficial.
Contact Your Relatives and Friends Abroad via G-Webphone App.
There is no need to make expensive overseas calls. Everyone is just an App away. The App has the ability to send an SMS, make an audio and voice call, do video conference, contact landphones and satellite phones without even requiring the other person to go online. That’s how convenient it is. Available for free, just download it from Google Play or App Store; to get started, just create an account; fill out the online signup form and input the Sponsor’s referral code; verify the account via Know Your Customer (KYC) and follow the red arrow and click the button. To make a call, simply choose the flag+area code+phone number.
Indeed, these products are dubbed as Henyong Produkto para sa Masang Pilipino. To succeed by kick-starting with what one can earn from the SPVTOP can offer, just logon to its website spvtopmarketplace.com.