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.
From a timid person that he was before, the Philippine version of Endemol’s Operación Triunfo (Operation Triumph)—Philippine Dream Academy (PDA), Ronnie Liang chose to stay strong in the industry that gave him a lot of challenges and successes in life.
Liang was the Top Three in the said reality show that has a format similar to Big Brother, where a set number of finalists (billed as scholars throughout the series) would live inside the Academy for four months and will be trained by guest teachers to be multimedia performers. Activities in the Academy are being monitored 24/7 by the headmaster.
His Life after PDA.
Looking back, 12 years ago, he has grown to be confident about himself and of the things he can do. Through the said show—he was able to fulfill his dream of becoming a full-fledged performer. And he’s thankful for the opportunity that helped shape him as an individual and as an artist.
He continued how he felt after placing third to Yeng Constantino and Jay-R Siaboc, “Masaya. thankful sa maraming nangyari at natupad ang pangarap ko.
“Binago ang buhay ko.”
It’s been seven years since he moved out from the Star Magic camp and with Viva Artist Agency he has also explored a lot in terms of his being an artist.
With Viva Artist Agency, he has done a lot.
He has no regrets with the many things he has done over the years and Viva, his new family after Star Magic, he has achieved too many things.
“Nagkaroon ako ng concert, albums, songs, movies and TV series,” he shared.
He is thankful to both Ms. Veronique and Mr. Vincent Del Rosario for the opportunity given to him to grow as an artist.
He was able to venture into other fields like dancing and acting; in fact, he was awarded Best Actor in a Featured Role in 28th Aliw Awards in 2015 for his appearance in the all-new Filipino musical based on a hit movie from Viva Films—Bituing Walang Ningning.
A New Albumon His 12th Years in Showbiz
He just recently promoted his single from his new album Ronnie Liang 12. He’s thrilled to share his thoughts about the single—Tila.
“It sounds original but it’s a revival. Halong love song and I dedicated this to my mom who died in February.”
The song was originally by Clara Benin from Riverchild album.
Tila is his ode for his mom, to whom he realized that he missed spending much quality time with prior to her passing. Each text in the song is his way of conversing to his mom about his feelings and his love toward her.
Life would never be the same without her mom, but life goes on.
Today, with all the blessings that came his way and the ones that are still on its way, he summed up himself as humbled and blessed.
Since he left the Philippines, the stars continued to align with this dedicated original Pilipino music (OPM) artist—Garth Garcia to still live his dreams of being a singer as he has been blessed with opportunities to sing his heart out in events and other special occasions.
Today, Garcia is one of the most sought-after performer in Los Angeles and he has been invited to perform in various cities. Recently, he performed live with Prince of Teleserye Theme Somgs—Bryan Termulo on December 21 at Aztig Grill in West Covina.
Also, his Christmas song title Nilisan nang Pasko did hit in number four spot in OPM Christmas countdown and reached 500k streams on Spotify.
Come January 2019, he will be releasing a duet with the Modern Jukebox Queen—Sheryn Regis of the Star in a Million fame and a former Star Magic artist who also sang the theme songs of television hit series, the likes of Marina, Krystala, Kampanerang Kuba, Gulong ng Palad, Maria Flordeluna and Prinsesa ng Banyera.
Garth is the epitome of what Jonas Salk have once said that the greatest for doing something is the opportunity to doing more. He is not the type who waits for success to come to him, but he is willing to make things happen for himself.
Early next year, the OPM’s Pop Sentimental Heartthrob is set to have three concerts, first in Modesto on January 20, next in San Francisco on January 24, and a Valentine concert with US-based artists as well.