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 people, this love story has nothing new to offer, but a rehash from the love stories that were previously told in old dramatic and romantic flicks in the past. However, this Gina Marissa Tagasa screenplay which revolves around three main characters in a love triangle portrayed by Dennis Trillo, JC de Vera and Kim Chiu.
This Eric Quizon-directorial movie essays the love between childhood sweethearts–Carl Mauricio (de Vera) and Zyra Paez (Chiu). But because of a turbulent past, he keeps on hurting her even if she has done nothing but to love him despite his imperfections. Dr. Ian Arcano, a cardiologist, who literally takes care of his patients’ hearts including Zyra’s.
Though the plot is presented in the most simple way, it still paints complications in relationships of three souls wanting to love and be loved. In the film, Zyra, a businesswoman who is torn between two lovers–a pilot and a surgeon; who will she choose? Who will she marry and who will she fight for love because she knew that one of them is her one great love.
Imagine if you are in Zyra’s shoes, who would you choose? Would you be willing to take risks in loving the man whom your heart is yearning for or be the apple of someone’s eyes and give in to the love he’s willing to offer on your feet? Are you the type who don’t believe in magic, but believe in great love?
The film promises a different kind of Kim Chiu, a more mature and daring artist as paired by two equally gorgeous and young dramatic actors in Philippine television and film. If you are the type who go for Nicholas Sparks-type of stories, then this film could easily appeal to you. Opening on December 25 in cinemas nationwide.
When it comes to romantic-comedy films especially in Hollywood, the name that easily comes to my mind is Nora Ephron, who also wrote a novel titled Heartburn in 1983, but she also wrote a screenplay and directed ‘Julie and Julia’ in 2009, which starred Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina; thus stumbling upon this latest romantic-comedy offering of Regal Entertainment Incorporated–the Recipe for Love, I thought that it should be in that league of storytelling.
Having Jose Javier Reyes, who has worked on romantic-comedies as well, this project that will spotlight once again the humorous side of Christian Bables opposite Cora Waddell.
But what stuck in my head was what Ephron had wrote once in her novel titled ‘Heartburn’ (1983) that said: “Nothing like mashed potatoes when you’re feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin cold slice of butter to every forkful. The problem with mashed potatoes, though, is that they require almost as much hard work as crisp potatoes, and when you’re feeling blue the last thing you feel like is hard work. Of course, you can always get someone to make the mashed potatoes for you, but let’s face it: the reason you’re blue is that there isn’t anyone to make them for you. As a result, most people do not have nearly enough mashed potatoes in their lives, and when they do, it’s almost always at the wrong time.”
The film is about Calix (Bables) , a chef named of an upscale Filipino restaurant and Val (Waddell), a food blogger and aspiring magazine editor.Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, would they eventually hit it off and romance start to mash well?
Apart from the tandem of Christian and Cora, the one thing that made Jose Javier Reyes convince to direct the screenplay of Raymund Barcelon who made a great analogy between food and relationships; it was also the idea of spotlighting Filipino cuisine like Cochinilla (roasted suckling pig) and Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail, pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and occasionally offal or tripe complemented with a thick savory peanut sauce), which turned out to be his favorites.