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For Garth, it’s not a Nay, but a Yes in LA!


Since he left for the US three years ago and now based in the US, particularly in Los Angeles, Garth Garcia has been conquering the music scene. His commitment, dedication, and love for his craft have been paying off as he continues to shine abroad.

Garcia will release his new single Walang Mapapala featuring Geca in the first week of February this year.

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Also, he will have a show with Carol Banawa and Stephen Speaks in San Francisco on February 8, while a post-birthday and a pre-Valentine solo show is also set on February 9.

A show in Florida with Jed Madela, Carol Banawa, and Jej Vinson on May 30 is also in his schedule.

Garcia, with his recognitions here in the Philippines–MOR101.9 Best New Artist in 2014 and New Male Recording Artist of the Year at the PMPC Star Awards for Music 2015, has propelled him to do better and expand his horizons.

It was an honor for him to sang along with Geneva Cruz, Dessa, Jessica Sanchez, KZ Tandingan, Aegis, Sheryn Regis, and Jed Madela.

As an artist, he takes pride in some of the recognitions he earned like the Asian Excellence Awards 2016‘s Oustanding Recording Artist, Gawad Musika 2017‘s Best Male Recording Artist of the Year, and a WCOPA Multi Medalist.

He’s also the RNB Artist at the Spotlight Awards 2018 in Los Angeles. He’s the only Filipino nominated at Asians on Film Festival 2019 in Hollywood for Best Music Video.

Apart from performing, he recently established his own business with his wife, a limited liability company (LLC). The sole proprietorship’s name is Starlink Productions. His company has produced three Geneva Cruz shows as well as the Gazini Ganados’ Meet-and-Greet.

Jace Roque: His Love for Music brings Him to the World


Jace Roque, a fast-rising electronic dance music (EDM) artist and is like an ‘unaccepted prophet’ in his native place (Luke 4: 24b with emphasis). 

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Jace Roque, a fast-rising EDM artist recently met with some selected online press to discuss his second single titled LOVE. Photograph courtesy of Allan Sancon.

 

He may have relatives like a supportive uncle Gino Padilla and a distant cousin Luke Mejares, he, as an independent artist, it isn’t all a walk in the park still.

The music icons attached to his name aren’t the tickets to his success. 

It’s all about his efforts in promoting his brand of music and being noticed by Kobalt Music Group, the number one music publishing company in the UK. The said company comes next after Sony Music Entertainment in the US.

His SOBER single, which he launched this year, has streamed over 300,000 times on Spotify. New Music Friday Philippines, Tatak Pinoy, and OPM Rising–three of Spotify‘s most popular editorial playlist platforms did feature the said song. 

For his latest single, LOVE launched on September 27, it now reached 100,000 views and was released by Kobalt Music.

He described this song as his way of opening to the world [again] after being heart-broken. 

“It’s like putting down your walls and guards down and taking chances on another love,” Roque stressed.

Since he writes, produces, and arranges his songs–he finds it fit that the texts that go with his songs are from his personal experiences.

What’s admirable about Jace is his attitude. He’s not the type to give up his dreams by some great force. He’s proved it even in his second single when he competed along with the big names in the music industry.  His song landed number 25 overall in the music list. It’s something that he takes pride in and grateful for all those who helped him reach his goals.

Roque is an epitome of real icon-in-the-making. His efforts may be small to the rest of the big-time music icons, but his love for his brand of music did not just limit him to the local audience but brought him to the world instead.

Farewell to the Excellent, Eddie Garcia!


Though I have not worked with late veteran and multi-awarded actor-filmmaker Eddie Garcia, I still admire his passion and dedication for his craft. Perhaps the closest encounter I had with him was when we covered the launch of one of his latest films with Globe Studios, Hintayan ng Langit in November last year.

I began to like him as an actor when he played comic roles in the sex-comedy flicks May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo and May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga (1984). The most memorable film that I enjoyed about him the film Erpat Kong Forgets (also in 1984), written by Jose Carreon and directed by Erastheo Navoa.

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Garcia is seen with Muhlach in a hospital scene from the film ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

In the said film, Garcia was the father of Aga Muhlach‘s character as Ariel who fell in love with Janice de Belen‘s Josephine (the sister) of the Carmi Martin‘s role. He’s undeniably great in drama, comedy, and action. Whether he’s the protagonist and the antagonist, he is effective in both.  

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The tandem of Aga Muhlach and Janice de Belen was born through the film ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

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Carmi Martin was Garcia’s love interest in ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

Apart from Hintayin Kita sa Langit, his two other latest award-winning films Rainbow Sunset and ML (Martial Law) were testaments of how exemplary he was. He was named 42nd Gawad Urian best actor for the latter film, given by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (the Filipino Film Critics).

The cause of his death may not be something that the TV industry can take pride in. He met his fatal accident on the set of a taping for a series. He breathed his last breath on June 20, almost two weeks of fighting to survive. What is admirable about Garcia, he died working for his passion and never faltered on his commitment.

Rest in peace Eduardo Verchez Garcia (Born on 2 May 1929 – Died on 20 June 2019).