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.
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.
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).
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.
One of Kapamilya’s prized jewels—the King of Hearts, an actor and recording artist Daniel Padilla as well as the real and onscreen partner of Kathryn Bernardo of the KathNiel tandem recently signed an endorsement contract with Shawarma Shack.
Padilla takes pride in promoting this Proudly Pinoy company, which has grown its one food cart concept to more than 300 stores nationwide since its inception in 2015.
Like any Filipino, this comfort food has become an all-time favorite and Daniel is hooked with the its bestselling Shawarma Wraps and Rice.
Shawarma Wraps come in beef or chicken served in a warmed pita bread with cucumber, tomato, onion and three sauces; (according to the customer’s preferences) and Shawarma Rice meals come either in beef or chicken and served with cucumber, tomato, onion and three sauces as well.
Shack boasts of its 60 company-owned branches and 290 franchisees. The company is committed to providing quality products and services to all its customers and making its buy-one-take-one concept a forever come-on, too. It is also the company’s vision to delight the Filipino foodies with a delightful and affordable fusion of Filipino-Mediterranean cuisine.
The brains behind the successful brand are Walther Uzi Buenavista, the president and CEO and Patricia Buenavista, the vice-president.