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.
Though not so-identified as a romantic comedy, which was initially the intention of the film’s theme that turned out to be a slightly ‘advocacy’ and melodrama flick of Dennis Trillo titled ‘Lakbay2Love’ is set for a February 3 opening in theaters nationwide.
Trillo plays the role of Jay-R or ‘Alamat’, a forester and a biker who helps the lost and lovelorn Lianne portrayed by Solenn Heussaff. In the film, Jay-R became the main subject of the documentary assignment that Lianne is working on and falls for somewhere in between. But when Jay-R’s good friend, Macky played by Kit Thompson resurfaced as Lianne’s ex-lover, the blossoming love went sour when the letter guy is still determined to pursue the woman they have entangled with.
The pseudo-romantic cum coming-of-age film is written by Palanca-winner Layeta Bucoy and the director herself Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil.
The love story of Jay-R and Lianne failed to go on further after the former is faced with the challenge of providing for his loved ones—his family and is forced to work in a foreign land instead.
Ongkeko-Marfil admires Dennis’s commitment to finish the project despite the actor’s busy schedule while working as a lead star in a different independent, historical-biographical film dramatizing the life of the first executive minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, and is titled ‘Felix Manalo’.
“His breaks from the shootings of the ‘Manalo film’—he would be with us—filming ‘Lakbay2Love’ and he treated it as his ‘rest’,” says the director.
Trillo admitted as well, “Isa ito sa dream roles ko na natupad na. Hindi ko naramdaman na work kasi masaya ang shooting. Kung saan-saan kami pumunta. Maraming lugar na first time ko napuntahan. Meron pang locations wherein we had to hike for two hours pero sobrang enjoy!”
Apart from Dennis, Solenn also showed ease in tackling her role as she along with other cast showed effortless way of pedaling through the rocky forests and hilly terrains.
This is the third time that Trillo and Heussaff have worked together. For more details on the said movie, check out its facebook.com page.
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