GARI ESCOBAR‘s story is not ordinary. Like lots of people who want to make it big and get recognized in the industry-especially in the world of showbiz the claim to fame was bugger than he imagined.
Nora Aunor. That magic word.
“Maliit pa lang ako nung pumasok sa kamalayan ko ang isang Nora Aunor, ang ating Superstar. Sa panahon’g kinagigiliwan ko ang musika ng magkapatid na Donny & Marie Osmond sa telebisyon, naging kaagaw ko ang Tita ko sa panonood ng TV ang nanay ko. Nagkakagalit kami.
“At totoo naman na kahit saan ako masuling noon, boses ng Superstar ang naririnig ko. sa bahay ng kapitbahay kaya na-appreciate ko na rin ang kanyang musika.”
Long story short, Gari made the Superstar his inspiration. He even bought a block time in DWBL just so he can play the songs of his idol so he can produce shows and concerts for her.
The road was not easy though. There were.failed ventures but he never lost sight of his idol where at one point, he even attempted to ask her hand in marriage.
Silly, huh! but he found a business that turned his life around. But he never forgot to continue making music.
The reason an album launch was held at the Woorijibib Korean Restaurant in Sct. Borromeo.
Ten songs from the album were composed by him-“Baguio”, “Tama Na”, “Habang Nandito Pa”, “From Friends to Lovers”, “Hanap Ko Pa Rin”, “Ayaw Kong Makita Ka”, “Hindi Ka Na Muling Magiisa”, “Isang Halik Pa”, “Masisisi Mo Ba”, and “Lumaban Ka”. Vehnee Saturno shared his “Dito sa Piling Ko” as well as Tony Rodeo with his “Ayoko Na Sa ”Yo”.
The publisher and director is Ivory Music and Video. The songs are also available in iTunes, Spotify and all.digital stores nationwide.
Gari admitted that for a long time, he was beset by his shyness.
ARIEL VILLASANTA’s bosses from PLDT as well as his relatives-cousins Cheenee and Keempee de Leon and their whole family, plus cousins and titos and titas trooped to the UP Film Center Friday night to watch the first reality movie, written, produced and directed among other things by the partner of Maverick Relova.
Ariel admitted to the members of the press he invited that he moved heaven and earth for his dream to get realized.
And by watching the film, we were made to see how that American dream to create their dreams in Hollywood and to get to “American idol” didn’t get realized.
Ariel said “Kinapalan ko na ang mukha ko para lapitan ang mga kasama natin sa industriya para ito maipalabas. Kaya hanggang sa highest leader of the land, nagawa kong lumapit. Kay Presidente Rodrigo Duterte, sa kanyang anak na si Mayor Sara, pati na kina Bong Go, Senator Trillanes and Senator Manny Pacquiao. nagkaroon pa kami ng throwback ni YorMe Isko Moreno. Karamihan sa mga napanood niyo were documents or videos na ginawa na namin ni Maverick ten years ago. Nilagyan ko ng bagong flavors so ‘yung millenials eh, maiintindihan pa rin naman kung sino ako o kami ni Maverick na minsan ng nagpasaya ng mga tao with the shows we did on television.”
The struggle for Ariel as an artist seemed easier then when it looked like fate was on their side.
Little did we know that in that struggle, more challenges will test him and Maverick to choose the destination and journey they will have now.
“Tinanong nga ako kung ano ang pakiramdam ng laos. Sabi ko naman, hindi pa nga kami sumisikat. Marami’ng memories captured sa film ang kukurot sa puso ng mga manonood na nakakilala na sa amin ni Maverick especially those na kasama namin si Mommy Elvie. Siya nga ang naging paborito ng viewers that time.”
Cheenee, the Joey de Leon’s daughter and Ariel’s cousin was beside me when we watched the movie.
“Nanghihinayang naman ako kay Maverick. Hindi na namin makausap. ako talaga ang barkada nu’n. Nung naga-aral pa kami sa Nazareth. Then, naging friends sila ni Ariel. ‘Yung tandem nila ang naging bunga. Nakaka-sad lang na he gave up ang maganda pa rin naman sanang pagsasam nila ni Ariel.”
One of the people whom Ariel and Maverick asked for support then-were the GMA people-Annette Gozon, Joey Abacan, and Elaine Lozano. Elaine and her staff embarked on that American dream journey of the duo as seen on the film.
I had questions in my mind. Especially that part with Jasmine Trias. In Hollywood.
Elaine told me who was teary-eyed with what she saw who came to the preview as a surprise to Ariel that “What we did was a MockCumentary. So, iisipin mo totoo ba na nangyari or were there parts that were rigged. Makikita niyo naman sa mga reaction namin. Bringing into tge big screen things we did a decade ago was something to reckon with. Yeah, we are and will be very proud to show this to tha audience. Being the first reality movie made.”
The “Kings of Reality” will be shown in theaters starting November 20, 2019.