BY: DENNIS ADOBAS
Iilan lang yata ang nakakaalam na bukod sa pagiging isang magaling na aktor sa pelikula, telebisyon at teatro, si Ernie Garcia ay isa ring mahusay na singer.
Nang pumasok si Ernie sa showiz ay sa recording siya unang sumabak bilang contract artist ng Zodiac Recording Company. Ini-record niya ang mga singles na “Wonderful You” at “Make Believe” na naging topseller sa tin pan alley. Kumanta rin siya sa mga bars tulad ng El Bodegon sa Filipinas Hotel na pagmamay-ari ni Joey Cruz. Dito rin unang kumanta sina Tirso Cruz III, Rodel Naval, Marco Sison at iba pang baguhang singers noon.
Sa February 12, 2011 ay minsan pang masasaksihan ng kanyang mga tagahanga at ng bagong henerasyon ng music-lovers si Ernie Garcia sa isang pre-Valentine concert na pinamamagatang “ERNIE GARCIA…LOVING YOU” na gaganapin sa Eastwood Richmonde Hotel Grand Ballroom sa Libis, Quezon City. Tampok rin dito si Mark Carpio bilang special guest performer.
Produced by Grand Monaco Estate Developers, Inc., the concert utilizes an original concept by Freddie Santos as executed by Josel Reyes (director). Accompaniment by Without Warning Band.
Special guest performer Mark Reyes is no longer a newbie in the music scene as he has been a vocalist of several bands, the latest of which is MIDJ Band.
“MIJ lang dapat ‘yan, na acronym ng ‘Made In Japan’ pero nilagyan lang namin ng ‘D’. May niri-record kami ngayong album which we hope to release in July”, pagbabalita ni Mark.
Isang composer din si Mark. As of date, he has written about 20 songs which he intends to record soon.
A B.S. Entrepreneurship graduate, Mark works fulltime as Assistant Vice-President of the family-owned Grand Monaco Estate Developers, Inc.
During the press conference for the concert, the entertainment writers egged him to give a sampling of his vocal prowess. He obliged with a “death-defying” South Border original, a capella, falsetto and all! Bravo!
The concert producer, Dr. Reynaldo Alejo Carpio (a Doctor of Philosophy in Management and a civil engineer) is the president of Grand Monaco Estate Developers, Inc. He is considered “Asia’s Housing Czar” and was recently awarded “2010 Global Achiever Awardee on Real Estate Housing Development”.
Dr. Carpio and Ernie Garcia are fellow Rotarians. “Kapag may event sa Rotary Club, nagsi-sing along kami at minsan ay nagkakaagawan ng microphone. One time, biniro ko si Ernie na para wala nang agawan, ano kaya kung mag-produce tayo ng concert? Doon nabuo ang concert na ito!”, kuwento ni Dr. Carpio.
Music lover si Carpio kaya mahilig ding kumanta. Sabi ni Ernie, baka maki-jamming si Carpio sa kanya at sa anak nitong si Mark during the February 12 concert.
Grand Monaco Estate Developers, Inc. continues to reinvent the housing sector, achieve global recognition and create community-based livelihood programs.