dia maté teams up with IV of Spades’ Blaster Silonga on new single “Dream”

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Promising newcomer dia maté dials down the R&B melodrama for a luscious summertime tune that is built around laid-back melodies, indie-pop influences, and tropical-sounding rhythms. Written by mate herself and produced by IV of Spades’ Blaster Silonga, “Dream” explores the hesitation of commitment and moving forward despite falling in love with someone. According to the 19-year-old artist, the song was inspired by how people sometimes close themselves off subconsciously to protect their heart from the trauma induced by past relationships. “That’s what ultimately holds us back: the fear of being let down again,” the young singer-songwriter says. “ Dream essentially describes wanting to wake up from the past, to pretend it was only a dream.” Upbeat melancholia dia maté originally penned and produced the demo for “Dream” on guitar, but the rising pop/R&B star eventually wanted to revamp the track with a more upbeat and energetic vibe to complement the melancholic appeal of

Love for romance and love for environment. A Lakbay2Love Film Review.

Lakbay2Love official poster.
Lakbay2Love is a film about beauty, no doubt. The sceneries shown in Lakbay2Love by Erasto Films are all worthy to be shown onscreen. Eye candy with a breathtaking feeling, would make you wish that you could explore those mountains, hills through biking. This is the third offering by the award-winning filmmaker Ellen Ongkeko Marfill, following Pusang Gala and Boses.

Lakbay2Love stars Solenn Heussaff and Dennis Trillo. Solenn plays Lianne, a videographer who features forester Jay-R (Trillo) who advocates biking for healthier environment.  Lianne is recovering from heartbreak over Macky (Kit Thompson) who happens to be a friend of Jay-R. Their fates crossover.  But the film does not create so much of a love triangle feel.

One very good thing about Lakbay2Love is the details of its characters. The research was well analyzed and given justice through their dialogues. You can feel that it is not just about biking. It also points out some negative impacts of it to the environment.

Trillo’s charm and brilliance in acting was showcased. I felt his skill in the scene before he sang Overdrive, his eyes were talking to me. The fact that he is a biker in real life shows onscreen. While Kit Thompson’s performance makes you think that he had been acting for a long time, even before his Pinoy Big Brother stint. The scene with shirtless Kit playing with a dog is a winner.  You’d wish for extra rice.

Lakbay2Love presents sceneries of the Philippines that I think was never shown in any other films, like the La Mesa Dam, Timberland Heights and Benguet. I guarantee that those landscapes are all to die for and make them part of your bucket list.

The songs are all original Filipino music and really fit well to the scenes of nature being explored.

Lakbay2Love will open in theatres this February 3, 2016. This film is supported by La Mesa Ecopark, Timberland Heights, 7-Eleven, Firefly Brigade and the Cordillera Conservation Trust. For details, please check facebook.com/Lakbay2Love or www.lakbay2love.com
The Cast of Lakbay2Love. Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heusaff and Kit Thompson. (Photos from the movie FB Page)

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