AFTER hard work, Gabbi Garcia had just bought herself a brand-new car. The actress talked about this latest milestone in a YouTube vlog on January 31, 2021. She picked up her brand-new Subaru XV1 with her dad Vince Lopez and boyfriend Khalil Ramos.
In her video, Gabbi talked about the car she chose, "The cars na pinagpilian ko when I got this was a GLA, a Lexus UX. I also considered a CRV and a Forester. But the Subaru XV1 won my heart.
"I feel like kasi this car is just right for my size, for my height. It's just really right for my work, iyong mga pinupuntahan ko, and I find it so sophisticated. And iyong tipong kahit maarte ako, iyong kotse ko may dating."
According to TopGear Philippines' Buyer's Guide, the price of a Subaru XV1 ranges from P1.6 million to P1.98 million. Gabbi said she was able to buy the car because of her latest endorsement, and she named it after the brand, Millie.
Although her family already owns three cars, Gabbi's brand-new car is a more special to her. The Kapuso actress explained, "Nakakuha na ako ng car before, pero kasi it wasn't like a personal car so parang hindi siya ganun ka-sentimental. I got a family car, I got a second-hand car. Iyong unang family car namin nung naging artista ako is still with us. It's technically my sister's already. And then my mom's SUV is also there. And then I have my van, my work van. Actually, iyong van din na yun, katas naman iyon ng Encantadia, but kasi, that one, I was underage. Hindi ko pa siya ganun na-cherish kasi hindi ako part nung process since I was underage, but that was also a big achievement for me."
Gabbi already has a driver's license, but she still needs to pass her dad's driving standards before she can drive the new car on her own. She explained, "Nag-aral din ako sa driving school, as in I passed everything. It's just that my dad, sobrang safety-conscious siya. So he wants me to pass muna sa kanya and it's harder than the actual driving test. As in meron kaming night driving, meron kaming ramp parking, parallel parking, lahat na. So kailangan ipasa ko na lahat iyon, and guess what? Wala pa akong napapasa kahit isa!"
Ebe Dancel, Gloc-9, and Noel Cabangon's contributions to the music industry are recognized by the first SUDI Awards. The three talented musicians were among the country's top musicians who were recently recognized at the SUDI Awards by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Taking its name from an Ilokano adjective that means "illustrious," "renowned," "celebrated," or "famous," the SUDI Awards recognizes the most outstanding achievements of 20 musicians who have defined the past decades.
The winners are divided into two decades: 2000 to 2009 and 2010 to 2020. The winners for the years 2000-2009 are: Prof. Benicio Sokkong; Prof. Carmencita Guanzon Arambulo; 98.7 DZFE-FM “The Master’s Touch”; Mr. Gary Granada; Dr. Grace Nono; Mr. José Iñigo Homer Lacambra Ayala; Loboc Children’s Choir; Prof. Josefino Toledo; Dr. Raul Sunico, and UP Singing Ambassadors.
Meanwhile, the musicians conferred in the years 2010-2020 are: Acapellago; Ateneo Chamber Singers; Mr. Vincent Ferdinand Dancel a.k.a Ebe Dancel; Mr. Gerard Salonga; Mr. Aristotle Pollisco a.k.a Gloc-9; Mr. Jonathan Manalo; Mr. Noel Cabangon; Rak of Aegis; Philippine Madrigal Singers, and The 70’s Bistro Bar.
Eight special citations are given to the following musicians and festivals: Akapela Open; Elements Music Camp; Philpop MusicFest Foundation; Pinoy Playlist Music Festival; Bayanihan Musikahan; Mr. Bob Aves; Prof. Danongan Sibay Kalanduyan, and Route 196.
The awardees were carefully deliberated and selected by the 2020 NCCA SUDI Awards board of jury composed of Bobby Barreiro, Andre Allan Alvarez, Maria Rachelle Gerodias, Francis Reyes, Lutgardo Labad, Christian Bautista, Dr. Felipe De Leon, Jr. Dr. Elena Mirano, Melchor Villena, Dr. Jose Buenconsejo. National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab served as chairman for the awards.
The SUDI Awards was initiated by the technical working group of NCCA, chaired by Mr. Noel Ferrer, under the recommendation of former NCCA chairman and National Artist for Literature Dr. Virgilio Almario. The members of its technical working group were National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, NCCA National Committee on Music head Dr. Felipe de Leon, Jr., Organisasyon Ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit and Philpop executive director Dinah Remolacio, Elements Music Camp founder Twinky Lagdameo, Homonym founder and managing director Mike Constantino, and Filipino world music artist Bayang Barrios.
According to NCCA's website, the SUDI Awards is a National Music award-giving body that “aims to recognize outstanding contributions of Filipino musical works, creators, institutions, and researchers across genres and modes of productions with the highest standard and artistic excellence.”
The name SUDI was proposed by Dr. Felipe M. De Leon, Jr., member of the technical working group and incumbent head of the NCCA National Committee on Music. The awarding ceremony, which will feature melodic and symphonic activities, is set to be streamed over NCCA social media accounts this 2021. NCCA, however, has yet to announce the final date of the ceremony.