Dennis and Rene Garcia in one of their movie appearances at the height of the Hotdog craze. Photo by parallel_uno on Instagram

The Hotdog album we didn’t expect is here, and it’s an uber cool tribute from Dennis Garcia’s son

Take a bite. By JEROME GOMEZ
ANCX | Jul 29 2020

Paolo Garcia, also known in Manila’s elite circle of music aficionados as Pasta Groove, and perhaps known to many more as the son of Hotdog great Dennis Garcia, just released a tribute to his dad’s music via And it just made our morning. 

The photo that teased about the tribute project: baby Paolo with Dennis Garcia. "I'm 110% sure you would approve of my latest endeavor. A new album and my love letter to you," wrote Paolo. Photo from @ parallel_uno on Instagram

Called Muling Kagat—an obvious nod to his dad and uncle Rene Garcia’s first album as the band Hotdog, Unang Kagat—the collection is composed of nine tracks which opens with a supremely cool remix of the classic “Manila.” According to Paolo, the lineup is a mix of reworked rarities from the Hotdog discography along with tunes his father produced for other artists. Dennis Garcia, Hotdog founder, Manila Sound pioneer, jingle wizard, and artist, passed away January this year. 

The Hotdog with Celeste Legaspi (frontrow left) and Mike Hanopol (frontrow right). Dennis is the one standing. Photo courtesy of Celeste Legaspi.

“I hope you will always remember my father and learn to love these songs as much as the hits,” Paolo said in his Instagram, @parallel_uno.

Muling Kagat is a a breezy, easy, jazzy, brassy trip down memory lane. You know, like, unhurried drives along Dewey Boulevard, pamamasyal sa Luneta, and hanging with the tropa outside a club in 70s era Makati. Except that it’s also unmistakably not retro—it’s Manila Sound of the past and the future and, because Armi Millare sings one of the tracks, “Pandesal sa Umaga,” also of the now. 

A proposed cover art for Muling Kagat, as seen in Paolo Garcia's IG account. Photo from @ parallel_uno

Except, of course, and we don’t know if it was an intention, she’s serving some Ella Del Rosario vibes in “Pandesal” which makes it, of all the tracks in this pre-hard copy, all-for-free release, our “TL” in the whole collection. Wink, wink. In short, lab at pers listen. 


Listen to the album here:


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