Gitarista by Reev Robledo. Illustration by Chester Ocampo.

Title: Gitarista
Author: Reev Robledo
Genre: Historical Fiction
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A bittersweet romance between truth and destiny, Gitarista is a young man’s search for the symphony of his life.

Gitarista is the Filipino Readers’ Choice for Fiction in English in 2014.


 Gitarista Trailer

This historical novel takes place during the rise of cosmopolitan Manila in the 70s. Buildings towered over paved roads, vehicles caused traffic jams, business districts were expanding, and the music and arts scene was a burgeoning form of entertainment and a stark representation of the country’s national identity.

Raised by a single mother in the province, guitar virtuoso Alejandro Sebastian is thrust into the classical music scene when he gets accepted into The Conservatory of Music. With the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) a few months away, eccentric maestro Pablo Rocca trains his gifted protégé to become a guitar grandmaster while Dani, a free-spirited violinist, provides friendship and inspiration.

From Manila’s highbrow venues to its darkest corners, Alejandro’s musical journey will change all he has known and all he has ever wanted to become. A bittersweet romance between truth and destiny, Gitarista is a young man’s search for the symphony of his life.

Below are links to the synopsis and visual guides to help you picture what certain locales looked like, how the music sounded during that time, the clothes they wore, and a whole lot of other things from that decade (the 70s). I have also included a dream cast and a commentary for everyone’s amusement.

WARNING: Except for the synopsis (which gives you a sneak peek of the prelude), there are  spoilers in these posts. Checking them will most definitely ruin several twists in the story. You have been warned!



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