ON-AIR: #RomanceClass Podcast, Part 2

Get ready for the feels again! The #romanceclass podcast has two new episodes up, and it features Kristel S. Villar’s Blast from Two Pasts, and Jay E. Tria’s Songs of Our Breakup. Just like the previous episodes, the excerpts are interpreted by theatre actors Gio Gahol and Rachel Coates.

Blast from Two Pasts by Kristel S. Villar


Fate’s been playing tricks on Cara Nicolas lately. She agrees to go on a blind date with her best friend’s fiancé’s cousin, only to discover that the guy is her first love from high school, Lucas Lobregat. Now that would have been a charming story, except that the date turns out to be one of the worst ever. And they can’t even pretend it never happened, because they’re both suddenly part of the wedding preparations.

Just as she is starting to get to know more about the boy she used to love, Oliver Sta. Maria, an old flame who owes her some closure, surprisingly shows up. With two pasts resurfacing, which will Cara choose to rekindle? Or can she have the chance to choose at all?

Blast from Two Pasts is available on Amazon, and print copies may be ordered directly through the author.

Click on the Read More button for episode #4 and links to subscribe and purchase the entire first season of this podcast. Warning: Episode #4 has rain, wet shirts, and abs. 😛

Songs of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria


Every breakup has its playlist.

How do you get over a seven-year relationship? 21-year-old Jill is trying to find out. But moving on is a harder job when Kim, her ex-boyfriend, is the lead guitarist of the band, and Jill is the vocalist. Every song they play together feels like slicing open a barely healed tattoo.

Jill’s best friend Miki says she will be out of this gloom soon. Breakups have a probation period, he says. Jill is on the last month of hers and Miki is patiently keeping her company.

But the real silver lining is Shinta. Having a hot Japanese actor friend in times like these is a welcome distraction. This gorgeous celebrity has been defying time zones and distance through the years to be there for Jill. Now he is here, physically present, and together he and Jill go through old lyrics, vivid memories, walks in the rain, and bottles of beer. Together they try to answer the question: what do you do when forever ends?

You may purchase Songs of Our Breakup via Amazon, or directly through the author for print copies. Click here for my review of this book.

Incidentally, both books (as well as other #romanceclass titles) are also available at UniqubePH, found at the third floor of the University Mall in Taft Avenue (near DLSU Manila).

The #RomanceClass Podcast is produced by Tania Arpa and Mina V. Esguerra. They may be reached via tania@taniaarpa.com and minavesguerra@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast or purchase all ten episodes of the first season!

Theatre actors Gio Gahol and Rachel Coates may be contacted via their linked Facebook pages.

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