February 9, 2023

Filipino Guardian

Sentinels of Filipino Free Press

Danny Javier from the APO Hiking Society releases a final OPM song

APO Wandering Company: Boboy Garrovillo, Danny Javier and Jim Paredes – BW FILE PHOTO

THE MAN who coined the phrase Original Pilipino Music or OPM left the world one last song before he died.

The day after singer-songwriter and APO Hiking Society member Daniel “Danny” Morales Javier died on October 31 of “complications resulting from his protracted illness,” composer and arranger Lorrie Ilustre released Javier’s last song he recorded had composed and sung from his sickbed.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Ilustre wrote, “Danny left a special gift for you all!”

“Last year he called me and said he was ill. I visited him right away. We were together all day and talked about everything from our past to the present. Despite several illnesses, he has maintained a positive attitude to life,” explains the arranger, who is a friend of the singer.

“DANNY JAVIER, a man fully aware of his mortality, expressed himself in the music with humorous lyrics. Singing in a way only he could deliver, he sang his own farewell ahead of its time. The man who shaped ORIGINAL PILIPINO MUSIC (OPM) left us this song “LAHAT TAYO”. He wanted to share this with all of you – family, friends and loyal fans,” Mr. Ilustre wrote in his post sharing the song.

Mr. Javier had previously roughly sung the song on his Facebook page. Mr. Ilustre then set the song to music and arranged it with Mr. Javier’s original vocals. “The nurse played the music to Danny and he nodded to confirm it was ok. That’s good enough for me,” wrote Mr. Ilustre.

“I know Danny’s writing style and ideas, so I just had to make this musical arrangement that he can take with him on his journey home. I took his vocals from his FB post and recorded them. I dubbed his video with audio. I only changed one note and rearranged the song structure, but left everything as he would have liked,” said Mr. Illustre.

The video for the song is available on YouTube.

“In life as in his death, our pop never stopped fighting for what he loved, believed in and was passionate about. He left this world with his passion and willpower and we know he wouldn’t have it any other way,” Javier’s daughter Justine Javier Long wrote in a Facebook post.

In 2020, Mr Javier wrote in a Facebook post that he had “underlying health concerns relating to my heart, lungs and kidneys”.

Mr. Javier, Boboy Garrovillo and Jim Paredes were the three members of the APO Hiking Society who rose to fame in the early 1970s. Mr. Javier coined the term Original Pilipino Music, or OPM, in the mid-1970s, and the group were among its proponents, who focused on native music. As a songwriter and singer, Mr. Javier composed a number of APO hits including “Show Me a Smile”, “Pumapatak ang Ulan”, “Kaibigan”, “Doo bidoo”, “Blue Jeans” and “Di Na Natuto”. ‘, ‘Awit ng Barkada’ and ‘Lumang Tugtugin’. After providing the soundtrack for a generation, they retired as a group in 2009.

Born on August 6, 1947 in Abuyog, Leyte, he attended San Beda University and Ateneo de Manila University, where, along with Mr. Paredes and Mr. Garrovillo and 13 others, he wrote the original version of APO, the Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society, joined in 1969.

Tributes from members of the music and entertainment industry flooded social media when the news broke.

APO’s Mr. Garrovillo quoted one of the group’s songs, “Show Me a Smile,” when he wrote, “I just feel the loss of an old friend who knew love even though sometimes it just doesn’t show. My friend lives on in his music.”

Singer and actress Zsa Zsa Padilla wrote: “I am saddened by the passing of Danny Javier of Apo Hiking Society. Rest in peace Danny.”

“Rest in peace Tito Danny Javier. Thank you for all your beautiful music,” singer-actress Lea Salonga wrote on Facebook.

“The Company extends its deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Danny Javier. Big hugs to Jim Paredes and Boboy Garrovillo. The APO helps make OPM what it is now. Her legacy is cemented for eternity. Thanks for everything Danny,” wrote the four-piece vocal group The CompanY.

“Maraming Salamat po. Ramdam na ramdam namin ang pagmamahal ninyong lahat para sa kanya (Thank you. We feel all the love you have for him),” the late singer’s daughter concluded in her post, quoting a line from “Awit ng Barkada”: “Sa lungkot at ligaya, hirap at ginhawa, kami’y kasama mo (Through sadness and joy, richer or poorer, we are with you).” — CARDS