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Apo Hiking Society to hold farewell show in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao

One of the most respected Filipino artist-groups will hold a farewell concert in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao very soon.

The APO Hiking Society, composed of Jim Paredes, Buboy Garovillo and Danny Javier, will hold a farewell show in Cagayan de Oro City on Friday, May 21, 2010, 8PM at the Atrium of the Limketkai Center. The concert, dubbed “Daghang Salamat…Paalam nAPO Cagayan de Oro,” is their last concert as a group.

If you’re a fan not only of the APO but of amazing Filipino talent and artistry at its best, then you must not miss this show.

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The band Peryodiko will be the opening act. Tickets are priced at P2000, 1500, 1000, 700 and 300. This APO Hiking Society farewell concert is for the benefit of the community projects of JCI Kagayhaan Gold.

The APO Hiking Society first gained recognition in 1973 when they gave a farewell concert at the plush Miracle Auditorium in Metro Manila.

Just out of college, the group was the talk of the Ateneo de Manila University and adjoining campuses for their music and humor. Looking back since that “farewell” concert, the APO has waxed 27 record albums, hosted several television shows including their own noontime Sunday show “Sa Lingo nape Silo”, a variety show – which later on evolved to become the noontime daily show “’Sang Lingo nape Silo”, hugely successful major solo concerts and countless provincial, dinner, and corporate shows – even free mall shows. They have performed in over 50 cities in the United States, in Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Bahrain, Honking, Guam, Australia, England, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Japan to bring their Original Pilipino Music (OPM) to Filipinos all over the world.

A group of firsts, in October of 1987, during their annual US tour, the APO became the first Filipino pop artists to perform at the Main Hall of New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall. They also performed at the equally prestigious Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada’s music capital. Both concerts were officially sold out, as well as the other shows held during that particular concert tour. They were also the first Filipino artists to perform in a public concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 1987, they were the first Filipino artist to be recorded on compact disc. And in 1994, they were awarded the first Dangle nag Masking Pilipino by Wait Awards – the Filipino equivalent of the Grammy.

The APO earned international recognition for Jim Parades’ anthem on the bloodless Philippine Revolution of 1986. “Hangdog Ng Pilipino SA Undo” was recorded by 15 Filipino artists in April 1986. A few months later, the English version, “A New and Better Way” was launched in Australia. In February 1987, the first anniversary of the Philippines’ People Power Revolution, the song was released in London, England.

Trying out a language they knew only colloquially, the APO wrote songs in Filipino. In the process, they had to get rid of foreign clichés found in their English compositions like “Spring Days” and “Love under the Moon in June”. The result was a series of pop hits that were distinctly Filipino in mood and outlook like “Mahirap Magmahal Ng Syota Ng Iba”, “Pumapatak Na Naman Ang Ulan”, “Nakapagtataka”, “Salawikain”, and “Doobidoo”.

In the process, the APO Hiking Society became exponents of Original Pilipino Music, a cause they carried even when they wrote in English. “American Junk”, a 1985 novelty number, is a protest against the pervasiveness of American Top 40 music on the local radio.

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