Before all your favorite indie bands came to the spotlight, there was APO Hiking Society. Originally Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society—the name was a witty stance to the historical figure that is Mabini, who had his legs paralysed due to polio.
The group was such a hit in the 1970s until late 1990s, with famous OPM tracks you probably wouldn’t think was theirs. It’s safe to say that they were one of the reasons why that decade was the so-called golden era of OPM.
With original 15 members, only Jim Paredes, Danny Javier, and Boboy Garrovillo continued the band, leaving nothing but legacy in the history of Filipino music.
APO Hiking Society and Filipino Music
For those of you who were shookt when you heard your parents singing to some OPM songs, our favorite bands in the mid 2000s produced a tribute album Kami nAPO Muna!, creating unique renditions of APO classics. These bands include Eraserheads, Rivermaya, Moonstar88, Imago, Orange and Lemons, Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sandwich, Sugarfree, Itchyworms, Sponge Cola, Rocksteddy, Silent Sanctuary, Up Dharma Down, and so much more.
You could say that they millennial-ized these songs very well:
But that’s not all of it—APO songs were also included in various films like I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila! and TV shows, reassuring us that we’re gifted with timeless music.
Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!
APO pulls us back in time with their upcoming show on August 3 to 26—a musical titled “Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!” at the Maybank Performing Arts Center in Taguig. It’s set in the 70s, with a story of a college barkada who has gone through all the heartaches and problems together. Whilst it’s in a relatively old timeframe, we can expect relatable lines and scenarios that are still applicable to date.
Following are the ticket prices:
Zone A: P3500
Zone B: P3000
Zone C: P2200
Zone D: P1500
The trio only took two weeks to write the story, with a promise of 15 APO songs including Panalangin, Bawat Bata, Doo Bidoo, Blue Jeans, Batang-Bata Ka Pa, and Pumapatak na Naman ang Ulan. We can also expect some political themes as the country was under Martial Law in the 1970s.
For so many times, they tried exiting the music industry, bidding farewells and last times, but they can’t help but keep coming back. That, my friend, is the power of music.