APO makes my mornings brighter!


The minute I reach the office and switch my system on, I am in the company of Buboy, Danny, and Jim. Nope, they are not my colleagues! They are the people who brighten my usually “lazy” mornings! When they start belting out their hits like Batang-bata ka pa, Awit ng Barkada, Bue Jeans, Love is for Singing, and Pumapatak na naman ang Ulan … my real day begins and I come into my element! There is nothing like music to bring LIFE to life. Ok, maybe it’s because I am missing home a bit, but it’s mostly because there is nothing like Original Pilipino Music. Feel na feel, walang kapares!

There are of course many other Filipino artists who I listen to, but somehow, Apo is my all all-time favorite. For me, their songs are timeless, relevant to many. I listen to them while driving, I listen to them while working, I listen to them while cooking, I listen to them while I clean the house, I listen to them when I rest … so, practically I listen to them every waking hours!

The Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society, later popularly known as APO Hiking Society, or simply APO, was a Filipino musical group. The group had its fledgling beginnings in 1969 at the Ateneo de Manila high school, with 15 members. The group’s name was created from the acronym AMHS representing their school with a witty twist having an irreverent reference to the paralyzed Philippine revolutionary intellectual and hero, Apolinario Mabini, and later shortened to “Apo”, an Ilocano term for a wise man or a Tagalog term of grandchildren, and later re-branded to “APO” (all caps). After graduation, the majority of its members left to pursue individual careers, with only three members remaining, made up of Jim Paredes, Boboy Garovillo, and Danny Javier.

I remember my high school days when I would make sure my Sundays are free to watch Sa Lingo nAPO sila, a show hosted by the Apo Hiking Society. There they sing their latest hits while jamming with other artists, young and old. One thing I like about these three is their ability to blend to any sound. Their ensemble consists of all genre that appeals to all ages making them the most versatile singing group of all time.

I am sure new singing groups have emerged (I am not very familiar with the music scene in Pinas in the recent times), and I am also sure they are as good, if not better, than Apo. But Apo will forever be my favorite.