Posted on Tuesday, 15 July 2014
14 July 2014. On Saturday, 12 July 2014, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Antonio A. Morales was joined by other representatives of the Philippine Embassy and an audience composed of members of the Filipino community and locals in Singapore in a night of nostalgic music by Jim Paredes and Boboy Garovillo of the famed Apo Hiking Society at the Lee Foundation Theatre.
The live one-night performance in Singapore, dubbed “Jim and Boboy celebrate 45 years of APOMusic”, was sponsored by the Philippine Property Expo, Lechon Nation and Inasal. OFW Pinoy Star and 9×9 Productions were the official media partners. Singapore-based Filipino group, “The Psalmideo Chorale”, presented the front act.
The Apo Hiking Society has officially retired in 2010 but it remains widely popular particularly among Filipinos in the Philippines and abroad who literally grew up with its songs.
For over four decades, the group has produced a total of 27 albums including huge hits and has performed in many parts of the world. The group is also recognized for spearheading the promotion of the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) movement.
The group’s longevity, brand of music and success has made Apo Hiking Society an inspiration to many musical bands in the Philippines. It has the distinction of being the first Filipino band to perform in an open concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Antonio A. Morales (3rd from left) with Jim Paredes and Boboy Garovillo after the duo’s performance at the Lee Foundation Theatre, Singapore, to celebrate 45 years of APO music on 12 July 2014. Also in photo, from left to right, Consul Mersole J. Mellejor, Consul Jay Anthony Reyes and Philippine Commercial Counsellor Glenn Peñaranda.