MANILA (UPDATED)-- Gary Ignacio, the former vocalist of 90's rock band Alamid, passed away on Friday. He was 49 years old.
The announcement was made by photographer Benjie Cruz on Facebook, saying Ignacio died at 2:50 p.m. at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute due to multiple organ failure and complications brought about by bone cancer.
Ignacio was survived by his wife, Buena, and three children.
The band's hit single "Your Love" propelled them to popularity in the early 1990s. The tune was named Song of the Year at the NU107 Rock Awards in 1995.
The intro of their song "China Eyes" was also used in the ABS-CBN comedy "Palibhasa Lalake."
Aside from Ignacio, Alamid was composed of Dexter Facelo on guitars, Gene Mitra on keyboards, Thalie Facelo on bass, and Jex Herradura on drums.
Ignacio was also an active member of non-profit organization Dakila, which paid tribute to the singer in a Facebook post.
Aside from being a co-founder of the Malabon Musicians Alliance, Ignacio, together with Dakila, conducted the Climate School Malabon. The program aimed to educate the youth on climate change and environment protection through music and art.
According to Dakila, the late singer also organized the annual Bazurock Concert, which called for a "plastic-free" Malabon.
"Gary is a talented musician, a passionate advocate, and a dedicated family man. He will surely be missed," the group said.