MANILA, Philippines- Presidential frontrunner Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III took a breather on Saturday to attend the finale concert of the APO Hiking Society at the Music Museum.
He was accompanied by his girlfriend, Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad.
Aquino, a self-confessed APO fan, admitted that he is an avid follower of APO’s Jim Paredes, Buboy Garrovillo and Danny Javier. He said he admires them not only for their musical talent but also for being vocal defenders of democracy.
During the martial law era, the group used their music as a vehicle of active protest.
The trio, who supported Aquino's bid for the presidency, said they would continue to express their views as necessary even in the incoming administration.
It was in January of this year when APO announced that it was bidding farewell to the music scene, citing "diminishing creative process" of the group. It also took note of the fact that its last 5 albums were unsuccessful.
According to Wikipedia, APO has made 27 record albums, hosted several television shows, including their own noontime Sunday show "Sa Linggo nAPO Sila," and launched hugely successful major solo concerts and countless provincial, dinner, and corporate shows.
The group has performed in over 50 cities in the United States, Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Japan.
The legendary trio was also behind the all time favorite songs “Batang-bata Ka Pa,” “Kabilugan ng Buwan,” “Di Na Natuto,” “Awit ng Barkada,” “When I Met You,” and “Pumapatak Na Naman ang Ulan.”
Aside from Aquino and Soledad, couples Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo and Agot Isidro and Manu Sandejas were spotted in the venue. Kuh Ledesma went with her daughter Isabelle.
Prior to the APO concert, Aquino, Soledad and Kris Aquino-Yap took time out to watch the special screening of the indie-documentary "Noy."
The film talks about the challenges faced by a young reporter also named Noy while covering the winning presidential candidate's campaign sorties. The role was played by actor Coco Martin.
The indie-docu is scheduled to run in cinemas on June 2nd. –Report from ANC