Original, timeless songs of APO Hiking Society are still a crowd-drawer


Posted at Oct 01 2008 10:43 AM | Updated as of Oct 01 2008 07:56 PM

Thirty nine years of doing Original Pilipino Music (OPM) together, trio Jim Paredes, Boboy Garovillo and Danny Javier of the famed APO Hiking Society have no plans of slowing down. 
While most of the contemporaries of APO might have faded away, young bands have collaborated together to come up with an album, “Kami Na Po Muna,” to give tribute to APO’s music. 
The packed September 20 concert titled “APO of the Philippines” at the Araneta Coliseum also proved that original and timeless songs are the most effective crowd-drawers - more than the hype.  
Javier, Garovillo and Paredes said they owe the group’s success to years of sacrifice and coming up with original materials.  
“Write your own stuff. Makikilala kayo kung may sarili kayong material, otherwise kopya lang,” Paredes said in an interview recently on ABS-CBN’s “Umagang Kay Ganda.” 
Javier had the same view. “Be original. Kung ano ka, ‘yon ang i-cultivate mo.” 
Garovilla, meanwhile, said: “You have to sacrifice yourself for the group all the time.” 
Paredes said APO’s concert at the Big Dome was one of the group’s most memorable performances. 
“It was the first time we did Araneta. It was packed and we really just had a great time, three-hour show nonstop, it was great,” Paredes said.  
Beyond of the fact that Paredes was born in Luzon, Javier in the Visayas, and Garovillo in Mindanao, Paredes believed that they have stayed united for 39 years, and counting, because of their bond and love for music.  
“It was real friendship na nag-develop talaga, and talagang we got together to do something bigger than any of us. We wanted to create contemporary music,” Paredes said. 
Asked if they ever got tired of each other, Garovillo said: “We’ve been together 39 years na, ‘yong mga bahay namin really as far apart as possible.” 
APO will stage three shows in the United States next month. 
See them live at Sycuan Casino in San Diego, California on October 3;   Morongo Casino in Cabazon, California on October 11; and Oceanview Pavilion in Oxnar, California on October 12.