A life beyond existing: OPM icon Danny Javier; 75

The Philippine music industry was dealt a heavy blow on Oct. 31 by the passing of Daniel “Danny” M. Javier, lead singer of APO Hiking Society and one of the country’s most respected hitmakers whose songs have become part of the soundtrack of generations of Filipinos.

In his 41-year career with the iconic group APO Hiking Society, Javier wrote such songs that have since become classics in Filipino pop music, such as “Pumapatak Ang Ulan,” “Pag-ibig,” “Kaibigan,” and “Lumang Tugtugin,” (those four songs from their landmark 1978 album “Pagkatapos ng Palabas”) as well as “Kabilugan ng Buwan,” “Show Me A Smile” “Doo Bidoo,” and “Di Na Natuto,” among many others.

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