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JUST A THOUGHT: ‘One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.’ – Bob Marley

‘Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!’ cast and creative team (mb.com.ph)

‘Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!’ cast and creative team

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ONE MAN DOWN: They may be one member less, giving the impression that they have disbanded for good. Yet, The Apo continues to play the music, the theme songs of our lives, the public has always loved them for.

With the permanent (!) exit of Apo stalwart Danny Javier, Jim Paredes tells us he and Boboy Garovillo continue to accept gigs here and abroad, with a difference.

They invite a third party to join them on stage, such as Noel Cabangon, at a recent gig.

‘’It was so much fun both for us and the audience,” Paredes says in a recent interview in line with a musical based on the timeless songs of the Apo.

Jim says they respect Danny’s decision to leave the group but doesn’t want to elaborate. Heard that Danny is engaged in agri – business, among other concerns.

Jim denies any bad blood between them. He held back when asked if there’s a possibility of an Apo reunion in the near future. ‘’Only time can tell,” he says.

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APO SONGS COME ALIVE: Meanwhile, our favorite Apo tunes take on a life of their own in a new musical staged by 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live, now running until Aug. 26 at the Maybank Performing Arts Center in Taguig.

The Apo musical comes close on the heels of similar musical plays based on the discography of famous OPM bands, such as Aegis (“Rak Of Aegis”) and Eraserheads (“Sa Wakas”).

Some 15 Apo songs spanning four decades have been tied together to tell a coming-of-age story set in the 1970s and top billed by “West End” actor Mark Bautista (“Here Lies Love”).

“Eto Na” is described as a romantic comedy about seven college friends who enter a songwriting and singing contest. They experience bumps along the way, not to mention a lot of heartaches.

In a way, says Apo Boboy Garovillo, the story is not far detached from being autobiographical. The Apo Hiking Society started as a 15-man singing group from Ateneo de Manila High School.

Among the songs featured in the musical are “Bawat Bata,” “Doo Bidoo,” “Blue Jeans,” “Batang-Bata Ka Pa,” “Pumapatak na Naman Ang Ulan,” “Awit Ng Barkada,” and “Panalangin.”

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