Yoyoy Villame

Active - 2004  |   Born - Nov 18, 1932 in Calape, Bohol, Philippine Islands  |   Died - May 18, 2007   |  

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  • Was the youngest son of a fisherman who had a knack for composing songs since his elementary school days.
  • Left high school in his second year and enlisted in the Philippine Army as a soldier-trainee.
  • Worked as a jeep driver for 10 years and later returned to Bohol in 1965 to become a bus driver.
  • Formed a rondalla group with his bus driver mates which caught the eye of the bus company owner who set up the Kinamay Records music studio just for Yoyoy.
  • Composed the anthem Mag-exercise Tayo in 1977 which established him as a national figure after government agencies and public schools adopted it as the official music for their Monday morning exercise.
  • Made his debut in the film Isla Limasawa (1972). But his most notable role came in the 1974 suspense thriller Biktima.
  • Won the Best Novelty Award for Piyesta ng mga Isda at the 1993 Awit Awards.
  • Became the city councilor of Las Pinas City for a period of ten years.