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I was intending to write a blog about the sexiest man alive when I saw Mellowpuma's "Those where different times, #90" blog.

OH MY FREAKIN' DICKENS!!! It's Yoyoy Villame!!!!

Now, I have to write about him . . . and I have to write it now because I want to follow Mellowpuma's blog =)

First of, Filipinos have a knack of naming their kids with funny sounding names like Jhun-jhun . . . Jenjen . . . Bhoy . . . Yoyoy! Somehow it's an expression of affection to the little ones.

Yoyoy Villame was a Filipino composer, singer, lyricist and a comedian. He started writing songs and singing them at a very young age. His style in music uses blended Filipino folk melodies, pop tunes and nursery ryhmes and added witty lyrics in Tagalog, Cebuano and English ~ undoubtedly this combination led him to stardom . . . well, at least in 7,100 islands of the Philippines (when it's high tide)

I remember in the late 70's (when I was in 1st grade), Yoyoy's "Mag-exercise tayo tuwing umaga" (translation: "Let's exercise evey morning") was incorporated in our morning rituals in school. We have to sing the national anthem . . . recite the pledge of allegiance . . . and then this song is played throughout the school:

Mag-exercise tayo tuwing umaga

(I thought I can upload/embed videos in a blog ~ I guess not!)

Of course I learned and got interested in Philippine history when his song Magellan came out. Who wouldn't??? Magellan got whacked by Lapu-lapu . . . with this song, I was able to correctly answer at least one of the questions in my Philippine History exam!

Eventually, Yoyoy made movies . . . "Barok" is one of them; hence "YOYOY IS BAROK". If the U.S.A. has "Tarzan," the Philippines has Barok , King of the boondocks! ~ Oh my, this show is one of the funniest at that time. Who will not laugh? Just seeing Yoyoy's "GUMmy" smile will surely make you giggle.

Unfortunately, Roman "Yoyoy" Villame died in 2007 of a heart attack. He was one hilarious guy that will be remembered by many Filipinos in the coming years.

Thank you for reading. And thanks Mellowpuma for reminding me of Yoyoy (no matter how unintentional it was ~ or was it???)


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Comment by Codename: Spydergirl on November 19, 2010 at 7:09pm
RE: "no matter how unintentional it was ~ or was it???" . . . I was trying my Craig Ferguson's funny sarcasm . . . I guess it did not work =(
Comment by Codename: Spydergirl on November 19, 2010 at 7:07pm
Mellowpuma ~ I was glad that you found that piece of memorabilia. I had fun writing and remembering things when we were younger . . . when I was younger back in the Philippines.

I was looking at movie posters of Philippine movies back in the 50's; the absurdities then were truly hilarious now.

"Goatbuster: Sa Templo ni Dune" is a spoof of Ghostbusters and Raiders of the Lost ark: Temple of Doom. Unfortunately I was not able to enjoy this movie! I'm sure it was funny since it's starred by none other than Dolphy (Philippines' King of Comedians)
Comment by mellowpuma on November 19, 2010 at 6:04pm
I enjoy the absurdity of arranged image photography, which was much more popular during the 50 - 70's. Record covers are the best example of this school of art. Yes, occasionaly record covers are absurd, do to the examples of social morays and freudian crazy stuff that looks much different when looked at decades years later. But sometimes, they were just absurd in the first place, and we can enjoy them in the spirit of mirth in which they were originally intended. Sarcasm was not invented 5 years ago.

I mean no disrespect to Mr. Roman "Yoyoy" Villame , in serving his record cover "up to the lions" so to speak. He was an entertainer, the original intent of the record cover was to entertain, which is the stuff we do with it and such.
"Goatbusters" sounds like an awesome movie, in fact it almost sounds like some of the stuff we post on this site here on the internets.
Comment by Shag on November 19, 2010 at 4:27pm
I was in the Philippines several times in the early '80's, and it seems to me, that I have heard of Yoyoy. If I am not mistaken, (maybe I am), he was in a movie called "Goatbusters". It was a parody making fun of the American movie "Ghostbusters". When I went to the theater, (with my friends in Quezon City), I didn't understand it because it was written in Tagalog. We did puff a bit of "pacololo" before we went in, so it wasn't a total loss. The next night, we went to see "Kool & The Gang" in Quezon. Filipinos were crazy about them, and oh yeah, basketball too!
Comment by PHUKUHP on November 19, 2010 at 3:25pm
this guy got no teeth
Comment by theDIRTYmidget.© on November 19, 2010 at 3:07am
COOL !!!!!

I’d left this for mellowpuma before I saw your comment to him.


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