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:
(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???)