Sunday, September 21, 2008

September 21, 1972

A little ditty I used as a mnemonic device back in grade school:

September twenty-one, nineteen seventy two-oooo!
President Marcos declared the Martial L-ooooo!
The people were afraid because of the cur-few
And that was the beginning: uli na'g sayo...

The song was attributed to the late Yoyoy Villame. It's sung roughly to the tune of his Magellan.

I didn't realize until checking his Wikipedia entry that Yoyoy only died last year. He was an integral part of growing up in the provinces back in the 1970s. An excerpt:

Before getting his break in the music industry, Villame was at one point a jeepney driver and at another, an army draftee who fought in the government’s anti-insurgency campaign in Central Luzon. He went back to Bohol to become a bus driver, and there he formed a rondalla combo with his fellow bus drivers as band mates. The owner of the bus company took notice of Villame’s efforts, setting up a music studio named Kinamay Records just for him. Villame's first recording was in 1972 and entitled Magellan. It was the beginning of a long list of albums and recordings of his politically inspired songs in Sugboanon, Tagalog and English.


  1. Doms,
    Ako ni gi-copy sa ako blog, ha... kay nalingaw ko ani. Salamat au.

  2. He he, sure thing, Ness. Glad you had fun with it. I only wish it were longer.