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We will miss you, Yoyoy Villame (thank you for the music)
« on: May 21, 2007, 08:19:08 PM »
By Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer



MANILA, Philippines
-- Novelty singer and comedian Roman “Yoyoy” Villame died Friday afternoon of an apparent heart attack, some five hours after being rushed to the Las Piñas Medical Center complaining of chest pains, hospital staff and family members said.

Dr Joel Santos, who worked the morning shift, administered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on Villame shortly after he was helped into the hospital’s emergency room around 9 a.m. He was pronounced dead due to cardio-pulmonary arrest.

Born in 1938, Villame was a former jeepney (minibus) and bus driver from the island province of Bohol and is best known for his comedic antics, as well as his Tagalog and Visayan novelty songs.

One of his songs, the popular “Mag-exercise Tayo,” hit the charts in 1977. He also composed the cutesy tongue twister "Butse Kik."

His first recording entitled Magellan (1972), “was the beginning of a long span of albums and recordings of Yoyoy’s humorous yet politically relevant songs in Visayan, Tagalog and English that was uniquely his own style,” said the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit in its Online Registry of Filipino Musical Artists.

Dubbed "The Novelty King," Villame recorded more than 40 albums in his career as a singer.

He also starred in several movies during the 1970s, including "Biktima" and "Limasawa". Villame last starred in the critically-acclaimed movie "Ang Babae sa Breakwater."

His nephew, Bernard Villame, recalled his uncle as a very generous fellow who helped him and his children in dire times.

"He gave Jeffrey, one of my sons, a tricycle because my son worked for him as a driver," Bernard said.

His nephew also used to work on Villame’s staff when he was still a city councilor. "Every time I needed assistance, he gave it," Bernard said in Filipino.

Villame was a former councilor of Las Piñas City, having been elected in 1988. His nephew, Bernard Villame, said his uncle served for 10 years as councilor. He ran in 1995 as vice mayor but lost.

"He planned to ran again as councilor this year, but he backed out," Bernard told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, parent company of INQUIRER.net.

Bernard said his uncle was a funny man even off-stage. During parties, he would sing and poke fun at himself -- "up to the point of making visitors pee in their pants from laughter."

At the time of his death, Villame lived at the Doña Josefa Subdivision in Pilar Village, Las Piñas City.

He is survived by his children Hannah, who is also a singer; Apple, Olivia, Roman Jr., Lillian and John.

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2008, 11:04:15 AM »
Yoyoy Villame is my husband's favorite Filipino singer that's why Pinoys we've met in parties call him Yoyoy! At one time, he was singing Yoyoy's Philipine Geography song while looking at the map. :D
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2010, 03:22:43 PM »



No doubt, that Yoyoy is a great artist not only in acting but also in music industry. Every Filipino, laugh every time we view him in the television, and every time we hear his songs. And no one don't know about him. Many people admire him. 

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