JOEY AYALA

SINGER | SONG WRITER

Jose Iñigo Homer Lacambra Ayala was born on June 1, 1956, Camp Philips (now M. Fortich), Bukidnon, Mindanao, the first of six children of literary-visual artists Jose V. Ayala, Jr. (b. 1932 –d. 2002) and Tita Lacambra-Ayala (b. 1931). Joe and Tita.

Less than a year after Joey’s birth the family moved to Los Baños, Laguna. Second son David, was born here. This is also where Joey, at around 2 or 3 years old, first meets a guitar – a Silvertone acoustic his father had bought from a home-bound American expat. One of Joey’s earliest memories is that of dancing to his father’s strumming. Daddy Joe never played again, at least not in Joey’s presence, perhaps in an attempt not to encourage the pursuit of what was considered then a non-employable skill.

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1304, 2016

BAGONG KOTSE

Bahala nang mabagal pa sa bisikleta Bahala nang nauna pa yung naglalakad Bahala nang walang ma-parkingan sa bahay Gusto ko ng bagong kotse Bahala nang magkautang-utang panghabambuhay [...]

1204, 2016

PA-GOOD BOY

May mamang dumating sa aming opisina May inabot na supot na’ng nilalaman ay kuwarta Tanong ko “s’an ‘to galing, at para po saan” Sagot niya “wag ka [...]

1204, 2016

On “neo-ethnic”

(Written as an introduction to Agnes Locsin’s book on neo-ethnic dance) INTRODUCTION: how to describe a flow Mea culpa  Agnes Locsin asked me to write this introduction [...]

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