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.