Fans and critics alike celebrated the film “I Do Bidoo”, a movie musical that featured some of the classic OPM hits of the Apo Hiking Society. The response of the audience to the film and to the Apo’s music proved that the musical trio’s legacy is timeless. Moviegoers, both young and old, enjoyed the Apo’s music even in today’s era of hip hop and Korean Pop.
Even though the Apo Hiking Society formally announced their retirement in 2009—and made a final series of concerts the following year—their music remains as fresh and relevant as ever: expressing Filipino romance, optimism, and light-heartedness as beautifully today as when their music first took to the airwaves.
Popularly known as the APO Hiking Society, the group’s original name was the Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society. They formed as a group back in 1969 with thirteen members, all students of the Ateneo de Manila High School.
The group’s name was created from the acronym AMHS, representing their school with a witty twist by making a reference to the sublime paralytic of the Philippine revolution, Apolinario Mabini.
It was only when the group’s membership was pared down to just three—Jim Paredes, Boboy Garovillo, and Danny Javier—that the group became a best-selling act and, later on, part of the history of Original Pilipino Music.
Even though the APO is no more, they left an indelible legacy in the history of Filipino music: in the span of their professional career, APO was able to produce 27 best-selling albums, and recorded more than 40 hit songs. A few of their hits were "Batang-Bata Ka Pa," "Blue Jeans," "Ewan," "Kaibigan," "Pumapatak ang Ulan,"at "Yakap sa Dilim.”
Life after APO
After the Apo retired as a group, each member went his own way. Danny Javier got a role in a TV drama, but then battled several serious illnesses that almost took his life. Luckily, he survived. Boboy Garovillo has also turned to acting and has been cast in several TV shows.
As for Jim Paredes, he is enjoying life as an inspirational writer, motivational speaker and radio host. He has authored several books. He’s still very much the songwriter though, although as he admits, his songwriting days as part of the Apo are likely over. His songwriting is now a solo effort.
“We are not writing songs together anymore. And to anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening,” Jim says.
Along with a healthy diet and exercise, Jim takes Centrum Silver everyday, complete with all the vitamins and minerals his body needs --from A to Zinc -- and very ideal for individuals in their golden years.
Without APO now, Jim found himself with so much time on his hands. He decided to be productive and continue being creative in other ways. He is now with The Philippine Star as a columnist of “Humming In My Universe” and also hosts Radio Republic's “Past Forward”, which made its debut last May of this year.
The disbanding of APO is certainly not a retirement for Jim. He is now a solo recording and concert artist. He even has a solo concert coming this October at the Resorts World in Pasay City.
With still the many commitments and various pressures he is facing, Jim needs to be physically and emotionally healthy to continue performing at his best. He says that he relies on complete nutrition to live life to the fullest. He attests to the importance of good nutrition for living a full and healthy life.
“There is a price for abusing your body with bad nutrition, too many late nights, or never outgrowing bad habits. All these speed up physical aging,” he wrote in “In Praise of Aging,” an article that he published online.
This is why, along with a healthy diet and exercise, taking a vitamin-mineral supplement is important. Centrum Silver is ideal for those who wish to live a full life, especially in the golden years and beyond. Centrum Silver is specially formulated with all the vitamins and minerals that is needed by adults 50 and up.
Even without APO now, Jim is still very much productive and continues being creative in other ways. He is also into photography apart from composing songs, writing for a national daily, and hosting a radio program.
And even as Jim admits that he is no longer young as far as years go, he believes that it is not the end of his productivity and fulfillment.
“While to many people, aging is a signal that one must begin to slow down, I just can’t see myself ever retiring. I can’t see myself (as of now) as someone who will deliberately miss out on what life may still throw my way. I know that my body may be too old to climb Mount Everest (although I still dream of doing it even a quarter of the way), but I subscribe to the saying that one is only as old as one feels,” he said.
Jim maintains a healthy lifestyle not just by eating a balanced diet but also through regular exercise at the gym.
For Jim, getting optimal nutrition is very important at his age. This helps him get the energy and stamina he needs, whether he’s painting, writing, creating music or spending time with his family
Jim is really an inspiration for us all: life is indeed what we make of it, at any age—we just need to always stay hopeful, curious, creative, and open to life’s possibilities.