APO Hiking Society has finally decided to disband after 40 years of unforgettable music. The news broke out during the press conference for their Valentine concert this Februrary 13 at the SMX Convention Center. It's been their plan do stop doing stuff as APO last year but they think it was timely to do it in their 40th year as a group. According to Buboy Garovillo, the creative process doesn't come with age. They've been struggling to get their thing together these past years. All of them expressed their interest in different fields and not just focused on their music, since they've been doing it for the longest time.áTheir valentine concert is everybody's last chance to see the trio together. Jim Paredes said in his Tumblr account that they promise to give the people the best shows in their final gigs as a group.
But this is only a goodbye to the well-loved trio. They'll still be doing their own work, business, and of course music for some of the members. They'll push through until May because they endorse presidential candidate NoyNoy Aquino. The Last Valentines nAPO will be the last grand performance of the group and they are inviting everyone touched by their music to come out and join them for their last performance as APO Hiking Society.
Their friendship and music spanned since their days at Ateneo de Manila University in 1969. They have produced a number of hits that are truly Filipino and nationalistic like Handog Ng Pilipino Sa Mundo for the People Power Revolution in 1986 and used for Former President Cory Aquino's funeral last August 1, 2009. MYX had a tribute cd for the trio entitled Kami nAPO Muna and Kami nAPO Muna Ulit that featured covers of their hit songs by some of the most sought after OPM artists that time. They were also awarded a MYX Magna Award during the 2007 MYX Music Awards in recognition to their contribution to the Filipino Music Industry.
APO Hiking Society image credit from www.apohikingsociety.org