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Freddie Aguilar
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Aguilar in Tondo, Manila, Philippines, 1988
Background information
Birth name Ferdinand Pascual Aguilar
Also known as Ka Freddie, Abdul Farid
Born (1953-02-05) February 5, 1953 (age 61)
Origin Ilagan, Isabela, Philippines
Genres Folk, Manila Sound, OPM
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1976–present
Labels Vicor/Sunshine, RCA
Associated acts Watawat Band
Website freddieanakaguilar.com
Notable instruments
Acoustic guitar

Ferdinand Pascual Aguilar (born February 5, 1953), better known as Freddie Aguilar or Ka Freddie Aguilar, is a folk musician from the Philippines. He is best known for his rendition of "Bayan Ko", which became the anthem for the opposition to the Marcos regime during the 1986 People Power Revolution,[1] and for his song "Anak", the best-selling Philippine music record of all time.[2] He is heavily associated with Pinoy rock.[3]

He is well known internationally, and within the Philippines and Asia-Pacific region, claiming fame as one of the best musician-songwriters of the Philippines.

Life and career[edit]

Freddie Aguilar studied Electrical Engineering at De Guzman Institute of Technology but did not finish the degree program. Instead he pursued music, became a street musician, and then a folk club and bar musician.[4]

Political activism[edit]

Five years after the composition of "Anak", Freddie Aguilar joined protests against the Marcos regime and began writing and performing songs that criticized the excesses of the government.[5] Some of the songs that caused him to be banned from mainstream media include: "Kata-rungan" or "Justice" (speaking for the unjustly accused), "Pangako" ("Promise") (a leader's unfulfilled pledges to an abandoned people), and "Luzvi-minda" (an acronym for Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, calling on Filipinos to wake up to the reality of oppression). One of the songs he was most remembered for during that time was his interpretation of "Bayan Ko" ("My Country"), in which he added a verse to the original piece.[6]

"Bayan Ko" (My Country)[edit]

In 1978, Aguilar first recorded "Bayan Ko" in a patriotic effort to, in his words, “jolt back those who were starting to forget who we really are.”[5] The song was originally composed in 1928 by Constancio de Guzman, with lyrics by poet Jose Corazon de Jesus, during a time of struggle for Philippine independence from US occupation.[7] It emerged once again during the Marcos regime as the unofficial anthem of the emergent "people" of "People Power", the new democratic nation opposed to authoritarianism that is widely credited with the deposing of Ferdinand Marcos.[5] In 1983, the assassination of Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino triggered massive demonstrations against the Marcos dictatorship, and Aguilar’s rendition of "Bayan Ko" was blared on the radio and speakers mounted on jeepneys throughout the streets of Manila and the provinces of the Philippines. Aguilar, along with APO Hiking Society and other Pinoy pop musicians who took a stand against dictatorship, joined other protest singers in music and street performances as part of the anti-Marcos rallies.[7]

A few years later, Aguilar campaigned for the presidential candidacy of Corazon Aquino in the national election that would lead to the 1986 revolt.[5]

International acclaim[edit]

Freddie Aguilar's "Anak" not only broke the Philippine record charts in 1979, but it also hit the no. 1 spot in Japan and achieved considerable popularity in other countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and parts of Western Europe.[5] The song has become so famous that, by some counts, it has been recorded in as many as a hundred versions in 23 languages throughout the world.[8] Billboard reported that the song was the number two world hit of the 1980s. As of 2006, it was unsurpassed as the highest-selling record of Philippine music history.[2]

On January 18, 2008, Aguilar received the Asia Star Award from the Asia Model Award Festival in Korea.[9]

Present day[edit]

Aguilar still lives in the Philippines, and continues to perform. He currently has moved to his own place dubbed "Ka Freddie's". He still has a strong following in the Philippines and among many Filipinos living overseas.

Personal life[edit]

At the age of 18, Aguilar parted ways with his family and quit college. After realizing and regretting his mistakes five years later, he composed the song "Anak".

In 1978, he married Josephine Queipo and with her had 4 children: Maegan, Jonan, Isabela, and Jeriko Aguilar. They separated after 22 years in 2000.

On October 17, 2013, Aguilar openly admitted, in spite of the controversy that followed,[10] that he is in a relationship with a 16-year-old girl, with plans to marry and even have children, as his partner insisted that she is willing to have a baby.[11][12][13]

On November 22, 2013, Aguilar, under Islamic rites, married his partner in Buluan, Maguindanao.[14] Aguilar had converted to Islam six months prior to these reports, so that he could marry his 16-year-old girlfriend.[15] His Muslim name is Abdul Farid.[16][17]


Year Title Record label
1978 Anak Vicor/Sunshine
1979 Freddie Aguilar PDU
1980 Diyosa Ugat Tunog Ng Lahi
1980 Freddie Aguilar (US release) RCA
1983 Magdalena G. Records International
1994 Anak (CD re-issue) Vicor

Popular songs[edit]

In chronological order [date or year of release]:

  • "Anak"
  • "Alaala"
  • "Pulubi"
  • "Bulag, Pipi At Bingi"
  • "Ang Buhay Nga Naman Ng Tao"
  • "Pinoy"
  • "Bayan Ko"
  • "Magdalena"
  • "Mindanao"
  • "Katarungan"
  • "Luzviminda"
  • "Pangako"
  • "'Di Ka Nag-iisa"
  • "Mga Bata Sa Negros"
  • "Estudyante Blues"
  • "Ipaglalaban Ko"
  • "Kumusta Ka"
  • "Pasko Ang Damdamin"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Priestess, Wife, Revolutionary: A new film documents the role of women in Philippine history
  2. ^ a b Dot Ramos Balasbas-Gancayco (2006-12-12). "Still up on his toes (an interview with Freddie Aguilar)". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  3. ^ Dorian, Frederick; Simon Broughton; Mark Ellingham; James McConnachie; Richard Trillo; Orla Duane (2000). World Music: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. p. 216. ISBN 1-85828-636-0. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  4. ^ Lockard, Craig A. (1998). Dance of life: popular music and politics in Southeast Asia. University of Hawaii. p. 144. ISBN 0-8248-1918-7. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Tadiar, Neferti X. M. (2009). "Popular Laments". Cultural Studies 23 (1): 1–26. doi:10.1080/09502380701702482. 
  6. ^ Poblete, Johanna D. (August 7, 2009), "Songs of Freedom", Weekender: S4/1 
  7. ^ a b Maceda, Teresita Gemenez (2007). "Problematizing the popular: the dynamics of Pinoy pop(ular) music and popular protest music". Inter-Asian Cultural Studies 8 (3): 390–413. doi:10.1080/14649370701393766. 
  8. ^ Caruncho, Eric S. (July 15, 2001), "Whose 'Anak' is it Anyway?", Philippine Daily Inquirer: 3 
  9. ^ GMA NEWS.TV, Iza Calzado bags Asian model award in Korea
  10. ^ "Twittterverse slams Freddie Aguilar for relationship with 16-year-old girl". InterAksyon. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Freddie Aguilar ready to marry 16-year-old GF". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  12. ^ "Freddie Aguilar to Marry 16-Year-Old GF who Wants to Have a Baby | Philippine News". Philnews.ph. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  13. ^ "60-year-old legendary singer Freddie Aguilar is helplessly in love with 16-year-old girlfriend". PEP.ph. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Diola, Camille. "Now a Muslim, Freddie Aguilar marries 16-year-old | Entertainment, News, The Philippine Star". philstar.com. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  15. ^ "Why Freddie, 16-year-old GF can marry as Muslims". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  16. ^ "Freddie Aguilar as Abdul Farid Wedding Photos with 16-Year-Old GF | Philippine News". Philnews.ph. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  17. ^ "Teen explains why she married Freddie Aguilar". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:17:06 -0700

THE Quezon City Prosecutor's Office on Thursday junked charges of qualified seduction filed against “Anak” composer, Freddie Aguilar for lack of evidence and legal personality of the complainants. Assistant City Prosecutor Edgardo Saplala, in a ...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:37:28 -0700

The Quezon City Prosecutor's Office has dismissed the child abuse charges filed against folk singer Freddie Aguilar due to insufficient evidence and lack of legal standing of the complainants to file the case against him. In a five-page resolution ...


Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:01:43 -0700

“Face the People” got all het up over the family feud between Freddie Aguilar and his children over his new love, who's younger than his offspring. A lot of painful words have been exchanged, Maegan has left Ka Freddie's home and it has been a sad and ...
Business Mirror
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:16:39 -0700

What better way to encourage Filipinos to travel than through music, which Filipinos love, played and sung by popular artists such as Freddie Aguilar, Sharon Cuneta, Lea Salonga, Rico Blanco and the Apo Hiking Society? The song was aired on national ...


Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:09:00 -0700

For the show's episode today, Gelli, Edu, and Tintin will tackle the story of Meagan Aguilar and her rift with her father, “King of Pinoy Folk Songs” Ka Freddie Aguilar. From a father-daughter misunderstanding that started on a minor issue of spoiled ...

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Broadway World
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0700

Lani single-mindedly takes on an inspiringly ambitious quest covering songs from the greatest Filipino songbook--boasting luminary composers such as Rey Valera, Freddie Aguilar, Willy Cruz, and George Canseco to name a few--much to the clamor and ...

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Manila Standard Today
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:29:36 -0700

The episode was about her rift with her father, Freddie Aguilar. From a father-daughter misunderstanding that started on a minor issue of spoiled vegetables, Meagan tried to expose Ka Freddie and his wife 'Bhabe.' Unlike the loving daughter who once ...
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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:56:15 -0700

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