|Birth name||Ferdinand Pascual Aguilar|
|Also known as||Ka Freddie, Abdul Farid|
|Born||February 5, 1953|
|Origin||Ilagan, Isabela, Philippines|
|Genres||Folk, Manila Sound, OPM|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar|
|Associated acts||Watawat Band|
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, and for his song "Anak", the best-selling Philippine music record of all time. He is heavily associated with Pinoy rock.
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
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.
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. 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.
"Bayan Ko" (My Country)
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.” 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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 1973, he married Josephine Quiepo and with her had 3 children: Maegan, Jonan and Jeriko Aguilar. They separated after 35 years in 2008.
On October 17, 2013, Aguilar openly admitted, in spite of the controversy that followed, 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.
On November 22, 2013, Aguilar, under Islamic rites, married his partner in Buluan, Maguindanao. Aguilar had converted to Islam six months prior to these reports, so that he could marry his 16-year-old girlfriend. His Muslim name is Abdul Farid.
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
In chronological order:
- "Bulag, Pipi At Bingi"
- "Ang Buhay Nga Naman Ng Tao"
- "Bayan Ko"
- "'Di Ka Nag-iisa"
- "Mga Bata Sa Negros"
- "Estudyante Blues"
- "Ipaglalaban Ko"
- "Kumusta Ka"
- "Pasko Ang Damdamin"
- Priestess, Wife, Revolutionary: A new film documents the role of women in Philippine history
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- Caruncho, Eric S. (July 15, 2001), "Whose 'Anak' is it Anyway?", Philippine Daily Inquirer: 3
- GMA NEWS.TV, Iza Calzado bags Asian model award in Korea
- "Twittterverse slams Freddie Aguilar for relationship with 16-year-old girl". InterAksyon. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- "Freddie Aguilar ready to marry 16-year-old GF". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
- "Freddie Aguilar to Marry 16-Year-Old GF who Wants to Have a Baby | Philippine News". Philnews.ph. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
- "60-year-old legendary singer Freddie Aguilar is helplessly in love with 16-year-old girlfriend". PEP.ph. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- Diola, Camille. "Now a Muslim, Freddie Aguilar marries 16-year-old | Entertainment, News, The Philippine Star". philstar.com. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- "Why Freddie, 16-year-old GF can marry as Muslims". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- "Freddie Aguilar as Abdul Farid Wedding Photos with 16-Year-Old GF | Philippine News". Philnews.ph. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- "Teen explains why she married Freddie Aguilar". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- Manong Freddie Aguilar's official Web site
- Recordings on WhiteAlien website of Freddie live at Ka Freddie's