Singer-composer Bodjie Dasig passes away
By ANYA SANTOS
MANILA, Philippines – Following on the heels of the death of Pinoy rocker Karl Roy, the news spread—albeit more slowly—on social networking sites, and later confirmed by other news sites, that singer-composer Bodjie Dasig has also died in California on Tuesday, March 13.
His death has been confirmed over Twitter by APO Hiking Society member Jim Paredes, who posted: “Confirmed: Bodie Dasig, songwriter of ‘Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko’, husband of Odette Quesada passed away today too. OPM just lost 2 greats.”
“I feel a heaviness in my heart right now. Bodjie was a nice guy and great songwriter. RIP,” Paredes had said in another tweet.
Perhaps unbeknownst to many younger listeners, Dasig is also the man who wrote the quirky love song, “Ale (Nasa Langit Na Ba Ako),” a song remade and recorded by The Bloomfields in 2007 in their self-titled debut.
In 1993, his hit song “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso Ko” won Record of the Year, Best Ballad and Best Performance by a Group at the Awit Awards. Dasig had also produced albums for local singers like Ariel Rivera, Vina Morales and Rico J. Puno. Another one of his songs, “Sakayan Ng Jeep,” was sung by First Circle then Nikki Gil.
Dasig’s group, Law of Gravity, which counted Lani Misalucha as a former member when she was just starting in the business, and Dasig himself had also been credited as giving Misalucha her first single, “More Than I Should,” also in 1993.
Dasig’s wife, Quesada, is herself a former singer who popularized the song “Friend of Mine.” A prolific songwriter, she gained prominence in 1982 for winning second place for the song “Give Me A Chance,” performed by Ric Segreto. In 1993, she won first place in the same competition, penning “Till I Met You,” a hit popularized by Kuh Ledesma. She also wrote Sharon Cuneta’s hit, “To Love Again,” and Raymond Lauchengco’s “I Need You Back.”
Despite moving to California, the couple remained involved in music, branching out to write the music and libretto for the musical comedy (or revue) “Amerikana: Made in the Philippines” [and its second version, “Amerikana, The Musical”], which starred another now US-based singer, Fe delos Reyes, and premiered at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco in October 2005. Dasig was also credited as the musical director for “Amerikana.”
No further details of Dasig’s death have been made available as of this writing.
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