Lifetime Achievement Award for my Brother Dante: NU107 Rock Awards, Introduction Speech…

by Cousin Hoagy, Dec 2001

Here’s a guy that began his radio career in the light of the Martial Law years. He was the neighbor of my cousin, Johnny in Pasay, near Park Avenue and Libertad. I always got along with him. He was a natural when he began his career at DzRJ in Santa Mesa.

He had one characteristic that makes a good rock jock. He loved music. He ate up everything going on. I remember him bringing me a record of American Country & Western from Nashville, Tennessee and begging to hear it on the air.

Howlin’ Dave spent much of the 1970s getting his chops down, announcing style and gaining a taste for PINOY ROCK which was a very important feature of life in Martial Law. When the show, “Pinoy Rock & Rhythm,” was developed by Charlie Brown and Double A. It was mainly about the live Pinoy Rock scenes that thrived in Olongapo City and Manila. Angeles City was still just putas.

At the same time, PUNK started to be played with, “Never Mind the Bullocks,” being the start for me. I shared it with Howlin’ Dave, who in turn pulled out Sioux and the Banshees! He had turned a corner.

Buddy Trinidad, one of our Judges in the NU Rock Awards 2001, is a member of BETRAYED. He told me that Howlin’ Dave was where he listened on Sundays. His show alternated Pinoy cassettes with the latest PUNK! His influence spread. High School student at the time, Francis Reyes (lead guitar of The Dawn), told me it was Howlin’ Dave. Francis in a strange way, carries on the torch of Pinoy rock with hundreds of CD’s from the entire length of the Philippines. Francis Brew needs an entire staff to undertake and catalog and listen to what is a commitment. It will be nice to take a photo of them together.

Check out Page 9 of the NU Rock Awards 2001 ( on some of the observations of Eric Caruncho of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. His collection of newspaper stories outlines some of the era. His book, “Punks, Poets and Poseurs,” is available at your favorite Pinoy bookstore on line. By the 1980’s, PUNK was it and Martial Law was beginning to get funky and tiring. Tommy Tanchangco produced a series of Annual concerts near the World Trade area on Manila Bay. It was called, “Brave New World.” It was aired on RJ AM 810. Conceived by Howlin’ Dave from his love of the book, “Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley.

Between Tommy, Dave and the hundreds of bands that they attracted, the musical Concert moved around the rim of Laguna de Bay to Pililla and U.P. Los Banos. Ask anyone from The Jerks and Myrene who influenced them to the music. Pinoy Rock I guess is a generic expression of the times. It was in fact, the BEST YEARS of his life he told me.

Maybe it was. But it’s only the 25th Anniversary of PUNK in 2001. A loose Birthday. Angst, energy, and the focus away from not really being Free had infused the scene.

The BNW Concerts ended, Buddy Trinidad recalls, with Howlin’ Dave singing the Paul Anka hit of the teeny bopping Sixties, “My Way.” Not that anyone recalls that version. Frank Sinatra made it his song for years. But The SEX PISTOLS stole the entire song in its straight forward middle of the road manner. It was transformed into a Anthem of PUNK ! Howlin’ Dave ended each show over the 1980-1985 run of BNW. He was backed by whoever was there that night. The Jerks did. Teddy Perez and The Dawn of the day did. Buddy and Betrayed did. I wonder who else? Joey Ramone?


  1. bossing!

    curious lang ako, kapatid mo ba talaga si Howlin Dave? e di talaga ako familiar sa Pinoy Rock but I always hear the name Howlin Dave sa mga uncle ko which is also a punk/rock addict. wow! kung ganun e celebrity ka pala! šŸ™‚

  2. ha ha ha. cool ka lang. tagal ko na di nakikita si basha eh. Si adam oo kilala ko rin sha classmate ng utol ko sa Blesses Elena Academy. hehehe. Ano na ba balita kay basha. Last time na nakita ko sha eh may banda sha noon eh tagal na nun.

  3. Hi. I worked briefly with your brother and I’d like to touch base with him. Can you please give me his email address? I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!

  4. I am having lunch that Sunday morning of September 2007 when I heard that familiar voice. Parang kilala ko ang boses na yun. Parang kay Dante David noong araw pag nanggigising with the famous “Gising na! RJ na!” – Now iba naman ang banat ni Howlin Dave. Pinoy Rock and Rhythm is back!

    Matindi at simple ang upak. Here’s what catched my ear, “Pakinggan ang musikang nanggagaling sa ilalim ng lupa!” Wow! That’s classic Howlin Dave!!!! The voice never changed. Dante’s voice is ibang klase!!! And his approach is awesome dude!!! Finally, I said, I have found my home in RJ Undergound Radio!!!

    Pero, nasaan na ngayon si Dante David? Bigla sya nawala sa ere!!!! We want HOWLIN DAVE back!!! Please Don Ramon RJ!!!! Ibalik sana natin si Dante!!!

    Keep on Rockin!!!


  5. I agree!!!! Dante should be back ON the Air!!! We want Dante Back!!! Ibalik si Howlin Dave sa radio!!!! Kulang ang Pinoy Rock & Rhythm pag wala si Dante David!!!

    Pakinggan ang musikang nanggagaling sa ilalim ng lupa!!!! Pinoy Rock LIVES!!!

  6. mga tol, nasa nu 107 na si dante lipat na kayo ng channel pag sunday afternoon 5-6 pm siya na nag anchor ngTAPSI ROCK , 2 weeks ago guest niya si gary perez and wally gonzales CAN YOU DIG THAT?start siya last march 30 . thanks kay utol batjay niya for the info.

  7. Jay and Kuya Dante,
    Pwede bang bumati? musta ka na bansa? pwede pong mag-request? kuya dante paki play naman ng konting Leonard Cohen, yung Suzanne or So long Marianne…This is Howlin’ Dave on DZRJ the rock of manila! (the famous line) nasa tenga ko hanggang ngayon after all these years.
    love ya’ cuzz,
    at nga pala, kilala ko rin pala si Basha…

  8. Jay,
    ano nga pala yung phone number nya sa station para maka-pag reminisce naman ng konti…those days na dinadala nya kami sa rj bago kinukulit namin sya ni sammy pag on the air na sya e instant classic bro…oh my god, san na nga ba napunta ang panahon???

    Just remember, he who goes to bed with an itchy butt…will only wake up with stinky fingers. Of course, not unless if you’re Captain Hook. OUCH!

  9. ang musikang nangagaling sa ilalim ng lupa ! ito si howlin dave na ngayon nasa nu 107 na tapsi rock …pero ngayon ay nasa rock n roll heaven na THE KING IS GONE BUT HE IS NOT FORGOTTEN…ITS MORE TO THE PICTURE THAN MEETS THE EYE … a tribute to the late great howlin dave ! ang huling habilin niya musikang pinoy ay palawakin pa…

  10. “The brain operation was a success. The doctors did a fine job in removing my brain but no the tumor”

    That was Hawlin Dave when I bumped into him some 4 years ago at the Robinsons Quirino while malling with his friend, LEah.

    We Had a good laugh recalling the younger years as a bungling on-the-job tainee at DZRJ.

  11. May 28, 2008
    It was during the program in DZRJ when RJ called on all the big shots radio jocks (THE EAGLES HAVE LANDED) when I last saw Dante, swell guy. Used to hang around together in Libertad (Dainty’s), long before the martial law years.
    And Hoagy, I remember you too…another pop[ular DJ.
    My sincere sympathy to the passing of Howlin’ Dave, the great Dante DAvid!

  12. Hi Jay-Jay,

    dante always lovingly mentioned you … last time he texted me was March, and I am shocked to know that he passed away 2 months after those text messages. i just learned tonight. i hope he’s at peace with the Big Guy upstairs. : (

  13. Nov 29 at 6:48 PM
    Hello Mr Duane David. I came across this site or page looking for Howlin Dave, DJ of DZRJ in the 70’s and 80’s. My condolences. I did not know. I have with me a recording he made as the main singer of the song ‘The Gallactic Ghost’. He played this on ‘Pinoy Rock and Rhythm’ but never told the audience it was him singing the tune. The song was played over and over again. He got a lot of following because he sounded exactly like Jim Morrison. I left the Philippines during that time. 30 years ago and never looked back. I left it with many stories and bridges that will fall in place. I’m now in the upper years of my ages and would like to share with you some moments in Pinoy Rock that I took with me. If this is of any interest to you at any time at your own convenience, you can contact me here, or better yet to (that’s 3 f’s) because I hardly use this account. thank you for your time.

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