It’s a Brave New World

so long howlin’ dave, have a safe flight.


buti na lang umuwi ako a few weeks ago. sinasabi ko kay jet na ayoko talagang bumalik sa pilipinas pero parang may nagpilit sa akin na ituloy ang byahe. at least nagkita kami bago siya nag sign off.


i’ve always looked up to dante. he was so full of talent, so intelligent, so full of charisma. kayang kaya niyang sakyan, kahit sinong tao. bata pa lang ako ay sinundan ko na ang ang career niya and was really happy when he became famous like our dad, whose footsteps he followed.


nabuhay ako vicariously through his exploits. he lived a full life and had it all – pinoy rock pioneer, rock jock, punk rocker, lover boy, painter, singer and everything in between.


a day before i left the philippines, nagpunta kami sa tagaytay for a family gathering. it was our last meeting – masaya na rin ako kahit papaano dahil nagkasama kami sa isang masayang pagtitipon.


umalis ako sa bahay the next day ng alas dos ng madaling araw dahil maaga ang flight ko. he woke up early just to say goodbye. i’ll miss you dante. rock the fucking angels off their perch.

113 thoughts on “It’s a Brave New World

  1. read in one of the news dailies friday last week about your brother. my late condolence. di ko man naabutan ang the great pioneering punk rock era ni howlin’ dave, i am sure, my older brothers and uncles had his influences under their sleeves. that’s where ur brother’s memories will live forever.

    pinoy rock just lost a good son. he will be missed.

  2. For those who want to read what I wrote about Howlin’ Dave in the Filipino-American newspaper Weekend Balita where I work as editor, please paste this on your address bar:

    http://www.balita.com/xshell.php?id=2071

    I’m a former neighbor who grew up looking at Dante, who played pusoy (Russian poker) with his siblings at their house, who honed his music skills by listening every week to his program. The moment I learned about the passing of Dante, I immediately contacted Florante (De Leon) here in California for his comments. Our condolences to Dante, his family, his siblings and parents. More power to Pinoy Rock.

  3. hi rhony.

    maraming maraming salamat sa sinulat mo. na touch ako. kung nabasa ito ni dante, siguradong matutuwa yon. ipapadala ko ito sa mommy ko para mabasa nila sa novaliches. doon pa rin sila nakatira sa bahay namin sa looban. tapos, dito na kami ng misis ko sa irvine nakabase.

    sige, dito na lang muna. ingat at kamusta na lang.

    jay

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