*Photos by Paul Mata
Alamid frontman and hitmaker Gary Ignacio succumbs to cancer at 49
Gary Ignacio, whose iconic voice was behind the hit songs "China Eyes", "Sama-Sama" and "Your Love" passed away on Friday, April 7, 2:50pm. The frontman of the popular band Alamid had been battling with stage 4 renal cancer since it was discovered in September last year.
"He died very peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends," Buena Ignacio said, wife of Gary for 22 years. "He gave a good fight and did not give up until the very end. Since his diagnosis in 2014, he radiated strength and optimism, unwavering in his desire to live and continue making music for us and his fans."
Gary entered the band scene with Alamid where they made waves with their unique and compelling songs. His voice will always be remembered for the immortal rock ballad, "Your Love" which he co-composed with Alamid guitarist Dexter Facelo. The band was formed in the early '90s together with Perry Jocson, Thallie Facelo, Efryl deDios, and Jay Dominic Sto Tomas. The band was discovered by then Warner Music executive Eugene Villaluz during a gig in Mayric's along España.
"Kuya Gary touched many lives with his music. He had pure vocal talent, raw passion, and poured his heart out with each performance," shared Gail, the youngest brother, who later joined Alamid as drummer. "We are deeply grateful to the outpouring of support from his fans and friends since day one of his battle with cancer. He may be gone but his music will continue to live and inspire us."
Gary was also active in his community, co-founding the Malabon Musician's Alliance in 2009, where he put together his love for music and concern for the environment. The annual Basurock, an annual rock and dance concert in Malabon advocated a "plastic-free" Malabon.
Gary is survived by his wife Buena; children, Ashley, Sean & Gavin; his father Gerry; siblings, Gewang, Gerilyn, and Gail.
His remains lie in state at the Sto. Rosario Chapel, Sto. Rosario Village, Malabon. Interment will be on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.#
For YouTube links of Gary's performances with Alamid:
Your Love (recorded in August 2008)
Sama-Sama (recorded in June 2009)