April Boy’s unexpected death on Nov. 29 leaves listeners feeling empty.
By Marisol Bo-oc, Helen Castano| 10:00 PM November 29, 2020
Boholano fans of OPM icon April Boy Regino paid tribute to the artist as news of his death broke, sharing his songs on social media platforms, along with their own thoughts and reflections.
April Boy died on Sunday, Nov. 29 at the age of 51.
Many listeners got their first taste of April Boy who popularized the songs “Paano Ang Puso Ko”, “Umiiyak Ang Puso”, “Kay Tagal”, “Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin”.
For 30-year-old Gil Dela Cruz from Baclayon town, his close encounter with the singer was last May 10, 2020 in a miting de avance in Panglao. He said the April Boy’s hit “Esperanza” first drew him to April Boy’s voice. He immediately became a fan.
“My personal favorite is “Esperanza’, ‘”he said. “The lyrics are quite personal, and it’s a beautiful song. It’s about hope. ”
On a Facebook, Panglao Mayor Leonila Montero posted a photo of April Boy and former Panglao councilor Ondo Montero.
Montero invited April Boy along with Dulce and Ruru Madrid for the miting de avance at Panglao town plaza.
” Thank You April Boy Regino for your visit sa Panglao last May 2019,” Montero posted on Facebook.
Popularly known as the “Jukebox King”, April Boy quit show business in 2014 after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
In 2015, he was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy which caused him to lose his sight in his left eye.