LOOK: OPM Artists Mourn Death Of Prolific Songwriter WILLY CRUZ
Willy Cruz, the musical genius behind some of the most unforgettable OPM songs, has passed away at age 70 after suffering a stroke last week.
The compositions of Willy Cruz have been recorded by our country's most renowned artists including Pilita Corrales, Didith Reyes, Celeste Legaspi, Martin Nievera, Nonoy Zuniga, Basil Valdez, Hajji Alejandro, Raymond Lauchengco, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, Sarah Geronimo, and Rachelle Ann Go to name a few. Some of his most notable songs include "Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi", "Tuliro", "Never Ever Say Goodbye", and "Kumusta Ka"!
Sharon Cuneta paid tribute to the composer of her classic movie theme songs "Bituing Walang Ningning" and "Pangarap Na Bituin" in an emotional Facebook post.
Other OPM artists who remembered Willy's legacy via social media include Jim Paredes and Lea Salonga.
My friend and mentor Willy Cruz passed away at 1AM this morning. Such sad news. May you have peace in God's loving arms.— Jim (@Jimparedes) April 17, 2017
Rest in God's loving arms, Willy Cruz. You have left such a legacy of amazing music to remember you by.— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) April 17, 2017
RIP Willy Cruz... I may have not met you or worked with you but your songs were part of our lives.— Jed Madela (@jedmadela) April 17, 2017
Thank you for the music Sir Willy Cruz. ???? #RIP— erik santos (@realeriksantos) April 17, 2017
Ogie Alcasid and Jaya - who sang "Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas" as part of the MYX Magna tribute for Vic del Rosario Jr. at the MYX Music Awards 2017 - also expressed their condolences.
RIP Mr. Willy Cruz. Ty for the wonderful music that you have created for the Filipinos.— ogie alcasid (@ogiealcasid) April 17, 2017
Paalam po Mr. Willy Cruz ????— Jaya Ramsey Gotidoc (@jayasoul) April 17, 2017
Check out their performance below:
What's your favorite Willy Cruz composition? Tell us in the comments!