Top Filipino composer Willy Cruz dies at 70

  • Top Filipino songwriter Willy Cruz has died
  • The sad news was shared by a friend on social media
  • He is known for numerous hit compositions such as ‘Bituing Walang Ningning’, ‘Sana’y Wala nang Wakas’, ‘Doon lang’, and ‘Kumusta ka’
  • He was 70 years old

MANILA, Philippines – Willy Cruz, one of the most prominent Filipino songwriters has died on Monday; this was according to his friend, Nonoy Gallardo, who broke the sad news on his Facebook account. Cruz was 70 years old.

Willy Cruz, whose real name is Wilfredo Buencamino Cruz, is known for many Filipino hits of the 80s and the 90s such as ‘Bituing Walang Ningning’, ‘Sana’y Wala nang Wakas’, ‘Doon lang’, ‘Kumusta ka’, and ‘Sana’y Maghintay ang Walang Hanggan’, among many others.

He is also a musical director and arranger who has arranged musical scores for films like ‘Balweg’, ‘Sana’y Wala nang Wakas’, ‘Pahiram ng isang Umaga’ and ‘Baby Tsina’.

Cruz was born to a family of musicians in San Miguel, Manila on January 30, 1947. His other kin in the music industry include Francisco Buencamino, Lorrie Ilustre, Nonong Buencamino and internationally-renowned pianist Cecille Licad.

Licad’s mother, Rosario, is an aunt from whom Cruz received piano lessons.

As a director of Jem Recording Corporation, Cruz has worked with several artists like Hajji Alejandro, Apo Hiking Society, Janet Basco, and Mike Hanopol.

He won the 1st Prize at the World Popular Song Festival in 1975 via his composition ‘Araw-araw Gabi-gabi’. He went on to win FAMAS Award for Best Theme Song for films ‘Bukas Luluhod ang mga Tala’, ‘Pahiram ng isang Umaga’, ang ‘Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin’, among others.

This is one of Cruz’s hits, performed by Sharon Cuneta in the film ‘Bituing Walang Ningning’:

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