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From why they came here to what they left behind, and how his elders feel about all that now. Step 2. VST is also being used by … This one gets more personal. It wasn’t until Samaha was in his 20s, when he mentioned his uncle to a Filipino friend, fellow writer Matt Ortile, who used to be his colleague at BuzzFeed. But in 1988, he surprised the whole nation and even his bandmates when he decided to leave that life behind. In the ’70s, VST & Co was among the bands that popularized what came to be known as Manila Sound, but they became more popular for their disco mania hits. “My friend’s eyes went wide: ‘Spanky Rigor is your uncle? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, October 25 fired all commissioners and department heads of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) amid controversy that P6.8 billion worth of shabu was uncovered. In the ’80s, Rigor was cast in TODAS (Television’s Outrageously Delightful All-Star Show), a variety show and competitor of Eat Bulaga. The case at the center of it had made headlines, but the laws that allowed officers to abuse people in their custody were little known: the officers in this case claimed that they’d had consensual sex with a woman they’d pulled over, and in New York state they were allowed to use this defense because the law didn’t automatically classify sex in custody as rape. More from EsquireMag.ph His mother has seven siblings and most live in the States. “I go like ‘what are they screaming about?’ And then they were looking at me and I just waved. His first three jobs were at alternative-weeklies, in St. Louis, San Francisco, and New York, where they hire young writers and ask them to fill the paper. “When I was young I knew he’d been in a well-known band called VST & Company, but had no sense of how famous he was,” Samaha shared. His dad is from Beirut and currently lives there. “The whole bus started screaming and I was just looking. 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Beautiful.’ I couldn't see the dregs of life. “At the core, I wanted to better understand how my family ended up in the States. But now, he lives a simple life as a baggage handler at the San Francisco International Airport. Spanky Rigor – Biography – IMDb. History [edit | edit source]. So while his friends were dedicating to … “I never thought to dig into that past— which now feels a bit shameful.”, His elders would take about it and make passing references to Spanky’s time in the band, but as a kid, Samaha assumed “they were hyping it up the way my mom hyped up my report cards or science project.”. “Sometimes they would tell me ‘What the hell were you thinking about?’ You practically had it made here,” said Rigor. The Filipino-American Community Newspaper. When Spanky Rigor, a member of the legendary VST & Company and producer of the Bagets movie soundtrack first let me hear this beautiful, bittersweet song composed by Odette Quesada I fell in love with it right away.As it turned out, Odette had written Farewell during high school and wanted to record it herself. Your Journal. Samaha currently works as an investigative reporter at BuzzFeed, something he calls his dream job, one that he is in because he was able to catch some lucky breaks early on in his career. The all-male group's monicker, "V.S.T", is said to represent the names of three lead vocalists, "Val, Spanky and Tito." Concepcion is his mom’s family name, and it’s the name that links the main characters in the story: from his grandparents and uncles, aunties to his cousins. When he started writing the proposal, he thought the title would be, simply, “The Concepcions” but when he told his agent, he had the brilliant idea to simplify it further. Just click the "Edit page" button at the bottom of the page or learn more in the Biography submission guide. MOST Filipinos know VST & Company, and while V & T (brothers Vic and Tito Sotto) continue to bask in the limelight, S as in Spanky Rigor, decided to leave fame and fortune in the homeland for a more peaceful life in California. In a video by Rigor’s nephew, Albert Samaha, for, In the ’70s, VST & Co was among the bands that popularized what came to be known as Manila Sound, but they became more popular for their, ” Their biggest hit is also their debut single, “. “It wasn’t my first idea, or second, or third… I burned through a list of possibilities. Apl.de.Ap, real name Allan Pineda Lindo of Sapang Bato, Angeles City, Pampanga, rocked San Francisco's Union Square last Saturday, June 15, 2013, as he headlined the Philippine Independence Day celebration of the city. He was writing eight or nine features a year while learning how to be a local reporter from editors who had been in journalism longer than he’d been alive. VST is also being used by Tito Sotto, which means "Vicente Sotto the Third." ,” which was released to phenomenal success in 1977. “You always hope at the outset that a story can have an impact, but it so rarely happens, so you never expect it. All Rights Reserved. Later that year, Anita Badejo, a producer at Pop-Up and a former colleague, reached out to ask if Samaha had any stories he wanted to pitch for their show. “Don’t Forget Those Who Fell During the Nighttime,” which is from a Jose Rizal quote that I may use elsewhere in the book,” he shared. When Samaha last visited the Philippines in April 2017, he went with his mom, for an essay he wrote about Duterte later. At the height of his fame, Rigor decided it was time to move on and leave it all behind. Everything I see ‘Wow. “So putting together the pieces, weaving in the historical context, arranging the timeline, picking what details to include or leave out, all building toward some kind of wider meaning, that was probably the central challenge.”. That part took a lot of reading and thinking. Sometimes, people would recognize him and would ask for a selfie. The planned trip to the Philippines happened and he wrote an essay about his mom’s support for Duterte in 2017. Find out more here. Over the past few weeks, a video feature on Pop-Up Magazine became viral, furiously shared on social media by diehards of Manila Sound and even occasional fans. I couldn’t even see homelessness.” said Rigor, describing his trips to the U.S. before finally deciding to settle there. Copyright © 1991-2021 Asian Journal Media Group. Well, what is Spanky doing now? Come dressed to be a star. This lovingly done short feature on the musician and comedian—written by his nephew—is a surprising tribute to an entertainer who might have just chosen the better path than his more famous bandmates. How to take part: Step 1. Considered by many to be the pioneer and icon of what is known as the Manila Sound, VST & Co. released disco singles such as “Swing It, Baby”, “Magsayawan”, “Ipagpatawad Mo”, “Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko” and “Disco Fever”. He played in his first two years of college, then quit to focus on journalism, something that he enjoys doing to this day. © 2019 EsquireMag.ph, All Rights Reserved. IMDb takes a look at Gal Gadot's biggest roles and the parts she never got the chance to play, including a major role in the James Bond franchise.. Watch the video Is he still singing? Before I knew anything about his rockstar days, I’d admired him as an eternally joyous and steady presence, a champion of the underdog, always first to put an arm around anyone who seemed down,” he shared. "[citation needed] There was also speculation that the acronym stood for "Vicor Super Team" — implying supremacy in the roster of Vicor Music Corporation. Samaha was born in Vallejo, went to Kindergarten in Manila, first through third grade in San Francisco, fourth grade in San Mateo, then middle school and high school in Sacramento. Since 1991. By continued use, you agree to our privacy policy and accept our use of such cookies. Watch the video below to know what happened to Spanky Rigor, founding member and lead vocalist of VST & Co. We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on Esquiremag.ph. The all-male group's name, "V.S.T", was said to represent the names of three lead vocalists, "Val, Spanky and Tito. The 461 boys have been together for many years, as with the Paco boys...the 461 boys were Spanky (Rigor), Male (Rigor), Monet (Gaskell), Celso (Llarina), Jun (Medina) and myself...Val (Sotto) was the lone Paco boy until Vic (Sotto) joined us in the latter part. So the project began earnestly and Samaha knew he was up for a challenge: asking his elders the hard questions about their past decisions and he was worried about unearthing memories that may have been painful or, at least, difficult. actually stands for his name Spanky, while the “V” and “T” stand for the other lead singers of the group: Val and Tito. His 2015 story that led to the police chief getting terminated investigated a narcotics unit in Mississippi that targeted college-age students for minor possession, then pressured them to serve as confidential informants. Spanky Rigor left his rockstar life for a simpler life in America. It was going to another dimension, another world. Amb. It looks like we don't have any Biography for Spanky Rigor yet. “But my Uncle Spanky, Auntie Ging, and the other relatives I interviewed were generous with their experiences and memories, and really understood the value of that reflection, especially for those of us in the next generation who knew only the world we were born into,” he shared. 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Rigor spent his VST days attending red carpet events, guesting at celebrity basketball tournaments, and greeting screaming fans whenever they recognized him. Your Community. When several new shows started copying its format, T.O.D.A.S. (From left): Celso Llarina, Spanky Rigor, Male Rigor, Roger Rigor. “I get to chase stories that interest me, I have editors I trust, and I’m provided the sort of resources that make the job easier, from reporting trips to database subscriptions,” he shared. The Disco Fever is back! More from EsquireMag.ph Your email address will not be published. It entertained Filipinos from 1980 to 1989. It was a personal project: Spanky Rigor is Albert’s uncle. Be the first to contribute! No surprise since VST & Company in their heyday pioneered ’70s disco sound was often referred to as the “BeeGees of the Philippines.”. The “S” in VST actually stands for his name Spanky, while the “V” and “T” stand for the other lead singers of the group: Val and Tito.. “I found that dozens of officers had been acquitted through this defense, and after many hours of reading through all 50 state legal codes, I discovered that this loophole existed in 35 states,” he recalled. There were rumors that acronym stood for "Vicor Super Team" – implying supremacy as a roster of Vicor Music Corporation. There were rumors that acronym stood for "Vicor Super Team" – implying supremacy as a roster of Vicor Music Corporation. 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Upon the discovery of shabu in four magnetic lifters in Cavite, Duterte commanded the dismissal of BOC executives in his speech during the anniversary of… “And even now, my understanding of those stories continues to evolve. The idea about the feature came from Albert Samaha, an investigative reporter at BuzzFeed who was fascinated by the backstory. We all know now that the well-loved musician did not make it to the event. Spanky Rigor used to live the life of a rockstar. His wife left for the U.S. in 1981 in what was supposed to be a temporary setup to support his mother. VST & Co. were a Filipino disco group prominent during the late 1970s in the Philippines. His mom grew up in Manila, though her parents are from northern Mindanao. [OPINION] The daunting task of uniting the ‘divided states of America’ is upon us: Are we brave enough to see, be the light? “They separated when I was young. DISCO MANILA LIVE BAND KARAOKE. 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