The Untold Event About HK's Top Filipino Band
On 7th September, 2015, Ernest Dizon (left) wrote to me on the Comment page in my Fabulous Echoes posting dated *Monday 18th May, 2009.
He must have a reason for writing this short but interesting personal tale about Hong Kong's well-known Filipino group from the 1960's of which he was a member.
Although I found some difficulty editing his story (especially where the informational pieces are concerned) I thought it best if I published the article and hope he would write again to verify certain items. I thank Mr Dizon for the note and for taking us back to those years when Sri Lanka was Ceylon.
The letter has been edited for ease of read:
"The original name of the Fabulous Echoes were The Rock n Rollers and the very original members were Ernie Dizon, my brother Reny Dizon and the three Ruivivar brothers.
We started for fun on a hot summer day when we went up the roof on Kimberley Road (Hong Kong) and started singing and harmonizing. During one of our fun practices, the band leader Tony suggested that we started a proper band. So we rehearsed daily in all seriousness.
I was the first to notice Sri Lanka in the distance when we were about to land because I could not sleep and went up on deck to enjoy the breeze. I saw a light house on the Northern tip, got excited and started calling the other members of our band. In the meantime, all the other passengers were clapping and shouting because we had arrived in Ceylon after a rather long and weary sea journey.
We played at the Orchid Room and the Green Room (location not mentioned). In a sudden twist of fate which robbed us of a chance to go to Europe our boss Donovan Andre passed away because of an ailment. He was planning to combine our cabaret acts into one single production. Fate awaits no one and sad to say, we took a KLM airline back to Hong Kong!
We truly regretted the loss of our boss. He was such a pleasant, humble person and so simple in his ways. He was also very kind to us. We stayed in Wallace Place in Colpya, Sri Lanka (unidentified location). It was a very memorable trip for all of us."
But the rather tragic story did not stop the members from carrying on to become the fabulous group that it was afterwards.
Thanks again Mr Dizon for the very generous contribution and the story that not many people know about. Please write in again if you read this posting.
The Fabulous Echoes were just as famous as the Filipino group D'Starlights here in Singapore 60's.
"On board it is as if you were staying at a Riviera hotel ... On this small but complete floating city, passengers will have the opportunity of spending their days absolutely free of care without any need to forego their most cherished habits." Built in 1953, it was sold and ended its service in 1974.
Images: Ernest Dizon Google+; Google.
You Tube Video: from shatinterry.
SLIP NOTE: 15th September, 2015.
Clean City Singapore Smothered By Others
The haze in this region seems to be getting worse year by year. At its most unhealthy level last night @ PSI 240+. A neighbouring country doesn't seem to be able to do much controlling it. When Singapore offered assistance their authorities turned it down. Perhaps a little bit of soap for face, and lots of water for fire, might help? I have a piece of advice, "Jangan suka dong, malu malu kucing... (pop 60's Indonesian song)."