Joey Ayala

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Joey Ayala
Joey Ayala.jpg
Born June 1, 1956
Parents Jose Ayala and Tita Lacambra

Jose Iñigo Homer Lacambra Ayala, known simply as Joey Ayala (b. Bukidnon, June 1, 1956-), is a contemporary Philippine composer, songwriter, and singer of alternative music. He is currently a National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) official. He also maintains a website where he features mp3 downloads of his music as well as his comments on issues and events.


Personal background

He was born in Camp Philipps, Bukidnon on June 1, 1956 to painter Jose Ayala and poet Tita Lacambra, His sister is singer Cynthia Alexander.


Ayala finished his secondary education at Ateneo de Manila High School. He completed his college education at Ateneo de Davao University.

Agila by Joey Ayala with Bobby Banduria


His first album, recorded in an improvised studio, was released in 1982. Most of his early albums were released underground until 1991, when Wea Records released three of his albums.


With his band Bagong Lumad, he performs original songs that make use of indigenous elements and instruments like the Maranao kulintang and the T’boli hegalong along with modern instruments. Many of his songs deal with environmental and political issues.


Ayala is currently on the NCCA’s National Advisory Board, as the head of the Committee on Music. In addition to his band Bagong Lumad and his sister Cynthia Alexander, he has worked with many other prominent Filipino musical artists, such as Martin Nievera and Louie Ocampo. He has also collaborated with other artists on theater and film productions. His song "Walang Hanggang Paalam" from his album Magkabilaan was used as the theme song of the Lino Brocka film Orapronobis while "Wala Nang Tao Sa Santa Filomena" was used as the theme song of Marilou Diaz-Abaya's Bagong Buwan.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2007 Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Award for Social Artistry, from the Federation of Catholic Schools’ Alumni/ae Associations (FeCaSAA) in cooperation with the Good Citizenship Movement (GCM)
  • 2007 Musical Intelligence Award, Multiple Intelligence International School
  • Wrote lyrics for 2002 Metropop Song Festival winner “Pag-uwi”
  • 2002 Gawad Urian Award for Music for Batang West Side
  • 2000 Datu Bago Award from The City of Davao
  • 1996 Special MAGIS Award for Outstanding Alumni, Ateneo de Manila High School
  • 1993 Blue Knight Award in Music and Arts
  • 1993 Gawad ng Pagkilala - Komisyon sa Wikang Pilipino. Recognition from the National Commission for the Filipino Language
  • 1993 Outstanding Alumnus in the field of the Performing Arts, Ateneo de Davao University Alumni Association
  • 1993 Nomination for Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award for Cultural Achievement, Junior Jaycees Chamber International
  • 1989 The Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award, Philippine Jaycees


  • 16 Lovesongs
  • Basta May Saging
  • Encantada
  • Joey Ayala: RAW
  • Lumad sa S'yudad
  • Magkabilaan
  • Panganay ng Umaga
  • Agila(Haring Ibon)
  • Langit at Lupa
  • Mga Awit ng Magdaragat
  • Mga Awit ng Tanod-lupa
  • Panganay ng Umaga

Some of his soundtracks

External links

  • Arriola, Geejay. “Dance in Sweet Embrace (an unsolicited review of Joey Ayala's ‘Basta May Saging’ album.” In MindaNews, April 9, 2007 [1]
  • Joey Ayala’s Official Website.




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