April Boy Regino

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Dennis Regino Magloyuan Magdaraog[1] (9 April 1961 – 29 November 2020), known professionally as April Boy Regino, was a Filipino singer and songwriter who popularized ballads such as "Paano ang Puso Ko", "Umiiyak ang Puso" and "Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin" in the 1990s and novelty songs such as "Ye Ye Vonnel". He always wore a baseball cap in public as a trademark.

Early life

Dennis Regino Magloyuan Magdaraog was born on April 9, 1961 in Marikina.[2][3] He was the fourth of Tomas and Lucena's eight children, and grew up in a slum near the railway track in Caloocan.[4][5]

As a child, he helped his parents sell snacks (rice cakes, banana cue and camote cue), and customers would often ask him to sing. At age 10, he began joining amateur singing contests for the prize money.[5] He left school after sixth grade to focus on singing, and aside from contests, he also performed in local fiestas and as an opening act for other musicians. At the age 18, he became a singer in Japan.[4][5]

Music career

Regino returned to the Philippines in 1993, and together with his brothers Vingo and Jimmy, formed the musical group April Boys. Their debut single, "Sana'y Laging Magkapiling", became widely popular.[4] However, in 1995, Regino left the group to pursue a solo career. In a 2015 interview with Jessica Soho, he explained that the brothers competed among themselves which led to sulking, but they later reconciled.[5][6]

His first solo album, Umiiyak ang Puso, was released in 1996 under Ivory Records and sold 120,000 units (triple platinum). The single of the same name won Best Country-Ballad Recording in that year's Awit Awards.[6]

He migrated to the United States and was based there as an entertainer to the Filipino-American community. More recently, he was a contract recording artist with Viva Records.

He also did a Tagalog and English cover version of the song いとしのエリー("Itoshi no Ellie"), renaming it "Honey My Love So Sweet".

In 2015 after a year off, Regino returned to music with his brand new album and a new music company, GMA Records.[7]

Personal life

Regino was married to Madelyn Regino.[8][9] A son, JC, followed his footsteps as a singer and composer.[10]

Regino took his oath as a United States citizen in March 2011.[2]

Health and death

In 2009, Regino was diagnosed with prostate cancer while living in the United States. In 2013, he announced that he was already cancer-free after years of battling the illness. In 2015, the singer shared that he was suffering from diabetic retinopathy, which is an eye condition that can cause vision loss and blindness in people with diabetes.[11][12]

Regino died in the morning of November 29, 2020, at the age of 59. According to his widow, he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and acute respiratory failure prior to his death.[13] He was buried at Valley of Sympathy, Antipolo, Rizal. [14]



  • 1993: "Dugong Pilipino" (with April Boys)
  • 1993: "Sana'y Laging Magkapiling" (with April Boys)
  • 1995: "Umiiyak ang Puso"
  • 1995: "Nasaan Ka, Kailangan Kita (Sa Gabi Di Makatulog)"
  • 1996: "Paano ang Puso Ko"
  • 1997: "Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin"
  • 1997: "Kahit Kaibigan Lang"
  • 1997: "Pag-ibig Mo, Pag-ibig Ko"
  • 1997: "Mahal na Mahal na Mahal Kita"
  • 1997: "Esperanza" (theme song of the TV series of the same name)
  • 1998: "Salamat Sa Iyo"
  • 1998: "Tukaan" (theme song from the TV show)
  • 2000: "Kahapong Nagdaan (Ayoko ng Balikan)"
  • 2000: "Sabi ng Puso Ko"
  • 2004: "Nanghihinayang Ako"
  • 2004: "Madelyn (Nag-iisang Ginto)"
  • 2004: "Pasumpa-sumpa"
  • 2005: "Ye Ye Vonnel"
  • 2010: "Di Na Ako Iibig Pang Muli" (with JC Regino)
  • 2010: "Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Aking Buhay" (with JC Regino)
  • 2015: "Tanging Hiling" (first and only gospel song)
  • 2019: "Hanggang sa Wakas"


  1. "Jukebox idol April Boy Regino passes away at 59", PEP.ph. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named 59 not 51
  3. "In Memoriam: April Boy Regino and his career's greatest hits", Philippines Ultimate Showbiz Hub (PUSH), November 29, 2020. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "'Jukebox Idol' April Boy Regino, 59, had chronic kidney disease", Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 30, 2020. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Ang tinig ng pananampalataya at pag-asa ni April Boy Regino", August 23, 2015. (in Filipino) 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Gorospe, Marc (May 24, 1997). "Philippines". Asia Pacific Quarterly. Billboard. Howard Lander. p. 20. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
  7. April Boy Regino, halos bulag na dahil sa komplikasyon sa diabetes – GMA News.
  8. "OPM icon April Boy Regino passes away", ABS-CBN News, November 29, 2020. “His wife, Madel, confirmed the sad news to ABS-CBN News over the phone, while their son, JC, uploaded on his Facebook page a photo of a lit candle with an 'IDOL' cap image.” 
  9. "PAALAM, IDOL NG MASA APRIL BOY REGINO", Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho. 
  10. "April Boy's son JC performs debut single", ABS-CBN News, April 23, 2014. “JC Regino, the son of veteran singer April Boy Regino, performed his single "Wasak" on the morning show "Umagang Kay Ganda" on Wednesday.” 
  11. "Vingo Regino ikinalungkot ang pagkamatay ng kuya na si April Boy Regino", PEP, November 29, 2020. (in Filipino) 
  12. "OPM singer April Boy Regino has passed away", GMA News, November 29, 2020. 
  13. "April Boy pumanaw dahil sa komplikasyon sa bato", ABS-CBN Entertainment, December 1, 2020. 
  14. Showbiz News. Libing ni APRIL BOY REGINO, Dinagsa ng LIBU-LIBONG TAO.