The late composer-singer Renee de la Rosa—more popularly known as Alon—had created a global awareness to his favor especially among Filipinos abroad because of his hit composition “Pusong Bato” but his untimely death rendered the popularity kaput.
Many of his kith and kin in the music industry can’t still believe Renee is already gone, among them singer Pinky Pop Fernandez, the voice behind the naughty song “Ipasok Mo Na,” a Sunny Ilacad composition which was on top of the music charts in the late 1990s and the early millennium.
Pinky Pop is now married to Aussie David Jewkes and the couple is based in Albury, New South Wales, Australia.
“Nagulat ako nang mabalitaan ko ang nangyari kay Kumpareng Alon. Ninang kasi ako ng isa niyang anak (I was shocked of what I heard about Kumpare—reciprocal appellation for a godfather. I am a godmother of one of his children).
“Balak pa naman naming i-upload sa YouTube ‘yong ki-nompose niya sa akin na ‘Huwag mo Munang Bunutin.’ Ang dami niyang ginawang kanta para sa akin (We just planned to upload the song which he composed for me. He did many songs for me),” said Pinky Pop in our online conversation.
“Sobra naman ‘yong forty hospitals na tumanggi sa kanya (The forty hospitals which refused his admittance was too much),” exclaimed Fernandez.
According to Fernandez, a domesticated wife in Australia although she’s studying beauty culture at the moment, her last meeting with de la Rosa was in Tagaytay. “Wala pang pandemic no’n. Nagpa-blesssing ako ng bahay ko sa Tagaytay (There was no pandemic yet at the time. I had my house in Tagaytay blessed and he was one of the guests),” recalled the singer who is billed Naughty Diva.
“Grabe (Too bad). I was shocked when my cousin send me that news…We will miss you heaps ….RIP. Anyway, we will meet again on d second coming ….,” stated Pinky in her social media posts. Aside from “Ipasok Mo,” the other songs Alon had composed for Fernandez are “Anghel Ng Masa,” “’Wag mo Munang Hugutin,” “Kahit Nasasaktan” and “Ano ang Dahilan.”