Farewell Willy Cruz

April 21, 2017
By: 
Office of Alumni Relations

Farewell Willy Cruz

Wilfrido Buencamino Cruz, 70, passed away early last Monday, April 17, 2017 at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Quezon City after being in a coma following a stroke the week prior.

He leaves behind his mother, Narcisa Buencamino and his sisters, Wilhelmina C. Manalac and Magdalena "Bong" C. Africa.

Born and raised in San Miguel, Manila, Willy was the grandson of composer and musical director, Francisco Buencamino and was the cousin of world-class pianist Cecile Licad.

He was the mind behind famous OPM songs such as “Mahawi Man Ang Ulap,” “Pangarap Na Bituin,” “Bituing Walang Ningning,” “Kumusta Ka,” “Magandang Gabi,” “Kapag Puso’y Sinugatan,” “Sana’y Wala ng Wakas,” “Sa Duyan Ng Pag-ibig,” “Init Sa Magdamag,” "Araw-araw, Gabi-gabi," “Baby Tsina,” "Doon Lang," “Let The Pain Remain” and many others.

He was also the founder of Jem Productions where he has worked with and produced music for many renowned artists such as Sharon Cuneta, Hajji Alejandro, Nonoy Zuniga, Pilita Corrales, and Nora Aunor to name a few. He was also the musical director of the Ambivalent Crowd, a popular band in the 1970’s.

His rich legacy is memorialized with a star in the Eastwood Walk of Fame.

A funeral service will be held for Willy starting April 18 at the Loyola Memorial Chapels in Guadalupe. His remains will be cremated on Saturday, April 22.