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One last set for the Big Guy

South Border’s keyboard player Dylan Durias. Image © Dylan Duria FB page

A BENEFIT concert to help out the family of the recently deceased musician Dylan Durias was held last Sunday.

Held at the Bamboo Bistro in Panorama City, the concert was led by musician Ric Junasa, who was a close friend of the deceased, and host/singer Cory Miranda.

Daniel Belen, owner of Bamboo Bistro, expressed sadness over Dylan’s sudden demise.

Actually, I have not known him (Dylan) for long. But he was so easy to like. Napakabait at napaka-simpleng tao. And very talented as well. Kaya nag-boluntaryo tayo na dito gawin ang benefit concert,” Belen narrated.

In his Facebook page, Belen said they were able to collect $2,370 for the family of Dylan.

Band manager Mike Moya also shared a similar impression about Dylan.

Kasi si Dylan, when you meet him, you’ll feel like you’ve met him for a long time. Hindi ka maiilang sa kanya. He was always smiling, very friendly to everyone,” Moya recalled.

As the outpouring of sympathy continue, another group of musicians have also slated a benefit concert at Josephine’s Cerritos on Wednesday night (January 24). The concert is titled: One last set for the Big Guy.

The said mini-concert is to be led by rock and roll singer Malou Toler and other Los Angeles-based musicians.

Jay Durias, brother of the deceased musician, is also expected to participate in the concert.

DJ Aljess Bernardo, who will also play his “turntables” during the show, said the concert will be free but donations will be asked from those who would come.

Dylan’s family really needs our help, not only our moral support but as well as our financial support,” Bernardo added.

A memorial for Dylan has been set on Friday (from 5 to 10 pm) at the Filipino Disciples Christian Church at 301 N. Union Avenue, Los Angeles.

The former South Border keyboardist who also had a beautiful voice has died from an apparent heart attack on Monday (January 15) shortly after having a meal in a restaurant in Los Angeles. (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/01/17/south-borders-dylan-durias-dies-of-heart-failure-in-los-angeles/)

Durias was with other two friends shortly after lunchtime when they went to a Filipino restaurant to have a snack.

Among the plates the trio ordered were “goto” (porridge) and “tokwa’t baboy.”

Durias’ friends said they did not notice anything unusual with the musician while they were eating.

We were even sharing our plates with one another,” recalled one of Durias’ friends.

However, after they finished their meals, Durias suddenly felt an excruciating pain on his belly as he was about to leave the table. He returned to his seat clutching his belly and asked his friends to call 911.

The responders came within five minutes after the call but Durias has passed out by that time.

The paramedics applied first aid to Durias and rushed him to a hospital.

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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