Remembering Victor Wood

Victor Wood was born on February 1, 1946 in Buhi, Camarines Sur, Philippines to Sgt. Kocky Wood and Rosario “Tiyang Saring” Nobleza. His mother was well known in Buhi and neighbouring towns for selling herbal medications and perfumes. He studied and finished secondary school at Jose Abad Santos High.

Dubbed as the Tom Jones of the Philippines, he was well known for his covers of popular 50’s and 60’s songs. Songs like Mr. Lonely, Eternally, Carmelita, Crying Time, I Went to Your Wedding, You Are my Destiny, Pearly Shells, Sweet Caroline, among others were all top hits. He was awarded a total of 34 gold and platinum records earning him the title of ‘Jukebox King.’ Titles of his movies, which were money-makers too, were mostly lifted and taken from his hit singles.

In the late 70s the entire Wood family migrated to the US, to Woodside, California, where he rubbed elbows with former Hollywood stars like Shirley Temple. Wood became a prominent businessman and co-owned four gasoline stations. He was also into real estate and landscaping and even managed the $1.5-million Palm Plaza Restaurant. He was also active in the Ninoy Aquino Movement, and counted the Lopezes among his friends.

Unfortunately things did not work out in the US for Victor and he came home to the Philippines in 1998. In 2007 he ran for vice governor of Rizal but lost. In later years he found a passion for painting. Sadly Victor Wood died from complications of COVID-19 on April 23, 2021. A film of his life produced by EBC films is in the works and is set to be released soon.

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