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Postby BlueWater on Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:43 pm

Max Surban is known as one of the best novelty singers of the Philippines and the King of Visayan song. He was born and raised in Cebu City in the southern part of the Philippines with one brother and four sisters. He finished high school at the University of the Southern Philippines and then took a machinery course at Cebu College of Arts and Trade. After that, Max worked for six months at the Visayan Electric Company. Since singing was his first love, he started to enter singing contests until eventually it became his career. At first, he sang ballad songs in big night spots in Cebu in the 1960's until he decided to move to Manila. He sang at the Olongapo U.S. Naval base for one year and then at the Seafront in the U.S. Embassy Family Club for two years. He also joined a band as a vocalist and travelled to Vietnam and Japan.

Maximo Surban, better known as Max is a Cebuano singer. He has been given the moniker King of Visayan Song. Like his fellow Visayan, the Bol-anon singer Yoyoy Villame, Max Surban has also become famous for his singing of so-called novelty songs which usually have humorous lyrics and may or may not be set to original music. On several occasions, both Yoyoy Villame and Max Surban have appeared together on stage and even recorded together a few albums.

Although known primarily for his singing of novelty songs, he has also recorded romantic ballads.
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Postby BlueWater on Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:46 pm

The first song Max recorded was a novelty [comedy] song titled Lolang Kunot released by the Vicor Music Corporation. At first he was not interested in singing novelty songs because he was a ballad singer. But his curiousity about recording prevailed. So he decided to record Lolang Kunot and it became a big hit in just one week after it was released. Another one of Maxs hit songs is Ang Manok ni San Pedro(St. Peters Rooster). It is about a man named Esteban who was murdered by goons. His soul went up to heaven where he met St. Peter at the pearly gates. St. Peter was wondering why Esteban was there and realized that a mistake had been made. St. Peters records showed that it wasnt Estebans time yet. So St. Peter told him to go back to earth. And, as a parting gift, he gave Esteban a white rooster. When he came back to life, Esteban and his white rooster always won in cock fighting tournaments.This song became so popular that the story of Esteban ended up being made into a hit comedy TV series with the same title. From that time on, Max was very busy recording and began to make a name for himself in the music industry. ..
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