MANILA — Singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon on Wednesday paid tribute to the late Joey “Pepe” Smith with a rendition of a classic hit of the Pinoy rock icon’s band. “Malaki ang kaniyang contribution sa Filipino music, lalo na sa genre ng rock. Nais kong magbigay-pugay sa kaniya,” Cabangon said of Smith, his fellow “batang Kamuning,” in the opening seconds of a Facebook video. Smith passed away last Monday. He was 71. Cabangon sang the Juan de la Cruz Band original “Himig Natin,” which he also recorded in 2006, with a tweak in its lyrics. The line “Ako’y may kaibigan, at siya’y nahihirapan,” was instead sung as, “Ako’y may kaibigan, Pepe ang pangalan.” “Handa na ba kayong lahat upang siya’y tulungan,” then goes the original line of the song.