The Philippines is known to be a country of great talents and flavorful musicality, and proof to this is the indie folk-pop band, Ben and Ben. This 9-piece band is taking over the country’s music industry by storm because of their songs that touch the hearts of their listeners. They are the geniuses behind the songs Kathang Isip and Maybe the Night. There is more to this band that makes them great and different from any other band.
They just started their career not long ago, but they have already won the hearts of many. The question is, who is Ben and Ben?
Ben and Ben members
This 9-member band is a combination of shy, quirky, funny yet talented and passionate people who seem to enjoy each other’s company, on stage and off stage.
Doing a quick search on the internet will not give a fan all the information about each member since they are private kind of people. However, Miguel posted on Twitter an appreciation post for some of the band's members, revealing some facts about his friends.
Get to know Ben and Ben members real names, facts and more.
- Name: Patricia Lasaten
- Nickname: Pat
- Position: Keyboardist
Facts about Pat
In Miguel's tweet, he mentioned that Pat is a strong-willed kind of keyboardist, the kind of "strong" that has uncontainable energy and drive when it comes to music and life. That kind of energy can be seen every time she performs on stage. Her energy goes beyond every chord and note of whatever she is playing, be it gentle or wild shredding.
According to Miguel, what he truly admires about Pat is that she never gives up in mastering something she really wants. She is the one who keeps all the other members in order whenever they are off stage. She manages all their schedules from their recordings to rehearsals and all their other events.
- Name: Agnes Reoma
- Nickname: Agnes
- Position: Bassist
Facts about Agnes
Her bandmates look at her as a trooper, someone who never retreats and surrenders. Miguel said that he realized this in one of their gigs. The band was performing their 4th song in one of their gigs when Agnes asked for a chair.
Miguel knew that something was not right at that moment. The bassist was able to finish their set even though she was not feeling well. After their set, she went to the hospital because of her gastritis.
- Name: Poch Baretto
- Nickname: Poch
- Position: Electric guitarist
Facts about Poch
According to the Twitter post, Poch is not just a plain guitarist, but he is also a man of principles and values. He sticks to what he believes in, and he is not afraid to voice himself out when something is going out of line. He also speaks up every time that he thinks something needs improvement.
One of Poch’s principles in life is to talk when needed. He is the kind of friend who will be there with you when everything quiets down after all the noise, and he will talk some sense into you whenever you need it. Miguel also referred to the electric guitarist as a musical genius. When he plays on stage, he is always on fire.
- Name: Andrew de Pano
- Nickname: Andrew
- Position: Percussionist
Facts about Andrew
He is the meme-lord of the band. Besides being a great musician, Andrew is also the light of the band. His personality and humor are contagious and help the other members embrace their weirdness. He also is a game enthusiast, which is his way of balancing his life from work and rest.
Andrew is also a musical genius. He knows how to play almost every musical instrument and he could also sing. The funny thing is that if there is an instrument he did not master, it's the percussion, which he ended up playing for the band (with the help of Toni).
He also does not forget to check on his bandmates. He always asks how everybody is doing every time they get busy.
- Name: Jam Villanueva
- Nickname: Jam, Jamantha
- Position: Drummer
Facts about Jam
Jam is known for her fiery and groovy chops and her charismatic way of playing on stage. Though she is already a great musician, she always asks the people around her what she could still improve on. She is a very humble person.
She also gives tasteful suggestions of movies and films to her friends. She loves exploring not only in music but also in life.
She is a quiet type of person, but that does not mean that she is not intense. She always laughs her heart out hard.
- Name: Keifer Cabugao
- Nickname: Keifer
- Position: Violinist
- Name: Toni Muñoz
- Nickname: Toni
- Position: Percussionist
- Name: Miguel Benjamin Guico
- Nickname: Miguel
- Position: Acoustic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist
- Name: Paolo Benjamin Guico
- Nickname: Paolo
- Position: Acoustic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist
Not much else is known about the band, even Ben and Ben members age is not yet known to the public.
Here is what you need to know about the Ben and Ben band
Ben&Ben is a 9-member indie folk-pop band in the Philippines. The band was brought together by twin brothers, Miguel Benjamin and Paolo Benjamin, formerly known as The Benjamins.
The twins, Miguel and Paolo, needed session musicians to help them as they recorded their debut EP in 2016. Being in the music scene for years, the two knew different musicians and instrumentalists whom they were able to work with over the years.
They decided to call out a handful of instrumentalists to help them and play with them. From a great recording to great live show performances, they decided to make the 9-piece band official.
According to Miguel, their band is like The Avengers in a way because the group started with an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people.
It was love at first jam for the group as they already felt that there was chemistry between all of them. Each member came from different walks of life, but they have one thing in common: their love and passion for music.
The band started with humble beginnings. Their first months and first few gigs were not easy. The band recalls playing gigs and taking home P500 a night, which they need to divide equally among themselves.
It is a good thing that they took the risk and pushed through. Even De Pano once said,
"This is something you really have to fight for with all your being,"
Ben and Ben album
After hitting top charts on different music platforms and gaining millions of streams and views on Spotify and YouTube in the previous years, Ben&Ben finally released their debut album this year.
Their album was named Limasawa Street derived from the word Masawa which is a Butuanon word for light. The band said that they wanted the album to represent a place of light by singing about hopeful perspectives in troubled situations. Limasawa is also the name of a street that holds a special place in one of the members' hearts, grounded with a deeply personal story that offers the comforts of life and home.
It is a 13-track album in which each track is genius yet relatable. These 13 songs touch the hearts of each listener:
- Limasawa Street
- Mitsa (Salamat)
- Baka Sakali (feat. Ebe Dancel)
Before these 13 songs, the band released singles and EP (extended plays) which were also welcomed and loved by their fans and listeners.
Here is a list of other Ben and Ben songs:
- Maybe The Night
- Ride Home
The band’s popularity has taken over not only the music industry but also the movies as they are part of the movie LSS. Numbers of cinemas have screened the movie, which is a story of two people who meet because of a major Ben and Ben concert that brings them together for a whirlwind romance.
The movie bagged different awards during this year's PPP Awards such as Best Sound Design, Best Theme Song for “Araw-araw”, and more. Pat Lasaten, the band’s keyboardist, was also nominated for Best Musical Score as she was the Musical Director of the movie.
The band has also been invited to some television shows and has performed in different cities and provinces in the Philippines.
Another update about the band is that they are set to perform at the South By Southwest Music Festival SXSW in Austin, Texas. The festival will be from March 13th to 22nd.
Just recently, they released another single entitled Masyado Pang Maaga that has drawn a lot of reaction from their fans. Many people have tweeted about the song and it has become a trending topic all over Twitter.
The music and songs that Ben and Ben have created and will still create in the future will surely rise above the noise and bring light and love to the lives of those who will be able to listen to them. Just like their debut album, the future of the band's career looks successful and bright.
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