Ben&Ben

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Ben&Ben
OriginManila, Philippines
Genres
Years active2015–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitebenandbenmusic.com
Members
  • Paolo Benjamin Guico
  • Miguel Benjamin Guico
  • Poch Barretto
  • Jam Villanueva
  • Agnes Reoma
  • Patricia Lasaten
  • Toni Muñoz
  • Andrew de Pano
  • Keifer Cabugao

Ben&Ben (formerly known as The Benjamins) is an indie folk/folk pop band in the Philippines. They consist of the twin brothers, Paolo and Miguel Guico on acoustic guitars and vocals, Poch Barretto on electric guitar, Jam Villanueva on drums, Agnes Reoma on bass, Patricia Lasaten on keyboards, Toni Muñoz and Andrew de Pano on percussions, and Keifer Cabugao on violin. The band has been known for their popular hits such as "Ride Home", "Leaves", "Maybe the Night", and the critically acclaimed "Kathang Isip" (Imagination).[1]

History[edit]

Prior to its formation as a band, the Guico brothers (then known as The Benjamins) were best known for songwriting the single "Tinatangi" (interpreted by Bayang Barrios and Cooky Chua featuring The Benjamins), which won 2nd runner up and Best Music Video at the PhilPop Music Festival in 2016.[2] The duo released their debut EP in late 2016, and has been expanded into a 9-piece band. They are currently signed to major record label Warner Music Philippines.[3]

The band released new singles and collaborations throughout 2018, including the song "Susi" for the movie Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral [4] and an upcoming song for the music program Coke Studio Homecoming.[5]

Ben&Ben also covered a classic Sam Concepcion Feat. Tippy Dos Santos song, as well as the grand winning Phil Pop single Dati for Coke Studio Homecoming Season 2, both in 2018. They also covered a new classic cover of the Jose Mari Chan hit Beautiful Girl in 2019.

Band members[edit]

  • Miguel Benjamin Guico - vocals, guitars
  • Paolo Benjamin Guico - vocals, guitars
  • Poch Barretto - electric guitars
  • Jam Villanueva - drums
  • Agnes Reoma - bass
  • Patricia Lasaten - keyboards
  • Toni Muñoz - percussion
  • Andrew de Pano - percussion, backing vocals
  • Keifer Cabugao - violin

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

EPs

  • Ben&Ben (2016)[3]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Notable Works Result
2018 31st Awit Award[6] Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist "Maybe the Night" Nominated
Best World Music Recording "Maybe the Night" Nominated
Best Inspirational Recording "Leaves" Nominated
3rd Wish 107.5 FM Music Awards [7] Wish Group/Duo of the Year "Ben&Ben" Won
Wishclusive Contemporary Folk Performance of the Year "Leaves" Won
2019 4th Wish 107.5 FM Music Awards [8] "Maybe the Night" Won
Wish Contemporary Folk Song of the Year "Sunrise" Won
Wish Group of the Year Ben&Ben Nominated
14th Myx Music Awards [9] Song of the Year "Kathang Isip" Nominated
Group of the Year Ben&Ben Nominated
Media Soundtrack of the Year "Maybe the Night" Nominated
6th MOR Pinoy Music Awards [10] Band of the Year "Maybe the Night" Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mapping out the musical journey of Ben&Ben". Bandwagon.asia. August 31, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Policarpio, Allan (July 25, 2016). "Itchyworms' 'Di Na Muli' bags PhilPop 2016 grand prize". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Ben&Ben Successfully Launched Their Self-Titled EP". Indie Manila. January 1, 2017. Archived from the original on June 17, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Policarpio, Allan. "The story behind 'Goyo's' theme song 'Susi'". Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  5. ^ "Coke Studio Homecoming lineup revealed: IV of Spades, QUEST, Ben&Ben, Juan Miguel Severo, and more". Coke Studio Homecoming lineup revealed: IV of Spades, QUEST, Ben&Ben, Juan Miguel Severo, and more | Editorial | Bandwagon - Live music, bands and concert guide for Singapore, Manila and Jakarta. 2018-09-03. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  6. ^ "FULL LIST: Gloc-9 leads nominees for Awit Awards 2018". ABS-CBN News. 2018-05-28.
  7. ^ "The 4th Wish 107.5 Music Awards: Nominees, New Categories, and More". Wish 107.5. December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "The 4th Wish 107.5 Music Awards: Nominees, New Categories, and More". Wish 107.5. December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "Here are the Myx Music Awards 2019 nominees!". Myx. April 7, 2019. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  10. ^ "WINNERS: MOR Pinoy Music Awards 2019". ABS-CBN News. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.