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Lily performing live in 2012, back when the band were still called "Callalily"
Lily performing live in 2012, back when the band were still called "Callalily"
Background information
Also known asCallalily (2005-2022)
OriginManila, Philippines
Years active2005–present
LabelsSony Music Philippines (2006–2011)
Universal Records (2012–2017)
Soupstar Entertainment (2006–2017)
Sindikato Productions/Callalily Entertainment/O/C Records (2017–2021)
LX2 Entertainment (2022-present)
MembersLem Belaro
Aaron Ricafrente
Nathan Reyes
Alden Acosta
Joshua Bulot
Past membersKean Cipriano
Tatsi Jamnague
Ken Tiongson
Brylle Balbuena

Lily (stylized in all caps, formerly known as Callalily) is a pop rock band from the Philippines formed in 2005. The band is currently composed of Lem Belaro, Aaron Ricafrente, Nathan Reyes, Joshua Bulot, and Alden Acosta, the band's original lead guitarist who reunited with the band in 2022, twelve years after he left in 2010.

Notable former members include Kean Cipriano, the band's frontman for 17 years since the band's inception, who later embarked on a solo career and opened his own record label, and Tatsi Jamnague who later joined the band Gracenote. Following Cipriano's departure, drummer and chief songwriter Lem Belaro announced that they are changing the band's name to "Lily" and after a series of nationwide auditions, the band hired Joshua Bulot as Cipriano's replacement.


The band entered the Philippine music scene with their songs "Stars", "Take My Hand", their breakthrough single "Magbalik", "Pasan" (which was also included in the soundtrack of Lineage II), and "Sanctuary", all from their debut album Destination XYZ. Their second album, Fisheye followed not long after, which scored its first single "Susundan", dedicated to the death of their friend Jan Kevin Santos (sound manipulator & unclean vocals of Chicosci). A commercial jingle "Eto na ang Summer"[1] that was specially composed for Sony Ericsson, also received airplay.

Callalily vocalist Kean Cipriano collaborated with Paraluman vocalist Madeline Ramboyong with their hit single "Tabi", from Paraluman's debut album In Lab!, launched in 2008.[2]

Cipriano has also taken a new responsibility in acting on the top rated hit Sunday noontime teen television series BFGF with leading lady TV host and actress Alex Gonzaga on TV5. Half of the band's songs and new ones are used on that TV series with "Yakap" as its theme song and "Magbalik" as a background track. Cipriano is also a co-host of Sunday musical variety show, P.O.5. He is also formerly part of the sitcom Hapi Together and the magical comedy reality show, Magic Gimik. He was also formerly seen on Magic Bagsik and on the sitcom, Sugod Mga Kapatid, both aired on TV5. Callalily also appeared in the movie "Praybeyt Benjamin" and " Of all the Things" movie of Aga Muhlach and Regine Velasquez.

Cipriano has also worked with 6cyclemind in their redux of "Kung Wala Na Nga" with fellow members of the music industry, Yeng Constantino and Tutti. In June 2010, they released the music video on Music Uplate Live on ABS CBN.

In 2010, guitarist Alden Acosta parted ways with Callalily and moved to the US.[3]

In 2011, Callalily became part of the debut project of the Big Band Syndicate (BBS) composed of Darwin Hernandez of Soupstar Entertainment and Rye Sarmiento of 6cyclemind. The project, which was entitled BBS featuring Kean Cipriano of Callalily, released Ctrl + Alt + Del - Restart, which included the song "Wala na Tayo".

In 2012, Callalily covered the Eraserheads classic "Minsan" from the various artists album, The Reunion. The band released their fourth studio album Flower Power in October 2012 with their 1st single, "Pasasalamat". This was also the first Callalily album since former band guitarist Alden Acosta left the band for Happy Days Ahead. Their second single from the album was "HKM (Hindi Kita Malilimutan)". Flower Power album reached Gold Record Award last March. They received the award from the Sunday Variety Program ASAP. The same month, they also won Best Group for the song "Pasasalamat" at MYX Music Awards 2013 held at Music Museum. Last June 7, they staged their first major concert back to back with fellow Soupstar artist 6cyclemind at Music Museum.

In 2013, the band was launched as one of the ambassadors of Hero Foundation from Ayala Group of Companies. In May 2014, the band won as Most Popular Recording/ Performing Group at the 45th Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Entertainment Awards 2014.

At the end of 2015, the band released their fifth album, Greetings From Callalily, which spawned the singles "Bitter Song", "Now I'm Dancing", "Is This Love", and "Sa'n Ako Magsisimula".

In 2017, with production group Sindikato and Warner Music Philippines, the band released "Miles Away" online, their new song about a 'runaway bride'. The official music video was launched at YouTube on June 6, 2017.

In 2018, vocalist Kean Cipriano teased the fans to watch out for their 2 new songs, "Ex" and "Litrato". The music video for "Ex" was released in 2019, featuring the collaboration with Yeng Constantino.

In June 2022, Kean Cipriano reportedly left the band due to alleged infighting with the rest of the band members. However, Cipriano clarified that he did not leave the band, but rather disengaged from the rest of the members. Cipriano also claimed that the name "Callily" is allegedly under his intellectual property prompting the remaining members to change their name to "LILY". The remaining members have since released a statement regarding this and refuted Cipriano's earlier statements.[4] After a series of nationwide audtions, Joshua Bulot of singing trio JBK who were contestants of The X Factor UK in 2017, was announced as the winner and became the new frontman/vocalist of the band in September 2022.

Band members[edit]

Current members

Early members

Touring members

  • Ezra Bañez – keyboards (2023–present)


For the full discography, see: Callalily discography

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2006 NU Rock Awards Best New Artist Nominated[7]
SOP Pasiklaband Favorite Breakthrough Artist Won
2007 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Recording Group Won[8]
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Best Pop Band Nominated
Best Pop Music "Magbalik" Nominated
MYX Music Awards Favorite Song "Stars" Nominated[9]
Favorite New Artist Nominated[9]
OPM Songhits Music Awards Best Band of the Year Won
Song of The Year "Magbalik" Won
Favorite Male Vocalist (for Kean Cipriano) Nominated
Best Performance by a New Recording Artist Nominated
2008 ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Certified Platinum "Destination XYZ" Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Recording Group Won[10]
MYX Music Awards Favorite Music Video "Magbalik" Nominated[11]
Favorite Artist Nominated[11]
Favorite Group Nominated[11]
SOP Pasiklaband Song of the Year "Susundan" Won
Best Vocalist of the Year (for Kean Cipriano) Won
2009 MYX Music Awards Favorite Artist Nominated
Favorite Group Nominated
2013 MYX Music Awards Favorite Group Won
Favorite Artist Nominated
Favorite Remake "Minsan" Nominated
Favorite Media Soundtrack "Minsan" Nominated
2014 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Recording/Performing Group Won[12]
2015 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Recording/Performing Group Won


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  2. ^ "Paraluman, Kean in Tabi Updated April 22, 2009 12:00 AM"., The Filipino Global Community. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  3. ^ "Callalily & No. 777". Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  4. ^ "Lily on name change: 'Callalily brand was built by collective whole'".
  5. ^ "Callalily's 3rd Album". Retrieved 2009-05-15.[dead link]
  6. ^ "CALLALISTAS! THIS IS IT! (Callalily's New Album Launch)". Universal Records Official Facebook Fan Page. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Gil, Baby A. (November 24, 2006). "NU 107 Rock Awards nominees". Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Calderon, Nora (2008-03-13). "FIRST READ ON PEP: John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo named Box-Office King & Queen for 2007". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on 2016-10-09. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  9. ^ a b Baby A. Gil (February 5, 2007). "A MYX Magna for Apo nominees". PhilStar. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  10. ^ "The 38th Box-Office Entertainment Awards (Part 2)". Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  11. ^ a b c Jocelyn Dimaculangan (February 18, 2008). "Third MYX Music Awards to be held on March 26". Retrieved September 26, 2020.
  12. ^ "Complete List of Winners: 45th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards 2014". The Summit Express. Retrieved 2014-05-019.

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