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OriginMetro Manila, Philippines
Years active1992–1998, 2006–present
Websiteyano.ph[dead link]
MembersEric Gancio - vocals, lead guitars
JR Madarang - bass
Ronald Madarang - drums
Past membersDong Abay
Onie Badiang
Supporting musicians:
Nowie Favila
Nonong Timbalopez
Harley Alarcon
Jun Nogoy
Jan Najera
Ronald Madarang

Yano is a Filipino folk/punk rock band formed in 1992. The band members were originally composed of Dong Abay on vocals and Eric Gancio on guitar. Onie Badiang later joined them to play bass. Nowie Favila was the usual drummer but declined to join the group due to commitments with Ang Grupong Pendong. Other drummers of the band included Nonong Timbalopez, Harley Alarcon and Jun Nogoy. The band got their name when Abay looked through an entry in "Talahulugang Pilipino", an old Tagalog dictionary. "Yano" in Tagalog means "simple", a term often used by Tagalog speakers in the province of Quezon. The group disbanded in 1997 after Abay left the band.

In 2007, Gancio revived Yano as a one-man band, although he continued to use sidemen as backing musicians for live performances.[1][2] In later years, Gancio while performing vocals and lead guitars is accompanied by JR Madarang on bass and Ronald Madarang on drums.[3] In 2013, Yano released their fourth studio album titled Talâ (Star).[4]


Early years[edit]

In 1992, Dong Abay, Eric Gancio and Larry Mapolon met in Patatag, a progressive vocal ensemble.[citation needed] Gancio was chosen to represent 'Patatag' to a composite chorale group for a concert tour in Japan where he met Manji Ikuta who would be the front act in all their shows, with his band called 'Soso'.[citation needed] Manji gave Gancio a vintage semi-acoustic electric Yamaha, which Gancio later named 'Kai', in what was a pseudo samurai sort of ritual.[citation needed] In December 1992, Gancio invited Abay to the former's desire to journey into the adventure of writing his own songs.[citation needed] Gancio later met percussionist Renmin Nadela who later became the founder of 'Agaw Agimat'.[citation needed] The word Yano came up while browsing the Filipino dictionary for words. It was a Bisaya (Visayan) word (meaning 'simple'), Gancio then decided that the name appropriately symbolizes the songs that have already been written, as well as the style of songwriting.[citation needed]

They recorded their demo at the home studio of alternative artist Joey Ayala in June 1993.[citation needed] They brought two of the tracks, "Kumusta Na?," ("How Are You?") a song about the "EDSA Revolution", and "Kaka," a song about the 12-hour brownout during that time, to a local radio station L.A. 105.9 where the group was first heard.[citation needed] This paved the way for Yano to become active in the local club circuit. Mayric's, Club Dredd, 70s Bistro were among the first clubs that Yano performed in.[citation needed] Drummers for the band included Nowie Favila (Ang Grupong Pendong), Nonong Timbalopez (Put3Ska, Ex President's Combo), Jun Nogoy (Coffeebreak Island) and Harley Alarcon (Rizal Underground and POT).[citation needed]

In 1994, the band's self-titled debut album came out, with rock songs including"Banal Na Aso, Santong Kabayo" ("Holy Dog, Saintly Horse"), "Tsinelas" ("Slippers") and "Esem" (wordplay for SM or Shoemart mall).[citation needed] This was followed by a string of successful concerts around the Philippine archipelago.[citation needed] Their first album from Alpha records (re-issued by BMG) reached quadruple platinum in 1994.[citation needed] After producing three studio albums, Abay quit during the late 1990s because of fame-induced pressure.[citation needed] The group later disbanded after Abay's absence.[citation needed]

Yano continues[edit]

In the middle of the recording of their 3rd album 'Tara', Abay struggled with clinical depression and stayed in his bedroom for about three years.[5] Gancio finished the album alone, singing the vocal tracks to have of the album's songs.[citation needed]

Abay came out of depression while writing new songs set into poetry.[citation needed] He and Badiang formed another band, Pan, with bassist Milo Duane Cruz and drummer Melvin Leyson.[citation needed] They released their debut album entitled Parnaso ng Payaso in 2003. Pan was later disbanded because Abay went back to school in University of the Philippines Diliman.[citation needed] He released Sampol, an EP in 2005, which was later reborn into Flipino and released in May 2006.[citation needed] Badiang played bass for Filipino folk/rock band Asin.[citation needed]

Yano in Davao[edit]

Gancio returned to his homeland in Davao after finishing the recording of the 3rd album Tara in 1998. In 2004, he released his solo album Sa Bandang Huli (At the Very End).[citation needed] Gancio did all the instruments in his indie-released album and mixed the music at his home in a PC-based software. In 2007, Gancio took into the band session Bassist Dave Ibao and Drummer Jan Najera. He said he would be releasing an album, which, according to Gancio, will be the "fourth Yano album" instead of his second album. Hence, in 2013, Yano released a 4th album titled Talâ (Star) under Yano Records. The band is still based in Davao City.[citation needed]

In September 2014, Yano released its 5th album Ya Hindi No under Yano Records.[citation needed] Yano has just launched it during P FEST UK on the last week of the same month in Leeds and Romford. The same year, Ronald Madarang was removed from the band and the next year, 2015, Ej Santos became the new drummer.[citation needed]


Yano's music is a fusion of western elements into Filipino ethnic music.[citation needed] It is also known for their political and social themes.[citation needed] Their songs censure religious hypocrites like in Banal Na Aso, Santong Kabayo (Tagalog for Holy Dog, Saintly Horse), corrupt politicians in Trapo (colloquial, pejorative acronym for "traditional politicians", also literally translates to "dust rag"), the lingo of the Philippine's elite in Coño Ka P’re ("You're a coño") and abusive capitalists in Mc’Jo (alluding to the fastfood chains McDonald's and Jollibee.[citation needed]

Yano's songs also narrate the situation of Philippine society during the 1990s.[citation needed] Kumusta Na? ("How are you?") discusses the condition of the Filipino masses after the 1986 EDSA Revolution while the novelty-styled song Kaka tells a story of a person named Kaka, who is having difficulty in finding things in the dark after a power outage, a reference to the frequent blackouts in the Philippines during the early 1990s. The song Bawal ("prohibited") speaks about the effects of rules or laws with excessive restrictions to the point where it leads to suppression of freedom and love. Abno, also known as Abnormal Environmental, tackles the environment while Kaklase ("classmate") focuses on students facing maltreatment by their teachers. Another social relevant song, Mercy, tells about the story of a crazy peddler in the Philippines known as a taong grasa ("greasy person").[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label
1994 Yano Alpha Records and then re-issued by BMG in 1998
1996 Bawal
1997 Tara BMG
2001 Best of Yano
2013 Tala Yano Records
2014 Ya Hindi No Yano Records
New award NU Rock Awards
Best New Artist

Served alongside: The Youth (band)
Succeeded by


  1. ^ De los Santos, Felicidad (11 March 2014). "Yano to rock Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah". Gulf News. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Gancio relaunches Yano". Mindanao Times. December 19, 2007. Retrieved February 6, 2008.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Yano Power Trio". Yano's Official Website. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Dong Abay's Pan: Another Gem". MTV Asia News. 2006-01-16. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2008-01-11.