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Ely Buendia

Eleandre Basiño Buendia, popularly known as Ely Buendia, and also once adopting the stage name, Jesus "Dizzy" Ventura,  is a Filipino writer and musician who gained fame as guitarist, songwriter, and lead vocalist in the popular Pinoy rock band, The Eraserheads. His gift in songwriting, in which he contributed heavily to the band, has earned him a reputation as one of the most respected icons in the country.

He currently performs as guitarist and lead vocalist for the band, Pupil.

After Ely left the Eraserheads, he would invite musicians and jam together. He had no definite line-up at that time, "I have like 10 members in the band right now, I have 2 drummers, 2 bass players…" according to Ely in an interview with Martin Nievera. This jamming together with friends would eventually evolve to The Mongols. It was composed of guitarist J. Astro (also known as Jerome Velasco) (of The Teeth), bassist Yan Yuzon, drummer Bogs "Boga Man" Jugo (of the indie pop band Daydream Cycle), and Buendia on guitars and vocals, under the stage name Jesus "Dizzy" Ventura. The band was managed by Buendia’s wife, Diane Ventura.

Shortly after The Mongols’ guitarist, J. Astro, left the band, the remaining members renamed their group "Pupil." Buendia changed upon the band name while reading a medical book. The band is enjoying more mainstream popularity, in contrast to the Mongols.

Buendia had a solo project, even before leaving the Eraserheads. He recorded ten tracks in his home studio, "Suite 16 Studios." The album was called "Wanted: Bedspacer," and it comprised of the tracks "Wanted Bedspacer," "Monday Mundane," "Kakaiba," "Santo," "Over 18," "Tapos Na," "Acid Tongue," "Oras," "Shallow Breathing," and "Hotchik". The cassette version of the album has a bonus track titled "In the Midnight".

Other Information

  • Birth name : Eleandre Basiño Buendia
  • Also known as : Jesus "Dizzy" Ventura
  • Born : November 2, 1970
  • Origin : Naga City, Philippines
  • Genres : Alternative rock/pop, Experimental, Pinoy rock, Shoegaze
  • Occupation : Singer. Song-writer
  • Instruments : Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer
  • Labels : 1993-2002 BMG Pilipinas, 2003-2005 VIVA Records, 2005-2008 Sony BMG, 2009-Present Sony Music
  • Associated acts : The Eraserheads, The Mongols, Pupil, Bluidie Tryste, Sunday School

Discography

  • 2000 : Wanted: Bedspacer

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