Ely Buendia Biography, Music, Family, Net Worth and Awards
Ely Buendia – Eleandre “Ely” Basiño Buendia (born November 2, 1970) is a Filipino musician, writer and director who gained fame as guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist of the popular Filipino rock band Eraserheads. His compositions gained success and critical acclaim, topping various music charts, and are now considered classics.
Widely regarded as one of the most respected music icons in the country, he currently performs as guitarist and lead vocalist for Pupil, The Oktaves and Apartel.
Ely Buendia Personal life
Eleandre Basiño Buendia was born in his parents’ home in Naga City at 6:20 am on November 2, 1970. He is the second child of Ely Revilla Buendia (born c. 1942 in Goa, Camarines Sur) and Lisetta Ruiz Basiño (March 22, 1942 in Caramoan, Camarines Sur – August 28, 2008 in Manila). His parents were married on October 30, 1964 in Ragay, Camarines Sur.
He first learned Kundiman from his mother while he started playing the guitar at the age of 7 years old. Buendia graduated from Elementary in Pasig Catholic College in 1983 in Pasig City and High School in University of Perpetual Help Rizal.
During Elementary, Buendia won in a singing contest where he sang “Doon Lang” by Nonoy Zuniga. Buendia later enrolled to University of the Philippines Diliman where he formed his bands Bluidie Tryste, Sunday School and Eraserheads.
Ely Buendia is a member of the international Order of DeMolay from A. Mabini Chapter, Paranaque City. He was conferred with the highest honor being a DeMolay to the rank of Legion of Honor last November 2015, by the Grand Master Victor Antonio T. Espejo of the Supreme Council Order of DeMolay Philippines for outstanding leadership in his field of endeavor, for service to humanity, for success in fraternal life, including adult service to the Order of DeMolay. The Supreme Council Order of DeMolay is an appendant body of Freemasonry.
Ely Buendia has two children, Una Aurea, with his first wife, Vicky Cayago, and Eon Drake, with Pupil co-manager Diane Ventura. He reportedly also used to date TV5 news anchor and model Shawn Yao.