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Dong Abay

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Westdon Martin Abay was born in Manila, Philippines on April 5, 1971. He shares his birthdate with the President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the day when American rockstar Kurt Cobain of Nirvana killed himself in 1994. Popularly known as Dong Abay, he is a poet and a rock musician. He was the founding member, songwriter and lead vocalist of Filipino bands Yano and Pan which are now both defunct. He is now pursuing a career as an independent artist. He is married to Ninj Botor Reyes. They have a son named Awit (“Chant”), born on May 15, 2002- feast day of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of Filipino farmers.

In 1992, Dong Abay, Eric gancio and Larry Mapolon met in Patatag, a progressive vocal ensemble. After a year, they decided to form a band called NG (en-ji) with percussionist Renmin Nadela. Abay and Gancio remained and recruited musical arranger and bassist, Onie Badiang to the group. They recorded their demo at the home studio of alternative artist Joey Ayala in June 1993. One of the tracks,”Kumusta Na,” (“How Are You?”) a song about the “EDSA Revolution”, found its way to a local radio station where the group was first heard. This paved the way for Yano to become active in the local club circuit. Mayrics, Club Dredd, 70s Bistro were among the first clubs that Yano performed in. Drummers for the band included Nowie Favila (Ang Grupong Pendong), Nonong Timbalopez (Skavengers, Ex President’s Combo), Jun Nogoy (CoffeeBreak Island) and Harley Alarcon (Rizal Underground).

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  • gorecki_md

    his band's name is dongabay. but i'd rather credit him than the band though, so i'll stick with Dong Abay.

    28 Feb 2007 Reply
  • the_benj

    here's something interesting, if you rip the cd, the name will be revealed as DONGABAY. I guess I'll edit mine para dito pumunta yung scrobbles. May 7 people dun sa DONGABAY eh.

    18 Feb 2007 Reply

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