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SB19 praised by Ben&Ben’s Paolo Guico after ‘MAPA’ collab: ‘Napakabuti nilang mga tao’

/ 06:15 PM June 29, 2021
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Members of Ben&Ben and SB19. (Image: Instagram/@benandbenmusic)

Ben&Ben’s Paolo Guico has nothing but kind words to describe the boys of P-pop group SB19 following their collaboration for the band version of “MAPA.”

Guico, one of Ben&Ben’s twin vocalists, shared with fans just how pleasant working with SB19 was through a series of Instagram posts yesterday, June 28.

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“Alam niyo, yung SB19 ay isa sa mga grupong hinahangaan namin ng sobra (You know, SB19 is one of the groups we admire very much),” he said on the award-winning folk-pop band’s Instagram page yesterday, June 28.

“Pero hindi lang yun dahil halimaw silang sumayaw, pulido silang umawit, at mahusay silang sumulat, kung hindi dahil napakabuti nilang mga tao,” Ben&Ben added.

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(But it’s not just that, because they are astounding dancers, smooth singers and great writers, as well as very good people.)

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“Nung nakasama namin sila sa Ben&Ben House para sa collab, sobrang chill at kalog lang din talaga nila, kaya sobrang gaan agad nung vibe. Kwentuhan tungkol sa pamilya, mga pangarap, mga struggle, at mga kung anu-anong trip lang,” Guico recalled.

(When we spent time with them at the Ben&Ben House for the collab, they were just so chill and cheerful that they made the vibe lighter. We talked about family, dreams, struggles and other diverse things.)

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“Dun mo talaga makikilala yung puso nila, at malalaman mong mga totoo silang tao na may mga totoong pinagdaanan at pangarap na gustong patunguhan,” he added.

(That is when you will really know their hearts, and you will know that they are real persons who have real struggles and dreams.)

Guico noted that even though the Ben&Ben members were quite introverted while the SB19 boys were “astig” (cool), they still got along pretty well.

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“Pinaka nakakwentuhan ko si Pablo, kaya ayun nagselfie kami nung ‘Mapa’ shoot hehe. Grabe yung pagka selfless ng utak at puso nun, lumalabas lahat sa mga kantang nagagawa niya. Grabe silang lahat,” Guico then noted.

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(I was able to talk to Pablo the most, that is why we took a selfie after the “Mapa” shoot. It is amazing how selfess that guy’s brain and heart are, it reflects in the songs he writes. They are all amazing.)

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He then recalled their shooting at the Manila Metropolitan Theater for “MAPA,” noting that they were already like longtime friends then despite only meeting each other fairly recently.

“Parang may chemistry ba. Ganun siguro pag soulmate. Jk (just kidding) [laughing emoji] Pero seryoso. Kahit magkakaiba kami ng tunog, personality at porma, iba yung samahan na hatid ng musika,” Guico said.

(It is like we have chemistry. I guess that is how it is for soulmates. Just kidding. But seriously. Even though we produce different kinds of music, have different personalities and styles, the bond formed through music just hits different.)

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“Ang dami naming natutunan mula sa kanila, at nainspire kaming pagbutihin pa as artists, musicians, at as people. Napakalayo pa ng daang tatahakin namin bilang banda, at ang dami pang learnings at growth, pero kapag napapaligiran ka ng mga nakakainspire na grupo tulad ng SB19, patuloy lang talaga!” Guico emphasized.

(We learned a lot from them, and they inspired us to be better artists, musicians and people. We have a long way to go as a band, there are still many rooms for learnings and growth, but when you are surrounded by groups like SB19, you just have to go on!)

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To finish the six-part tribute, Guico simply said in the last post: “SB19, saludo kami sa inyo (we salute you) [fire emoji].”

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The music video for the band version of “MAPA” was released under SB19’s YouTube channel on June 27, where the boy group and Ben&Ben delivered a live performance. A studio version of the song’s band version was also released under SB19’s music streaming channels.  /ra

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