Cesar “Saro” Banares (Asin), 33 (?) Yrs Old
Saro Banares is a member of Asin (sometimes spelled ASIN, in all capital letters) a Pinoy rock and folk rock band from the Philippines. They were formed during the 1970s and originally known as Salt of the Earth from the song of Joan Baez, but later Filipinized their name into “Asin”, which means salt in the Filipino language.
In March 18,1993, Saro Bañares was murdered by a Gualberto Cataluna, lawyer in a bar brawl in South Cotabato because he refused to sing for a lawyer, causing the group’s members to part ways. Aban had his band Ang Grupong Pendong, while Carbon went solo.
Bañares, considered one of the best songwriters in the Philippine music scene, gained prominence as the lead vocalist and composer of folk-rock band Asin in the 80’s. He composed most of the group’s hit songs, among them “Ang Bayan Kong Sinilangan,” “Masdan Ang Kapaligiran,” “Itanong Mo Sa Mga Bata,” and “Sayang Ka.”