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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.”

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  1. columbia
    October 18, 2009 at 10:03 am

    the legends continues as ASIN”S song go back for the new generations…
    ASIN is Great….

    • toper
      October 23, 2009 at 10:37 am

      yeah columbia, mabuhay ASIN! i love their songs too! thanks for dropping by!

  2. akhmad
    July 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    See how stupid violence is…? Mabuhay ka Saro at ang Bandang Asin… Salamat sa mga awit…

  3. ehm urquiola
    September 13, 2010 at 9:17 am

    totoo po bang umuulan nung libing ni cesar banares?

  4. john
    August 18, 2011 at 12:15 am

    In the year 2000, Craig Burrows a native of England with the heart of a Filipino came up with the idea to bring together the remaining members of the group and make an album / EP. He first spoke with Nonoy who eagerly agreed and later brought Nene and Pendong to Boracay to meet with Nonoy. The three had a brief meeting… Nonoy came up with the concept for the album which the two excitedly accepted. Pendong commented that ” we will make a million with this!” …Nonoy was disappointed with his remark but kept it to himself, Nene was silent. After several days Nonoy found out that, ” Their heads are not meeting anymore” and that his colleagues were still on the same place, a decade and two years had passed. Upon looking at the consequences of repeating the same mistakes in the past which was obviously unavoidable, for the reason that they are two and he’s only one, Nonoy made a decision not to get involved with this project. They parted ways not feeling good with the outcome of the planned reunion, but Nonoy gave them his blessings and told them that, they can still do the concept that he came up with… and bring with them the name – ASIN .

    In 2002, Nene and Pendong came up with the album Pag-ibig, Pagbabago, Pagpapatuloy under the name ASIN… and came out with the sad story that Nonoy put his guitar down and decided to settle down in the island where he dwells. On the contrary Nonoy was busy selling his CD with his new compositions entitled : ” …ang karugtong ” at Friday’s Boracay where he and ginji performs regularly as ” noyginji interaktiv “.
    (visit: http//www.myspace.com/mikepillorajr)

    Furthermore; Pendong came up with the lie on interviews,” that He, together with Nonoy and Saro met Nene at Kola House a folk rock club and then decided to form their own musical group, naming it ‘ Salt of the Earth’.” (Asin (band)- Wikipedia)

    That’s it ! This according to him, was the beginning of the group ASIN… whatever his reason for doing so, is only known to him. Surely, he didn’t know how ASIN started … for the simple reason that, he was not there when the group was formed ! ( Some who saw what they can see more with their eyes; are asking, why does his name appear always first on the billing?)

    The manipulation continued, as Pendong’s wife got control of the steering wheel and with only two members left to carry the name and no backbone to keep it standing.

    In the final analysis; without shame, she signed her name as the fifth member of the group ASIN ! (refer to: http//www.myspace.com/asinpinoy )

    The reason behind all her lies and her manipulative acts were finally revealed !

  5. September 29, 2011 at 4:42 am

    saro died when i was in cebu, on the day before my hs graduation
    my dad was so shocked to have read the news
    …because my dad and saro were more than like brothers when they were still college students in san carlos cebu

    @ehm urquiola
    yes, totoong umulan
    and it was during that time when “masdam mo ang kapaligiran” was sung
    “…meron lang akong hinihiling, sa aking pagpanaw sana ay tag-ulan
    gitara ko ay aking dadalhin upang sa ulap na lang tayo magkantahan”
    kahit ngayon, inaalala ko, tumatayo ang mga balahibo ko

  6. May 18, 2012 at 7:21 am

    sad to say we lost a great musician ang problema yung killer abswelto.. walang hiya talaga.. kaya nga buwisit ako as mga abogado eh mga dakilang sinungaling mga animal.. dapat mas bigyan ng halaga ang mga guro kesa sa mga tulad nila mga eu de puta lalo kna atty. cataluna animal ka

  7. bernard
    September 8, 2012 at 1:27 am

    sa song na cotabato may mali si saro dun… timog cotabo yung tinukoy nyang magulo… timog is south, walang gulo sa south, sa north yun… haha…

    • bud
      July 2, 2013 at 2:28 am

      magulo lang sa south nun time nila… sa north di gulo dun talgang gyera at patayan..kung baga talsik ng nangyayari sa north …:) kung north sinabi nya baka na back haw na sya ng mga amp[atuan dun :)

  8. Sheeny
    April 5, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I am a friend of his son joseph bañares. Mabuhay ang papa mo joseph!!

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