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Yano was a folk/punk rock band in the Philippines. The band members were originally composed of Dong Abay on vocals and Eric Gancio on guitars. It was formed in the early 1990s during their college days in the University of the Philippines. Onie Badiang later joined them as the bassist, Nowie Favila was the usual drummer but declined to join the group due to commitments with Ang Grupong Pendong.



The band’s debut album, Yano reached quadruple platinum in 1994. After producing three studio albums, Abay quit during the late 1990s because of fame-induced pressure. The group later disbanded after Abay’s absence.

After quitting the band, Abay struggled with clinical depression and stayed only in his bedroom for about five years. He came out of depression while writing new songs set into poetry. He later called Badiang to borrow a guitar and jam. Eventually they formed a new band, which they called Pan and released their debut album entitled Parnaso Ng Payaso in 2003. Although, Pan was later disbanded and Abay recorded a new solo album to be released in May 2006.

Gancio returned to his homeland in Davao after the demise of Yano. In 2004, he released an EP for his upcoming solo album Sa Bandang Huli. Gancio did all the instruments in his indie-released album and mixing the music in a PC-based software.


Yano’s music was well known for their political and social themes. Their songs censure religious hypocrites like in Banal Na Aso, Santong Kabayo (Tag. Holy Dog, Horse Saint), corrupt politicians in Trapo (colloquial, pejorative term for traditional politicians, also literally translates to "dust rag"), the lingo of the Philippine's elite in Coño Ka P’re ("You're a coño) and abusive capitalists in "Mc’Jo" (alluding to the fastfood chainsMcDonald's and Jollibee).

Yano’s songs also narrate the situation of Philippine society during the 1990s. Kumusta Na discusses the condition of the Filipino masses after the 1986 EDSA Revolution. Abno, also known as Abnormal Environmental, tackles the environment while Kaklase ("classmate") focuses on students facing maltreatment by their teachers. Another social relevant song, Mercy, tells about the story of a crazy peddler in the Philippines known as a taong grasa ("greasy person").

Being students at the University of the Philippines, they wrote songs in dismay of their school like in State U and their life in the university, such as Esem (in reference to the SM City North EDSA mall, which is about a mile away from the UP Diliman campus) and Iskolar Ng Bayan ("The Nation's Scholar"). They also made some love songs in their music like Senti and Paalam Sampaguita.


  • Yano 1994
  • Bawal 1996
  • Tara 1997
  • Best of Yano 2001


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