Filipino band Ben&Ben has addressed a viral social media post that has been circulating on platforms such as Facebook and Reddit.
This post suggested that it is possible to book the band for an event, but it doesn’t guarantee the presence of the band’s lead vocalists.
In response to this claim, Ben&Ben labeled it as “fake news.” The nine-member band expressed disappointment at having to address and clarify such misinformation in an online statement posted on Facebook.
Their statement read, “Hay. Kakalungkot at kakapagod na nabubuhay tayo ngayon sa panahong kailangan pa nating ipagtanggol ang sarili sa peyk news anu.”
Ben&Ben concluded their statement by saying, “Basta tugtog, sulat at awit na lang kami para sa inyo. Takits,” which translates to “We’re here for the music, writing, and songs. See you.”
The viral post mentioned that someone inquired about booking Ben&Ben for a wedding and received a talent fee quote of at least P750,000. However, a disclaimer was included, suggesting that the band’s vocalists, Paolo and Miguel Benjamin, might not be available to perform at the event due to personal reasons.
This led to the individual questioning the high fee, especially when the availability of the band’s frontmen was uncertain.
Ben&Ben consists of Paolo, Miguel, Keifer Cabugao, Patricia Lasaten, Agnes Reoma, Jam Villanueva, Poch Barretto, Andrew de Pano, and Toni Muñoz.
The band is open for bookings through a form on their website and recently concluded their ‘Could Be Something’ concert series in various locations around the world. They are also part of the upcoming theater musical adaptation of the 2007 romantic film ‘One More Chance.’