The 9th Soul

Ely Buendia recovering after third angioplasty

Posted in health defects by Fated Blue on September 5, 2008

Pupil and ex-Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia needs to stay in the hospital for two more weeks after undergoing another angioplasty to clear his blocked arteries.

His manager, Day Cabuhat, announced in a radio interview yesterday, September 1, that Ely is now resting to regain strength and that his newly-operated blood vessel is now “100 percent fully restored.”

Despite the success of the operation, Ely is required to go through cardiac rehabilitation, according to GMA-7 News.

Ely’s recent heart surgery was his third. He underwent the same procedure two times early last year after a heart attack during an out-of-town gig with his current band, Pupil.

The enigmatic singer-songwriter reportedly collapsed backstage while in the middle of the Eraserheads’ well-attended reunion concert last Saturday, August 30, held at the Bonifacio Global City Open Field in Taguig. Ely, along with former bandmates Marcus Adoro, Buddy Zabala, and Raimund Marasigan rocked anew as one cohesive unit during the concert after not playing together for six years following the band’s bitter fallout due to personal and creative differences.

The band managed to perform 15 songs straight out before calling for a break to give the quartet a few minutes’ rest before the second set. The Eraserheads originally intended to perform 30 of their original songs, ranging from popular tunes to some obscure stuff. Buendia, however, suffered chest pains after the first set, prompting the organizers to call off the concert.

Ely’s mom, Mrs. Lisette Buendia, passed away two days before the concert, aggravating his already fragile physical and emotional condition during all the strenuous preparations leading to the concert. Regardless of the reported fat paycheck received by the four band members, they all declared that the concert was a gift to their fans who tirelessly clamored for them to share one stage again, even for a single night.

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