US-based Star Magic artist, former Net25 newscaster eager to join public service as he comes back to Manila

US-based Star Magic artist, former Net25 newscaster eager to join public service as he comes back to Manila

MANILA—Former Star Magic artist and Net25 newscaster Eduard Bañez, now based in the US, is planning to come back to the Philippines, this time, not as an artist but to try his luck in public service.

Eduard started singing at an early age of 5. However, it wasn’t until he was 17 years old when he decided to pursue a musical career.

His rendition of Sharon Cuneta’s “Kahit Maputi Na ang Buhok Ko,” penned by Rey Valera, generated over 120,000 views on YouTube then. 

Eduard eventually became a member of Star Magic Batch 15 and was launched in 2006. His notable batchmates were Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Bela Padilla and Jessy Mendiola.

Fortunately, Eduard managed to pursue his undergraduate nursing course at the New Era University then.

Eduard was given a chance to co-anchor a tele-radio show with Arnell Ignacio on Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM. He also had a stint as a newscaster on Net25.

The chance to work in the US came for Eduard. For five years in California, he had an opportunity to work with Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber in the music video, “I Don’t Care.”

Eduard also relished the opportunity of working with Sia and her team for the music video, “Chandelier.” They used a lot of antique furniture from Africa is the shoot.

He was so honored to have worked with Sia, that he intends to bring the artist to perform in Manila. However, that is set to happen when he pandemic tapers off and entertainment performances return to normal.

Eduard even expressed his plan to release a single for Sia and other international artists, like R&B, pop and soul singer-songwriter Cassie Ventura, in the near future.

Eduard remains undaunted in pursuing his Hollywood dream. He started with his small breakthrough, but he intends to continue until he makes his mark.

While in the US, Eduard had the chance to pursue his studies in political arts and media history at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). 

In the meantime, Eduard has been busy with an upcoming sitcom for the children’s cable network, Nickelodeon. He also recently worked at the popular California theme park, Six Flags, best known for the largest roller coasters in the world.

As he returns to Manila, Eduard wants to try his luck in public service. He has been considering to enter the political arena soon.

Eduard also would like to devote his time and support relevant causes, such as HIV awareness in the Philippines. If given the chance, he would like to help those affected by the virus and to encourage them to always stay positive in all that they do and live life to the fullest.

This year, as soon as the pandemic is over, Eduard wants to support the least fortunate children in different parts of the country. “I want to make them feel that somebody loves and cares for them, no matter what they are going through in life,” Eduard promises 

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