Ely Buendia Really Just Asked "Pangulo o Panggulo?" in His New Track

A total of six times.

(SPOT.ph) E-heads front man Ely Buendia dropped a new song on Monday, March 15—and the lyrics are asking some very necessary questions. Entitled "Metro," the track is a throwback to Buendia's days with one of the biggest OPM bands ever. Think a steady guitar and drums rhythm with Buendia's distinct voice singing a story you just have to listen to. Prep your vocals and check out the simple music video that dropped with the track!

Raise your hands if you're loving that they also put in the lyrics, karaoke-style. Anyone else scream that last question by the end? Buendia's new track was composed for We Need A Leader 2022, a group that calls themselves an educational blog that popped up right as the country gears up for the national elections next year. Fittingly, "Metro" and all its questions was released right on the day Metro Manila marked an entire year of quarantine.


A look through the YouTube channel of We Need A Leader 2022 shows a couple more songs by other popular artists who have also been voices of a generation or movement. Folks like Freddie Aguilar, Lolita Carbon with ASIN, and even Aegis also have their own anthems asking people to really, really think about who they want as a leader next. No names or personalities have officially been said to be behind the group. 

"Metro" dropped a few weeks after Buendia dropped a bomb on one of Eraserheads' lasting myths: "Spoliarium" has nothing to with the life and tragic death of '80s star Pepsi Paloma. Buendia separated the famous track from the controversial alleged rape of the young actress by "Enteng and Joey"—names dropped in the lyrics—and another comedian, saying that the two names refer to roadies who were touring with them at the time. 

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PHOTO BY We Need a Leader / Ely Buendia - Metro

Still, it looks like Buendia's latest song is proof he isn't afraid to make some hard-hitting points. Just saying. In case you wanted to see the lyrics in full, read it below. 

The Lyrics to "Metro" by Ely Buendia

Bulag sila sa mga pahirap na iyong nararanasan
Di nila naiintindihan at may mga nagbibingi-bingihan
Sa mga kasinungalingan, di kaya sila ay bayaran?

Kamatayan at sakit, kalayaan ay nagigipit
Lupa at dagat natin ay pinagsasanla
Kapatid, di pa ba nagsasawa
Tumatakbo ang metro

Wag ka nang muling magpapalinlang
Sa pangakong pinako

Mga abuso sa kapangyarihan at maling pamamalakad
Ang sagabal sa kaunlaran
Walang pinuno ang hindi marunong lutasin ang mga problema
Ito'y panata nila sa bayan

Simulan ang pagbabago sa isang pinuno
Na may pagmamalasakit at paninindigan
Panahon na upang mamulat ang mata sa katotohanan
Pandemya at kawalan ng kabuhayan

Asan na ang nawawalang lupa't pera
Bagsak ang ekonomiya
Di ka ba nagtataka?

Pinunong may talino, puso, at tapang
Ito ang kailangan ng ating bayan
Kapatid, di pa ba nagsasawa
Tumatakbo ang metro


Isa lang ang iyong pagpipilian
Pangulo ba o panggulo?*

*Repeat this line six times like Buendia did, or more, if you'd like.

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