Former Net25 newscaster and Star Magic artist pursues Hollywood dream

Published June 21, 2021, 7:40 PM

by Robert Requintina

Eduard Banez

Former Star Magic artist and Net25 newscaster Eduard Bañez 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.” 

Then, 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 in the shoot. He was so honored to have worked with Sia, that he intends to bring the artist to perform in Manila.

However, the pandemic came. 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 with 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 has a regular job at the popular California theme park, Six Flags, best known for the largest roller coasters in the world.