Awaken Your Senses: Ben&Ben is Giving Us More Feels with Smart and Apple Music

Just another "Ma, may ____ na kami!" moment here.

Listening to Ben&Ben is such an extraordinary encounter, but vibing to their songs in a feels-like-they-are-just-sitting-beside-me level of music experience is almost literary.

It feels quite magical in how the folk-pop band Ben&Ben translates trivial little details of grief, pain, and doubt into a melody that soothes our aching parts. Whether it’s “Pagtingin,” which revolves around the feelings of frustration and anxiety of being into someone at a young age and being shy to go for it, or “Leaves” that talks about healing and forgiveness, or “Maybe The Night,” which alludes to special moments with others that we don’t want to slip away in time, there seems to be a Ben&Ben song for everyone. 

Paolo Benjamin Guico enjoying music in surround sound

But what happens when we’re taken on to a whole new level of listening experience? Yup, this is not your kathang isip talking! With a partnership that goes way back—from the “Inevitable” campaign song to the “Kwaderno” concert—mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. has made enjoying Ben&Ben music even more intense as the emotions of their songs because of Apple Music’s Spatial Audio feature.

Surround yourself with music that gives you all the feels

Apple Music’s Spatial Audio gives its subscribers an immersive audio experience with true multidimensional sound and clarity. “Listening to a song… is like magic. The music comes from all around you and sounds incredible,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s Vice President of Apple Music and Beats. “Apple Music as we know it is about to change forever.”

The nine-piece ensemble playing their instruments: Toni Muñoz and Andrew de Pano on percussion, Jam Villanueva on drums, Paolo Benjamin Guico on vocals, Patricia Lasaten on keyboards, Poch Barretto on electric guitar, Keifer Cabugao on violin, Miguel Benjamin Guico on acoustic guitar, and Agnes Reoma on bass.

With Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) technology that preserves every single bit of an original audio file, legions of supporters from the Liwanag fandom will be able to hear the exact same thing that Ben&Ben recorded in the studio—the energy in percussions, the romance in electric guitar, the silent cries of a violin, and the courage of beating drums. Literally lunod with feels!

Marvel at the great things that come with an upgrade

The unmatched vibing experience with Ben&Ben and Apple Music is made easier for Smart subscribers. All they have to do is download the GigaLife app and activate Apple Music from the app’s home page. Once successfully signed up, subscribers can use it on their smartphones and other devices with compatible headphones and earphones.

Ben&Ben from left to right: Toni Muñoz, Andrew de Pano, Patricia Lasaten, Poch Barretto, Paolo Benjamin Guico, Keifer Cabugao, Agnes Reoma, Miguel Benjamin Guico, and Jam Villanueva

Don’t think it’s masyado pang maaga to decide. Smart offers a six month trial for you to feel like you’re jamming beside the nine-piece ensemble Ben&Ben with Apple Music’s Spatial Audio, and to try elevating your music streaming experience no matter what device you’re using.

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