Chito Miranda ( lead vocals)
Miranda attended grade school and high school in the Ateneo de Manila University where he met Gab Chee Kee, Vinci Montaner, Jeric Estaco, and Miko Yap. They formed a garage band during their high school years.
The group was known in school to be class clowns. Normally in shows, they would show up in women’s clothing to entertain victims of earthquakes and typhoons and sing off-key in poetry readings.
They eventually landed the role of front act band for the locally well-known Filipino alternative rock band The Eraserheads. Later on, Buwi Meneses and Dindin Moreno joined as bassist and drummer, respectively. When they graduated high school, Jeric and Miko decided to leave the group to pursue other interests. Shortly thereafter, Darius Semaña (lead guitar) joined to complete the sextet.
Originally, Parokya ni Edgar was called “Comic Relief”. However, they decided to change the name in homage to an ancient Noli Me Tangerejoke in their student days.
Later on, Parokya ni Edgar performed regularly in Club Dredd, one of the famous clubs in Manila during that time. The band slowly gained popularity during the height of the Filipino rock explosion, with the local rock community opening up to the influence of foreign grunge acts such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.
Eventually, the late managing director of Universal Records, Bella Dy Tan, signed them as contract artists after witnessing one of their performances at Club Dredd. The band garnered a triple platinum award for their first album Khangkhungkherrnitz.
One of the band’s songs, “Buloy”, has lyrics inspired by a friend Miranda met in Batangas. He was a Fine Arts student at Far Eastern University and committed suicide some time after “Buloy” was released and this caused some controversy among fans and non-fans.
Miranda is a member of Alpha Kappa Rho fraternity in the Philippines. He is good friends with fellow Filipino artists, the late rapper and singer Francis Magalona, and rapper Gloc9. He dated actress Kaye Abad from the early 2000s until their breakup in 2009.
Francis Vincent “Vinci” Rosales Montaner was born to Francisco and Mila Montaner and has three siblings nicknamed Chikko, Dikki and Chachi. He finished his lower education levels at the Ateneo de Manila University, and took a college degree course in Public Advertising at the University of the Philippines, Manila.
Buhawi “Buwi” Francia Meneses is the second of four children and only son of breast cancer activists Danny Meneses and the late Rosa Meneses.
He took up Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. When his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Meneses stopped schooling to concentrate on aiding her. During this period, he also started pursuing a career in the music scene and joined Parokya ni Edgar.
He won the “Bassist of the Year” award at the NU Rock Awards in 1999. He also wrote the topseller Parokya ni Edgar song “Mr. Suave” in their 2003 album Bigotilyo.
Meneses was one of the castaways for GMA-7’s Celebrity Edition of Survivor Philippines in August 2010 where in he became the 4th castaway to be voted out.
Darius Gerard “Dar” Semaña along with Vinci Montaner, are the only members of Parokya ni Edgar who have earned a bachelor’s degree. He is a member of theTau Gamma Phi fraternity in the Philippines along with band mate Buwi Meneses.
Semaña is mostly seen playing a Fender Stratocaster. He is married and has a son.
Gabriel Ignatius “Gab” Chee Kee is one of four members of Parokya ni Edgar who attended Ateneo de Manila University during their grade school to high school years, within which they became good friends and ventured into playing as a band. In 2003, Chee Kee married his girlfriend Apple Umali. According to sources, it was to her that he dedicated his composition and Parokya ni Edgar’s hit single, “Your Song”. They divorced in 2010.
Dindin Moreno (drums)
Ferdinand “Dindin” Moreno is one of four members of Parokya ni Edgar who attended Ateneo de Manila University during their grade school to high school years. Moreno currently resides in Manila, with his wife, daughter, and son.