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BEN: WITH OR WITHOUT MUSIC

Without music, Ben would be an error. Without music, he would be a cosmic joke. But God made music so that Ben would be complete and then everything about him falls into place. What a man, what a talent!!!

With music, Ben creates the motion of emotion that carries with it everything in its path, into a feeling of intense passion that only Ben can understand. Into that path I once stood and had been carried away – San Carlos Seminary College, Graduation Class March 1980. Ben composed our Graduation Song, “Brother, won’t you please.”  Even after 32 years the notes still reverberate in my brain and in my heart like a “last song syndrome” that just doesn’t stop until you sing it aloud.

With music, Ben brings people together. With Ben and his music, a group of former seminarians produced a two-hour concert of songs we used to sing while we were inside the seminary. Aptly entitled “Nostalgia 88,” the concert brought together more than 50 former seminarians and their families.

With music, Ben inspires several choirs and singing groups, from all walks of life. And when there are no choirs, he created one so that people can gather together. Wherever Ben goes, there you find music. Whatever Ben does, there you find harmony. He becomes music and music becomes him.
  

It was a pleasure being a part of Ben’s world where music plays a major part of life. It was a privilege being with him all those years when my love of music was enhanced by his passion for perfection. I thank God for creating music, and making Ben complete.

-- Danny Niñal
School Colleague & SCSC Special Choir Member

Auckland, New Zealand




"Ben Noynay, my virtual master, is very competent when it comes to the field of internet marketing and online business. I was able to get a preview of the unlimited possibilities of online business during my initial session with him.  Ben is very optimistic and will assure you that it's not too late to begin NOW.  Ben is the right business coach for you."


"Ben's love for music is overwhelming.  He is one of the most qualified music coaches I've known. His love and passion for music made him see the world in a different  perspective. Integrating his passion and his business skills as his means of earning a living is just like not working at all but enjoying the pleasures of it."
-- Eugene Tan
Multi-Awarded Singer/Songwriter
Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines

"I have found Ben a very patient and encouraging singing teacher .Im still on my journey in life and still continue to learn things along the way but the lessons that Ben has instilled in me will remain to be passed on to our future generations. I would not hesitate to recommend any future singing or music student to Ben. He is truly a man used by God to impart his gifts and talents to many students. Thank you Ben for sharing your love and friendship."

 -- Prince Searancke
Voice Student
Melbourne, Australia


"I count myself privileged to have known Ben. He was the assistant Music Director in the seminary where we studied together. Ben was a self-taught musician. He was already a guitar wizard when I met him. Then he taught himself how to play the keyboards. Later on he widened his musical horizon when he started composing and singing.

-- Jude Palces
School Colleague
& SCSC Special Choir Member
USA East Coast

"I know Ben Noynay to be a great music coach to many aspiring choir and theater performers in Cebu City. His music compositions touch the heart , one of which he allowed me to use as the theme song of a movie I directed and where he did a sterling performance as the lead actor. This same song which spoke about a new beginning and which was a finalist in the biggest song competition in Cebu, he sang during my wedding." 

-- Bien Fernandez
Director/Professor
Cebu, Philippines
 

"As I recall, I have three important events in my life with Ben Noynay: First, was our humble beginnings in music where we used to practice singing mass songs, etc., in the seminary under the baton of Msgr. Rudy Villanueva. Ben also played the guitar and in some other times, he played the organ. We just had one thing in common and that is, our love for music. The next thing that happened, we already saw each other jumping so high inside the Philippine Folk Arts Theatre, celebrating our victory as national champion, together with the same choral group, the San Carlos College Seminary Choir. Ben played the native bamboo percussion instrument called "tagongtong" during that championship rendition, while I played my role for the vocals belonging to the second tenor group. Thirdly, when we were brought to the test of living life outside the seminary, getting married and pursuing our quest for happiness in cebuano musical composition. We shared ideas and notes during free moments, at the Salonga Music Center, where we worked as part time coaches in voice,piano, guitar, etc. We, both reached the finals (with our entries) in the Cebu Pop Music Festival, and all in a high note: believing each other's special talent in the field.....So, Ben, keep up your good works!"

 -- Efren G. Tarongoy
Composer, School Colleague & SCSC Special Choir Member
Cebu City, Philippines
 

"I was a conscientious student of music many years ago, but life sometimes has its way of becoming so busy with work and making a living that, well, those things that are precious to us can be misplaced or even lost. Through the years - as they passed by, I always thought: “One day before I get too old, I’ll get back on the drums and percussion. One day.”

"I am so thankful that BEN NOYNAY and my path crossed in February 2008, truly a blessing. I can’t thank God enough for the influence and encouragement that Ben has had in re lighting the fire for percussion, his wisdom, his guidance, and his patience.  Thank you Ben." 

-- John Panozzo
Christian Drumer
Melbourne, Australia
 


"What shall I say that you can have use for? Something that says how long you have been in the business of making music? Well, the jingles you wrote for some businesses here have been on air long after you have left. your "Panumpa" is now a certified Visayan Classic by the way it is played alongside Visayan greats like "Olivia", "Kamingaw sa Payag" and the rest. You have indeed come a long way :)" 

-- Orlan Dalguntas
School Colleague & SCSC Special Choir Member
Burnaby, British Columbia
 


"Well, one thing I will never forget about singing is to INTERNALIZE the song. You've got to have the "feel" of it...That's what Mr. Ben Noynay taught me. The dynamics are as important as internalization... like how you perform or project on stage by being relaxed not tensed & the inhale-exhale exercise. He would really know if was doing the exercise or not. Every morning before I go out of bed I have to inhale till the last breath & exhale it slowly to the hilt. Most of all CONFIDENCE in myself... way back then, I never thought I could sing a very high note with the help of that "inhale-exhale" exercise & the confidence of what I can offer....singing :)" 

-- Laura Bacus
Voice Student
Cebu City, Philippines
 


"I was lucky to have had the privilege of being a student of coach Ben Noynay back in 1989 at the Salonga Music Studio Cebu. Though it was only for about half a year, i learned a lot, techniques and all, from him especially the important principles that provided strength, encouragement and affirmation to my musical inclinations. Those valuable lessons helped me a lot as i put my God-given gifts to good use, being part of a church choir and when i sing in some social gatherings. i also became a singer entertainer for about 10 years at a 5-star beach resort. My never-ending thanks and gratitude to coach Ben, then, for that wonderful time i enjoyed learning with him, may more benefits as he pass on his great talents through (and including) coaching."

 -- Galen Lumapas
Voice Student
Christchurch, New Zealand
 


 "I left TMX in 1992 to focus on my photography business. With God's grace, it has developed into a business-a wedding and event photovideo studio(www.papicture.ph/http:blog2.papicture.ph). Recently I have been interested in short film making. I just realized now that the principle of photographic design, cinematography and musical composition are the same. Before I started my photography, my interest was song writing. That was my starting point of appreciating art and my first and only teacher in song writing is you that was around 1983-85 if I'm not mistaken."

 -- Lemuel Arrogante
Songwriter/Photographer, TMX Choir Member & Business Owner
Cebu City, Philippines




"The first time I've joined the Filipino Choir of St. Francis in Melbourne, months before Ben joined, I didn't see the commitment of the members on putting in their best efforts to improve the quality of their singing as they had different singing backgrounds and had their own style of singing. But, when Ben came and taught new contemporary songs, some of which he personally arranged "on the spot" beautifully with several voices, the choir was tranformed into a "world class" choir with committed and inspired members. Everyone learned the proper breathing, quality of voice, phrasing, harmony and blending, and we started hitting the right tones with the right volume! Never have I met such a professional with a lot of knowledge, experience, and, a passion for excellence in his undertakings. Truly, he is a remarkable maestro with a lot of wisdom for teaching!"

-- Antonio Noel de la Pena Jr.
President- Filipino Choir of St. Francis
Melbourne, Australia


AN OBSERVER’S TESTIMONY -

"The Filipino Choir of St. Francis’ , Melbourne, was founded in 1992 and, as all choirs, has had its periods of growth and development. The beginning was marked with much enthusiasm and generosity but there was a felt need for a more professional leadership and, at the same time, instruction on breathing, voice production and other techniques to bring the best out of the latent talent and possibilities of the dedicated choir members. The arrival of Ben Noynay was a real gift to the choir as he had the musical talent, leadership skills and background required for a good choir director. The Filipino Choir profited from his expertise and achieved a high level of performance under his direction.

Eventually Ben Noynay moved on to follow his career but his legacy remains with the older choir members who still follow his methods and, to some extent, help newcomers to appreciate what it means to be dedicated to singing in a choir. He is on all accounts an excellent teacher and his skills and discipline bring out the best in a choir."

-- Fr. Edward Wood
Chaplain to the Filipino Choir of St. Francis

Melbourne, Australia





"Mr Ben Noynay is not only a great music teacher/instructor but also a great friend & father figure who will mould your skills & will set you up to better enhance the talent that you have through his expertise and dedication."

-- Jovy Dabu De Leon
Choir Member, Filipino Choir of St. Francis
Melbourne,  Australia





"EXCELLENT, FANTASTIC. I've discovered how to really sing with Ben. Ben is an awesome tutor and a wonderful friend. He has helped me with my confidence which I have utilized in my public speaking. Through these lessons I am now equipped to stand before people not only to sing better but to speak better, too. My singing has improved tenfold. Thanks, Ben."

-- Rangi Katu
Voice Student
Melbourne, Australia




"...I couldn't think of any better singing coach/teacher."

-- Jarryd Verdan
Voice Student
Melbourne, Australia




"First, I gained confidence in singing in front of people, 'cause that was my greatest fear. I improved in doing my own style in singing after I learned some vocal techniques. Quality of my voice is improved... now I'm even more interested in knowing the world of music."

-- Myrna Ubaldo
Voice Student
Melbourne, Australia

"So far, so good. I have learned so many things. Also through this lesson it made me re-evaluate myself again. By the encouragement and motivation that Ben Noynay gave, I know for sure that I will make it far beyond what people think. Truly I thank Ben Noynay and most expecially God for all of this."

-- Ma. Lourdes Isiderio
Voice Student
Melbourne, Australia


"In less than two months, I noticed a big difference in my singing. Using the phrasing and breathing techniques taught in "Learn To Sing Professionally In 90 Days," I was able to sing all the sustained notes of my favourite song very confidently and without straining my voice."

-- Melanie Silva
Voice Student
Melbourne, Australia


"It is very good. Awesome! Intelligent! Challenging! Perfect!"

-- Peta Josephine Tata
Voice Student
Melbourne, Australia


"Very good actually. I feel like paying more for what is being taught."

-- Emmanuel Alcazar
Guitar Student
Melbourne, Australia


"Doing the lessons is fun and good because you will learn a lot for one hour every week."

-- Matthew Cerio
Guitar Student
Melbourne, Australia


"The lessons that I have with Ben are really good because he's teaching me things I never knew before and I'm really leaning new things every week."

-- Junior Rata
Guitar Student
Melbourne, Australia


"So far, good. I learned how to read music notes. Helps me a lot how to play the guitar correctly. It's so awesome to discover that I can also play the guitar. I really appreciate the effort and perseverance of Bro Ben to teach and his words of encouragement to teach and to succeed."

-- Rogelio R. Ubaldo Jr.
Guitar Student
Melbourne, Australia





"My lessons have been very well and I have enjoyed learning from Ben how to play the piano."

-- Johnny Tatira
Piano Student
Melbourne, Australia

"I'm really enjoying it. A bit difficult at times but to do something well is to enjoy it and that is exactly what I'm doing....enjoying it."

-- Eloise Obeda-Porter
Piano Student
Melbourne, Australia





"Very inspirational. Ben has been able to highlight my strengths and weaknesses and improve my vocal range  and pitch. Ben has also helped me remove limitations I have created for myself, which has allowed improvement in my quality and confidence to sing and sing well before God."

-- Angela Makiru
Voice Student
Melbourne, Australia




"I love having lessons with Bro. Ben.... he is very calm and explains the lessons very well. I think that he is one of the best teachers I ever had."

-- Neil Isiderio
Voice Student
Melbourne, Australia




"My lessons so far are fun and it benefits me. The lessons that Ben is teaching help me understand music better by teaching me the chords and notes when reading music."

-- Jeff Frescura
Keyboard Student

Melbourne, Australia



“Singing lessons are really fun. Ben is a nice teacher and has a lot of patience. He gives good challenges and makes sure you can be the best you can be. Anyone who wants to learn how to sing should learn from Ben.”

“I also enjoy my piano lessons because it’s fun and can be a challenge at the same time. Ben is an awesome piano teacher.” 

-- Alisha Ruaporo
Voice, Guitar & Piano student
Melbourne, Australia




“Ben is a great teacher. He makes you learn everything step by step.”

-- Letasione Ruaporo
Guitar student

Melbourne, Australia



“I like to learn a lot because I want to get better and better at it when I perform in front of people. Ben is the best.”

-- Grace Ruaporo
Piano student

Melbourne, Australia



“My lessons so far are good and getting better.”

-- Jaybaz Ruaporo
Voice Student

Melbourne, Australia



"Since Bro. Ben joined the church I was attending in Melbourne, Australia, he conducted training for voice and playing instruments for the music team. Within weeks, I saw the great improvements of our music team in terms of playing instruments and singing with confidence."

"Besides that, he also assembled a choir which most of us didn’t have experience in singing but the result was fulfilling. I could not even imagine myself singing in a choir."

-- Kevin Bane
Church Keyboard Player
Singapore




I knew Ben since their seminary days with my brother Danny. Every visiting time, I stay there the whole day just hanging around with them. I loved it so much especially during choir practices. Ben was in-charged if Msgr. Rudy Villanueva was not around. That moment, I can attest his skills in music. It was then that I started idolizing him. I even imitated his way of strumming the guitar.

Years after that, Ben led his fellow former seminarians (including my brother Danny) in singing during my wedding at the Archbishop Palace. His prowess in music was even more enhanced. It was a dream-wedding-came-true epic spiced up by the fact that the administering priests, all three of them, were their classmates and choir mates in the seminary. You just could not imagine how good the music was at that particular moment.

I am pretty confident to say that Ben had a lot to offer when it comes to music and as a person himself. And I was so glad to have known him on a personal level, as a brother and as a friend. I felt so lucky and blessed to have felt and get a taste of his music which I will treasure all the days in my life.


-- Paterno P. Niñal, Jr.
Singer-Songwriter
Cebu City, Philippines




When I was still in college, one of the things I would anticipate every morning at Mass was the singing. Not that our voices were in their top form during that hour, but it was because we had such great guitarists in the person of Ben Noynay, Fritz Malinao, and a few others. Oh, how I envied them--how I wished I could play the guitar the way they did.

But more than that, our guitarists/musicians during our time were the main drivers/inspirers of how we sang, instead of the other way around. I remember those times, for instance, when we rehearsed (for Mass or prior to a concert)--our guitarists (Ben among them) were so patient in trying to squeeze from each of us choir members to hit the right note at the right moment. And in most instances, we did!

I attribute my aptitude towards music not only to Msgr. Rudy Villanueva, our choir director and one of the finest Cebuano musicians, but also to his bevy of accompanists and guitarists--his co-artists. And I'm proud to say that I'm passing on this legacy to my kids, who are growing up to be also music-lovers.

-- Adelfo Briones
School Colleague and SCSC Special Choir Member
San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines



"Very effective teaching methods. He helps bring out the best in you"

-- Nena Marie Cross
Singing student
Melbourne, Australia



Way back 39 years ago in college, I remember Ben as a young hardworking, vibrant, talented, & driven individual. Remembered him most as co-member of our Seminary College Concert Chorus. We were together in chorus competitions, concerts, & in special event performances for two years. He was an excellent guitarist & pianist. Never thought of him as a music teacher & composer then. Lost contact of him after I left college. Then couple of years later I started seeing & reading his name & his accomplishments in our city newspapers. And sighed, wow Ben I'm proud to have known & worked with you during our formative years in college!

Nestor Soque
School Colleague & SCSC Special Choir Member
Mahwah, New Jersey, USA




27 January 2013

Dear Friends:


I am a trial lawyer in the Philippines on my 27th year of legal practice. I belong to the first batch of lawyers after the 1986 EDSA revolution. I was blessed with a chance to help shape the 1986 Philippine Constitution, as legal counsel of Sister Christine Tan, the only nun, member of the Constitutional Commission.


But, I was equally blessed to have shared a part of my life with BEN NOYNAY, as my classmate at the novitiate class in 1977-79, at the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) Seminary in Tagaytay City, Philippines. He was not only intellectually gifted, he was also morally upright and musically talented. While our class was blessed with the most number of talents and the most number of cum laudes, etc., BEN NOYNAY stood out as among the best, especially in the field of music.

Being naturally-gifted in music, I recommend BEN NOYNAY as capable music teacher, especially in the area of voice, instruments and composition. He is likewise a competent guidance counsellor and professional life-coach. I am particularly proud, not only of his dedication to his professions, but also to the height of his success in his field of service, even in a far away country.

-- Atty. AUDIE C. ARNADO
Arnado & Associates Law Firm
63-A Almendras Extension
Mabolo, Cebu City, Philippines
Telefax: 032-2312162, 032-2312951
Email: acalaw85@icloud.com
acalaw85@gmail.com
audzarnado@gmail.com



In the years that I came to be associated with Ben, he wasn't just an ordinary friend and classmate in Seminario Mayor de San Carlos (SMSC), he was already an accomplished student of music. Long before "multi-tasking" came into vogue, Ben was already into it. After his stint in the seminary, he later became a popular DJ and radio host. 

There was an activity back in 1981 in the seminary that saw me collaborating with Ben: he organized and led that year's Live Band Presentation by seminarian-theologians. That kind of activity was unheard of in the hallowed halls of SMSC. Like the Beatles' mythical Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Ben's band gave the audience that evening a night of fun, thrill, excitement and surprises. Indeed, it was not just a great success but it was also a wonderful show, mainly because of one unassuming guy, a certified musician, artist, director and producer: BEN NOYNAY! 

-- Nestor P. Nuez
Partner
Alvarez Nuez Galang Espina & Lopez Law Offices
Cebu City, Philippines



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