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
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
& SCSC Special Choir Member
Auckland, New Zealand
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
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."
Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines
"I have found Ben
a very patient and encouraging singing teacher .Im still on my journey
and still continue to learn things along the way but the lessons that
instilled in me will remain to be passed on to our future generations.
not hesitate to recommend any future singing or music student to Ben.
truly a man used by God to impart his gifts and talents to many
you Ben for sharing your love and friendship."
-- Prince Searancke
privileged to have known Ben. He was the assistant Music Director in
seminary where we studied together. Ben was a self-taught musician. He
already a guitar wizard when I met him. Then he taught himself how to
keyboards. Later on he widened his musical horizon when he started
School Colleague & SCSC Special
to be a great music coach to many aspiring choir and theater performers
City. His music compositions touch the heart , one of which he allowed
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
and which was a finalist in the biggest song competition in Cebu, he
during my wedding."
have three important events in my life with Ben Noynay: First, was our
beginnings in music where we used to practice singing mass songs, etc.,
seminary under the baton of Msgr. Rudy Villanueva. Ben also played the
and in some other times, he played the organ. We just had one thing in
and that is, our love for music. The next thing that happened, we
each other jumping so high inside the Philippine Folk Arts Theatre,
our victory as national champion, together with the same choral group,
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
Thirdly, when we were brought to the test of living life outside the
getting married and pursuing our quest for happiness in cebuano musical
composition. We shared ideas and notes during free moments, at the
Music Center, where we worked as part time coaches in voice,piano,
We, both reached the finals (with our entries) in the Cebu Pop Music
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
conscientious student of music many years ago, but life sometimes has
of becoming so busy with work and making a living that, well, those
are precious to us can be misplaced or even lost. Through the years -
passed by, I always thought: “One day before I get too old,
I’ll get back on
the drums and percussion. One day.”
that BEN NOYNAY and my path crossed in February 2008, truly a blessing.
thank God enough for the influence and encouragement that Ben has had
lighting the fire for percussion, his wisdom, his guidance, and his
patience. Thank you Ben."
shall I say
that you can have use for? Something that says how long you have been
business of making music? Well, the jingles you wrote for some
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
"Olivia", "Kamingaw sa Payag" and the rest. You have indeed
come a long way :)"
School Colleague & SCSC Special Choir Member
Burnaby, British Columbia
one thing I
will never forget about singing is to INTERNALIZE the song. You've got
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
by being relaxed not tensed & the inhale-exhale exercise. He
know if was doing the exercise or not. Every morning before I go out of
have to inhale till the last breath & exhale it slowly to the
of all CONFIDENCE in myself... way back then, I never thought I could
very high note with the help of that "inhale-exhale" exercise &
the confidence of what I can offer....singing :)"
Cebu City, Philippines
to have had the privilege of being a student of coach Ben Noynay back
at the Salonga Music Studio Cebu. Though it was only for about half a
learned a lot, techniques and all, from him especially the important
that provided strength, encouragement and affirmation to my musical
inclinations. Those valuable lessons helped me a lot as i put my
gifts to good use, being part of a church choir and when i sing in some
gatherings. i also became a singer entertainer for about 10 years at a
beach resort. My never-ending thanks and gratitude to coach Ben, then,
wonderful time i enjoyed learning with him, may more benefits as he
pass on his
great talents through (and including) coaching."
left TMX in
1992 to focus on my photography business. With God's grace, it has
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
photographic design, cinematography and musical composition are the
Before I started my photography, my interest was song writing. That was
starting point of appreciating art and my first and only teacher in
writing is you that was around 1983-85 if I'm not mistaken."
Songwriter/Photographer, TMX Choir Member & Business Owner
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
Choir of St.
OBSERVER’S TESTIMONY -
Choir of St.
, 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.
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."
Chaplain to the
Filipino Choir of St. Francis
"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
-- Jovy Dabu De Leon
Member, Filipino Choir of St. Francis
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.
couldn't think of any better singing coach/teacher."
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
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
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."
is very good. Awesome! Intelligent! Challenging! Perfect!"
Peta Josephine Tata
good actually. I feel like paying more for what is being taught."
is fun and good because you will learn a lot for one hour every week."
"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."
far, good. I learned how to read music notes. Helps me a lot
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
been very well and I have enjoyed learning from Ben how to play the
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."
Ben has been able to highlight my strengths and weaknesses and
improve my vocal range and pitch. Ben has also helped me
limitations I have created for myself, which has allowed improvement in
my quality and confidence to sing and sing well before God."
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."
"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
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
also enjoy my piano lessons because it’s fun and can be a
challenge at the same time. Ben is an awesome piano
Voice, Guitar & Piano student
is a great teacher. He makes you learn everything step by step.”
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.”
so far are good and getting better.”
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."
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."
Church Keyboard Player
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.
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.
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.
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
-- Adelfo Briones
Colleague and SCSC Special Choir Member
Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
effective teaching methods. He helps bring out the best in you"
-- Nena Marie Cross
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!
Colleague & SCSC Special Choir Member
New Jersey, USA
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.
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
& Associates Law Firm
Cebu City, Philippines
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
became a popular DJ and radio host.
There was an
activity back in 1981 in the seminary that saw me collaborating with
organized and led that year's Live Band Presentation by
That kind of activity was unheard of in the hallowed halls of SMSC.
Beatles' mythical Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Ben's band
audience that evening a night of fun, thrill, excitement and surprises.
it was not just a great success but it was also a wonderful show,
because of one unassuming guy, a certified musician, artist, director
producer: BEN NOYNAY!
-- Nestor P. Nuez
Galang Espina & Lopez Law Offices
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