Buddy Zabala

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Buddy Zabala
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Background information
Birth name Hector Avanceña Zabala
Also known as Buddy, Budz,
The Baker Boy
Born (1971-11-13) November 13, 1971 (age 50)
Zamboanga City, Philippines
Genres Alternative rock/pop
Pinoy rock
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Drums, Percussions
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts Cambio
The Dawn
Sun Valley Crew
Twisted Halo
Rico Blanco
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass<vbr /> Fender Jazz Bass
Gibson Les Paul bass
Rickenbacker 4001
Music Man StingRvay

Hector "Buddy" Avanceña Zabala (born November 13, 1971) is the bassist of Filipino new wave band The Dawn, Punk rock band Hilera, Indie band Cambio, and widely known as the bassist of the formerly disbanded and now reunited alternative rock band, the Eraserheads.[1]

Eraserheads bassist (1989-2003)

Zabala only began writing and singing songs as an Eraserhead starting with the band's 1996 Christmas album, Fruitcake. The album contains "The Fabulous Baker Boy" and "Fruit Fairy." Buddy later also sang and wrote "Tama Ka" and "Kahit Ano" in the 1999 album, Natin99.

Buddy's bass-playing is prominently featured in the drum & bass opening track of the Natin99 album, "Sinturong Pangkaligtasan". In Aloha Milkyway (the band's first international release), the songs were heavy with his bass work.

Post-Eraserheads (2003-present)

A few years after the dissolution of the Eraserheads, Buddy Zabala continues to be a prolific musician. He plays bass for The Dawn and, of course, the renamed Eheads, Cambio. Intervening bands in which he was played were the Sun Valley Crew (together with fellow Eraserhead, Raimund Marasigan) and Twisted Halo (with Vin Dancel, Jason Caballa, Joey Odulio, and Mon Lopez.).

For his bass work for Cambio (Derby Light) and Twisted Halo (In Loving Memory of the Fearless Exploits of the Bolo Brigade), Zabala was awarded by the NU Rock Awards as 2004 "Bassist of the Year".

Aside from playing with his bands and doing session work, he focuses his energy in helping younger generation of Pinoy rock bands by way of producing their albums. Some of these are Boldstar's "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Something/What Are You, Really?", Itchyworms' "Little Monsters Under your Bed" (with Romel Sanchez), 6 Cycle Mind's "Panorama", Moonstar 88's "Todo Combo", and Imago's "Blush".

He also works as co-producer with his Eraserheads and Cambio colleague, Raimund Marasigan; such as on Itchyworms' "Noon Time Show," Twisted Halo's "Twisted Halo EP", Fatal Posporos' "Paper View," Sugarfree's "Dramachine," Cambio's "Derby Light," and Imago's "Take 2." He was also involved for Marasigan's recent "Five on the Floor" album for Sandwich's.

Zabala had also scored a number of movies, TV commercials, documentary shorts and stage plays.

In 2016 He joined the Filipino alternative and punk rock band Hilera as the replacement for Ivan Garcia who left the group in late 2015.




  1. "Established rockers form new group". Manilla Bulletin Publishing Corporation. January 11, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>