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Origin:
Quezon City, Philippines
Decades:
2002-2007

Narda was a successful Pinoy rock band, widely seen as one of the visible acts in the Philippine indie rock scene. Ryan Villena (drummer) had already been playing in several bands in his formative years. He started playing with Tungaw, a four-piece band which frequented Club Dredd in the heyday of the Filipino alternative music scene. He was also a founding member of Brownman Revival (played keyboards), did session percussion work for Tropical Depression, and still pounds the drums for Romeo Lee and the Brown Briefs (with ex-Tungaw mates bassist Jing Gaddi and guitarist Mark Villena ).

Tungaw disbanded in 1998, when Ryan formed Lilian along with college friends from his Tanghalang Ateneo days, (which included Pupil's Yan Yuzon, Xander Angeles on guitar, Patrick Tuason on keyboards and Mimi Chu on vocals) in early 2000. Due to line-up changes, their demo was left unfinished. Through Conrad Javier of Boy Elroy, Ryan was introduced to Katwo Librando (who sang with Bent on Crickets) and asked her to do vocals for Lilian. Katwo jumped at the opportunity and Lilian version-2 launched with guitarist Wincy Ong.