Ely Buendia together with Raimund Marasigan, Marcus Adoro and Buddy Zabala formed the band Eraserheads when they were attending college at the University of the Philippines Diliman. The band wrote their own songs and performed their original compositions which started in the University campus and later to outside venues when their songs hit the top charts. Buendia’s composition Pare Ko became very popular.
The band Eraserheads landed a three-year contract with BMG Pilipinas which lasted for 10 years before it got disbanded. The band produced eight studio albums along with other EPs and singles. They got busy touring nationwide and far across the globe. Eraserheads were also the first ever Filipino artists to receive the “Moon Man” trophy for winning the 1997 MTV Asia Viewer’s Choice Award for the video of their song, “Ang Huling El Bimbo”. This hit song was also written by Buendia.