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Here’s the real meaning of ‘Spoliarium’ as revealed by Ely Buendia

Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia revealed the meaning of their controversial song ‘Spoliarium’.

For the longest time, the song of the popular Pinoy, that was based on the painting of Juan Luna, has created an urban legend. After 24 years since it was first heard on air, Ely has spoken about the true meaning of the song.

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The singer-songwriter made this revelation on the recent episode of Jim Bacarro and Saab Magalona’s podcast titled Wake Up With Jim and Saab. Ely said that the song is just basically about getting drunk.

“‘Spoliarium’ is one of those cases where really the myth has sort of taken over the facts and I kinda like it. I kinda like the myth. Because the actual meaning of the song is also again, just really mundane… So, we were drinking that (Goldschläger) and that gintong alak.. that’s what it meant. It’s all about getting pissed drunk,” Ely Buendia said.

Based on the article in The Philippine Star, the urban legend stated that the song tells the story of 80s actress Pepsi Paloma and the controversy that happened to her involving the names of Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, and Richie D’Horsie.


The lyrics of the song mentioned “Enteng” and “Joey” and there was a certain “gintong salamin”. These lines made the online community speculate that it connected with the late 80s actress.

Ely clarified that Enteng and Joey were their road managers back then. “They were roadies. Kaya first time ko nabasa ‘yun, that urban legend, sabi ko, ‘Wow, okay ‘to ah.’ There really is, sometimes, ‘yung mga coincidence like that, you have no power over that. It just happens,” the E-heads frontman said.

Ely Buendia added that they were just drinking and the song was about a hangover. However, he does not mind other people having different interpretations of the song.

“That’s the beauty of it. But that’s one of those songs that I’m really proud of. You know, I’m really proud of it if I sing it live all the time,” the singer stressed.

Then, he went on saying, “Are you disappointed? Pero pustahan tayo kahit sinabi ko na ‘yan, the myth will still go on.” 

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