Ben&Ben dedicates a special performance of their unreleased track “Dahilan” to Route 196.

Ben&Ben was one of the performers at local bar Route 196’s farewell gig and fundraiser last September 12. Aside from performing songs from their very first EP, which, according to them, debuted at Route196, the 9-piece band also dedicated a special performance of their unreleased track “Dahilan” to the local bar.

“Bihirang-bihirang bihira namin siyang tugtugin. Pero inaalay namin ito sa panahon ngayon at sa lahat ng mga nangyayari. Kagaya ng momentary na pamamaalam ng Route 196. Hindi natin maintindihan kung bakit nangyayari yung mga ganitong mga bagay pero eventually, hopefully, it will all make sense.”

Route 196 takes a final bow

Last August 23, Route 196 announced that they will be closing its doors as live gigs were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The local bar, which is one of the most popular venues for live music, took their final bow with a farewell gig.

Read more: Iconic Katipunan bar Route 196 shuts its doors

Several artists like Sponge Cola, The Itchyworms, Reese Lansangan, Johnoy Danao and Ebe Dancel took part in the fundraiser as a way of giving back to Route 196, which became their home for the past 15 years. 

You can watch the 8-hour long show on Route 196’s official Facebook page.

Thank you for the memories! Looking forward to the day where all roads will once again lead to Route 196.

What are your most unforgettable Route 196 moments?

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