Filipino folk-pop group Ben&Ben percussionist-vocalist Toni Muñoz is taking time off from the band after undergoing “major surgery”.
The band shared an update on her condition on Friday (January 8), noting that she will be temporarily absent from events and performances. They did not provide details on the procedure.
“I underwent a major surgery yesterday (January 8) morning and it went well! I’m okay! There’s still pain, of course, but I feel so much better than yesterday,” Muñoz said in a personal update on the Facebook post.
Muñoz said her condition would be “okay” in the coming days, and thanked family and friends who prayed for her, as well as those who sent well wishes. She also said she promised to take things easy for a quick and complete recovery. “Your prayers, well-wishes, and messages are very well appreciated!”
Read the band and Muñoz’s update below:
hello! sharing with you na si toni, ang aming percussionist-vocalist, ay nag-undergo ng major surgery, kaya pansamantala…
According to Rappler, Muñoz’s latest appearance with the band was on December 31 during the BYE 2020 virtual concert.
In December, Ben&Ben released the song ‘Kapangyarihan’ and a statement condemning police brutality following the killings of Sonya and Frank Gregorio by a policeman in Tarlac.
That same month, they released their highly anticipated music video for ‘Sa Susunod na Habang Buhay’, starring the actors Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. It came a month after the Ben&Ben released their anthemic single ‘Di Ka Sayang’, and after ‘Sa Susunod na Habang Buhay’ in February.
The band were nominated in the Best Southeast Asia Act category for the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards and represented the Philippines at the 2020 ASEAN-Korean ROUND Festival.
Ben&Ben were also named the most-streamed artist on Spotify in the Philippines in 2020, beating K-pop group BTS.