The group 7th Symphony is a six-member outfit made up of Filipino migrant workers in the UAE. Photo: Facebook/7th Symphony

A group of Filipino migrant workers and musicians became the champions in a music competition in the United Arab Emirates in December.

The 7th Symphony, a six-member group made up of musicians from different bands who joined together, were named the champions and won cash prizes during the Battle of the Bands segment of Bayanihan 2018 in the UAE, GMA News reported.

The band’s bass player Emmanuelle Iglesia, 29, who is a chef in the UAE, said the members decided to get together solely to join the competition, but are now planning on keeping the band together for future gigs.

Iglesia said he and the other members of the band had already encountered problems as a group as they juggled their music careers with their day jobs. “The challenge that we have encountered is time due to our different fields of work. Time to be together is always difficult for us,” Iglesia said.

Iglesia said the band took home a trophy and cash prizes, but what’s important for them was they were able to bring joy to their fellow Filipino migrant workers through their music.

The other members of the band are guitarist and vocalist Bonz Saforteza, 25, a system administrator at the Stree Group of Company,  vocalist Lilac Catolico, 20, a student at the London American College and marketing assistant intern at the Point Zero Floatation Center, drummer Benjo Ramos, 28, an insurance advisor at the Al Futtaim Orient PJPC, keyboard player Twir Buan, 22, a sales agent at the Musician’s Corner, and lead guitarist Irrel Caratol, 29, an aquatics supervisor at Thee Petshop.

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