Ran, born and raised in the Philippines has been singing since his grade school days at the Ann Arbor Montessori School in Laguna where he was part of the glee club and played the lead roles in the school musicals. In his teens, he noticed that his guitar playing friends got a lot of attention from the girls so in the pursuit of meeting women he decided to study this awesome girl magnet instrument, but instead fell in love with the instrument forgetting the original intention of why he was learning the guitar. In High School he was president of the Accompanist club at the Colegio San Agustin in Biñan. The love affair with the guitar continued till college, where he formed and usually forced his friends to make a band. He pursued his music when he came to Chicago where he met Lou and Baron, and the rest as they say is history. When not playing with SamaSama Project he sessions with other bands as a guitarist and drummer.