They chose the name Pupil because Buendia liked the fact that it is the part of the eye where light enters.
Guitarist Yan Yuzon likes its double meaning, as well as the “eternal learning” connotations of the name.
Pupil's launch gig was on July 13, 2005 at the UP Bahay ng Alumni. It was an event group with members such as Sponge Cola, Kiko Machine, Menaya, Tawo, Sleepyheads, and Elytistas.
They submitted their demo to several labels, but no one was more enthusiastic about the new material than the newly merged Sony BMG.
Incidentally, Ely left BMG Pilipinas in 2002 in the wake of his falling out with the Eraserheads.
However, BMG accepted Buendia again like a "prodigal son" as he himself describes it in their debut album's insert.
Pupil was formed when Dok Sergio from the bands The Teeth and Daydream Cycle joined The Mongols' line-up during the fourth quarter of 2004, making it a five-man band.
The Mongols' bassist Yan "Yanni" Yuzon moved to third guitar duties while Dok Sergio handled bass. Astro, left to pursue a career in producing, recording and studio engineering.
The transitional five-man line-up was witnessed in The Mongols’ last single and music video entitled “Heroine”. The group's last gig under the name "The Mongols" was on July 7, 2005.Velasco’s departure shook things up for the group as they were trapped into the decision of whether to stay as a band or not.As they decided to continue and as they progressed, the band noticed that they were producing a different sound without Velasco on the lead guitar and decided to form a "new" band.“We got a better bass player and dumber guitarist,” jokes guitarist Yan Yuzon, who left bass playing duties to Dok Sergio to take Velasco’s place.Upon the determination of forming a “new” band, the group’s first move was to change their name.Frontman Ely Buendia chanced upon the name "Pupil" while browsing a medical book. Before using Pupil, they tried several other names, such as Villain, Lords of Nasdaq, The Gets, Trochlean, Traitors, and Tyrel Corp.