Take a trip down memory lane with National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab and iconic OPM group Smokey Mountain as they reunite for #Conservatunes —a livestream fundraising concert series spearheaded by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines.
The iconic 90’s OPM group by Tony Lambino, Shar Santos, Chedi Vergara, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Jason Angangan, James Coronel, Geneva Cruz, and Anna Fegi will be live on WWF Philippines’ official social media pages tonight, June 30, from 8 pm to 9 pm. (Read: Eight Local Stage Plays You Can Stream on YouTube)
“This reunion concert for the benefit of WWF Philippines has gotten the Smokey Mountain members to team up into different groups. I am excited to see the members from the two batches team up for a Smokey Mountain repertoire which you get to hear differently,” said Cayabyab.
Concert for a Cause
With the goal of helping and raising awareness on the environment, WWF Philippines launched #Conservatunes in May 2020. The project also aims to help communities in need through online concerts featuring some of the biggest names in the local music scene.
“Our environment should be everyone’s concern and I thank WWF Philippines for doing a valiant effort in helping out and mobilizing the citizens themselves to care for and preserve our planet the best way we can for our future and the generations to come,” said Cayabyab.
The concert will benefit the Butanding Interaction Officers (BIO) which protects marine life in the coastal community of Donsol, Sorsogon. Around 200 families in the area have also been greatly affected by the pandemic. (Read: Meet Pia Ocampo, A Diver Who Helps Turn Ocean Plastic Into School Chairs)
In an interview, Smokey Mountain member Tony Lambino also shared that they are very pleased to be part of the initiative. “Smokey Mountain was founded on the idea that popular music can help put more focus on social issues,” he said. “At ‘pag ganon ‘ang rason para sa reunion ay natutuloy, so nakakataba rin ng puso.” (Read: Hey, animal lovers! Subic Ocean Adventure is in dire need of your help!)
Smokey Mountain was formed by Cayabyab and executive producer Judd Berlin in 1989. The group has given us multiple hits like “Kailan,” “Can This Be Love,” and “Paraiso” which talks about a degrading environment caused by human actions.
The group also reunited on May 3 as part of the Taumbayan To The Rescue: A Special Bayanihan Musikahan Concert project for coronavirus relief. (Read: Ben&Ben releases first international single ahead of online fundraising concert)