Smokey Mountain, Ryan Cayabyab to hold virtual benefit concert anew

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The 90’s music group Smokey Mountain and National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab are scheduled to reunite once more for an online benefit concert. (Photo from WWF-Philippines Facebook page)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 28) — The 90’s music group Smokey Mountain and National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab are scheduled to reunite once more on Tuesday in an online benefit concert for the environment.

Funds raised from the livestream show will go to the World Wide Fund for Nature or WWF-Philippines. In May, the group also performed for the Bayanihan Musikahan, another charity concert for communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Smokey Mountain was founded on the idea that popular music can help put more focus on social issues,” group member and now-Finance Assistant Secretary Tony Lambino told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend.

At ‘pag ganon ‘yung rason para sa reunion ay natutuloy, so nakakataba rin ng puso [And when that’s the reason for the reunion, it always pushes through, so that’s heartwarming],” he added.

Shar Silonga-Kaylor and Anna Fegi also said that while the communication among the group is challenged by time zones, as three of the eight members currently live overseas, they can’t wait to perform again for all their fans.

Jeffrey Hidalgo bared that besides a live interview of members during the show, never-before-heard versions of Smokey Mountain songs also await audiences.

Apart from Lambino, Hidalgo, Silonga-Kaylor, and Fegi, singers Geneva Cruz, James Coronel, Jayson Angangan, Chedi Vergara also make up the iconic music group.