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Ryan Cayabyab and the Smokey Mountain of Your Childhood Reunite in Concert

The concert will raise funds for the World Wide Fund for Nature.
IMAGE Ryan Cayabyab, Smokey Mountain
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National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab and iconic OPM group Smokey Mountain composed of Tony Lambino, Shar Santos, Chedi Vergara, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Jason Angangan, James Coronel, Geneva Cruz, and Anna Fegi—are set to reunite on June 30 for another leg of #Conservatunes—World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines’ livestream fundraising concert series. The concert series is part of the celebration of the Philippine Environmental Month and will be streamed through WWF-Philippines’ official social media pages

“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.

“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.”

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The concert will benefit the Butanding Interaction Officers (BIO) of Donsol, Sorsogon, whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic. Around 200 families in the area are also affected by the situation.

BIO protects the marine life in the coastal community of Donsol. The town is host to one of the largest populations of whale sharks on the planet.

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Launched last May 2020, #Conservatunes aims to raise awareness on the environment and help people in need through online concerts headlined by some of the biggest names in the local music scene.

Also capping off the concert series for the month of June are Sitti and Princess Velasco on June 27 and South Border and Yasmien Kurdi on June 28.

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