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REO Brothers’ hard work pay off in Sydney

FilipinoIMG_3160 reo(2) (234x250)   Beatle tribute band REO Brothers lived up to its expectation and  captivated d its Sydney fans including  many Baby Boomers  who trooped to the band’s   performance at the Burwood RSL Club in Burwood, NSW.

Billed as TY  OZ or Thank You Australia, the show was a  “charity concert for Help-after-Haiyan and community projects “ as organised by the Filipino  Community Cooperative, Inc, convenor of  the Hiyas Ng Bayan Daycare Centre in Mt Pritchard, NSW.

The show was produced and presented by Filipino Communty Cooperative  with Cebu Pacific. Named as collaborating groups were Banag Banag, Inc; Bicol Inc, CFC Ancop Australia, Flagcom,and Ilocano Association of Australia.

Already well known among Filipino communities  outside the Philippines, the  REO brothers  captured the admiration of  Filipino  Baby Boomer fans of Beatles music , attracting many to dance to the beat of old Beatle favourites such as  “Help”, “Hey  Jude”, “All You Need Is Love” , “With a Little Help from My Friends” and other sound-alike pieces from Beach Boys, Dave Clark 5, and Gary Lewis and the Playboys.

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A group of Baby Boomer women  who drove all the way from Caberra for the night out  gave a separate  special donation for the Typhoon Haiyan victims, at the show.

The REO  Brothers are Reno, 24, RJ 22, Rayart, 20 and Ralph 18 years old.  The group’s  rose from proverbial  poverty after the devastation brought by the super typhoon to their city of  Tacloban  had become inspirational   ever  since the band’ relocation to Manila to build up their career as a band

Says Raymart in a promotional youtube clip: “There was nothing for us, no clubs and other venues, in Tacloban City after Haiyan.”

REO Brothers were fortunate enough to have performed  as support acts for such international stars as Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Sanchez, Charice and Filipino Amerian Bobby Lopez.

Officers and staff of Filipino Community Cooperative  who acted as the core of volunteers made the REO Brothers’ stay in Sydney memorable facilitating the band’s two shows in Sydney and  showing  Sydney’s favourite tourist sites.

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Filipino Community Cooperative also hosted  in June last year the back-to-back performance of X Factor 2013 series Sydney winner Dami Im  and Israel 2013 X Factor series winner  Ros Fostanes

REO Brothers were accompanied by their  manager Mr Tom Bangis.