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The OFW band that made it big

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CONCERT
Aegis na Aegis: The Story of Us
Sept. 1, 8 p.m.
Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter

Theirs are voices Filipinos know by heart and their songs are karaoke and singing contest staples — from the career-making 1998 single “Halik” to other powerhouse songs like “Luha” and “Basang-basa sa Ulan.” Aegis has certainly made its mark as one of the most successful rock bands in the country and now it is coming home with its first major concert in Metro Manila on Sept. 1 at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre (NPAT) in Resorts World Manila.

“This is the first time someone trusted us with such a big venue,” said Juliet Sunot, one of the band’s vocalists during an Aug. 8 press conference at the NPAT.

She added that they are a bit afraid that they won’t be able to fill the 1,500-seat theater as they have always played in small venues, both locally and internationally.

The band — composed of the Sunot sisters, vocalists Juliet, Mercy, and Ken, as well as Rowena Adriano on the bass, Vilma Goloviogo on drums, Rey Abenoja on guitar and backup vocals, and Stella Pabico on the keyboard — started out playing in clubs and bars in Japan in the early 1990s.

Their timeless hits (mostly penned by Celso Abenoja, the brother of guitarist Rey Abenoja) became successful and iconic thanks to their heartfelt lyrics, and are now household karaoke favorites. They were even used to create an original musical by PETA called Rak of Aegis.

On Sept. 1, the band will not only sing its hits but will also tell the story of a group of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who wanted to make it big and did.

Tickets range in price from P861 to P5,163 and are available at the Resorts World Manila Box Office and all TicketWorld outlets (www.ticketworld.com.ph). For details, visit www.rwmanila.com or call 908-8833.

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