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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Feb 2, 2011

Rainmakers revive singing career

THE RAINMAKERS was one of the hit acts of the 70s with Joel Macanaya, Joseph Lansang, Jojo Gorospe and Mon Villanueva. They’re now making a comeback managed by Atty. Joji Alonso, the host of “Legal Forum” on Q Channel 11 who’s a cousin of Mon. “Ang mali talaga namin noon, wala kaming manager,” says Joel, the quartet’s most talkative member. “With Atty. Joji now managing us, we’re confident may puwang pa kami sa music industry.”

Atty. Joji pairs them with the younger quartet of the VoizBoys in a post-valentine show, “Voizes in the Rain”, a show with four voices and two generations but in one harmony, on February 18 at the Music Museum. “There were 12 of us when we started at the UST high school in 1969,” says Joel. “It was the height of the rainy season kaya kami naging Rainmakers. By 1974, only four of us were left and we recorded an album with Blackgold Records that contained the hit songs ‘Binibini’ and ‘Pang-umaga, Pantanghali, Pang-gabi’. The latter was used in a movie with the same title. We won the Aliw best group performer award for two consecutive years.” Singing took them to Japan, Hong Kong, Italy and Canada where audiences swooned as they crooned, demanding return performances. Last September, they did a concert, “Like A Love Song”, at Teatrino Greenhills that signalled their comeback now that they’re all granddads. They welcome performing with Nico Antonio, Jay-R Siaboc, Guji Lorenzano and Tom Rodriguez of the VoizBoys (who haven’t been born yet when they started singing) and look forward to having a showdown with them to show who are the better singers. Produced by Atty. Joji’s Quantum Music, special guests are Cong. Lani Mercado, Janet Basco and Tuesday Vargas. Concert tickets at P1,000 to P2,000 are available at the Music Museum and at Quantum, just call 887-0226 or 887-7698.