Yolanda to Abbey Road: REO Brothers gain new fans with classic oldies

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MANILA -- Not one among the REO Brothers was even a speck on his mother’s womb when the popular songs that the group has been singing soared on the charts.

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Yet, the quartet has been unerringly rendering these tunes in perfect quality.

“It was really a great accomplishment for us,” said Raymart Otic about the YouTube award. “We are so happy that we gained an audience in the online world. We have started to upload quality videos last year 2019 and now, we’ve passed the 100,000 subscribers in YouTube. It’s overwhelming. Receiving the award from YouTube inspired us more to create great content.”The REO Brothers is the quartet of RJ (Ronjoseph), Reno, Ralph and Raymart Otic.

After learning how to play the drums, RJ mastered playing the guitar and subsequently passed on the skills to his three other siblings – Ralph, Reno and Raymart. They started playing songs and rendered the hits of other prominent bands in that era. Ong is a retired musician, a member of the Biatles band that did renditions of The Beatles songs and other prominent bands of that era in Tacloban during the 1970s through the 1990s. He mentored and trained the Otic siblings and gave them support.

The brothers did not get their musical inclination from anyone in their family as no member is a professional musician. Admittedly, they merely listened to the songs carefully before doing covers.In 2013, the unexpected happened when the Otic family was uprooted from Tacloban because of Typhoon Yolanda. Against all odds, they moved to Manila.

Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv Since then, the Otic siblings have been based in Manila. Life took a totally different turn for the brothers when they launched their professional singing career. Not only did they gain a growing following, they also went to places they never imagined they would reach one day.“We would love to go to some other places in Europe like Spain, Germany, France etc.,” Otic expressed. “The most memorable one is the UK tour. Like we’ve been there five times.

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