The sisters success formula

Who would forget Terry and Lally Aldeguer, together known as Aldeguer Sisters, and the head throw that made them a famous dance duo in the Philippines during the 70s?

By Guil Franco (Correspondent)

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Published: Wed 26 Jul 2006, 1:30 PM

Last updated: Thu 24 Nov 2022, 10:51 AM

They have moved to Los Angeles and put up the Aldeguer Sisters Performing Arts Centre in the 1990s.

Well, they're back in town not to stage a comeback, but to launch the career of another sibling act, this time a brother team who dances, sings, acts and does charity work on the side, the super talented EJ and Brendon Banares, the pair known as The Banares Brothers!

They are obviously following the sisters formula of success. Why, Brendon has this floor slap that would give the girls head throw some stiff competition. EJ, 18 years old, and Brendon, 14, are products of the Aldeguer Sisters' studio in California, USA.

The brothers launched their US career with the launching of their debut album "Aking Ina" and Pusong Pinoy USA, their charity foundation that aims to help physically-handicapped children in the Philippines, at Ratsky Morato. EJ (for Edilberto James) just finished high school and will be taking up nursing in September. Brendon will be a high school freshman.

They might have been born and raised in the United States (their parents hailed from Dumaguete City in Central Philippines), but EJ and Brendon are Pinoy at heart, family-oriented, conservative. Though they understand Pilipino, they speak with a bit of an American twang. Both are blessed with amazingly great voices, of course, honed with training.

The "Aking Ina" CD showcases their superb singing abilities. EJ's voice and singing technique is a blend of Martin Nieverra and Gary Valenciano while Brendon, still a kid, has a Michael Jackson voice. Individually, they stand on their own as singers but when they sing a duet, they make an impressive pairing thats hard to duplicate.

Songs from their CD consisting a wide range of styles are, When You Tell Me That You Love Me, Mack the Knife, Bridges and One Day In Your Life, all revivals, and Aking Ina, Sanay Magkatuluyan, When You Love Someone Who Loves You and Happily Ever After, all original compositions by Jimmy Borja.

The career of the Banares Brothers has definitely taken off. In the US, they have performed with visiting Pinoy artists like Rico Puno, Nora Aunor, Joey Albert, Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz and Maja Salvador. And now, they're thrilled to share their music with Pinoys through their album.

Thus, here's their Metro Manila mall tour schedule: SM Bicutan on July 28, Ever Gotesco Manila on July 29, Ever Commonwealth on July 30, Ever Commonwealth on Aug. 4, SM Bacoor on Aug. 4, Ever Ortigas on Aug. 5, SM Valenzuela on Aug. 6, SM Fairview on Aug. 11, Robinsons Metro East on Aug. 12, and SM Sucat on Aug. 19.

To cap the album launch, they will have a show with the Aldeguer Sisters and Rico Puno at Ratsky Morato on Aug. 18. Part of the proceeds from the show and the sale of their album will go to their charity foundation that aims to help impoverished street kids in the Philippines.

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