REVISIT the music of the 1970s as Ronnie Henares and Jojit Paredes, the musical duo known as Twofus, reunites for a one-night concert on Sept. 1 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City.
Though Mr. Henares today is known as a talent manager — he has worked with artists such as Regine Velasquez and Zsa Zsa Padilla together with his wife Ida Henares — and as a mainstay on GMA’s weekend comedy show Pepito Manaloto, Mr. Henares was once known for his vocal prowess as part of the duo formed with Mr. Paredes.
Mr. Paredes, a cousin of APO Hiking Society’s Jim Paredes, and Mr. Henares were a vocal duo known for performing on college and university campuses before going over to television and being part of ABS-CBN’s D’Sensations which aired every Sunday.
“Direk Tony Santos asked us if we could do an impromptu song and he’d put us on live. We took a deep breath and went for it. At first the audience fell silent as acoustic guitars were not yet amplified and the boom mike was picking up peripheral noise. When we finished the song, the audience went wild, demanding more,” said Mr. Paredes in a press release.
The duo continued to perform for a time before the two went their separate ways — Mr. Henares focused into managing artists and hosting, while Mr. Paredes became an actor and recording artist before he moved to the USA.
Now, the two are back and are keen to revisit the tunes they used to sing. Last year, a Twofus reunion was held in the US and the reception was good enough that they thought they would do the same in Manila.
“It was heartwarming seeing familiar faces that we haven’t seen in ages, plus fans from our youth that packed the afternoon matinee and evening shows, and how much fun we had performing for them and watching them participate in the show,” said Mr. Henares in the statement.
“These days we need a dose of yesteryears when love songs were tender, lengthy laugh trips were highly contagious, and dancing expressed the soul’s joy and rhythm… more importantly when friendships lasted lifetimes,” he added.
The one-night concert will see the duo perform “hits of the times which aren’t performed anymore in any of the entertainment venues in the country,” including songs from Chad and Jeremy, The Mamas and The Papas, the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, the Lettermen, Lovin Spoonfuls, the Cascades and more.
Joining the duo on stage are Jim Paredes and Boboy Garrovillo of the APO Hiking Society, Mitch Valdez, and ’70s dancing duo, the Aldeguer Sisters.
The concert’s production team include director/writer Floy Quintos, musical director Roy del Valle, art director Christian Henares, and Francis Libiran for wardrobe.
Twofus… Reunion of Friends will be held on Sept. 1, 8 p.m., at the Theater at Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City. Tickets are available at with ticket prices ranging from P1,000 to P5,500, excluding ticketing fees.