If you’ve been watching TV or checking your social media for the past few months, you would’ve probably seen the sheer amount of K-pop content on your screens. These acts have collectively gained millions of followers worldwide and some Filipinos have been their biggest fans.
But did you know that we have local pop groups, or P-Pop, that are at par with these Korean idols? Some brands are even getting these local artists and groups as their endorsers, just like boy group SB19, who is now the face of an online shopping platform. (Read: ASEAN Music Showcase Festival Announces 3-day Virtual Event in SeptemberASEAN Music Showcase Festival Announces 3-day Virtual Event in September)
Check out these groups that are debuting in the local scene but have international talent.
P-pop Groups To Watch Out For: BGYO
BGYO (pronounced B-G-Y-O) is a five-piece boy band created by Direk Lauren Dyogi through Star Hunt Academy. They debuted early this year with the song ‘The Light’, and have been tapped to sing one of the songs for the soundtrack of the series ‘He’s Into Her’. Members Gelo, Akira, JL, Nate, and Mikki are all young–the oldest ones being 19 years old only, so you know they have more in store for them! (Read: LIST: Winners of 2021 Billboard Music Awards)
P-pop Groups To Watch Out For: BINI
Eight-piece girl group BINI is another product of Star Hunt Academy. Aiah, Colet, Maloi, Gwen, Stacey, Mikha, Jhoanna, and Sheena are the eight girls part of the group who pre-debuted with the song ‘Da Coconut Nut’ in November 2020. BINI’s music style is a mix of original songs and a revival of classic Filipino songs.
P-pop Groups To Watch Out For: Alamat
Alamat (the Tagalog word for ‘legend’) debuted in February this year and boasts of being a multilingual and multiethnic group. The group sings in Tagalog, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Bikolano, and Waray-Waray. They started with nine members, but was later trimmed down to eight after one of the members left in March due to personal reasons. Their first song was entitled ‘kbye’, and they are represented by Viva Entertainment and Ninuno Media.