From their sophomore studio album to their international takeover, 2022 was a big year for the Aces of P-Pop, BGYO.
When BGYO debuted on January 29, 2021, ABS-CBN’s Star Hunt Academy and Star Magic undoubtedly gave Filipinos another talented boy group that, with a year-long training under its belt, was poised to make its mark in the Pinoy pop scene. And since taking over, Akira, Gelo, JL, Mikki, and Nate surely have been leaping to career highs, achieving impressive milestones, and making historic feats over the span of two short years. Truly, they’re the Aces of P-pop. And to celebrate their second anniversary, let’s look back at all the momentous moments in the past year that made BGYO one of the fast-rising P-pop stars in the country.
Marking the continuous success of Pinoy pop and its indubitable winning motion, the first-ever Pinoy Pop Convention (PPOPCON) was held in April 2022. A celebration of the vibrant growth of the proudly Filipino pop culture creation and the biggest gathering of fans and talented artists, PPOPCON was the first event of its kind and the biggest event since the pandemic happened that was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. BGYO was a part of this historic moment where they flexed their sheer talent and performed their debut song The Light, Kundiman, and The Baddest.
After winning a trophy from the 2021 Asian Creative Academy Awards, their first-ever major recognition as a music group, for their original He’s Into Her soundtrack, BGYO returned for the second season of the hit youth-oriented digital series in 2022 with another musical piece, Best Time. Written by Jonathan Manalo and Gabriel Tagadtad, the duo responsible for BGYO’s award-winning song He’s Into Her, Best Time became a befitting anthem to HIH’s final season. The five-piece P-pop wonder was also a part of the show’s grand finale concert.
TUMITIGIL ANG MUNDO
One of the ACEs’ most anticipated moments last year was the comeback of their P-pop mains. This happened in July 2022 when BGYO finally released their energetic and endearing bop, Tumitigil Ang Mundo. The first single of their sophomore studio album BE:US, the electro-pop dance track eventually became part of An Inconvenient Love’s original soundtrack, which also includes their sister P-pop group BINI, Zack Tabudlo, and Moira dela Torre.
Another career highlight that proves how in-demand BGYO was in 2022 is when they were tasked to do the original theme song of Mars Ravelo’s Darna. BGYO flew with the popular Pinoy superhero with their original song, Patuloy Lang Ang Lipad. They also performed it on the ASAP stage the same day it was released in August.
In October, the talented pentad took the 35th Awit Awards stage and gave an almost eight-minute dazzling performance of their hits. BGYO also triumphed at the event, taking home the Favorite Group Artist accolade. Truly, a much-deserved win.
Weeks before the release of BE:US, BGYO first dropped Magnet, the album’s lead single, and its music video. With some fiery, irresistible beats and blazing choreography by the world-renowned Brian Puspos, Magnet found Akira, Gelo, JL, Mikki, and Nate at their most sensual and seductive yet. Indeed, the BGYO comeback all ACEs needed.
ASAP NATIN ‘TO IN LAS VEGAS
When BE:US finally came out in November and started topping charts, like all of us had expected, BGYO then began journeying through the world stage for their album’s international promotion. Starting with the ASAP Natin ‘To In Las Vegas grand concert where they performed Magnet for the first time abroad and repped the P-Pop banner so hard it’ll make everyone proud. And what made this milestone even bigger was BGYO’s once-in-a-lifetime collab with Asia’s Songbird herself, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, who joined the boys’ rendition of Mahal Na Kita.
WISH USA BUS PERFORMANCE
BGYO’s global domination continued with their debut Wish USA bus performance last November where they serenaded their international fans at the snowy Chino Hills, California, with their latest tracks PNGNP and Magnet. It was also a special P-pop moment as BGYO was joined by BINI and their kuyas, SB19; one that melted the hearts of ACEs, Blooms, and A’TIN alike.
BGYO ON THE GO
While it serves like a personal, colorful diary of some sort, BGYO’s BGYO On The Go series can also be called another highlight of their 2022 as it features the boy group’s little, sincere, and cute moments that while fun and light, also shows the boys’ sheer passion, brotherly love for each other, and genuine charisma. The series also foregrounds their special love for their fans as all the earnings that they get from successful challenges goes to fund their thanksgiving parties.
BGYO’S NEW YORK TAKEOVER
And then there was BGYO rocking the streets of the Big Apple, owning Times Square and Domino Park with their performances of The Baddest, Magnet, and Be Us. In their special MTV Jammin‘ spot released weeks ago, BGYO shared the inspiration for each song, their preparation for each shoot, and meeting new fans in New York.
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