What happens when you put immensely talented Pinoys together in a group, trained by Korean entertainment companies that formed the biggest K-Pop groups in history? Legends, of course.
You heard it here first. These steadily rising P-Pop groups will make waves in the industry, but just like any other group that stood before them, what they need is your support in order to reach more heights. So, let’s not beat around the bush. Let’s get right to it.
The rookie girl group, BINI, made headlines this week. The young octet—Aiah, Colet, Maloi, Gwen, Stacey, Mikha, Jhoanna, and Sheena—performed their pre-debut single, Da Coconut Nut on It’s Showtime last Saturday. Viewers were quick to praise the girl group for their evident Filipino roots when they picked an iconic song by Smokey Mountain. Under ABS-CBN’s Star Hunt Academy, BINI was trained by voice coaches Kitchy Molina and Anna Graham, choreographer Mickey Perz, and South Korea’s MU Doctor.
1ST.ONE is a six-member boy group under FirstOne Entertainment, a Seoul-based talent management company. The members, ACE, Alpha, Max, J, Joker, and Jason debuted last July 2020 with their song You Are The One (Ttak Maja Nuh). On their debut, audiences pointed out the similarities between their group to BTS. It’s no surprise though, 1ST.ONE worked with South Korean producers, songwriters, and choreographers that have previously worked with BTS, for their debut. And c’mon, that’s definitely more of a compliment.
MNL48 is a world-class, all-girl Filipino idol group. It’s the Philippine chapter of the Japanese pop group phenomenon, AKB48. Contrary to first impressions, they are heavily influenced by J-Pop culture rather than K-Pop. Starting with 48 members, MNL48 was originally an all-girl song-and-dance group, with 48 members and 13 trainees. They have sister groups all over Asia. And on their third generation of artists, they will continue with 36 members under HalloHallo Entertainment (HHE).
We’d like to think that the Filipino quintet—Josh, Sejun, Stell, Ken, and Justin – paved the way for Korean-inspired P-Pop groups to flourish. After all, SB19 were the first Filipino act trained by a Korean entertainment company (ShowBT) to debut in the Philippines. The group debuted in October 2018, with their first single, Tilaluha. But they have come far, and even internationally, since then. SB19 became the first Filipino act to appear on the Billboard Next Big Sound chart and they also became the first Filipino act to enter the Billboard Social 50. They recently released their album, Get In The Zone, and are signed under Sony Music Philippines.
PHP makes a comeback as an all-boy Filipino group with seven final members. The soon-to-debut P-Pop group includes former PHP members Charles, JO, and JP, plus the new-gen additions, ZiO and Rhadz. And to complete all seven, Yuuki and Yukito who were from different K-Pop cover groups. According to their official page, Power House Philippines aims to share their story through music, as a complex yet striving group to prove that anything is possible despite the changes, failures, and hardships. Sejun was one of the former members of the PHP before he debuted on SB19.