Time for girl group Ppop Gen­er­a­tion

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - REGINA MAE PARUNGAO

If the Kore­ans have K-pop and the Ja­panese call theirs J-Pop, then for the Philip­pines it has got to be Ppop!

I f the Kore­ans have K-pop and the Ja­panese call theirs J-Pop, then for the Philip­pines it has got to be Ppop!

The touted “move­ment” in the lo­cal mu­sic scene is be­ing her­alded by Ppop Gen­er­a­tion: Boom Ganda, a group of 45 girls show­cas­ing youth, beauty and tal­ent.

The for­ma­tion of the group is a ven­ture be­tween Viva Live, Inc., led by Vic del Rosario, Jr. (Chair­man of the Viva Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Inc.), one of the coun­try’s most im­por­tant en­ter­tain­ment com­pa­nies; and RTM of Ja­pan rep­re­sented by per­former, song­writer, rap­per and tal­ent man­ager Masatoshi Mano a.k.a MC Man, and Ry­ota Naito, the cre­ative pro­ducer.

The girls who make up Ppop Gen­er­a­tion: Boom Ganda were care­fully se­lected from thou­sands of au­di­tion­ees from all over the coun­try since 2009. They un­der­went in­ten­sive train­ing in song, dance, per­son­al­ity and speech de­vel­op­ment un­der Geleen Eu­ge­nio, and coaches Sushi Reyes and Zeb Zu­niga.

At a press launch, Geleen ad­mit­ted it’s a chal­lenge han­dling a group as large as it is, with age of mem­bers rang­ing from 13 to 18 years old.

“Some­times they give me a headache!” she laughed. “But I’m a mother and I treat them as my own chil­dren. I dis­ci­pline them, when needed.”

Ev­ery­day, the girls de­vote two hours to voice lessons, two hours to dance lessons, one hour to per­son­al­ity de­vel­op­ment, and one hour for speech de­vel­op­ment. “They don’t lip­sync,” Geleen proudly shared. “When they au­di­tioned, we let them read a book for us to hear their dic­tion. We made sure we get the best of the best from those thou­sands of as­pi­rant. I can proudly say there’s tal­ent here, beauty is there. I think they just need to grow more as artists in the com­ing months.”

Geleen al­ways re­minds the girls to value the im­por­tance of dis­ci­pline.

“That’s the se­cret to suc­cess,” she noted. “They have to do what is re­quired of them, they have to give their 100 per­cent in ev­ery per­for­mance. They have to be on time al­ways. I know they are young but I hope they de­velop dis­ci­pline in them­selves.”

Vic is con­fi­dent Ppop Gen­er­a­tion: Boom Ganda will suc­ceed in the in­dus­try.

“It’s time to show­case the tal­ents of Filipino per­form­ers. I pray some­day they would make it in­ter­na­tion­ally,” he said.

Ppop Gen­er­a­tion: Boom Ganda will per­form in two mu­si­cal shows, be­tween Tues­days to Satur­days, all through­out 2019 start­ing Jan. 8. The shows will be held at the Teatrino in Green­hills, San Juan.

Vic re­vealed they plan to pro­duce an al­lOPM al­bum for the group next year.

PPOP GEN­ER­A­TION: BOOM GANDA

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