The Philippines now has its first-ever all-Filipino male K-pop group with SB19.
The group, comprised of members Sejun, Stell, Josh, Ken and Justin, are trained under ShowBT, a Korean entertainment agency that branched out in the Philippines, according to ABS-CBN
SB19 made their debut in 2018 when they released their single “Tilaluha,” which features a K-drama inspired music video with the song and lyrics in Tagalog.
While they have been around for a few months, the group only recently began to gain traction. At their first press conference held last month, the SB19 members talked about their ambitions of international fame as well as showcasing Filipino talent.
The group went viral after a Twitter user shared their dance practice video for their song “Go Up” on social media on September 2.
The official music video for their song also gained over 1.5 million views as of this writing.
Before their debut, the group went through rigorous training to get to where they are today. They reportedly trained for three years with nine hours of vocal and dance training every day. They only had one day per week of break.
For their single “Go Up,” SB19 had to rehearse the choreography 30 times a day and even set up a goal of practicing the dance 1,000 times.
Even though SB19 clearly has K-pop influence in their video, aesthetically speaking, the group made it clear that they are not imitating the genre and wishes to promote their own style.
“We’re not copying K-pop. You might see it in our clothes or in our looks that they are influenced by K-pop,”
the group told GMA iWitness
. “But it was that company that trained us and enhanced our skills so that we could promote our own music – Filipino music.”
SB19 received positive feedback from their fans online. Here’s what some of them wrote to show their support:
In case you were wondering if they can sing, here’s SB19 doing an acapella of their song “Tilaluha.”