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BGYO: Gazing Into The Future With “The Aces of P-Pop”

Time flew by so quickly that more than a year after BGYO debuted, the group now has a number of milestones to celebrate and remember not just for the boys themselves but most especially for ACEs, too

Changes happen to us all.  Those are words that ring true for everyone but if there’s a classic example of how apropos a positive change can be—just look at how things turned out for P-Pop group BGYO.


BGYO is a five-member Filipino boy group formed in 2018 by ABS-CBN Star Hunt Academy. Its members are Gelo Rivera, Akira Morishita, JL Toreliza, Mikki Claver, and Nate Porcalla, representing a group that stands for “Becoming the change, Going further, You and I, Originally Filipino.”


More than a year since their official debut back in January 2021, opportunities and chances opened up for the group that propelled them to a remarkable place in the P-Pop scene.


They kicked off their debut with the official single “The Light” which surpassed 100,000 streams in Spotify in less than two weeks after its release. Over a month later, the song was included in Spotify’s “RADAR Philippines 2021 Roster.” Its music video received more than a million views on YouTube, making it the fastest debut music video by a P-Pop group to reach a million views.

 

BGYO on the cover of Metro
BGYO on the cover of Metro | On Mikki: Jacket by Neric Beltran, blazer and trousers by Ryan Chris | On Nate: Overalls by Neric Beltran and shirt by H&M | On Akira: Blazer and trousers by Neric Beltran | On JL: Jacket by Neric Beltran | On Gelo: Trousers by H&M | Photography by Rxandy Capinpin
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Another feather on the group’s cap is being tapped by ABS-CBN to do the OST of the hit romantic-comedy series He’s Into Her which also gained massive success and won the National Award for Best Theme Song in the 2021 Asian Creative Awards in Singapore. That led to another participation in the show’s season 2 OST with the song “Best Time.” The music video of their single, “The Baddest,” featuring Liza Soberano has gained more than 2 million views on YouTube.


BGYO also made waves on the international music chart scene. “The Baddest” charted twice at #1 at Billboard's Next Big Sound last year. After a slew of virtual shows and concerts, BGYO finally did their first-ever live stage overseas at the 1MX Dubai 2021 Filipino Music Festival along with other Pinoy artists. The group was able to do their first concert performance before the live audience locally through the 2022 P-Pop Con: The Ultimate P-Pop Fan Gathering


Recently, BGYO was featured on a massive LED screen in Seoul as they emerged as the “Best International Artist” on Idol Pick, a K-pop website of Korea-based media group Dong-a, after getting the highest number of votes from fans.


BGYO on the cover of Metro
On Gelo: Shirt by Neric Beltran, jumper and trousers by H&M | On Mikki: Jacket by Thian Rodriguez, tee by H&M, and trousers by Neric Beltran | On Nate: Top and trousers, Stylist's own | On Akira: Tee by H&M | On JL: Jacket by Erwin Flores and shirt by H&M
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A testament to BGYO’s rising stardom, influence, and popularity is their growing number of endorsements and brand partnerships. They have worked with Coke Studio and have been tapped as brand endorsers of Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 series, clothing brand H&M, Sprite, Mentos, and Smart TNT. 


Recently, BGYO likewise worked with streaming platform Netflix Philippines on the launch of Alas Netflix, a self-produced web series where fans can celebrate their favorite Netflix titles with their favorite celebrity barkadas. The first 3 episodes of the series feature “The Aces of P-Pop.”


BGYO is set to appear this year on TUGATOG: The Filipino Music Festival 2022 (July 15) and on BE YOU: The World Will Adjust Benefit Concert (July 22) with K-pop supergroup Red Velvet, BINI, and Lady Pipay. These boys will also join the Star Magic Tour in the US, and will be part of the concerts in Resorts World Manila (July 23), San Francisco (August  12), and Los Angeles (August 14).


The group—alongside BINI, Angela Ken, and Moira dela Torre—was also chosen to The Lunar Codex's “Polaris Collection” time capsules bound to the Moon in 2023, aimed at preserving contemporary works that future generations may discover. 


Motivated by the encouraging entertainment scene these days and energized by the emerging recovery phase from the pandemic, BGYO members Gelo Rivera, Akira Morishita, JL Toreliza, Mikki Claver, and Nate Porcalla reflect on the year that was, the current state of their career, and the bright future unfolding for the group.


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This special cover with Metro not only celebrates their journey in the industry so far, but is also part of the #MetroxStarMagic30 content series in collaboration with Star Magic and its 30th anniversary this year. A Family Affair lead actress and top YouTube content creator Ivana Alawi was the first cover girl to be unveiled under this series. BGYO's sibling group, BINI, is also a part of this series.


Check out the performance video of their single, "Best Time," below:


Photography by Rxandy Capinpin

Creative direction by Chookie Cruz

Sittings editors: Geolette EsguerraRed Dimaandal, and Grace Libero-Cruz

Grooming by Jaime Sy

Styling by Rain Dagala

Styling associates: Danel Louise and Rioliza Camantigue 

Photographer's assistant: Joe Andy

Videography by Kyle Espiritu

Shot on location at Balara Content House

Special thanks to Star MagicMQ MallariJovy Aberion, and Lauren Dyogi


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