Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — K-pop is now known to be South Korea’s biggest export, thanks to the various K-pop groups with their seamlessly choreographed performances, elaborate production values, and millions of dedicated fans.
Its influence has long reached many countries, including the Philippines. Recently, SB19, a five-member Pinoy pop group that was trained under a Korean entertainment company called ShowBT, is gaining attention for their K-pop-esque videos and performances.
However, Josh, a member of SB19, says they are distinguishing themselves from being tagged as a K-pop group. “Misconception kasi na nangyayari na parang minsan na-ta-tag kami as K-pop Pinoy group pero hindi po ganoon,” he explains. “We are actually a P-pop boy group. Hindi siya K-pop.”
Ken, the main dancer of SB19, says their dream is to be the first Filipino boy group to reach a global audience. Sejun, the leader of the team, also says: “Ang dream ko is makilala ng buong [Pilipinas] na mayroon tayong ganitong talento sa iba’t ibang larangan at kaya din natin ang ginagawa ng ibang bansa.”