It’s been a month since Filipino boy-group SB19 debuted with “Go Up,” but they’ve quickly become a hit group in the Philippines.
SB19 was formally introduced to the public in 2018, with the intent of being an all-Filipino group inspired by the K-Pop style and aesthetic. The members themselves have all trained in South Korea and are being managed by a local brand of a Korean entertainment company called ShowBT Entertainment.
The group is compromised of members Sejun, Stell, Josh, Ken, and Justin. Though the group debuted last month, they started gaining attention when a Twitter user reposted a part of the group’s dance practice to their debut track, with many loving how sharp and polished their moves are. It currently has 81.4k likes on Twitter.
So there is this Filipino Boy Group called SB19. They are under a Philippine branch of a Korean Company called ShowBT.
The producers are korean but the lyrics are in tagalog (written by the members) but i didn't feel any cringe at all! Their dance is also great 💯 pic.twitter.com/6bDtGxBnQ3
— LYRA♡ | C I X 🌱 (@BAE_Sodu) September 2, 2019
Speaking of their debut track, the song is mostly in Tagalog with some English sprinkled in. The boys wrote the lyrics themselves, and a Korean producer produced the song.
During their press conference, leader Sejun explained their goals of showing off Filipino talents through their work,
The Filipinos are so talented in many things. Good at singing, good at dancing, at acting. That’s what we want to show to people in other countries. […] We want to show how talented Filipinos are, how we are all-rounders.