If you are a true Filipino music fan, you may have heard of the boy group SB19. This group, made up of five multi-talented young men, hails from the Philippines. But what makes them stand out from the other boy groups, you may ask?
Well, they are the first-ever Filipino boy group that was trained under a South Korean entertainment company. They have been trained and supervised for three years by a South Korean company that works in entertainment and talent management – ShowBT Philippines Corp.
Under their training, their rigorous schedule includes a nine-hour vocal practice and dance training daily. They also went to South Korea to record the songs and learned the various routines for performances.
The group had their debut in 2018 with their song “Tilaluha” composed by Kyeong-su Kim. They followed up with a single titled “Go Up” which was written by the group members themselves. The video of this song became viral after the release and currently has, at the time of writing this article, almost seven million views.
Get to Know The Members of SB19!
Now that we’ve had a brief introduction to the group, let’s get to know the members better. Read on to see the member profiles.
A Little Information About Sejun
Sejun, real name is John Paulo Nase, is the leader of this group. He also serves as the lead vocalist, main rapper, and main composer and writer of SB19’s songs. Don’t be fooled by his honey-like voice, Sejun has both the talent and the brains! He graduated from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines with a Bachelors Degree in English.
A Little Information About Josh
Josh, whose real name is Josh Cullen Santos, used to be in a dance cover group called SE-EON. And they won a total of seven competitions. His love for dance started at an early age, and his perseverance won him first place in a Dance Dance Revolution regionals contest before.
A Little Information About Stell
Stell, short for Stellvester Ajero, is the group’s main vocalist and lead dancer. He was in the same dance cover group with Josh. His vocal range is equally superb as his dancing skills as he was in a church choir and the only boy soprano. He also serves as the group’s main choreographer.
A Little Information About Ken
Ken, whose birth name is Felip Jhon Suson, was raised by his grandparents. In fact, his grandfather is a pastor. He pursued Architecture in the Technological Institute of the Philippines. Although he has the fewest posts on his IG account, he (in my honest opinion) is one of the most artistic.
A Little Information About Justin
Finally, Justin, full name Justin de Dios, is the group’s youngest member, as well as the group’s visual. This nerdy but cutie member finished a Multimedia Arts degree (with honors) from the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde.
He’s such a water baby that he taught himself to swim when he was a kid. He also likes to catch insects from floodwaters.
More About the Group
The group’s songs are mainly in Filipino, but you can hear some English in the mix. They’ve already undergone tours and meet-and-greets since their debut. However, due to the current pandemic, their supposed SB19: Get In The Zone Nationwide Concert has been postponed.
You can monitor the group’s schedule and fan meets at their official social media pages below.
Watch the music video of ‘Alab’ now!
We really do wish this group the best of luck in their future endeavors! Having been trained by world-class trainers and given the full package, I hope that they get to achieve the success and the national and international recognition they deserve.