Members of fast-rising boyband BGYO, formerly known as Star Hunt Academy (SHA) Boys, indeed prove their fans that they are indeed “worth the wait” as they successfully took the internet by storm in their highly anticipated official debut on Friday evening, January 29.
It was witnessed by their throngs of adoring supporters through the “Be The Light: The BGYO Launch” program streamed via KTX, and was virtually attended by their respective families and some members of the press. ABS-CBN top executives Chief Operation Officer for Broadcast Cory V. Vidanes, Chief Finance Officer Aldrin Serrano, and Head of Entertainment Production and Star Magic Laurenti Dyogi were also present to personally show their all-out support.
The online event commenced with Akira Morishita, JL Toreliza, Mikki Claver, Nate Porcalla, and Gelo Rivera introducing themselves and coming out to the stage one-by-one before merging to present themselves as BGYO and brandishing their hand sign.
After hosts AI Dela Cruz and MJ Felipe revealed a few trivia about the quintet and had them tell a short explanation about each, they were eventually thrilled to see their Filipino and Korean mentors virtually relay their congratulatory greetings and pieces of advice for them as they finally had their debut. Among them were vocal coach Kitchy Molina, Teacher Iron, Teacher Jun, Teacher Chan, Teacher Yong, Mr. Yoon, and Ms. Stella.
Kapamilya stars Vice Ganda, Vhong Navarro, Kim Chiu, Inigo Pascual, Gary Valenciano and P-pop girl group BINI also extended their warm welcome and well wishes to them.
BGYO then went on to treat their fans through their solo showcases. Nate proved that he’s indeed the “dance machine” as he grooved to “Full Moon Youth” by Moophs artist Yuzon; Akira showed his unique range in his rendition of Jem Macatuno’s “Bagong Simula”; Gelo astounded us with his dancing and rapping chops in his performance of Kyla and REQ’s “Only Gonna Love You”; JL tore a lot of hearts anew with his cover of Moira Dela Torre’s “Paubaya”; while Mikki amazed us with his performance of his original song “Go Higher” to which Epidemic Music provided the beats.
After giving away 15 signed BGYO shirts, which was only exclusive to commemorate the event, to 15 lucky VIP ticket holders, AI and MJ facilitated the mini presscon wherein members of local and overseas press were given the opportunity to ask one question to the boys.
BGYO also related their experiences in doing the music video of their debut single “The Light”, which lyric video was pre-released at 12:01 of that same day on their official YouTube channel and audio on various music streaming apps, as the behind-the-scene montage of its production was shown.
Upon seeing the much-awaited music video, which was directed by Kring Kim, BGYO and some of their supporters weren’t able to hold their emotions as the blood, tears, and sweat shed by everyone behind this “Filo-menon” (Filipino phenomenon) in the past two years were all definitely paid off. Direk Lauren Dyogi also gave his hearty speech.
Ten fans were given the opportunity as well to have a one-minute cam-to-cam moment with the boys through the fun and exciting virtual “Bring Me” game, which was won afterwards by Desley Montesa. BGYO once again weren’t able to contain their emotions while watching the surprise fan project specially prepared by their ardent followers for them, chronicling their journey in the camp and reminding them that they’re indeed “worth the wait.”
The event wrapped up with the five guys expressing their utmost gratitude to their families, the ABS-CBN bosses, the Star Hunt Academy teachers and partners, the Kapamilya programs who let them showcase their talents, their very supportive fans, and the organizers of their monumental launch.
As of this writing, the official music video of “The Light” has already raked in thousand views on YouTube, while the official hashtag #BGYOBeTheLight made it to the top 10 Philippine trends on Twitter.
Way to go, BGYO!