The Squad Plus family continues to grow as it introduces more fresh faces who are ready to showcase their talents and charming personalities. Its new members include Jimuel Pacquiao, Nio Tria, Analain Salvador, Ashton Salvador, and Alyanna Angeles who are stepping out of the shadows of their celebrity families to make a name for themselves in the showbiz industry.
Get to know more about the five new squadmates in this list:
1. Jimuel Pacquiao
Just like his father and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, Jimuel Pacquiao’s first love is boxing. But when an offer to join The Squad Plus came knocking on his door, the nineteen-year-old did not hesitate to grab the opportunity to showcase his many talents.
Before impressing viewers with his energetic dance moves on the “ASAP Natin ‘To” stage, Jimuel already gained a following online thanks to his YouTube channel where he is able to show his fun personality while also practicing speaking in front of the camera. Jimuel is also looking forward to sharing his musical talents as he knows how to play a variety of instruments such as the guitar, piano, and saxophone.
Full name: Emmanuel Pacquiao Jr.
Birthdate: February 6, 2001
School: De La Salle University (2nd year college)
Hometown: General Santos City
Hobbies: Playing sports, watching movies, playing games
Sports: Boxing, basketball, chess
2. Nio Tria
A superstar in the tennis world, the only son of Cherry Pie Picache also looks to shine in the showbiz industry. Nio Tria was planning on moving to the United States to pursue a scholarship when the whole world was put on lockdown. Thankfully, a call from Dreamscape Entertainment allowed him to venture into acting instead – a path he always wanted to pursue.
In preparing for upcoming projects, the eighteen-year-old takes the time to attend acting and singing workshops and hones his rapping skills by uploading creative mash-ups on TikTok. He hopes to be part of an action film in the near future as he looks up to Kapamilya stars Arjo Atayde and Coco Martin. Nio was also able to take the stage alongside his mother for a special dance number in the “Ikaw Ang Liwanag at Ligaya” ABS-CBN Christmas special.
Full name: Jose Antonio Tria
Birthdate: April 28, 2002
School: Ateneo De Manila University (1st year college)
Hometown: Quezon City
Hobbies: Playing online games, watching on Netflix, working out, and playing guitar
Talents: Playing tennis, playing frisbee, playing guitar
3. Analain Salvador
As a volleyball player, Analain Salvador hopes to carry over the valuable lessons of perseverance and hardwork into her journey as a Star Magic artist. By attending acting workshops, Analain believes that she can succeed in her dream of becoming a well-known actress as she also looks forward to working with her aunt Karla Estrada and cousin Daniel Padilla.
Getting to do a project with the popular love team of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gill will also be a dream come true for Analain. The up-and-coming artist also takes pride in styling herself and considers American YouTube sensation Emma Chamberlain as her fashion icon.
Full name: Analain Marie Salvador
Birthdate: December 2, 2002
Hometown: Tacloban / Quezon City
Hobbies: Listening to music, reading fictional stories, eating
Sports: Cycling, volleyball, and badminton
4. Ashton Salvador
Similar to his older sister Analain, Star Magic talent Ashton Salvador dreams of working with relatives Karla Estrada and Daniel Padilla, as well as with phenomenal box office queen Kathryn Bernardo. Although he feels the pressure of making it big in the industry just like his relatives, he is determined to make a name for himself and, if given a chance, would want to prove his worth in an action series.
While he is passionate about acting, Ashton believes that his strength is in his love for music since he knows how to play the guitar. Foster The People, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Arctic Monkeys are just some of his biggest musical influences.
Full name: Ashton Philippe Salvador
Birthdate: February 24, 2004
Hometown: Tacloban / Quezon City
Hobbies: Playing guitar
Talent: Playing guitar
5. Alyanna Angeles
Alyanna Angeles is no stranger when it comes to the showbiz world and looks up to her aunt Angel Locsin. A former child star, she is known for her roles in the “MMK’s” “Damit” episode and in the Philippine remake of the Mexican telenovela “Maria La Del Barrio,” as well as playing the younger version of Kim Chiu in ABS-CBN’s drama series “Ikaw Lamang” and “The Story of Us” and the young Erich Gonzales in “Juan dela Cruz.”
With eight years of acting experience under her belt, Alyanna continues to impress viewers in her role as Francine Diaz’s half-sister in ABS-CBN’s inspirational series “Huwag Kang Mangamba.”
Full name: Marie Alyanna Benitez Angeles
Birthdate: November 23
School: Homeschool Global (Grade 8)
Hometown: Makati City
Hobbies: Painting, sketching, reading, gaming, photography
Talent: Acting, singing, dancing, and playing the piano
Get to know Jimuel, Nio, Analain, Ashton, and Alyanna better by liking the videos and subscribing to The Squad Plus’ YouTube channel, which regularly uploads vlogs and games featuring all the squadmates. With 2.95 million subscribers and 264.8 million views, The Squad Plus is one of ABS-CBN’s most subscribed and most followed channels on the video-streaming platform.
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