The Gold Squad comprised of Andrea Brillantes, Seth Fedelin, Francine Diaz, and Kyle Echarri will be called “The Squad Plus” from now on as they recruit twelve new members to join them in their ‘barkada.’
In this video, we’ll get to know the boy squad as they share trivia bits about them! The well-loved quartet found their bros in Renshi de Guzman, KD Estrada, Jimuel Pacquiao, Nio Tria, Raven Rigor, and Lance Carr.
He’s Emmanuel Pacquiao, Jr. by birth, nicknamed Jimuel out of the combination of his parents’ names. It’s no secret that Jimuel is molded by his parents Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao into a God-fearing, spiritually-devoted young man. More than this good boy image, Jimuel can be a badass inside the boxing ring and in the field of swimming, basketball, and chess (where he used to be a varsity player for). Outside the sports arena, he’s also a gamer and a band member. He even knows how to play the guitar and saxophone.
He calls himself an introvert, a shy type often caught silent. But try to get to know him better and you’ll see his fun, makulit side. He loves caldereta and binge-watching his favorite movies and series (Supernatural is on top of the list). The open ocean is the scariest place for him, thinking there might be crawly, monstrous creatures of the deep hiding underneath. But that doesn’t stop him from enjoying beach getaways and water activities with his family.
The squad is blessed with music mavens, which makes us look forward to more chill jamming sessions in the coming days. Here’s KD, a young singer and songwriter who couldn’t seem to live without music. He took guitar-playing lessons five years ago and would like to follow in the footsteps of his idols Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. KD can perform in front of a huge crowd, three song numbers on his first gig at the Cuneta Astrodome. But he can’t stand closed spaces — he’s a claustrophobic.
Besides his wealth of musical talent, he’s got some basketball powers to showcase as well. He once played for the San Beda Alabang basketball team. This cute guy also has the skills for fashion and styling. And he can cook! Pasta is his special dish. Be kind to him by not serving him shrimp or it will trigger his allergy. Lastly, KD has an eye for real beauty, naming Nadine Lustre as his ultimate crush.
This Atenista loves to channel school spirit by going for all things blue, his favorite color. A sporty guy, Lance dreams to become a professional basketball player someday and is also into tennis and volleyball. This former PBB housemate is born and raised in Davao City but is of Spanish and American descent. Always up for adventure, he will never say ‘no’ to biking, mountain climbing, beach getaways, and traveling, listing down Japan and Korea as his top travel destinations.
Tickle his taste buds by serving him Indian cuisine. He is so in love with spices and strawberries as well (strawberry taho, strawberry ice cream, just anything strawberry). He can’t even resist girls with that scent. Lance, or Tisoy to his childhood pals, dreams of a dance collab with his idol, Enrique Gil, and maybe hold his own dance concert someday. He has a huge crush on Blackpink’s Lisa and loves listening to chill music.
The unico hijo of actress Cherry Pie Picache, Nio treats his mom like his best friend. He can get completely honest with her about anything but acting, music, and tennis are their favorite topics. This tennis champ is ranked No. 2 by the Philippine Tennis Association and as among the top 200 junior tennis players by the International Tennis Federation. These achievements make his words about practicing hard work and perseverance an honest claim. But he isn’t just work and no chill. He’s on TikTok and he loves to rap, apart from listening to OPM bands. Nio got some cooking skills to offer and he can make the best ‘bulalo.’ Show him some love by gifting him something to add to his Funkopop collection. He loves milk tea and popcorn.
Raven has a thirst for life and its adrenaline-gushing adventures. And like a little kid, he wears his scars (like the one he got from a mountain biking mishap) like badges of honors. He’s a guy who will always be up for outdoor activities. But when cooped up inside the house, he spends time reading novels and manga. He thinks numbers aren’t his best friends (yup, he hates Math) but considers Biology as his favorite subject. He owned up to being a night owl and a procrastinator, saying he excels more when doing things at the last minute. He dislikes lechon but loves sushi. Do you know someone who doesn’t drink cold water? Now, you know one in Raven. This shy guy has a huge crush on Blackpink’s Jennie.
Cue in the 80s music for Renshi, a happy-go-lucky guy who’s into video games, cars, and motorcycles. He even went on a 600 km motorcycle adventure ride last time. His heart also beats for movies, series, and anime (One Piece is his favorite). He cooks as pastime. Calling himself adventurous, he loves to travel and explore unfamiliar places. Fans of indie movies would know Renshi for his roles in the films “Class of 2018” and “The Boy Foretold by the Stars.” He’s also part of the BL series “In Between.”