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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 1, 2011

XLR8 Twins MM and MJ Magno

TWO OF THE most popular members of the boy group XLR8 are twin brothers MJ (Mel John) and MM (Mel Mar) Magno who are now given their biggest break on TV as the roving co-hosts of Ali Sotto and Papa Jack in the new morning talk show, “Star Box”, that starts airing on Monday. Born on Feb. 22, 1991 in Sta. Ana, they moved to Sta. Rosa when they were four. MJ is older by one minute. They auditioned with Kuya Germs when they were 16 and they were quickly hired as singer-dancers in “Walang Tulugan”. They were introduced as the Master Showman Twins. But MJ decided to go back to college, taking up architecture at MAPUA. MM became a part of ABS-CBN Star Magic and performed in ASAP. When MM learned Viva Records is putting up a boy group, he convinced MJ to audition with him and both were taken to be part of XLR8. They gained a lot of fans in “Party Pilipinas”. What’s the difference between them? “MM is more buff than me as he works out a lot,” says MJ. “Ako kasi, ang hilig ko is to write my own songs and I’m now slowly building my own music studio where I record my own songs. Some of the songs I wrote were included in the XLR8 album.”

Did they also audition for “Star Box”? “No, it was just offered to us so we’re really thankful to GMA na kinuha kami.” Does he have a girlfriend? “I’ve had three girlfriends before but as of now, pareho kami ni MM na walang girlfriend as we’re so busy, we just don’t have the time.”