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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.

Nov 21, 2017

Make Way For Clique5, A New Boyband Introduced And Managed By A New Talent Management Company Called 3:16 Events

CLIQUE5 is a new boyband managed by 3:16 Events and Talent Management Company. They were presented to the press and performed several song and dance numbers. Their manager, Kathy, says this is just the beginning as their company will also introduce soon a girl group called Belladonnas. They will have a big show with their girl counterparts in Japan by next month.

“Total package sila na hindi limited ang talent kasi they underwent rigid dance workshops, voice lessons, personality development and acting workshop,” she adds. “We made sure they’re well prepared at hindi hilaw bago namin sila isinalang in performing.”

Their first song is a Christmas ditty in time for the coming holiday season, “Tuwing Pasko, written by Joven Tan, who did two other songs for them, “Bakit Hindi” and “Puwede Ba, Teka Muna”. Their voices have very good blending and given the chance, they might just make it in showbiz. There’s a plan for them to launch a full length album with Ivory Records.

The group’s members are Karl (this mestizo guy is 17, the best looking in the group and a high school senior at Philippine Christian University), Sean, Clay, Josh and Marco Paolo (the tallest at 6 ft. tall, he’s 19, a martial artist and a balikbayan from Vienna, Austria.) Their ages range from 16 years old to 20.

Karl, Sean, Josh and Marco Paolo got to know each other as contestants in the Circle of Ten model search then they performed Clique5. Clay is an aircraft mechanic who auditioned so he can become a member of the group. They all want to try acting and their mutual showbiz crush who they’d like to work with is Liza Soberano.

Asked what’s their difference from other boybands, here’s their combined reply: “We’re not products of a contest but very rigid training that made us versatile as we can do different genres in singing and dancing. We’re also into acting and we want to grow in the industry as total performers. We look at each other as brothers, not rivals, and we’re here to help and support one another.”

Well, here’s my best wishes for this group. The competition in showbiz now is so tough and even if you’re a part of a top network that gives you regular exposure, it’s not really a guarantee that you’d make it. The most popular male group now is Hashtags and it’s because they have a regular daily exposure in “Showtime”.

The other ABS-CBN group, Boyband PH, products of a nationwide search and contest, isn’t as lucky. Someone who joined it but was ejected, Anthony Labrusca, is now even more popular than any of its members.

GMA has also introduced several boybands, from the Kpop group called Down to Mars (which has since folded up), to Top One from the talent search, To The Top, and One Up (whose members are all good looking), but they have yet to really make it big. So it will be one big uphill battle for Clique5 and here’s hoping they’ll succeed to find their own niche in local showbiz.