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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 12, 2021



VIVA ENTERTAINMENT has formed a new girl band called LITZ, which stands for Life In The Zunshine as they really light up the stage or any place when they’re together. 

The members are Heart Ryan, 19 years old; Ashtine Olviga, 22; Bianca Santos, 20; Fatima Anonuevo, 20; and Yumi Garcia, 18. 

They were handpicked by Viva Boss Vic del Rosario and later trained by expert tutors on speech, singing and dancing, headed by Teacher Georcelle Dapat.

She is a respected star builder in local showbiz, the head of G-Force who has trained some of the biggest stars including Sarah Geronimo, Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda and other big names. 

Teacher Georcelle actually earned the moniker “Tala-creator” for her iconic choreography on Sarah G’s record-breaking hit “Tala.” 

“I feel privileged to groom these girls who all have great potentials,” says Teacher Georcelle. “I truly believe in the talents of Heart, Ashtine, Bianca, Fatima and Yumi. They all have a great and bright future in the industry.”

The girls are all pretty and talented so we won’t be surprised if Viva would also develop their individual careers and they also go into acting. What will they do if one of them gains fame ahead of the rest?

“As of now, mas focused kami sa LITZ,” says Bianca. “But in the future, kung magkaroon kami ng individual careersm okay lang, pero sana we won't be disbanded even if we'd have our solo careers.”

“Being with LITZ, pang-long term siya, so I think matagal pa kaming magkakasama rito sa industriya,” says Yumi. “And if ever may magtagumpay sa amin, wala kaming inggitan. We want all of us to be successful.”

“We won’t put each other down,” says Ashtine. “Ang gusto ko, lahat kami, umangat. We’ll be happy for kung sino man sa amin ang magtatagumpay.” 

“Right now, as a group, we are filled with friendship and love for each other,” says Heart who says her mother is a fan of Heart Evangelista and she’s really named after Heart. 

“We all wish positivity for all of us. Acting is a welcome opportunity for all of us, but for now, we are just focused kami on LITZ," says Fatima. "We want to hit it big not only locally but also globally.” 

When asked who among today’s stars is their idol, most of them say it’s Sarah Geronimo. 

“Sobrang laki na ng name niya as a performer but when we met her, she remains very humble,” they all say. 

For their first song, LITZ’s first single is “Natataranta”, written by Thyro Alfaro, and originally recorded by James Reid. 

LITZ made their version all their own, turning it into an electropop-tinged dance song of female empowerment. It’s release on Friday is accompanied by a music video that focuses on LITZ’s stunning choreography.

They know they’ll be compared to other girl groups like Black Pink that they want to emphasize that they’re not K-pop as they’re still trying to define their sound and they want up to come up with the real sound of P-Pop or Pinoy Pop. 

Check out their song “Natataranta” in all digital outlets and their music video now on the internet.